President & CEO
Tranzact Technologies, Inc.
Location: DuPage County
Year Founded: 1984
Industry Group Specific: Logistics and Supply Chain
Consistently rated as one of the top performers of her class, Jean Regan started her career at KPMG, receiving an education that could not be taught in a classroom during her years of auditing many different companies. “She always desired to be part of something where she would have a direct, tangible role in fermenting and growing,” said her colleagues. “She was and is competitive and a risk taker.”
Regan ultimately joined Tranzact Technologies, Inc. in 1989 as the CFO and immediately, she significantly improved the bottom-line profitability. She and her family took on significant debt to buy out a majority shareholder and in 2016, Regan assumed the role of president and CEO, as well as Chairman of the Board.
Transact is a transportation, logistics and supply chain provider that is focused on providing transportation services and technology to shippers. The firm provides services such as freight payment and audit, consulting, truckload brokerage, transportation management systems, reporting, rating, bids, a parcel toolbox and a proprietary Less-Than-Truckload program.
Under Regan’s guidance, the company has significantly broadened its services and technological capabilities and expanded its global capabilities with offices in India, Amsterdam, Philippines and two other offices in the United States. The company also became WBENC certified several years ago, integrated four acquisitions and launched three major product lines with Regan at the helm.
As a trusted industry expert, Regan has spoken on numerous panels for Supply Chain and Accounting Associations, published blogs for Tranzact’s Women in Logistics series and won the 2016 Women of Influence Award. She also serves on numerous boards.
Regan describes herself as a servant leader and said it’s in her DNA. “I lead by example and encourage our associates to voice their ideas and concerns when evaluating what has to be done,” she said. “I believe that employees are the life blood of your company and if you have employees who value their work and are proud to work for your company, you will have delighted, lifelong customers.”
Regan has been committed to training during her tenure as CEO. “We have invested in an emerging leaders program that identifies less experienced employees, most being newer to the workforce, and they are participating in a two-year leadership development program,” said Regan. “Everything you need to know about your company resides within the walls of your company – you just have to surface the issues and opportunities.”
Sharing her passion for the industry is important to Regan. “I am constantly thinking of ways we can change and invigorate the business while still keeping aligned with our goals and objectives,” she said.
For her servant leadership and willingness to empower others, Regan has been named a titan.
Discipline- easier said than done