My colleague and very best friend Joachim
"Jo" Frigger Chairman of EMO Trans died on Monday April 19. Here
is the press release from EMO Trans and some warm words of praise from Airforwarders
Association and Jo’s good friend, Brandon Fried.
Later after the shock of this sudden and great
loss to people all over the world has passed our time of mourning, we will
share with you our story of a long friendship and alliance with this truly
remarkable air freight forwarding pioneer.
EMO Trans Founder and Chairman, Joachim
(Jo) Frigger, passed away unexpectedly April 19, 2021.
Jo served EMO Trans for nearly 50 years
as Chairman, CEO, President and the founder of EMO Trans USA.
Under his tenure, EMO USA grew from one
office at JFK Airport in New York to a logistics powerhouse with a presence
in every major U.S. shipping hub and an international reach through the
EMO Trans global network. Today, EMO Trans USA has grown to 33 branches
nationwide, employing nearly 400 staff.
Born October 16, 1940 in Opladen, Germany
and raised in nearby Cologne, Jo first moved to the United States in 1966
as part of his work for Deugro freight forwarding company.
He went on to found EMO Trans USA in 1972
in partnership with EMO Germany.
Building EMO From The Ground Up
Jo worked tirelessly from day one, and over
the ensuing decades, to propel the company to great growth and global
reach. EMO Trans was more than his company; it was his extended family,
and his colleagues will miss him immeasurably.
He is remembered as a savvy businessman
with a passion for the freight forwarding industry and an unwavering commitment
to serving customers with excellence and the highest of ethics.
“Success by Performance,” was
Jo Frigger all the way underpinning the company’s reputation for
customized customer solutions and attention to detail.
EMO Trans President & CEO Marco Rohrer
in a statement said:
“EMO Trans’ current management
team is fully prepared to continue Jo’s legacy of strong leadership,
careful planning, and wise decision-making.
“Together, we will work through our
grief and continue providing the level of service that Jo expected and
Brandon Fried Executive Director Airforwarders
Association declared his sorrow at Jo Frigger’s loss telling FlyingTypers:
“Jo Frigger was a trusted mentor and
advisor to me personally and was instrumental in my development as Executive
Director of the Airforwarders Association.
“Over the years, we had frequent conversations
discussing our views on cargo security, world trade, infrastructure issues,
and challenges facing the freight forwarding community.
“He was always a candid and valuable
source of wisdom, thanks to his many years of extensive experience.
“Jo's views always focused on what
was best for our industry as a whole and not specific interests.
“The freight forwarding community
has lost a truly memorable member who will be missed by us all. Our sympathy
goes to his family and the EMO Trans organization at this sad time,”
Always passionate at the forefront of what
was new and next for freight forwarding, Jo engaged in social and charitable
causes including the German-American Chamber of Commerce, the Red Cross,
the Salvation Army, Feeding America, Ampo Burkina Faso, a home for orphaned
children founded by fellow German Katrin Rohde, and the children’s
Joachim Frigger is survived by wife Karin,
son Sven and daughter Jennifer as well an extended family that includes
grandchildren Maya, Lucas, Kai, and Jaxon.
The phenomenal growth of EMO Trans as an
innovative multi-national force in forwarding story began in 1965 Stuttgart,
Since that time privately held EMO Trans
has been on a path of continued expansion and success.
“In 2021 with over 85 EMO Trans offices
in 21 countries and 250+ network offices in 120 countries covering six
continents adds up to solid infrastructure that consistently delivers
exceptional logistics services to customers large and small.
“We are deeply invested in understanding
and internalizing the needs and goals of our customers.”