SSI is a global leader in freight payment innovation and transportation cost reduction.
Entrepreneurism Fuels Innovation
Every so often something shakes up a market, creating a niche and an opportunity for new players with innovative mindsets. So it was with Mark and Gary Rodenbeck, two brothers working for a large data processing company and involved in a project to electronically process freight billings. The project focus was the implementation of one of the first 30 EDI pilot sites with Federal Express, and it promised to make the internal A/P function much more efficient. The two brothers saw an opportunity.
With little more than an initial investment of $5,000 and an idea, Mark and Gary launched Software Solutions Unlimited, Inc., or SSI, in 1989. The corporate headquarters was an extra bedroom in a rental house. The R & D lab was in an apartment across town.
Today, the organization bears little resemblance to that two-employee start-up firm, but the culture of innovation still remains. The same two brothers and cofounders are still actively involved in the management of the business and in leading it into the future.