Professional Title: Executive VP
Organization: RSD Container Yard Services
Sessions: Session 6
Neal Pollard is the Executive Vice President of RSD Container Yard Services. Under his direction since 2010, RSD has grown from a single ship line depot to one of the largest inland depots in the US, servicing 6 of the top 10 international steamship lines. With RSD’s annual gate transactions now averaging 61,000, and a historical high peak in 2020 of 81,000 trucks - Neal has successfully expanded the depot yard to handle 400+ trucks/day. He oversaw the implementation of new software and security systems and the acquisition of specialized lift and container handling equipment required for high velocity. His strong relationships and regular visits to marine terminals and inland locations keep RSD at the forefront of sustainable and efficient practices. In addition, Railroad Storage and Drayage (the trucking arm of RSD Container Yard Services) has grown from a small local delivery firm into a highly experienced team supporting 90+ global clients. Under Neal’s leadership, Railroad Storage and Drayage handles over 7,000 import/export intermodal container freight moves, utilizing specialized chassis and Certified Clean idle late model trucks to provide custom shipping solutions in a rapidly evolving global logistics network. Notably, Neal’s working relationship with Aspire and NREL provides both of them with truck route telematics and yard/depot data, as well as data capture from the RSD fleet — key information for understanding how green tech can meet the needs of the Salt Lake market and to further develop the Utah Inland Port Authority’s infrastructure goals. Before working at RSD, Neal was a founding partner at Mountain West container yard services. Prior to his intermodal career, Neal built an asphalt paving and construction company that served large retail customers like Walmart. Utilizing local multiple vendors and suppliers, Neal managed these national customers' parking lots and delivery areas. He delivered high-quality standards of repair and maintenance, without reducing throughput during reconstruction. He also utilized Army Core of Engineers developed software (PAVER) that would analyze data about the facility infrastructure and predict life span and repair costs to pinpoint the highest utilization time frame at the lowest repair cost and avoid a total reconstruction by waiting too long.