The Original Titan
Hazel Marshall was born to a sharecropper family in Blue Ribbon, Oklahoma in 1928. Growing up in a large family during those economically turbulent times, Hazel’s tenacity was born.
It’s been said about her early years that Hazel could “out shoot, out ride and out fight any man in Carter County.” She graduated as valedictorian of her high school class at 18 years old and promptly boarded a bus to Houston, TX to begin her new life. Accepting the status quo was simply never part of Hazel’s personal vision.
Working 16+ hour days, and running the business out of a small apartment, Hazel’s reputation for doing anything possible for her customers’ delight and treating her drivers like family earned her company some pretty impressive accounts.
“My grandmother was not the typical entrepreneur for that time. In the 1970’s, in Texas, as a single woman in the freight business, starting up a company from scratch - that is probably not a story you’re going to hear very often,” says Dustin Marshall, Hazel’s grandson and current owner and CEO of Hazel’s Expedite Freight.