In 1954 Denali Transportation Corp. was founded in Fairbanks, Alaska. Founder Leo Schlotfeldt was committed to providing a superior transportation service at a time in Alaska when there was little infrastructure and a harsh, unforgiving environment. At that time, people depended on their resourcefulness and innovation to provide reliable transportation of goods. From the mid 1970’s until 1999, Denali Group, Inc. grew and expanded from their Fairbanks base to include their present locations in Fairbanks, Anchorage, and Seattle.
Today, Walt Schlotfeldt, CEO, carries on the tradition that began with his parents:
“Employ the best people, give them the tools to do quality work, and ensure that we provide our customers with superior service.”
Denali is no longer a small family business. We are proud to employ over 175 people in three different cities. Denali is an Alaskan corporation. The Denali Group is comprised of a network of independent divisions capable of transporting household goods and freight to or from any point in the world.
With operations in Fairbanks, Anchorage and Seattle, Denali maintains over 100,000 square feet of first class secure, climate controlled, monitored alarm with video surveillance warehouse space. Denali group is dedicated to giving its customers excellent service, measured by their complete satisfaction.
In 2008, Walt and Katherine Schlotfeldt expressed their desire for a change in Denali’s company culture. They wanted a shared vision and shared language. Instead of viewing the Company as three separate branches (Fairbanks, Anchorage, Seattle) and two different operating companies (AFS, Inc. and Pacific Movers, Inc.), they wanted people to truly feel part of a single team, a collective whole with a shared mission.
After searching for ways to accomplish this, they eventually came upon Steven Covey’s popular methodology of The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. Originally written as a business book, the ideas that Covey presented became a training ground for people around the world who wanted to better themselves, be more successful at work, and contribute more to their personal and working relationships. Walt and Katherine found their beliefs and values to be closely aligned with these principles. They soon after sent their management team through the Seven Habits training program and by the end of 2009, every employee company-wide attended a two-day training workshop where they learned tools for leading a more effective life, both at work and at home. This newfound belief system has proved successful for bringing about a sense of cohesion and a shared vision for the Denali Group Team.
The Seven Habits have since provided a framework for the values that Denali promotes: personal initiative, personal accountability, prioritizing and executing personal goals, maintaining win-win relationships, respecting one another, listening with an open heart, and leading with a team-member mindset.