Florida native Conlan Scroggie first in family to graduate college
By Hilary Reeves
Shoreside Logistics Operations Analyst Conlan Scroggie was born and raised in Belleview, Florida, a small, north-central town with a population of 4,483. He played football and baseball at Belleview High School before enrolling at the College of Central Florida, where he earned an associate’s degree in Business Administration.
“I wasn’t sure then what I wanted to do,” he said. “I sort of bounced around from major to major.”
In 2013, Scroggie transferred to Flagler College in St. Augustine. In 2015, he graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics, double-minoring in finance and business administration.
“I’ve always been in advanced classes and gotten good grades,” he said. “I think it’s just sheer drive. I’ve always wanted to make my family proud of me. In my immediate family, I’m the only one to ever actually have graduated with a degree.”
Two months after graduation, Scroggie landed a pricing analyst position at Interstate Distributor (now Shoreside Logistics) – pricing quotes for rail shipments, and helping clear up any invoicing discrepencies. He became an operation analyst with the creation of Shoreside.
“It was a very smooth transition,” he said. “I’m all over the place now, in accounting, operations, customer service, building metrics – basically, I try to help out where I can. You’d think it was simple: something needs to get from Location A to Location B, but there’s a lot of little pieces that have to come together in order for everything to work.”
Scroggie has nothing but great things to say about his Shoreside leadership team.
“They gave me a chance, and taught me a tremendous amount,” he said. “When you go to school, that’s one thing, but when you go into the real world, if you’re around the right people, you have a better foundation. I’ve never been restricted to just one field, like operations. I’ve had a very well-rounded experience.”
Scroggie and his girlfriend now live in Jacksonville, just two hours from his hometown of Belleview. He said he fishes almost every weekend– an 11-pound bass his record to-date – and hopes to go back to school.
“I’d like to go for my MBA or MSF in the next five years – I’d like to become a manager someday. I’m really grateful to Shoreside and the management staff for giving me the best start to my career I could have hoped for. I’m grateful to each and every one of them.”