From Fox5News on Apr 21, 2017
25 years ago, Samuel Cruz left El Salvador at the age of 19 with $200 in his pocket. He was expecting his first child and worked hard at many jobs to try to make it:
“I did landscaping, worked in restaurants, I worked washing trucks, I worked cleaning vegetables in supermarkets, I worked at separating garbage at a landfill.”
He tried to open his own landscaping business, but it soon failed. He tried mechanic work and failed again.
“Then I got my own truck and had two bad accidents. One was horrible it almost killed me,” he said. “Because of that I ended up driving a taxi cab in Brentwood — back to zero again.”
While still driving a cab, he got a job as a truck driver at a trucking company in Melville, Long Island.
“My boss was a great, great man and he gave me the opportunity not only to drive but to do landscaping for him during the daytime.”
From there he picked up side jobs power washing trucks and power washing overpasses for Amtrak. Through this he got a loan from a friend to buy a trucking company in 2011, renaming it KBG Logistics. It is now one of the biggest transportation companies in New York and it is based in Bay Shore.
“I started this as a small company, literally one truck, and I grew it, We now have over 100 trucks out and over 200 trailers. We handle large accounts such as UPS, Amazon and all those guys.”
He handles over 3,000 accounts in several states. The plan is to expand and go international. The first two countries of distribution will be Mexico and Canada.
“I think the American dream is being able to have your own business, buy your own house, have a great style of life but it’s also mercy for others. I think this country gave me an opportunity to grow. It gave me an opportunity to become someone. It was always a dream to come here. When I was little I used to look at the moon and say I’m going to see that moon one day from the United States. I knew it, it was that gut feeling you have, and I sure did.”