About MeDean Oshiro

My Work History

After active duty in 1968 I was hired as a coding clerk at Los Angeles Seattle Motor Express (LASAME). Every 60 minutes there was 30 LASME semis crossing the Oregon California boarder. With terminals along I-5 from Vancouver, BC to Los Angeles. They were the most innovated company in the industry with the technology of a main frame in Seattle. They used a complex billing system that utilized IBM typewriters’ and punch tapes. These tapes were transmitted at the end of the night to Seattle. No, we did not have fax machines or copy machines. OMG I'm aging myself. In order for this information to be inputted into the system each bill of lading had to be code. The coding consisted of prepay/collect, shipper/consignee, outbound terminal and inbound terminal and the revenue information. I coded these bills, in order to be fast you had to have things memorized. At age 18 I had hundreds of codes memorized. I supplied as many as 6 billing clerks that were rated by 4 rate clerks.

After one year, I was promoted to a rate clerk, which was the highest paying office job in the clerk union. Before the 1980 Motor Carrier Act all interstate shipments were regulated by the Interstate Commerce Commission (ICC) said shipments had publish rates approved by the ICC. Once a rate was established a public hearing was held to show cause for a reduction or increase in charges. The Oregon and Washington Public Utilities Commission handled intrastate regulations. Thereby, creating a massive amount of publications with not only point to point rates, but the rules and regulations that governed these territories. The publications filled our 20 x 30 rate room. LASME was later purchased by Time DC based in Texas, a nationwide company. Time DC consisted of 3 companies LASME, Denver Chicago (DC) and Time. I often worked part time as rate clerks were at a premium, for Consolidated Freightways (CFW), Oregon Nevada California (ONC) and a few freight forwarders. I remember I once rated a record 800+ bills in 4 hours as 2 of their full-time employees called in sick.

Still in existence today is the National Motor Freight Classification (NMFC) which classifies every commodity being shipping today. The classification is based on size, weight, value and packaging. I once had this classification 80 percent memorized. LOL amazes me today.

After 7 years, I was offered a job to work for someone that had no knowledge of the trucking industry. I activated a dormmate intrastate authority. Within 6 months I was vice president of 6 trucking related companies and general manager of two. The accounts I solicited and managed were Abbott Laboratories, RR Donnelley, Select Magazines, Time Publications, Playboy the magazine, Life Publications are some off the top of my head. I was also a PUC and ICC practioner. A practioner is the one that practices before the ICC and PUC for all related hearings. I designed and help write the software to do the billing and accounting for the small trucking company I helped start. This with the basic concept of the TIME DC main frame system. Back in 1977 we only had floppy disc computers. The Data General had a 15” 5mb removeable hard drive and the operating system was written in Cobol.

In 1982 I was hired as Vice President of Traffic for a local carrier that had 600 plus employees. This company was later bought by Viking Frieghtlines who was later bought by Overnite Transportation and finally bought by UPS Freight. Almost forgot in 1984 I turn down a $48k/year position to be VP of Traffic, but I would have had to move to California.

1984 to 1989 owned a freight auditing company, contact labor company, local warehouse and reload company, local container service company, distribution company and two interstate trucking companies. The last one delivered in the lower 48 states and parts of Canada. Started 5 companies at the same time.

1989 to 1997 commercial real-estate investor and general and landscape contractor. I made mistake of loaning my brother's friend money and ended up taking over his sprinkler business. I grew this 2-man business to have 60 employees and did residential and commercial work within 300-mile radius of Portland.

1997 to 2008 owned an automotive retail store, automotive shop, manufactured brake kits for high end cars and had one of the first online parts stores. (Back in the 90's then when you bought a part for $10 you sold it for $40). Self-taught HTML coding have built in excess of 100 pages directly related to my businesses.

2008 Retired

2015 Started doing remodeling part time. I use my experience as a general contractor. My final project was a 460-sq. tiny house. Where I did everything from the site prep, framing, plumbing and electrical. Everything.


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