Midnight Express | Apex Capital Factoring Client Success Story

Midnight Express Rides into the Dawn

Midnight Express | Apex Capital Factoring Client

Midnight Express Meets Apex

Lisa and David Dahlke formed Midnight Express in 2009, after David had spent much of his trucking career as an owner-operator. They are a two-people, one-truck company based in Ellicottville, New York, which is about an hour outside of Buffalo. In fact, it is out of Buffalo that David hauls loads to mainly California with Arizona and Nevada as occasional destinations. On the way to California, the cargo is usually cheese, candy, and huge containers of ink. On the way back to New York, it’s produce. Midnight Express became Apex clients in November 2016.

The Dahlkes at a Glance

Lisa and David reside in the cozy town of Ellicottville, far away from the hustle and bustle of New York City. David has been truck driving since he was 21; he is 43 now. Lisa juggles back office paperwork and motherhood. Together they have five children, ages 10-29. They are both warm, talkative, and pleasantly matter-of-fact. Chat with one by phone and it won’t be long before the other gets mentioned. Jeremy Martin, the Dahlkes’ Apex Account Executive, calls Lisa “one of the nicest women I’ve ever worked with. She is calm and sensible always.”


“The fuel finder is awesome and my husband is not as tech savvy as I am. But he’s just click, click, click and he finds everything.”


The Apex Connection

Lisa is a working mother who handles the Midnight Express administrative duties while also taking care of five kids. All of this while her husband is out on the road. That’s no easy feat. Now you know why she sings the praises of Apex’s Account Management Portal (AMP). “AMP makes it so easy to keep track of everything,” she says. “I love that website. I can watch the invoices that are outstanding, what is going on with our account, it’s all very transparent.” She also mentions the Apex Fuel Finder, which Lisa says her husband David uses regularly. “The fuel finder is awesome and my husband is not as tech savvy as I am. But he’s just click, click, click and he finds everything.”


“The app has the fuel finder as well as all the information of my card and what I’ve spent…”


Apex Fuel Finder to the Rescue

David is a no-nonsense guy, so he gets right to the meat of the Apex Fuel Finder: “I use it because it pinpoints cheaper fuel. It tells you what you’re gonna pay and what you’re gonna save right up front. I once saved $66 in one place. That was amazing!” Since David’s hauls are usually fixed, he doesn’t always use the Apex Fuel Finder to locate truck stops because after 23 years of the same or similar route he knows them well. Occasionally, David finds himself veering off his usual trek. That’s when the Apex Fuel Finder comes to his rescue. “I was running north for a little bit last year and I hadn’t run the north route for a good five years,” he says, “and I used it during that time and I found some places that were huge savings.”

He’s had an Apex Fuel Card since Midnight Express became an Apex client, so he’s clicking through the fuel finder to locate the best fuel prices. On any given day, David will have the Apex Mobile Factoring™ app and the Apex Fuel Finder at the ready and he benefits from both functionalities. “The app has the fuel finder as well as all the information of my card and what I’ve spent,” he says. “I can keep track of my balance. With that one app I can make sure that the fuel place got paid, too. It’s very handy. And you guys’ app is so easy to maneuver around.”

Working with Account Executive Jeremy Martin

“Anytime there is any kind of concern on my part, any time there are any questions, any errors, I can just give him a call and everything is taken care of,” Lisa says. “I don’t have to worry about anything. He makes my life great. He is wonderful.”

Jeremy Martin | Apex Account Executive


“I can just give him a call and everything is taken care of…”


The Turquoise Beauty

When you’re the proud owner of a good looking, turquoise, and chrome big rig, you’re bound to get plenty of compliments. It’s no wonder that David’s 2015 Kenworth W900 with the 2017 Vanguard reefer recently won the coveted cover spot of the 2018 Apex Capital Client Calendar. David was instrumental in designing his truck, not to mention choosing the color. “When it comes to buying a semi, you can go someplace and buy it from the lot if you choose,” David says. “But a friend of mine is a salesman so he came to my house with his laptop. It all starts out with a frame and a cab. Then you choose a sleeper, if you want one. You decide the kind of motor you want. It took about five hours to make those selections on the computer. For the most part, I would say 98 percent of what I wanted I got. I had custom paint work done on it, too.”

Midnight Express Turquoise Truck
Written by Mario Tarradell

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