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4 Star's founding members - Rene, Jen, Josh, Jack and Mike


       4 Star Courier Collective was founded in 2005 by Rene, Jen, Mike, Jack and Josh. Rene and Jen had become dissatisfied with the conditions at the courier companies they were working for and started talking about the possibly of starting one of their own. Little did they know that Mike shared their feelings and was contemplating the same. Rene, Jen and Mike's paths soon crossed and after many meetings and gallons of coffee their dream was becoming a reality.  Josh and Jack were brought on board and the rest is 4 Star history.  After nearly 15 years the people have changed but the professionalism and spirit of 4 Star is still going strong. 

       Most courier companies pit messengers against each other by utilizing a commission-based pay scale - the more packages a courier delivers, the larger their pay check. As a result, messengers are forced to concentrate on the quantity of their deliveries at the expense of the quality of their service. The couriers of 4 Star work as a team to ensure that your packages are delivered in a professional, accurate, and timely manner.

Chicago Reader on the birth of 4 Star, 2006

Fresh Air! Speed! Poverty! Servitude! Bike couriers have the most exciting career it's possible to be totally exploited in. The founders of Chicago's first messenger collective think there's gotta be a better way.

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