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FEBRUARY 2020 NEWSLETTER

A MESSAGE FROM JOHN CHRISTNER I don’t want to put a jinx on us, but all in all, this hasn’t been a horrible winter (knock on wood as you read this!). Speaking of winter weather, no matter the conditions, JCT is a safe carrier and that is due in very large part to our industry leading operators. We always show well at the Oklahoma Trucking Association awards ceremony with several of our folks awarded million mile safety awards, but this year we’ll be turning out with a record number of million

mile accident free drivers. I know you are all aware of just how impressive an accomplishment that is and celebrating our accident free drivers is as fun as it is important and we can’t wait to see this year’s group receive their awards! Look for full coverage in an upcoming issue of the newsletter.

Be well!


RECRUITER OF THE YEAR “Christina was awarded for Recruiter of the Year because she contracted the most drivers in 2019. She also shows exceptional work ethic. She’s very thorough throughout the entire process of a onboarding a driver. She is able to connect with drivers on a personal level, building a relationship and staying professional. She’s always available to mentor and answer questions for fellow recruiters. She’s a huge asset to the Recruiting Department and I appreciate her hard work, perseverance and dedication.” - Gina Bartley

WHATEVER IT TAKES MOLLY MADDOX NOMINATED CRECIA RYLANT FOR THE FEBRUARY WHATEVER IT TAKES AWARD Molly said, “Crecia is a customer service representative for area 7, and also works with areas 4 and 6. She is always willing to help out and if she doesn’t know something, she’ll find out or knows where to go for answers.” Crecia was presented with a trophy, a “Whatever It Takes” designated parking space in front of the building, and a $50 QuikTrip gas card. Crecia will also have the honor of naming next month’s WIT winner.

OUR EMPLOYEES / Awards and Recognition


DECEMBER DRIVER MANAGER OF THE MONTH We are proud to announce that the winner for December is Jennifer Heisley! We are using a point based system to decide the winner that includes 6 different categories. It was a close running between Tom and Jen as they tied on total points so we used a tie breaker based on best retention and lowest service issues which put Jen in the number one spot! Jen does an outstanding job and puts in 100% with everything she does. She goes well beyond expectation to advocate for all drivers that are a part of JCT and makes them feel like part of the family. Recently, Jen was presented these two boutiques from Tom & Pam Freeman. At first, Jen thought that the receptionist had the wrong Jen as she is not the Driver Manager for the Freeman’s. Brenda

contacted them to double check that they were for Jen Heisley, and indeed they were. Pam reached out to Jen shortly after and told Jen that the flowers were their expression of appreciation for her and how she treats ALL JCT drivers with the up-most respect and compassion. Life can be difficult over the road, and it comes natural to Jen to try and put a smile on a drivers face and make them appreciated. Jen will be awarded with a “Snooze or Cruise Pass”, allowing her to pick a day and either leave out at noon for the day, or sleep in and work the second half of the day. She will also be taken to lunch to a location of her choice. Congratulations, Jen!


A FOND FAREWELL Jessie started with JCT November 1989 and retired in January of 2019. She was with the company for 30 years and will be greatly missed. We don’t know what we are going to do without her expertise and 30 years of knowledge. Jessie enjoys spending time with her family and grandchildren. She loves working in her yard, going to car shows with her husband, and is an avid bicyclist and runner. This past October she ran the New York marathon.

OUR EMPLOYEES / Jessie Thiel’s Retirement


HAPPY BIRTHDAY DRIVERS 2/1

Lee Roy Ellis

Devante Williams

Jimmy Alderman

2/2

Tammie Hupfer

Rodney Johnson

2/3

Bill Wrenn, Jr .

Scott Strobel

Cindy Fultz

2/4

Eric Khan

Eric Rodriguez

Raymond Vines

Jeffrey Grantham

2/5

William Archuletta

David Stivers

2/6

Benjamin Smallwood

Matt Cychosz

Adrian Luna

Alisha Beasley

2/7

Edwin Montes-Guzman

Edward Witsman

2/8

Jerold Lampley

Kelly Roman

Carolyn Beal

2/9

Charles Demasi

David Bozard

Jackson Byrd

Alvan Wilson

DATES TO REMEMBER / Birthdays

Brittney Shackelford

2/26

Michael Galasso

2/10

Xavier Yoder

2/27

Milton Jenkins

Derek Thompson

2/28

Jimmy Cunningham

Mark Munson

Steven Gibson

Catherine Walker-Madison

William Luke

2/12

Eric Treadway

2/29

Douglas Brailey

2/13

Jonathan Ortego

Mark Cardona

2/14

Thomas Clark

Jeffrey Keister

2/15

Kellie Morin

2/4

Homer Minor

James Harmon

2/6

Spencer Paulec

Edmond Hendricks

2/7

Christina Uhlman

Ronnie Holley

2/9

Charles Demasi

2/16

Paige Penner

2/10

Catherine Walker-Madison

William Hammond

Russell Watson

2/17

Michael Waterman

2/14

Tyler Cornwell

Anthony Benson

Sheila Dorris

Alan Brinkhoff

2/16

Mike Spencer

2/18

Allen Baldwin

2/17

Zachary Gillette

Alvern Thompson

Brian Grace

Ryan Sims

2/20

John Christner

2/19

Betty Szalwinski

Janet Mccoy

2/21

Jay Thompson

2/21

Jim Schulz

2/23

Robert Stocking

2/23

Denise Henninger

Jessie Jellins

Jessie Jellins

2/24

Michael Hansen

2/25

Tiffany Barnett

Raymond Parks

2/26

Michael Carter

2/25

Jerry Adams

2/27

Clyda Newton

EMPLOYEES


HAPPY ANNIVERSARY DRIVERS 1 YEAR ANNIVERSARIES Linda Bass, 2/1 Lance Edwards, 2/4 Cedric Campbell , 2/6 Raymond Parks, 2/7 Matthew Moseley, 2/11 Daniel Finney, 2/11 Elton Anthony, 2/15 Shamika Anthony, 2/15 Lisa Lancaster, 2/18 Rickey Farley, 2/20 Mark Munson, 2/21 Brandy Hoyt, 2/27 Steven Gibson, 2/27 Clarence Wynn, 2/27

2 YEAR ANNIVERSARIES Nesly Cesar, 2/12 Jesse Wyatt, 2/13 Diane Wyatt, 2/13 Albert Carpenter, 2/19 Edward Judson, 2/21 Alan Roach, 2/26

3 YEAR ANNIVERSARIES Deborah Anderson, 2/8 Dwayne Currie, 2/27

4 YEAR ANNIVERSARIES Deanna Johnson, 2/1 Charles Martin, 2/8 Phillip Nunez, 2/15 Kenneth Jones, 2/18 John Cook, 2/29

5 YEAR ANNIVERSARIES

6 YEAR ANNIVERSARY

John Keller, 2/19 Edward Moore, 2/19 Vincent Kellerman Jr., 2/19 Shawn Culver, 2/24 Tony Thacker, 2/24

Amye Alvarez, 2/14

6 YEAR ANNIVERSARIES

Christie Marlin, 2/20

Jairo Osorio-Enriquez, 2/11 John Bradshaw, 2/19 Mark Pomraning, 2/25

8 YEAR ANNIVERSARY John Noble, 2/13

12 YEAR ANNIVERSARY

14 YEAR ANNIVERSARIES Kirby Faulkinbury, 2/22 Jeff Buckley, 2/22

8 YEAR ANNIVERSARIES John Canon III, 2/15 Linda Leibfarth, 2/24

15 YEAR ANNIVERSARY

12 YEAR ANNIVERSARIES

16 YEAR ANNIVERSARIES

Pam Freeman, 2/21 Tom Freeman, 2/21

Tim Sattler, 2/2 Greg Gorman, 2/16

17 YEAR ANNIVERSARY Jackie Morton Jr., 2/11

27 YEAR ANNIVERSARY Gerald Sunby, 2/2

EMPLOYEES 3 YEAR ANNIVERSARY Evan Branham, 2/8

5 YEAR ANNIVERSARIES

Brian Ford, 2/9

17 YEAR ANNIVERSARY Tom Cowan, 2/24

19 YEAR ANNIVERSARY Cheryl Romine, 2/19

27 YEAR ANNIVERSARY Gerald Sunby, 2/2

29 YEAR ANNIVERSARY Jim Gomez, 2/1

Paul Fream, 2/2 Emory Andis, 2/4 David Clifton, 2/12 Anniversaries / DATES TO REMEMBER


ATTA BOY Wendy Mabrey had been stuck in snow at a truck stop all day. She tried to get out after the roads opened up for several hours. Eventually a tow truck showed up and pulled her out. Wendy asked the tow truck driver who paid for it and he told her that another JCT driver, Craig Fallick, paid for it. It’s this kind of teamwork and consideration for one another that continues to set us apart. We are proud to have you both driving with us.

FREE AND CLEAR Congratulations to Ivy Kuklinski and Edward Alcala

JCT PROFESSIONAL DRIVER OF THE YEAR NOMINEES

Craig Fallick

Larry Miles

Brian Zudell

David Bozard

Kelly Roman

Edwin Montes

Jackson Byrd

Wendy Mabrey

Clifton Quick

OUR DRIVERS / Awards and Achievements


2 MILLION MILE DRIVERS

Thomas Freeman

Pamela Freeman

Randolph Clark

Edward Glen Tilley

David Field

1 MILLION MILE DRIVERS

Darell Gamble

Penny Saya

Rodney Elwell

Russell Reedy

Steve Porter

Bernie Romero

Phyllis Porter

Larry Miles

Carle Benge

Walter Behringer

Douglas Williams

Keith Daniel

Thad Jackson

James Riches

Edwin Montes-Guzman

Not Pictured

Kevin Miller

David Bozard

Barbara Jones


MARK YOUR CALENDARS

UPCOMING EVENTS / Safety Awards Banquet


SAFETY AWARDS BANQUET Location: Embassy Suites - Downtown 741 N Phillips Avenue Oklahoma City OK 73104 Date/Time Information: March 4 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. - Banquet Reception 6:00 p.m. - Safety Awards Banquet OTA’s Annual Safety Awards Banquet takes place at the conclusion of the Mid-winter Conference. The Banquet honors those member companies and persons who prove excellence in safety within the trucking industry. The Safety Awards include Fleet Safety, Professional Driver, Oklahoma Driver of the Year, Million Mile Driver categories, and Excellence in Maintenance Supervision. Members come together to support the importance of safety while acknowledging those individuals that rise above and beyond. If you’re interested in attending, please contact: John Mallory at malj@johnchristner.com or Laura Watkins at watl@johnchristner.com


DELIVERING TECHNICAL BRIEFINGS A technical briefing is a speech that conveys technical information to a specific audience, usually in a workplace. Technical briefings should be presented in a way that allows an audience to understand and apply critical information. Technical briefings can range from an engineer briefing a group of managers on a current project, to a retail supervisor explaining a new company policy to the store employees. Follow the steps below to ensure your technical briefings are as effective as they can be: Know your audience. Avoid using too much industry jargon or material that is too technical for your colleagues to easily understand. State the purpose of the technical briefing in one or two sentences and use this summary as the focal point for the entire presentation. Arrange the material into an outline containing an introduction, main points and a conclusion. Summarize the main points of the technical briefing during the conclusion. Join us at our next meeting on February 14th at 2pm FOR MORE INFO ABOUT TOASTMASTERS CALL OR EMAIL LUCY HOBBS: EXT. 4104 HOBL@JOHNCHRISTNER.COM

Friday morning recruiting meeting at the Riverside office. AROUND THE OFFICE / Sapulpa and Riverside Offices

Gina Bartley turned their Christmas tree into a Valentines Day tree


RASPBERRY AND WHITE CHOCOLATE SHORTBREAD COOKIES INGREDIENTS 1 cup butter, softened 1/2 cup Confectioner’s sugar (icing sugar) 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/4 teaspoon salt 2 cups all-purpose flour 1/3 cup white chocolate (optional but recommended) 1/3 cup raspberry jam DIRECTIONS 1. Preheat oven to 350 F 2. Line your baking tray with parchment paper. 3. Using a hand mixer, cream the butter and icing sugar together for a couple of minutes. 4. Add the vanilla and salt and continue to mix until fully incorporated. 5. Add the flour gradually until your mixture has formed a dough. 6. Sprinkle some flour onto your surface and roll out the dough until it is about 1/8 inch thick. 7. Cut out your cookie shapes with a cookie cutter. On half the cookies, cut out a smaller heart shape in the center. 8. Place cookies on baking tray and place tray in the refrigerator to chill while the oven is preheating. 9. Bake the cookies 8 minutes or until edges are slightly browned. 10.On the cut out cookies, sprinkle a layer of icing sugar on top. 11.Once the cookies are cooled, melt the white chocolate. Then spread a layer of melted white chocolate on the full cookies (ones that are not cut out). Let the chocolate set slightly for 5-10 minutes. 12.Spread a layer of raspberry jam on top of the chocolate. 13.Place the cut out cookies on top. Be careful not to smudge the icing sugar

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GENTLE AND HOT YOGA CLASSES WITH MEGAN SPEARS MONDAYS AND WEDNESDAYS 11AM AND 12:20PM


AROUND THE OFFICE / Fort Worth Office


GQ LOGISTICS EDITION The logistics men in Ft. Worth decided to suit up for Danny Christner’s first visit to the new office. From left to right, Xadier Weeks, Homer Minor, Andrew Copeland, Stephen Chapman, Clarence Westmoreland, Stedman Hodge, Eloy Arechiga, Duncan McGeachy, and Carlos Rivera.


JOHN, DANIEL, AND JOHN WAYNE CHRISTNER AT THE 2020 CHILI BOWL NATIONALS.

DESIREE VAN KALSBEEK WITH HER FAMILY ON SUPERBOWL SUNDAY.

SHEILA DORRIS’S LAST BABY AT HOME. STEVEN IS 17 AND WILL GRADUATE IN MAY. HE HAS PLANS TO JOIN THE ARMY.

SOMETHING TO TALK ABOUT / What’s going on outside of work


TARA TODD’S DAUGHTER, TYLIE, ENJOYING THE GOOD WEATHER.

BRITNY THORNBRUGH’S NEPHEW, GAGE, PLACED 4TH IN HIS WRESTLING TOURNAMENT.

JENNIFER JONES DESIGNED THE OUTFIT THAT SKYLAR IS WEARING DURING THE FIRST SNOW OF 2020.

KATRINA AND AMELIA STRETCH, TRISH BOONE, LUCY HOBBS, AND ALYSSA GORHAM WITH JCT’S YOGA INSTRUCTOR, SHERIDAN TEAGUE, AT HER HARRY POTTER THEMED BABY SHOWER.


CONTACT INFORMATION Mailing Address: P.O. Box 1900 Sapulpa, OK 74067 19007 W. Hwy. 33 Sapulpa, OK 74066 BCBSOK BCBSOK 800-672-2567 TrueNorth Driver Insurance 800-877-9637 ATBS/American Truck Business Services 888-640-4829 or www.atbs.com Driver Legal Driver’s Legal Plan 800-417-3552 JCT Wellness Jeff Ravenscroft 918-857-8600 Zurich OCC/ACC 866-280-4390 Reach out to JCT employees on Facebook, Twitter, phone, mail, or fax. Any input for next month’s newsletter is welcomed and appreciated. Please send to strk@johnchristner.com by Monday, February 24th.

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