JCT NEWSLETTER F EBRUARY 2019
A MESSAGE FROM JOHN CHRISTNER We are a month into the new year and already it looks to be another great one. We have implemented Market Premium pay, which at the time of this writing is $.05/mile. Check out our Facebook page or website to hear Darryl and Danny discuss this and thoughts on the market, and stay tuned for further updates. Early
pre-plans have proven to be a positive and we commit to getting even better at it. Our logistics operation continues to grow under the leadership of Blake Thomas and Cory Manzi. We will be able to provide even greater options to our operators as well as service to our customers with this additional capacity. Efforts at improving
communication throughout the organization are really coming together and already demonstrate positive impact. Continue to be mindful of winter weather, which has impacted the entire country in several massive storm systems already. Be well!
OUR EMPLOYEES EMPLOYEE BIRTHDAYS 2/1 2/2 2/7 2/9 2/10 2/14 2/16 2/17 2/20 2/21 2/23 2/26 2/27
April Hollan, Customer Service Rep Seth A. Garroutte, Tractor Mechanic Christina Uhlman, Recruiter Charles E. Demasi, Over The Road Driver Russell D. Watson, Logistics Coordinator Tyler Y. Cornwell, CS Night Operations Sheila Dorris, Driver Settlements Clerk Mike Spencer, Truck Inspector Brian Grace, Driver Safety Coordinator John M. Christner, Owner - CEO Janet Mccoy, Driver Settlements Clerk James Schulz, Load Planner Denise Henninger, Administrative Assistant Kristy N. Reece, Rating And Billing Supervisor Rachael N. Woodall, Parts Clerk
EMPLOYEE ANNIVERSARIES 2/1 2/2
2/4 2/8 2/9 2/12 2/13 2/14 2/16 2/19 2/20 2/22 2/24
James Gomez Paul Fream Gerald Sunby Tim Sattler Emory Andis Evan Branham Brian Ford David Clifton Jordan Basham John Noble Amye Alvarez Lucas Brittain Gregory Gorman Cheryl Romine Christie Marlin Kirby Faulkinbury Jeff Buckley Thomas Cowan
28 years 4 years 26 years 15 years 4 years 2 years 14 years 4 years 3 years 7 years 5 years 4 years 15 years 18 years 11 years 13 years 13 years 16 years
DRIVER RET ENT IO N TRAINING One of JCT’s major goals for 2019 is driver retention. Scott Bryan put together an awesome training course that walked us through social skills that will not only further our professional relationships, but our personal relationships as well. Communication is a major factor in maintaining healthy relations and looks a little different for everyone. Scott provided us with fun personality test so that we were able to discover our own personality strengths and weaknesses and then learn about other personalty types’ strengths and weaknesses. Once were able to understand ourselves and be educated about other personality types, we are able to build and maintain healthier relationships. We look forward to using these skills to help reach our driver retention goal this year. If you’d like to find out your personality type and read up on others, follow this link: Personality Test
W H AT E V E R IT TAKES Zack Norton nominates Brian Grace for the February “Whatever It Takes” award Zack said, “The shop and safety department work hand in hand to get trucks ready for new drivers. Brian has always jumped in and helped us expedite the process to get post lease trucks into our shop, or help with safety related issues. Thank you for all you do.” Brian will be honored with a trophy, a “Whatever It Takes” designated parking space in front of the building and a $50 QuikTrip gas card. Brian will also have the honor of naming next month’s “Whatever It Takes” winner.
Sara â€œDuckieâ€? Schremp
John Wayne Christner
Sara is from St. Louis, MO but does not like baseball, hockey or any sport really. She is a music nerd and loves to travel to concerts. She already has 6 concerts lined up this year.
John lived in Denver the last 5 years, before relocating his family to Tulsa. He loves golf and shooting guns.
Travor has worked in supply logistics and is interested in learning more. He is currently finishing up school online at OSU with a degree in business management.
Bobby was in the Army for 10 years. He recently got out and is studying diesel and heavy equipment repair at OSU Okmulgee.
Arrin was a Mechanic in the Army for 4 years and got out 6 months ago.
Moved to Tulsa in 2010 and played basketball at Oral Roberts, where he met his wife. They have a 15 month old girl named Ava.
Jackson is a recent graduate of The University of Texas at Austin. He likes to write fiction in his free time.
Cole is a senior in high school in Mannford and is attending Central Tech.
Xadier Weeks Logistics Support
OUR DRIVERS DRIVER BIRTHDAYS 2/1 2/2 2/3
2/4 2/5 2/7 2/8 2/9
2/11 2/12 2/13
2/14 2/15 2/17 2/18 2/20 2/23 2/24 2/25 2/27 2/28 2/29
Lee Roy Ellis Tammie Hupfer Bill Wrenn, Jr. David Fullerton Jacob Waltman Richard Gifford Scott Strobel Eric Rodriguez John Heflin Dennis Johnson Sheila Knight Edwin Montes-Guzman Kelly Roman James Case Charles Demasi David L. Bozard Jackson Byrd William Gonzalez Arturo Reyes Xavier Yoder Kenneth Carmichael Branden Williams Derek Thompson Jamal Michael Cleveland Boler Brandon York Cynthia Cornelius Terry Conaway Jonathan Ortego Curtis Matthew Mark Cardona Tremaine Jones Richard Richardson Kellie Morin Michael Waterman Tyler Leavitt John Christner Janiene Winsor Sean Nau Douglas Pearce Charles Apodaca Michael Hansen Jerry Adams Milton A. Jenkins Jimmy Cunningham Brandall Norman Douglas Brailey
Click play button to hear from the Christner brothers
M I L L I ON M I L E DRIVERS
Cletus Zundel 3 million miles
Milton Jenkins 1 million miles
Ramon Gutierrez 1 million miles
Becoming one of JCT’s Million Mile Drivers is no easy task. It takes a driver hitting one million miles, since driving with John Christner Trucking, without having a preventable accident or citation. We talked to the Million Mile Drivers from 2018 and asked for their advice for other drivers. Cletus Zundel is from Washington and has been with JCT since 2002. When he isn’t driving, he is enjoying nature by camping and fishing. His advice for other drivers: “Everyone is different. I just get up and do my job.” Milton Jenkins is from Shady Dale, Georgia and has been with JCT since 2008. He has four children and two grandchildren. He spends his home time with his family. His advice for other drivers: “Always take safety first. Take your time. Make the best fuel mileage you can and you’ll be successful. Don’t let anyone else drive your truck. You can take other people’s advice but take it and make it your own. JCT has laid out a good plan and gives you the tools for success, so grab hold and make it your own. Reach a point on your own where you don’t let others’ opinions sway yours. Stay calm and collected, even when stressed.” Ramon Gutierrez is from Arizona and has been with JCT since 2009. When Ramon is on home time he likes to spend time with his wife, kids and grandkids. When the weather is nice he likes to hunt, fish and have cookouts. He wanted to give a shout out to his wife and said that he couldn’t do this without her. He said that she’s a heck of a woman. His advice for other drivers: “Give people in front of you room. Back off from those getting close to you. Pay attention, keep an eye on the side mirrors, rear view and what’s in front of you.” The Midwinter Conference is an annual event made up of educational sessions that focus on industry issues and legislative affairs. The close of the conference is marked by the Safety Awards Banquet recognizing safe drivers and carriers. For more information, click here.
2018 Christmas Hauliday Raffle
2019 New Years Hauliday Raffle
GRAND PRIZE WINNER Congratulations to DiAnna Ramsey for winning the 2018 Diamond Rewards Grand Prize! For having the most recruits, DiAnna’s January and February truck payments are being made by JCT. Don’t forget to take advantage of your Diamond Rewards, drivers. Click the link below to get more information. 2019 Diamond Reward Program
1 YEAR ANNIVERSARIES
4 YEARS ANNIVERSARIES
Allen Musselman, 2/9 Dawn Musselman, 2/9 Nesly Cesar, 2/12 Diane Wyatt, 2/13 Jesse Wyatt, 2/13 Russell “Heath” Leahey, 2/14 Albert Carpenter, 2/19 Matthew Cappiello, 2/21 Edward Judson, 2/2 George Anderson, 2/22 Dale Wiese, 2/23 James Case, 2/26 Tremaine Jones, 2/26 Alan Roach, 2/26 Sabrina Levert, 2/28
John Keller, 2/19 Vincent R. Kellerman Jr., 2/19 Edward Moore, 2/19 Shawn Culver (Luke), 2/24 Tony Thacker, 2/24
2 YEARS ANNIVERSARIES
9 YEARS ANNIVERSARIES
Willie Simmons, 2/7 Deborah Anderson, 2/8 Cynthia Alderson, 2/13 Joshua Pannell, 2/24 Dwayne Currie, 2/27
3 YEARS ANNIVERSARIES
DRIVER OF THE YEAR NOMINEES Lenard Dockter, Samuel Salazar, Walter Behringer, Bill Wrenn, Parke W. Whitney, Jimmy Rabaca, Dennis Didget
Deanna Lynn Johnson, 2/1 Charles Martin, 2/8 Phillip Nunez, 2/15 Kenneth Jones, 2/18 John Cook, 2/29
5 YEARS ANNIVERSARIES Jairo Osorio-Enriquez, 2/11 Kenneth O Tullos, 2/11 John Bradshaw, 2/19 Mark Pomraning, 2/25
7 YEARS ANNIVERSARIES John H. Canon III, 2/15 Linda Leibfarth, 2/24
Terry (Tj) Conaway, 2/18
11 YEARS ANNIVERSARIES
Pamela (Pam) Freeman, 2/21 Thomas (Tom) Freeman, 2/21
16 YEARS ANNIVERSARIES Jackie Morton Jr., 2/11
26 YEARS ANNIVERSARIES Gerald John Sunby, 2/2
AROUND THE OFFICE JCT WELLNESS
WHITE CHICKEN CHILI - stove-top, slow cooker and instant pot
NEW FITNESS CLASS POWER SCULPT
MONDAYS AT 12PM IN THE JCT GYM Power sculpt combines cardio and weights to help you gain and sculpt muscle while burning up to 500 calories a class.
FITNESS CHALLENGE WEIGH IN DATES: February 14, 28 March 7 Contact coach Jeff for questions:
4 medium skinless, boneless chicken breasts 4 cups chicken stock 1 clove garlic minced 1 medium onion diced 1 (15-ounce) can white beans, drained (I like to add another can) 1 (4-ounce) can diced green chilies, with liquids from chilies 1 teaspoon each: dried oregano, ground cumin, salt, pepper, 1/2 teaspoon chili powder 1. Add chicken to a 4-quart, heavy bottomed Dutch oven or stockpot over medium heat. Add chicken stock and cook until tender, about 15 minutes. Shred chicken with two forks and then add back to the liquid. 2. Add garlic and onion to stockpot, white beans, green chilies, dried oregano, cumin, chili powder, salt, pepper, and chopped fresh oregano. Stir until well-combined. Taste for flavor and adjust to your preference. 3. Simmer over low heat for about 5 minutes. Remove from heat.
For full recipe and video click here.
P AV E M E N T In an effort to improve the overall driver experience, the back parking lot is currently being paved. This will help to control dust so trucks that come out of the wash wonâ€™t immediately get dirty. It should help the driver lounge and the shop stay a lot cleaner as well.
IN THE COMMUNITY This year at the Chili Bowl a young racer, Josiah, of 7K Racing, recognized John Christner in a crowd of people and introduced himself with a firm handshake. The two struck up a friendly conversation where Josiah told John his story of how he and his two other brothers got into racing and then gave John one of their 7K Racing business cards.
When asked, he admitted that his older brother was the fastest of the three. John went on to give the three boys JCT hats and bags full of JCT swag. Later in the week, John invited Josiah to take a VIP tour of the Swindell pit where he was able to meet Sammy and Kevin. Before the racing week was over, Josiah found John and expressed his gratitude for John taking time to talk with him and give him the VIP tour. If youâ€™d like to check out the boysâ€™ facebook page, click here.
T YLI E S UE ROS S ON Tyler and Tara Rosson (Recruiting) would like to introduce their newest edition! Tylie Sue Rosson, born 1/19/2019 at 12:59am. She weighs 6.5 lbs and is 19 ½ inches long.
COU S IN C RE W
Trevor Todd or “Moose” at 3 months old and Tylie Rosson at 3 days old.
B I RTH DAYS AND C H E E RS
Kristy Reece’s youngest, Gabby, turned 6 on January 22nd. She also preformed in her first cheer competition, as a member of the Ovations All Star Cheerleaders, on January 12th in Tulsa.
M O V IE T I M E
TJ and Trevor Todd having a little bro moment while watching The Lorax.
C H R IS TM A S C UT I E S Tonya Ladd’s (or Mimi) grand babies at Christmas. Hathan Mouse is 5 years old and Hayzlee Mouse is 2 years old.
Sarah Schremp, the new DM, rescued a new puppy. El Dorado is 11 weeks old and is named after a song by Ashley McBryde because of the line “Good as Gold, El Dorado.” He was found abandoned in a bathtub in a house in Owasso. He is feisty and fiercely cuddly. Sarah said, “If it weren’t for my new-found stability here at JCT, I would not have been able to adopt him.”
M R . AN D M R S.
Brian Hardman and his new wife, Marissa, after their wedding on January 25!
LYNN’ S LIFE
Lynn Lemon’s dogs, Petey & Daisy keeping him warm on a chilly Saturday morning. They’re usually piled on top of his wife, Paula while she watches the Tennis Channel (her favorite – all day & night), but on this particular morning, D & P got tired of old Roger Federer Wimbledon re-runs & joined Lynn while he had some coffee. Lynn’s grandson (pictured right), Robert Hale, scored a perfect score of 36 on the ACT scholastic test last term. Robert joins the less the 2/10ths of 1 percent of national test applicants who made a perfect score on the exam. Robert is a sophomore at Riverfield Country Day School & is taking a course in integral calculus at The University of Tulsa this term. His other grandson, James Hale, is a computer science major at TU and his granddaughter, Julia Hale, is an architectural major at Cornell University. Needless to say, Lynn and Paula are very proud of them.
GO P O K E S
Brooklyn Joice will be attending OSU in the Spring 2020. She is also the Salutatorian for her class. She will be going to basic training at South Carolina in August. After basics and job training she will be home in December. Have a few weeks then off to OSU in January 2020. GO POKES! PISTOLS FIRING!
C O NTACT I N FORMAT I ON 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 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 correction or input for next month’s newsletter is welcomed and appreciated. Please send to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, February 22rd.
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