A MESSAGE FROM JOHN CHRISTNER HAPPY NEW YEAR!! I know it’s cliché, but 2018 zipped by! We certainly experienced a year of change in our industry as well as within JCT. The one thing that didn’t change was the exceptional service provided to our customers by our great operators supported by our incredible non-driving staff. Thank you all for working your hardest to make JCT the peerless temperature controlled truckload carrier we are. We expect 2019 freight volumes to continue to be strong and the challenges ahead to provide much opportunity. We know the competition for quality operators will continue to be extreme which we see as an opportunity to innovate and set JCT apart. Look forward to many initiatives on that front as we wrap up our 33rd year in business and begin 34. Happy New Year to all of our valued associates, customers and vendors! Cheers to 2019!
JCT NEWSLETTER JA N UA RY 2 019
OUR EMPLOYEES W H AT E V E R IT TAKES Tamera Castodio nominates Zack Norton for the January “Whatever It Takes” award Tamera said, “I want to honor Zack Norton that works as a CSR in the shop for the “Whatever It Takes” award, even though he has only been here a little less than a year, I feel like he goes above and beyond to do whatever it takes for this company. Keep up the good work Zack.” Zack will be honored with a trophy, a “Whatever It Takes” designated parking space in front of the building and a $50 QuikTrip gas card. Zack will also have the honor of naming next month’s “Whatever It Takes” winner.
Teresa Elam - CS Weekend Operations
William B. Weast - Logistics Coordinator
Christopher Pena - Logistics Coordinator
Eddie Carter - Parts Clerk
Diane Scott 1 yr.
James J. Gomez - Vice President Operations
Heather Griffiths - Permitting Clerk
Gerald Thompson 9 yrs.
Desiree Vankalsbeek - Recruiter
Nathaniel L. Clymer - Logistics Coordinator
Diane E. Scott - Breakdown Operator
Carl Stewart - Shop Foreman
Kirby Faulkinbury- Truck Inspector
Cory Manzi - VP Brokerage Operations
Thomas Stockham - Load Planner
Charity L. Wickett - Customer Service Rep
Thomas D. Cowan - Fleet Manager
Mike Powell 1 yr.
Dakota L. Salyers - Load Planner
Hilda Aviles - Logistics Coordinator
Tara Rosson 2 yrs.
Mike Powell - Tractor Mechanic
Bradley Schwalk - CS Night Operations
Baker, Kevin Baker - Fleet Manager
Ghulam Yousuf - Logistics Coordinator
Rebecca Dobson - Customer Service
27 yrs. 17 yrs.
EIGHTH ANNUAL PETE OSBURN LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
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David Ingram is the 8th winner of the Pete Osburn Lifetime Achievement Award. The award is for exhibiting excellent effort, beyond expectations and 16 years of contributions to the growth and success of JCT.
NEW HIRES Beth Hays – Driver Compliance Connie Sperry – VP Business Development Laurel Maloy – Logistics Support James Hampshire – Trailer Refrigeration Trae Barnes – Tire Tech Alyssa Gorham – Driver Settlements
2018 Thanksgiving Hauliday Raffle
Each December on National Wreaths Across America Day, Wreaths Across America has a mission to remember, honor and teach. This is carried out by coordinating wreath-laying ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery, as well as at more than 1,400 additional locations in all 50 U.S. states, at sea and abroad. These ceremonies include a million Remembrance Wreaths to be placed on veterans’ graves all over the country to thank them for their service and sacrifices protecting our freedoms. We’re proud to say that our driver, Darryl Dunn, helped out this awesome cause by delivering this year’s wreaths to Riverside Cemetery in Macon, Georgia. After posting a thank you on Facebook, he replied with “I want to thank Brian Ford and JCT for letting me do it. It was such an honor. I hope to do it again next year.”
DRIVER BIRTHDAYS 1/01 1/03 1/04 1/05 1/06 1/07 1/08 1/09 1/10 1/11 1/12 1/13 1/14 1/16 1/17
Tamera Anne Fuller Gerald Teague Russell J Reedy Anthony Edwards Walter Stewart Lyle Finney Curt Soard Stephan Garcia Travis Nelson Danielle Vargas Terry John Minnie Antonio Landeros Jr Phillip Barthel John Herb William Munden Willie Simmons Victor Natal Feliciano Henry Bernhard Shawn Culver (Luke) Gabriel Arellano Jesse Wyatt Vidrick Charles Kendall Conrad Eldred Powers Joshua Trout Rudy Hegsted Rocky R Losh Randall Lamkin Raheem Bullock Jeremiah Hogenkamp
1/18 1/19 1/20 1/23 1/24 1/25 1/26 1/28 1/29 1/30 1/31
Larry E Brooks Robert Grigsby Aaron Davidson Joshua Carner Michelle Langton Tina Meyers Raymond Lee Donald Thomas E Rogers, Jr Larry Wooten Joseph F Steger Kenneth James Gary Lenihan John Amburgey Joseph Lewis Keith Kalinowski Sandi Lazzara Dustin Myers Deanna Lynn Johnson Ron Joch Michael Pagano Vernon Walters John Bradshaw David Strickland Samanta Williams Russell Mullins Joshua Clevenger Jeremiah Canady
DRIVER ANNIVERSARIES 1/2 Eva Mattar 1 yr. 1/3 Randall Lamkin 5 yrs. 1/4 Anne Pimentel 3 yrs. Francis Casner 1 yr. 1/5 Terren Gwynn 3 yrs. Norman Chamberlain 1 yr. 1/6 Minsu Kim 13 yrs. 1/7 Samuel Salazar 5 yrs. 1/8 Joshua Clevenger 1 yr. Howard A. Dindore 1 yr. Leroy Holmes 1 yr. Scott Lewis 1 yr. 1/9 Alberto Rodriguez 2 yrs. Jesus Sanches 2 yrs. Danielle Twigg 2 yrs. 1/10 Shaun Roberts 1 yr. 1/11 Billy Lawson 1 yr. Taylor Nevins 1 yr. Alexander Kin 3 yrs. Dianna Ramsey 3 yrs. Larry E. Brooks 7 yrs. Pedro Rangel 7 yrs. Linda Ward 8 yrs. Walter A. Ward 8 yrs. Lee Roy Ellis 12 yrs.
1/14 Renee Scott 4 Stephanie Evans 4 Joel Holbrook 4 Fredy Vargas 5 1/15 Earnest Smith 1 1/19 Walter Stewart 3 1/22 Edward Boissoneau 1 Adolfo Espinoza 1 Rogelio Peralta 1 Jacob Roberts 1 1/23 Walter “Dave” Long 6 1/25 Prince McBride 3 Jimmy O’Dell 3 Robert A. Stevens 7 1/27 Daniel Lemon 2 Laura Lemon 2 Octavio Cardenas 3 Dominic Walker 3 1/28 Charles Johnson 3 1/29 Andy Higgins 1 Ezekiel Rozier 1 1/31 Weldon Ferguson, Jr. 1 Anthony Lynch 2
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AROUND THE OFFICE JCT WELLNESS JCT NEW YEARS WEIGHT LOSS CHALLENGE Starts: Thursday, January 3rd morning initial weigh in HR Ends: Thursday, March 7th morning final weigh in HR
WEIGHT LOSS ONLY whoever loses the most pounds $10 buy in or
TEAM OF 2 WEIGHT LOSS PERCENTAGE combined score of total weight loss percentage of the 2 team members $5 buy in
Winner of each category takes the money! Weigh in dates: January 3, 17, 31 February 14, 28 March 7 Contact coach Jeff for questions: JEFF@COACHJEFFWELLNESS.COM
ONE PAN HEALTHY ITALIAN SAUSAGE & VEGGIES Ingredients:( Any sausage works and Iâ€™ve tried with all sorts of veggies) large carrots - 2 cups 2 red potatoes - 2 cups 1 small-medium zucchini - 2 and 1/3 cups 2 red peppers - 2 cups 1 head broccoli - 1 and 1/2 cups 16 ounces Smoked Italian Turkey or Chicken Sausage Seasonings ( I just use Italian seasoning, garlic salt and pepper) 1/2 tablespoon EACH: dried basil, dried oregano, dried parsley, garlic powder 1/2 teaspoon EACH: onion powder, dried thyme 1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes optional 1/3 cup Parmesan cheese freshly grated, optional 4 and 1/2 tablespoons olive oil Optional: fresh parsley, salt and pepper
Instructions 1.Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line a large sheet pan with parchment paper or foil (easy clean-up) and set aside. 2.Prep the veggies: *It is important to prep the veggies according to directions to ensure they all cook at the same time* 3.Peel and very thinly slice the carrots. Wash and (if desired peel, we love the peel on) chop the red potatoes. You want the pieces quite small here. (I halve the potatoes and then cut each half into 10-12 pieces) 4.Halve the zucchini and then cut *thick* coins of zucchini. Coarsely chop the broccoli. Remove the stems and seeds from the peppers and chop into medium-sized pieces. Chop the sausage into thick coins. 5.Pour all the veggies and sausage on the sheet pan. 6.In a small bowl combine all of the seasonings and salt and pepper if desired (I use about 1/8 teaspoon pepper and 1/2 teaspoon salt) with the olive oil. Stir to combine. 7.Pour the seasoning & oil mixture on top of the veggies and sausage and thoroughly toss to coat. 8.Place in the heated oven for 15 minutes. Remove and toss around the veggies + sausage and return to the oven for another 10-20 minutes or until veggies are crisp tender. 9.Remove and top, if desired, with freshly grated Parmesan cheese and fresh parsley. 10.Serve on top of rice or quinoa if desired. (Also great plain!)
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we had ourselves a
M E R RY
WIN TE R WE DDIN G
On December 8, 2018, David Fullerton married his high school sweetheart 20 years after they first dated. The two lost contact their senior year and reunited last year. On the left is a photo of the happy couple and on the right is a photo with her two children. Congratulations! JCT wishes you all a lifetime of happiness.
FORT WORTH FAMILY Some of the people from the Fort Worth office flew in for the quarterly dinner this December. Thanks to Aileen Hurtado for sending in the pictures!
A BATE T O Y R UN
For the past dozen years, ABATE has partnered with the U.S.M.C. â€œToys for Totsâ€? to distribute toys to children in Northeast Oklahoma. An estimated 8,000 toys were donated at this event, and around 5,000 motorcycles made the trip from Expo Square to the Tulsa Arts District in downtown Tulsa. Thanks to Mike Griffin and all of those at JCT that participated in this wonderful event!
F I RS T C H RIS TMAS Big Rob’s great grandson, Weston, enjoying his first Christmas!
S WE E T FAMILY
Desiree Van Kalsbeek and her family posing for the sweetest Christmas pictures.
M IS S ILE L AU NC H E R
Sean Layman’s daugthter, Eila Fern, was born 5lbs 15oz. She is small but very strong, eats great and dirties the diaper like a champ! Her mom, with all her chronic illnesses, is doing fantastic even with surgery. Thank you everyone for your thoughts and prayers!
Brenda Joice’s daughter, Brooklyn Joice, will graduate from Kellyville HS May 2019. She has enlisted in the National Guard. The job she has chosen is missile launching. In August 2019, she will be stationed in South Carolina for basic training and will finish her training at Ft. Sill in December 2019. Mom, Dad and all of her family are very, very proud of her. Pictured is Brooklyn with Recruiter Thomas.
Gina and Shannon enjoying the holidays with family. To the right is Gina with her daughter and grandkids. The picture above is Shannon with his two kids. The two pictures on left are from Shannon and Gina’s evening of caroling.
PICTURE WITH S AN TA
Tiffany Todd’s children, TJ (9 yrs), Trevor (3Months) and Tayla (7yrs) visiting Old Saint Nick.
S N E A KY E L F
Christina Uhlman’s girls, Serenity (9) and Syphira (4). Their scout elf Peppermint is hiding in the tree in the background.
H O BBLID AY
Lucy Hobbs hosted Christmas at her house this year. The picture on the left is Lucy with her family and in laws and the picture on the right is Nick Vandivort giving a present to his brother-in-law.
The JCT Grinch-themed float came in 3rd place in the Sapulpa Christmas Parade this year. The picture on the left features Jordan Basham and his son watching the parade. Thank you to Seth Sisk for being our Grinch!
SILVE R DOLL AR S A N TA
UPC O M ING M A RRIA G E
Kristy Reece’s daughters, Molly and Gabby, having fun at Silver Dollar City before Christmas.
Sheila Dorris’ daughter and her fiancee will be getting married June 8th.
J O LLY H A P P Y S O UL
Nikki O’Dell’s daughter, Kynlee, was ready to laugh and play when she saw Frosty!
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