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JOHN CHRISTNER Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow predicting an early spring! However, we’re not quite out of the woods yet, so continue to be vigilant regarding the weather and adjust appropriately. We have a lot of great momentum from communications training, operational changes and our general focus on relationships with our operators and frankly it’s fun! We hope many of you will get to participate in a roundtable discussion this year, get to shadow your DM for a couple hours while you’re here or just pop in on a member of our executive team and share some feedback. Ears are open, we want to hear from you! Be well!
OUR EMPLOYEES EMPLOYEE BIRTHDAYS 3/1
Lynn Lemon, AP Clerk
Stephen Chapman, Logistics Coordinator
David Fortney, Truck Inspector
Katrina Stretch, Marketing Manager
Jessica Robinson, Breakdown Operator
James Hampshire, Trailer Refrigeration Tech
Patrick Bryan, Corporate Trainer
Alanna Weins, Recruiter
Timothy Andreassen, Load Planner
Nicholas Copeland, Logistics Support
Marlene Maddox, CS Night Operations
David Clifton, Shop Foreman
Jennifer Heisley, Fleet Manager
Roger Hardway, Sr. Programmer
Tamera Castodio, Customer Service Rep
Tomas Robles, Logistics Coordinator
Michelle Rodriguez, Logistics Support
Terra Smith, Rating and Billing Clerk
Wesley Moran, Breakdown Operator
Laura Watkins, Driver Leasing Coordinator
Lori Loy, Director of Human Resouce
Debra Shelley, Logistics Coordinator
Scott Box, Load Planner
Marty Means, VP Customer Service
Candace Sisk, Recruiter
Jean McGuire, Recruiting Administrator
Jean is married with 3 children and was born and raised in Kellyville. She worked for 17 years in the court system (at the Tulsa County Courthouse) and enjoys working close to home now.
Lorenzo Mendoza, Driver Compliance
EMPLOYEE ANNIVERSARIES 3/5
Matthew Partridge I
Charles Garrett Jr.
Hey I’m Lorenzo. I love travelling the world and going on adventures. I grew up in Nairobi, Kenya because my parents were missionaries.
Eloy Arechiga, Logistics Support Essai Adorno, Logistics Support
W H AT E V E R IT TAKES Brian Grace nominates Rebecca Dobson for the March “Whatever It Takes” award Brian said, “Operations (Rebecca’s department) has it tough when the weather turns with all of the reschedules and working weekends.” Rebecca will be honored with a trophy, a “Whatever It Takes” designated parking space in front of the building, and a $50 QuikTrip gas card. She will also have the honor of naming next month’s “Whatever It Takes” winner.
FOND FAREWELLS REDWINE’S R ET I R EME N T
“Back in 2001 I received a visit from Jim Redwine. He actually was here to see John but John was out of his office. Jim expressed an interest in coming to work for JCT and from that first meeting I was sold on him. 17+ years later my opinion has not changed. Last Friday was Jim’s last at JCT. When I talked with him the last thing he told me was that he would call me Monday. I asked him why and he said he just wanted to see how the weekend went and how our truck/load counts in Texas looked for the week. That is Jim. Jim was “old school” when it came to his customers. If he didn’t talk to them on the phone for a day or two he would go see them. He handled their issues (and mostly ours). Not sure, but I don’t remember ever getting a complaint from one of his customers. They love Jimmy. I will definitely miss him and his calls, but retirement is something most people look forward to. Good luck Jim and keep in touch (not that I have to tell him that)” Jim Gomez, Sr.
GOOD BYE J I M G OM E Z Jim Gomez is retiring on March 22, after 28 years of working at JCT. “First, I have truly enjoyed working with and for Jim Sr. One of his greatest strengths is his ability to listen. When I sat at the desk right outside his office, I often thought of him as the company counselor. Everyone comes to talk with him not
only about work issues but personal ones too because he listens so well. He is patient, gives thought to his answers, and often finds solutions to things that I miss in my haste. Since first walking into his ever-changing work (not his thing at all), he has supported me, shown me great respect, encouraged me to change where I needed it, and has always
been willing to share his knowledge and experience. Side note: I wonder how many people know that he is not a Sr.? When they hired Jim Jr. (who is not a Jr.), they needed a way to distinguish between the two. Someone called him Senior and it stuck.” Trish Boone
OUR DRIVERS DRIVER BIRTHDAYS 3/1 3/3
3/4 3/5 3/6
3/8 3/9 3/10 3/11 3/12
3/13 3/15 3/17 3/18 3/20
3/21 3/22 3/24 3/25 3/26 3/27 3/28 3/29 3/31
Jason Driscoll Sean Garnhart Nigel Marston Sherry Conrad William Walters Amber Campbell Linda Bass Calvin Johnson Dennis Didget Taylor Nevins Edson Cativo Ernest Haefner Joshua Driscoll Thomas Larsen Paul Curtis Andrew Anemone Jack Hein Wade Young Dave Jennings James Hunley Matthew Thomason Cecil Meares Billy Lawson Leah Bunt Phillis Porter Eric Felder Elmer Crandle John Vanaken Thomas (Tom) Freeman James Manlove Chris Ferrell Robert Downey Eva Mattar Bethany Preston Gary Vincent Sara Sharp Tony Brogdon Edward Moore David Keefer Leslie “Les” Buttram Brian Smith Jonathan Briggs Ruben Martin John Cook Jason Robinson Jose Ramos Harold Wells Fredrick Phillips William Lewis Dale Macrunnel Steven Andersen Patti Hodge George Whitaker Clifton Quick Joyce Norris Laura Lemon Alexander Pleiness Robert Clauder Gary Downs Corey Broome Tigg Costa Edward Alcala Daniel Hopkins Herbert “Dwayne” Walters Dawn Musselman Shami Fleming Ronald “Julius” Branch Dennis Ballas Jennifer Jellins Terry Horton Scott Box Linda Ward Francis “Frank” Casner George Ngugi
DRIVER ANNIVERSARIES 1 YEAR ANNIVERSARIES
Aaron Davidson, 3/5 David Lemay, 3/5 Jon “Corey” Manuel, 3/5 Laquarance Green,3/5 Joseph Rowe, 3/8 Michael Diffee, 3/9 Scott Zane, 3/12 Derek Thompson, 3/13 Eric Rodriguez, 3/19 Jaden Gerth, 3/19 Michael Pagano, 3/19 William Simmons, 3/22 Shami Fleming, 3/26
2 YEAR ANNIVERSARIES Richard L Lively, Jr., 3/9 Sheila Knight, 3/10 Lanetta Terry, 3/20 Reese Terry, 3/20 Kyron Tuitt, 3/27
ATTA BOY Michael Billings I just got a call-in from a female driver from another company. She got locked out of her truck by her dog. Michael spent two and a half hours of his break trying to help her get back into the truck. He had to resort to making that same dog mad enough to jump on the door panel and hit the window button to roll the window down. The caller, Kerrie, could not say enough good things about Michael: how professional he was, and that he was a true white knight of the road. She kept talking about how polite he was etc. John Wayne and I called Michael to tell him about the Atta Boy – to thank him for it. He acted as though he had done nothing special – that all drivers should have be able and willing to do the same. Alan Phelan There was a call in for Alan being thoughtful and letting people merge onto the highway, keeping a good following distance, and using the blinker. The caller just wanted to thank Alan for doing such a good job on a busy highway.
3 YEAR ANNIVERSARIES Xavier Yoder, 3/14 Jerry Atkins, 3/28 Donald Herke, 3/31
4 YEAR ANNIVERSARIES Antwon Smith, 3/9 Michael Furtick, 3/10 Christopher Eubank, 3/18
5 YEAR ANNIVERSARIES Charles King, 3/4 Raymond Laughter, 3/4 Kenneth James, 3/25 Penny Saya, 3/25 David Wagenknecht, 3/28 Randolf “Randy” Boots, 3/28
7 YEAR ANNIVERSARIES James Riches, 3/14
8 YEARS ANNIVERSARIES Ronald Thomas, 3/9 Joe Cowan, 3/30
11 YEARS ANNIVERSARIES Steve Porter, 3/13
14 YEARS ANNIVERSARIES Paul Leibfarth, 3/30
STORY FROM THE ROAD “While traveling on US 54 south in New Mexico, I saw an 18 wheeler hit its brakes and try to evade hitting a utility pick up truck that turned out into the road at the last minute. The other truck still made contact with the pick up, ejecting the passenger and spinning it out of control. The 18 wheeler went into the ditch on the southbound side and overturned on the drivers side. I was the only truck on the southbound side so I stopped short of the trailer which is now blocking both lanes, attempted to call 911 with no success, called night dispatch, then headed towards the overturned 18 wheeler. I looked inside the truck, saw the driver moving around and the passenger getting dressed. They were okay but shaken up, so myself and another driver jumped up on the driver’s side and attempted to open the door. At first, the driver refused to leave without her pet cat, so I jumped down and walked around the truck checking for fuel leaks or anything that might spark a fire. Finally, the volunteer firefighters arrived, the female truck driver was pulled from the truck along with the passenger. The passenger in the pick up truck suffered a broken leg. All was okay. I was finally able to drive on 4 hours later, but was out of hours and looking for a safe haven. The female driver in the semi is my hero; her actions, and her quick reaction saved 4 lives at the expense of rolling her rig. I was just reacting to the situation at the time and the ending was good for all involved.” Anthony Lynch
CONGRATULATIONS DRIVERS FREE AND CLEAR - drivers who have paid off their trucks
Michael and Deneise Dease
Tom and Pam Freeman
2019 OTA PROFESSIONAL DRIVER OF THE YEAR NOMINEES Congratulations! John Christner Trucking and Oklahoma Trucking Association Safety Banquet recognizes your excellent performance and safety record. Bill Wrenn, Jr. has been with JCT since April 22, 2010. Bill and his wife Scheritta have five children. His hobbies are wood working, home remodeling, and landscaping. Bill is a Veteran of the US Air Force serving as a Administration Specialist from 1981-1986. Bill accomplished many awards in the year of 2017. He received his One Million Mile Award, Finalist for Driver of the Year and placed 4th at the OTA Truck Driving Championship in OKC. On Jan 15, 1995 The Lansing Michigan paper reports the heroic actions of Bill Wrenn assisting aid in an apartment fire. He was awoken by a loud explosion and saw that the apartment next to him was in flames. He jumped in to get several people out of the apartments.
Lenard Dockter has been with JCT since April 7, 2015. Leonard and his wife Melissa have four children. He wanted to find a profession that would allow him to make enough money so his wife could stay home with their son, who has autism. Lenard is a USMC Veteran who served from 2001 to 2005. He volunteers his time to VFW and the Red Cross. In September 2005 he assisted in relocating Hurricane Katrina victims to Reese Airforce Base. He volunteers with funeral detail to honor his fellow soldiers during the Iraq War and is a member of the Marine Corps Mounted Color Guard and participated in the 2004 Tournament of Roses Parade.
Parke Whitney has been with JCT since Oct. 24, 2012. Parke has been driving long haul since 1970. Parke, trained his wife Cindy during the JCT Train the Trainer Program. Parke and Cindy are now one of JCT’s top five teams. Parke is a US Navy Vietnam Veteran and did two tours as a Helicopter Door Gunner. He enjoys woodworking and DIY home repairs. His number one hobby is being a Grandpa. On Nov. 2015, Parke and his wife Cindy participated with Career on Wheels at the Yantsyville Elementary School in Reidsville, NC. He is the recipient of numerous Safe Driving Honors and Truck Rodeo Championships’ Awards.
Walter Behringer has been driving at JCT since November 2012. He and his wife Mary Alice have 2 children. Walter has been a commercial driver for over 29 years. He first starting driving in his native country Germany. He was a Paratrooper in the French Army from 1978 to 1983. Walter and his stepson Billy Rex is our number one team for swaps and repowers at JCT. He says I don’t mind doing swaps at all because I have no dwell time at the shippers and we get great miles here at JCT. He is the recipient of many Safety and Truck Driving Awards. He is a 3x finalist for OTA Professional Driver of the year. We all hope it’s his year to win!
Jimmy Rabaca has been with JCT since October 7, 2015. He and his wife Margaret have four children. He enjoys helping others while on the road and mentoring drivers. Jimmy enjoys fishing and camping. He likes to work on cars but most of all enjoys spending time being a Grandpa. Jimmy is a Veteran of the US Army and was stationed in Nuremburg, Germany from 1990 to1997. On April 1993, Jimmy was awarded the Army Commendation Medal & German Civic Award for acts of heroism. He risked injury to himself by getting a family out of a burning car while suffering severe burns and cuts to his hands.
Samuel Salazar has been with JCT since January 7, 2014. Samuel and his wife Maria have 4 children. He is an ordained Minister and actively volunteers in his community and church. He has officiated weddings and performs baptismal ceremonies. He held a fundraiser to raise money for a family in need. Samuel served in the US Army during Desert Storm. His DM, Adam Peters, says that Samuel is very courteous. He is always on time and treats everyone with dignity and respect.
AROUND THE OFFICE JCT WELLNESS
NEW FITNESS CLASS: GRIT TUESDAYS AT 12PM IN THE JCT GYM We focus on HIIT training, functional movements, and having fun. We incorporate many different styles of fitness training to create an effective fusion that is sure to meet your fitness needs. These include boot camp, strength training, cardio, high intensity, and core strengthening.
FITNESS CHALLENGE FINAL WEIGH IN: March 7th Contact coach Jeff for questions: JEFF@COACHJEFFWELLNESS.COM
10 GRAB AND GO RAW FOODS TO BOOST YOUR IMMUNITY 1. Papaya 2. Guava 3. Blackcurrant Berries 4. Red Bell Peppers 5. Spinach and Kale 6. Chili Peppers 7. Lemons, Limes, Grapefruit 8. Brussels Sprouts 9. Kiwi 10. Strawberries For full article, click here.
3-INGREDIENT YOGURT BREAKFAST BOWLS 3 WAYS Ingredients:
Noosa strawberry & hibiscus yogurt or favorite yogurt Noosa pear & cardamom yogurt Noosa orange & ginger yogurt Fresh raspberries Raw cacao bits Fresh blueberries Granola Shredded coconut Fresh pears sliced Instructions (Stove-top):
1.Pour each container of noosa yoghurt into separate bowls. 2.Add in equal parts raspberries and cacao bits into the strawberry and hibiscus yogurt. Add in equal parts blueberries and granola into the pear and cardamom yogurt. Add in equal parts pears slices and shredded coconut into the orange and ginger yogurt. 3.Serve immediately and enjoy!
For full article and nutrition facts, click here.
CONTROVERSY IN THE SETTLEMENT D E PA R T M E N T: C A N W E R E C O N C I L E ? Is it okay to eat yogurt that has been out for several hours? Opinions vary, and a heated controversy has ensued. As most have heard, this storm rolled in February 20th when a member of the settlement department ate a cup of yogurt that they testified, “had been out all day.” It was 2:35 PM. Witnesses report that it was red, Yoplait brand, though there is debate over whether it had fruit. The fight has raged on. Factions have formed, and many people are refusing to even talk to others on the opposing side. The settlement and billing departments have all but collapsed. The point of contention is still whether it is safe to eat unrefrigerated yogurt. The minority has sounded a confident, “yes!” but only to be rebutted by an equally self-assured, “gross!” A driver, Jacob Sanchez, was interviewed in the smoking area. “Do you think it is safe to eat left-out yogurt?” the interviewer asked. He took a drag from his Cowboy Killer. “I wouldn’t be surprised if an alien pops out of her belly. She’s puttin’ us all at risk!” A local health official weighed in, “it is unsafe to eat yogurt that has been un-chilled for more than 6 hours. Yoghurt contains a notorious battery of bacteria that can be harmful to the delicate biome of gut bacteria.” Later she requested, “Please do not publish my name. I have seen what this … hullabaloo can do to one’s reputation.” The yogurt at the center of the initial conflict was probably left out for about 7 to 8 hours. One DM, Tim McClain, says, “I can understand both sides of the issue. And I do not blame anyone. But I hope that we can all agree that we want to be safe. I do think that we all care about each other.” A cease fire of sorts had been declared last Tuesday to talk about The Bachelor. Most could agree that Demi is unfit for Colton (and some other strong words). Is this the reconciliation that Tim was hoping for? Or is this only the eye of the storm? Only time will tell.
Driver Retention Reminder
ROUNDTABLE TA L K
Different departments, from driver managers to truck maintenance, met with drivers in two roundtables to understand their perspective. As always, we strive to improve the way we do things and talking with our drivers can be one of the most constructive ways to get the information we need to evolve and grow.
H OME C O MING
Kami Green’s daughter, Anna Green, was the freshman attendant at Mounds basketball Homecoming on February 1st.
DEA N ’ S H O N O R
Lynn Lemon’s granddaughter, Julia Hale, earned Dean’s Honors in the Fall term at Cornell University. Julia is an Architecture major.
NE V E R E N O UG H
Jim Gomez, Jr.’s daughter Emily (and Jim Sr’s granddaughter), performing “Never Enough” (from The Greatest Showman) at the 2019 Family Weekend talent show at John Brown University. Emily is a freshman at JBU, located in Siloam Springs, AR. She is majoring in Communications with an emphasis in Digital Journalism & Civic Engagement.
Cheryl Owens’ dog, Lexi, found her pot of gold.
OBU SC H O L ARSH IP S Sheila Dorris said, “We attended OBU Scholarship Ceremony where Jamey and Gabriel both received hefty scholarships.”
P IP E R ANN
Tamera Castodio’s newest grand daughter, Piper Ann Wade, Born January 11th.
DISTRICT CHAMP IO N S
Kellyville Girls and Boys Varsity Basketball 2018-19 3A District Champions! (April Hollan’s son)
DATES TO REMEMBER
MARCH 2019 SUNDAY
M O N DAY
TU E S DAY
W E D N E SD AY
St. Patrick’s Day
T H U R SD AY
F R I D AY
International Women’s Day
National Pi Day
Click on the events and holidays for more information
S AT U RDAY
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 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 correction or input for next month’s newsletter is welcomed and appreciated. Please send to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, March 22nd.
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