A MESSAGE FROM JOHN CHRISTNER Welcome to May! Much of the country is warmer and wetter, which leads to potentially dangerous weather. Stay tuned to weather information throughout the day so you can make informed decisions on operating in areas where severe weather threats exist. Don’t get over-confident about the size and weight of your vehicle; a strong wind can certainly cause you problems! The roundtable discussions we’ve had have provided great feedback from our operators and non-driving staff allowing for collaboration between all of our associates. Changes will come from this collaborative effort and hopefully you’ll get the opportunity to participate in an upcoming session. Together we can insure that JCT continues to be a great place to work! Be well!
OUR EMPLOYEES EMPLOYEE BIRTHDAYS
EMPLOYEE ANNIVERSARIES 5/2 5/4 5/6 5/8 5/9 5/10 5/12 5/13 5/15 5/21 5/23
Dustin Byrd Robert Williams Desiree Vankalsbeek
Claude Mcclendon Tracy Pierce Denise Henninger Allen Smith Allen Allday Deetta Bumgardner Sheila Dorris Whitney Molloy Gina Bartley Cory Manzi Blake Thomas Amy Cason Christina Uhlman
8 years 4 years 3 years 13 years 3 years 9 years 15 years 5 years 1 year 6 years 3 years 12 years 1 year 1 year 5 years 8 years
5/3 5/5 5/10 5/11 5/12 5/13 5/14 5/16 5/19 5/21 5/22 5/23 5/24 5/28 5/30
Jordan Basham, Recruiter Merlin Elkins, Customer Service Swap Lucy Hobbs, Rating and Billing Clerk Donald Shanahan, Sr. Staff Accountant Jeff Buckley, Truck Inspector Brian Stewart, Fleet Manager Eric Downing, Truck Selection Connie Sperry, VP Business Development Sheila Bane, Driver Leasing Coordinator Charles Bertotti, CS Night Operations Jack Morrison, Recruiter Brenda Joice, Phone Receptionist Tonya Ladd, Maintenance Clerk Cole Farrar, Tractor Mechanic Jacob Lliteras, Load Planner Leslie Bowser, Breakdown Operator John Noble, Logistics Coordinator Allen Smith, CS Night Operations Jeremy Smith, CS Weekend Operations David Wilson, CS Night Operations
Scott Galbraith Tractor Mechanic
L Y N N L E M O N ’ S R ETIREME NT Darryl Christner said, ”Lynn Lemon has been a long time asset for JCT. He started in outside sales and then transitioned to rating/billing department where he has performed a number of different tasks over the years. His dedication and professionalism have been the trademark of his time with John Christner Trucking!”
Bryan Swearingen Parts Clerk
Thank you for your time with JCT, Lynn. You will be missed!
LEI DAY 2019!
W H AT E V E R
John Wayne Christner nominates Keith Sally for the May “Whatever It Takes” award John Wayne said, “Keith is the embodiment of “Whatever It Takes.” Beginning as a driver over 31 years ago with John Christner, Keith has covered almost every department in the building at one point or another. Now a full time resident of our office, Keith is still willing to make himself available for OTR training of our new DM’s and planners - taking away time from his family to drive the East coast, of all places! Keith is a truly exceptional person, and man - I have never once witnessed him refuse any task, no matter the size or time of day. He is an unwavering ambassador of our brand, and a true asset to our JCT family. It is a pleasure to have him here, and an honor to have him as a friend. Thank you, Keith.” Keith will be honored with a trophy, a “Whatever It Takes” designated parking space in front of the building, and a $50 QuikTrip gas card. He will also have the honor of naming next month’s “Whatever It Takes” winner.
OUR DRIVERS ROB LEWIS, FREE AND CLEAR
PEDRO RANGEL, FREE AND CLEAR
1 YEAR ANNIVERSARIES
Donald Kaczowski, 5/2 Michael Fulminante, 5/10 Shawni Campbell, 5/14 Dywane Bullock, 5/14 Charles Cowan, 5/14 Jeremiah Hogenkamp, 5/14 James Hogenkamp, 5/14 Pamela Cargill, 5/15 Chick Beesley, 5/17 Scott Lancaster, 5/17 Larry Dunn, 5/21 Scott Enoch, 5/21 Lettecha Hanna-Lewis, 5/21 Damon Lewis, 5/21 Anthony Lewis, 5/21 Brandon York, 5/21 Ruben Martin, 5/25 James Lockemy, 5/29 Ramon Larranaga, 5/30
2 YEAR ANNIVERSARIES
Jessie Chesteen, 5/1 Kathy Marie Diaz, 5/1 Robert Blankenship, 5/8 Michael Delacruz, 5/8 Dennis Zorn, 5/12 Carl Morris, 5/15 Mark Butcher, 5/22 Joshua May, 5/22 Victor Feliciano, /25 Charlotte Heller, 5/30 Georg Heller, 5/30 Jason Kloos, 5/30
3 YEAR ANNIVERSARIES
Francin (Mo) Cruz-Sanabria, 5/9 Vernon Jones, 5/9 Matthew Frank, 5/19 Robert Barish, 5/23 David Mcpheron, 5/23 Steven Harlow, 5/31
4 YEAR ANNIVERSARIES Angela Shaw, 5/5 Jack Hein, 5/6 Darrell Shaw, 5/6 Ted Wysocki, 5/8 Francis Sill, 5/11 Joey Rusk, 5/12 Michael Griffith, 5/15
5 YEAR ANNIVERSARIES Robert Kabrel, 5/15 Feliz Aguilar, 5/20 Jonathan Ortego, 5/22 Shawn Heintz, 5/28
6 YEAR ANNIVERSARIES
Kyle Thomas, 5/7 Robert Grigsby, 5/15 Thomas Rogers, Jr., 5/31 James Thurlo, 5/31
5/5 5/6 5/7
7 YEARS ANNIVERSARY
Carl Benge, Jr., 5/16 Edwin Montes-Guzman, 5/16
9 YEARS ANNIVERSARY
Rocky Losh, 5/13 Robb Lewis, Jr., 5/20
10 YEARS ANNIVERSARY
Bryan Palmer, Sr., 5/12
12 YEARS ANNIVERSARY Curt Soard, 5/10
Terry Chaney Charles King Jerry Williams Anthony Lewis Joel Peacock Connie Bryan George Brannon Mark Simpkins Phanna Sieng Ronald Norris Christopher Haggerty Robert Daniel Cynthia Worley James Stafford James Gardner Jemele Austin Lois Osorio Jessie Chesteen Karen Williams Robert Desabre Paula Sarchet Tammy Jennings George Evans Bill Weatherford Bryan Palmer, Sr. Edward Judson Charlotte Heller Will Washington James Riches Eric Downing Cedric Campbell Justin Goodman Jimmy Odell
5/23 5/24 5/25
Walter Carner David Field Randy Stiefer Clifford Marts Michael Chittim Darrell Shaw Timothy Oswalt Scott Rush Michael Fulminante Shawn Heintz Ebay Bean Donald Keene, Jr. Michael Jones Brandon Hardy Matthew Cain Michael Jackson John Canon III Marcus Edwards Christian Carter Richard Botelho Charles Martin Michael Jacques Janet Mayfield Raymond Miller Bobby Morgan Charles Johnson Val Harmon Russell Leahey James Lockemy James Price Norman Chamberlain
AMERICAN TRUCK DRIVER
RECOGNITION FOR WOMEN
“We travel these roads mile after mile; we deliver our freight and give them a smile. We sit and wait for hours on end; just to wake up tomorrow and do it again. We leave our family and our home; we stay in our trucks for weeks all alone. We do this job to feed out friends; for them our love it has no ends. We do not have a nine to fiver; we are the american truck driver.”
The Oklahoman newspaper recognized Cindy Whitney, who drives second seat for Parke Whitney, by featuring her in an article about women truck drivers.
JCT driver, Joel Tye, has a series of poems that he has written based off of his experiences on the road. Keep an eye out for more from Joel.
JCT is proud to announce that we are now a member of Women in Trucking.
For more about WIT, click here.
DEDICATED DRIVER DM Keith Sally sent in a story about how one of his drivers, Darold Behnke. “Darold called and was telling me about the tornado that hit his home town of Ruston, Louisiana at 1:45am on April 25, 2019. He was at home under a load for a short break when the report came over the television at 1am that there will be a tornado in 45 mins for all to take cover NOW! The wind was blowing hard with lots of rain - a very stormy night. He told his wife to get into the bath-tub and stay there. He said that he had to go and get the truck out of town. He left his wife but stayed in constant communication by phone. He fought heavy winds for miles until he was clear. His wife is ok but the town of Ruston, LA is devastated. The place Darold parks while at home was hit hard leaving us to know had he not left, the truck, trailer, and load would have been destroyed. Darold has been a dedicated employee (trucker) since 1999 here at JCT. His load was destined for California and is safely en route.” For more on the storm, click here.
IN THE COMMUNITY GUNNER DAY On April 24th,we had the amazing privilege of getting to be part of the day now declared as ‘Gunner Day’ by Sapulpa’s mayor. Gunner is a first-grader from Sapulpa, Oklahoma that suffers from a rare skin condition called Epidermolysis Bullosa. Walmart Heart Project organized the
day to be just as special as he is. Since Gunner has a love for trucks and Jeeps, local businesses came together to show him love by convoying from the Sapulpa Walmart to the Broken Arrow Walmart. Gunner got to sit right seat in the leading rig and was welcomed by the Broken Arrow Walmart with food, gifts and even some super heroes!
Gunner was invited to visit the JCT yard and spend a day at John Wayne’s side. We look forward to getting to spend more time with him and show him what trucking is all about! If you’d like to see more about the day, check out the News on 6 feature, click here.
AROUND THE OFFICE JCT WELLNESS 2nd ANNUAL STEP CHALLENGE Starts: Thursday, April, 18th Ends: Thursday, June, 20th How many steps can you get in 9 weeks? Total steps win:
WHAT IS TOASTMASTERS? Toastmasters International is a nonprofit educational organization that teaches public speaking and leadership. Since 1924 TM’s has helped millions of men and women become more confident when communicating with others. DID YOU KNOW JCT HAS A CLUB? We do! JCT Toastmasters meets 1 day a month for 1 hour. Come visit us and see how it works. WHAT’S IN IT FOR YOU? TM’s will help you improve public speaking skills, build leadership skills, gain competitive advantage in the workplace, build self-confidence, and build self-awareness, and allows for unlimited personal and professional growth and maximize your potential. THE BENEFITS ARE CLEAR. If you want to improve your speaking, listening, thinking, and leaderships skills. If you want to discover hidden abilities and awaken latent talents, then come join us and see if Toastmasters if right for you. John Christner Trucking sponsors this club and pays for you to participate in this club. For more info call or email Lucy Hobbs: ext. 4104 firstname.lastname@example.org
1st Place=60% of total purse 2nd Place=20% of total purse 3rd & 4th Place=10% of total purse Contact coach Jeff for questions: email@example.com
MONTE CRISTO SLIDERS Ingredients:
1 12- count package Hawaiian Rolls 12 slices deli ham 12 slices deli turkey 6 slices Baby Swiss cheese Dijon mustard 1 egg ¼ cup butter melted Powdered sugar Strawberry or blackberry preserves for serving
For instructions and full article, click here.
ROUNDTABLE TALK As the roundtables continue, there are some topics that have come up multiple times. A few of these include: communication, driver retention, and trailer conditions. Since these
conversations have included a variety of people, we have received some invaluable feedback that is going to lead to change. Itâ€™s always good to see things through the eyes of someone else
and thatâ€™s what these round tables offer. The in-house and driver participation is very appreciated and will contribute to the growth and improvement of the company.
PR O U D PARE N T S
Brenda Joice said, “Tempest received a $1,000.00 scholarship for next year this past Saturday night. Her dad, Jason, and I went to see her receive it and enjoy this important mile stone. We are extremely proud of her. She had overcome many obstacles for this being her first year in college. She has become an amazing young lady.”
GETTIN G AU T O G RAP H S
Jean McGuire said, “McGuire Family would like to thank JCT for the Drillers season tickets, we love baseball and our son Boone was able to get all of the Driller players’ autographs!”
J C T DO G
Whitney Molloy said, “John has given the guard shack a bag of dog food and asked they keep the dog(s) fed. I thought the dog looked quite cozy there in the flower bed this morning.”
U.S. MARIN E
Janie Loudermilk’s son, Ryan, will graduate May 17th and will be joining the United States Marines. He will be leaving for Boot Camp June 10th.
MRS. NEBRAS KA
Paul Leibfarth (truck L3857) and his wife and co-driver, Linda, have been with JCT since 2005. Paul would like to introduce you to his cousin, Adair Reese, 2019 Mrs. Nebraska.
TH O S E C UR L S
Cheryl Owens’s great nephew, Elliott, came for an Easter visit.
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 input for next month’s newsletter is welcomed and appreciated. Please send to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, May 24th.
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