November 2019 Newsletter

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A MESSAGE FROM JOHN CHRISTNER Daylight savings is over, hopefully you’ve adjusted your clock by now and aren’t arriving everywhere an hour early…or maybe that’s a good thing! Superior service continues to provide us with great opportunities and that only happens with effort and intentional communication. Thank you to all of our hard working associates. We have a challenging environment industry wide with downward pressure on freight rates and rising insurance rates and in order to continue to be a stand out transportation provider, we need to keep working at providing high levels of service through the proactive approach we take to our business. Our success is not accidental!

OF F IC E C LOS ED 11/28


Adam Peters, 1 year


Rebecca Dobson, 1 year Micah Harriman, 1 year Wesley Moran, 1 year

11/12 Katrina Stretch, 1 year 11/13 James Smith, 4 years 11/22 Rose Waltrip, 15 years 11/24 Jason Hall, 1 year Sheila Dorris, 24 years 11/26 Hilda Aviles, 1 year 11/27 Jessie Thiel, 30 years Jackie Wallace, 13 years Clarence Westmoreland, 2 years

11/29 Danny Christner, 31 years 11/30 Aileen Hurtado, 1 year Shaila Montgomery, 1 year Michelle Rodriguez, 1 year


Johnny McDonald Sr., Shop Foreman


Kendall Newell, Truck Inspector


John Brooks, Breakdown Operator


Tiffany Clepper, Capacity Manager Debra Penner, Driver Trainee


Greg Gorman, VP Sales TJ Lacy, Tractor Mechanic Jack Wallace, Driver Training


Floyd Wesley Jr., CS Night Operations


Eloy Arechiga, Logistics Support Cameron Storm, Fleet Manager

11/15 11/17

Danny Christner, Owner Charli Brown, Customer Service Swap Quek Song, VP of IT


Vincent Partridge , Tire Technician


Mike Griffin, VP Finance Corey Russell, Parts Clerk


Yolanda Moore, Logistics Support


Aileen Hurtado, Logistics Account Manager


Bob Botkins, Breakdown Operator Bryan Hardman, Customer Service Rep


Nick Vandivort, Recruiter

LOGISTICS IMPACT AWARD Tom White won the 3rd quarter Logistics Impact award for 2019. Each quarter the there is one person outside of logistics that is chosen to receive this award for being an asset to JCTL. A major logistics initiative this past quarter (and into Q4) has been integrating Project 44. With this, Tom has worked tirelessly to make sure the integration has been as seamless as possible. He has been sitting in on weekly calls to ensure everything is perfect and everyone is happy. Blake Thomas said the vote for Tom to win the Q3 Logistics Impact Award was a unanimous decision.

WHATEVER IT TAKES Bryan Hardman nominated Melissa Rathbone for the November Whatever It Takes award Bryan said, “I nominate Melissa Rathbone – Hard worker, comes in with a smile on her face. Will stick till the end until everything is taken care of.” Melissa was presented with a trophy, a “Whatever It Takes” designated parking space in front of the building, and a $50 QuikTrip gas card. Melissa will also have the honor of naming next month’s WIT winner.


Amy Brown Customer Service

April Reynolds

Bethany Jones

Customer Service

Logistics Support

Tractor Mechanic

Human Resources

Kasha Dyer

Duncan McGeachy

Dustyn Hager

Floyd Wesley

Gage Brooks

Steadman Hodge

Ashley Hern

Jason Cates

Diesel Mechanic

Night Dispatch

Logistic Support

Ashley Hern Customer Service

Logistics Support

Driver Manager

Customer Service

Juleyne Koss

Bradie Richardson

Homer Minor

Russell Campbell

Dominic Salazar

Tiffany Barnett


Diesel Mechanic

Driver Settlements

Customer Service

Logistics Support

Driver Compliance

Zach Gillette

Jacob Jeffcoat

Jason Desjarlais

Mallory White

Corey Russell

Nicholas McDowell

Shop Analysis

Associate Recruiter

Capacity Manager


Driver Manager

WE Dispatch


DRIVER BIRTHDAYS 11/01 Robert Hodges

William Ball

Darryl Dunn Jim Samolis

Vincent Clements 11/14 Cory Hallett

Gilbert Sayre, Jr. Randall Johnson

Eric Boone 11/15 Francin Cruz-Sanabria

11/02 Ali Fallah Tafty

Mark Butcher

Rickie Varvel

11/16 Raymond Laughter

Mckayla Webb

11/17 Wayne Bartron, Jr.

Franklin Fisher

Keith Adams

Johnny McDonald

Thad Jackson

Ashley Artunduaga

Leslie Curtis

11/03 Darold Behnke David Gipson

Jesse Presley 11/18 Arthur Smith, Jr.

Jerry Atkins

Adam Anderson

James Willison

Terren Gwynn

Toby Graham

11/19 Lester Grayson

11/04 Kenneth Jones 11/05 Jason Shatzer

John Broome 11/21 Renee Scott

Carroll Calmes

Randy Ford

Scott Lewis

Darryle Watson

Trameka Anderson

Gaylon Walker

11/07 Richard Davis

11/22 Reginald Mack

Julio Barrientos

Joshua Sykes

11/08 Ezekiel Rozier

11/25 Dwayne Currie

11/09 Amber Penner

Michael Diffee

11/10 Liz Johnson

Pamela Cargill

Jackie Wallace Tayseer Haydar

Charles Bryan 11/26 David Wagenknecht

Bryan Sturdy

Steven Brigante

Jean Beck 11/11 Robb Lewis, Jr.

Stephanie Stocking 11/27 Daniel Swart

Carol Odell

Roger Proctor

Shane Tidwell

Elton Anthony

David Evans

11/29 Christopher Myers

Stanley Michel

Vern Wirth

Brandy Hoyt

Jeremy Cox

Peter Elmore

Marvin Screen

Terri Freeman

11/30 Gary Kovach, Jr.

Robert Brooks

Craig Torgeson

Douglas James 11/12 Michael Griffith Alberto Rodriguez 11/13 Jeremy Hodge Joseph Rowe




Cynthia Worley, 11/1 Kevin Beckwith, 11/6 Jim Gardner, 11/8 Kip Layton, 11/12 Thomas Vance, 11/12 Mark Warkow, 11/12 Kevin Johnson, 11/15 Gary Lusk, 11/20 Kevin Williams, 11/20 Billy Laferney, 11/26 Gregory Gaskin, 11/27 Edward Engstrom, 11/29 Jesse Lopez, 11/30

Gary Sarchet, 11/9

2 YEAR ANNIVERSARIES James Willison, 11/3 Arthur Cole, 11/6 Micheal Richard, 11/13 Corey Broome, 11/13

Shana Shatzer, 11/13 Jason Shatzer, 11/13

5 YEAR ANNIVERSARIES Jeff Auzenne, 11/4 Kelly Roman, 11/6 Andrew Willis, 11/18

6 YEAR ANNIVERSARY Richard Budin, 11/27

7 YEAR ANNIVERSARY Darell Gamble, 11/7 Darryl Dunn, 11/14 John Henshaw, 11/21 Walter Behringer, 11/28 Wayne Beberness, 11/28

Danny Smith, 11/21 Daniel Cox, 11/27 Dennis Ballas, 11/27 Steve Tetzlaff, 11/28 John Amburgey, 11/29

8 YEAR ANNIVERSARY David Keefer, 11/2

10 YEAR ANNIVERSARY Chaun Briley, 11/19


Robert London, 11/25

Wade Young, 11/1 Larry Edwards II, 11/1


Travis Nelson, 11/3

Jackie Wallace, 11/30

Carroll Calmes, 11/7 Joseph Lanzarone, 11/14


Roderick Lundy, 11/16

Darold Behnke, 11/30

Richard Richardson, 11/21 Tayseer Haydar, 11/21 Christian Nielsen, 11/21 Don Schirr, 11/28 Val Harmon, 11/28 Joshua Johnson, 11/28 James Gardner is a talented artist that uses an array of mediums to create his work. To see more from James, follow him on Facebook.


We had the privilege of hosting guest speaker, Brad Robinson, at October’s Toastmaster’s meeting. Brad, a Tulsa native, is an international influencer in the area of couple’s therapy and is specifically well known for helping couples heal from broken trust. Brad was asked to do a Ted Talk and has 1 month of prep time versus the 6 months a speaker normally gets. He practiced his speech during our meeting and then we had a round table style critique to help him perfect it before the big day, November 10th. WE HOPE TO SEE YOU AT OUR NEXT MEETING! For more info call or email Lucy Hobbs: Ext. 4104

JAMIE’S AWARD-WINNING CHILI INGREDIENTS 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 large red onion, diced 1 medium red bell pepper, diced 1 medium yellow bell pepper, diced 4 cloves garlic, chopped 1 pound lean ground beef 8 ounces Italian sausage, casing removed 1/4 cup chili powder 1 tablespoon ground cumin 1 tablespoon dried oregano One 4-ounce can tomato paste One 12-ounce bottle beer One 28-ounce can diced tomatoes One 14-ounce can diced tomatoes One 15-ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed One 15-ounce can kidney beans, drained and rinsed One 15-ounce can pinto beans, drained and rinsed INSTRUCTIONS Add the olive oil to a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Once hot, add the onions and peppers and saute until soft, about 4 minutes. Add the garlic and saute until just fragrant. Stir in the beef and sausage, breaking it up with the back of a wooden spoon, and cook until browned, about 6 minutes. Drain the beef mixture through a colander. Add it back to the Dutch oven and stir in the chili powder, cumin and oregano. Cook for about 2 minutes. Stir the tomato paste into the beef mixture; this will “toast” it and give the chili more flavor. Add the beer and stir up any browned bits on the bottom of the pan. Bring to a simmer, and then add the diced tomatoes and beans. Simmer on medium-low for 2 hours, stirring on occasion to keep the bottom from sticking. Top with shredded cheese, sour cream and chopped green onions before serving. From Food Network Kitchens; after further testing and to ensure the best results this recipe has been altered from what was in the actual episode.

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PROJECT 44 WHAT IS P44? Project 44 is a tracking tool that has 3 different ways of connection (ELD, app, and API) and updates truck locations every 15 minutes. WHY P44? While JCT excels with on time drop off and pick up, customers in the industry are wanting to get more involved in the tracking of our freight. The system we have been using, Macro Point, has presented challenges with staying compliant with our customers for a few reasons. In short, Macro Point only updates every hour. Which means we don’t always have the most updated location of our trucks. A CSR will receive a call from a customer checking on the location of the freight and end up having to call the driver to check in. Word of mouth can lead to accuracy problems, not to mention the time it might take to get a hold of said driver. All of the data from P44 feeds directly into AS400 every 15 minutes. Our CSRs are benefiting from this new system because instead of having to track a driver down, they can simply look at the Check Call screen in AS400 and find the most recent location. HOW DOES THIS EFFECT CARRIERS? With P44, the carrier can choose whether they want to integrate through ELD, API, or phone application. P44 is the only company offering this technology. All of the other tracking systems require the carrier to have an app on their

phone. The problem with app tracking is that drivers can check in and then turn their phone off. Using the ELD, the driver doesn’t have to interact with us. While most of our carriers understand that this is the way the industry is headed and are receptive to what our customers need, we have had some push back. It is important for us to have carriers that are compliant to ensure we keep our customers happy. Luckily, with P44, once a carrier signs a data share agreement, it can be used with any of their brokers that are also utilizing P44. P44 AND THE FUTURE The company is 4 years old and is cutting edge, offering a solution to the changing demands of customers across the industry. With their easy integration, data accuracy, and advanced technology, P44 is the way of the future. P44 AND JCT From June to October, we have almost 300 carriers tracking through ELD, a few on API, and the rest are tracking through the app. JCT went from being 30% compliant to 57%. Our goal is to be 70% compliant by end of November and 80% compliant by end of December. This number is determined by load, so if they ping at least one time during the load then the load is compliant.



The recruiting department took advantage of their many doors at the Riverside office and had a door decorating competition. The Peterbuilt door ended up winning!

The Fort Worth office got spooky with their Halloween decorations.



Little Minnie

First Jack-o’-lantern

Happy Birthday

Glen Zornes’ granddaughter, Abby, dressed up for Halloween as Minnie Mouse.

Evanna Stites’ son, Evan, carved his first pumpkin.

Tiffany Todd’s son, Trevor Dean, celebrated his first birthday on October 9, 2019.

Soldier of the United States Army Brooklyn Joice graduated from basic training from Ft. Jackson in South Carolina. She is an E3, her MOS is 13M (Multiple Launch Rocket System) and Brooklyn will do her job training at Ft. Sill in Lawton, OK. She will be responsible for operating and maintaining the entire multiple launch rocket system. They support infantry and tank units by supplementing cannon artillery during combat.

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 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 by Monday, November 25th.