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SUMMER 2020 EDITION

JULY & AUGUST

NEWSLETTER


A MESSAGE FROM THE CEO Greetings all JCT associates and stakeholders, To say this has been an extraordinary year would be an understatement, and it’s just early August! From a company standpoint, we’re holding up as well as can be expected and better than most. COVID cases and the ensuing policies have impacted everyone in the country in varying degrees and we are not exempt. Several non-driving employees and some drivers have tested positive, but most with little to no symptoms. The few that have gotten sick have recovered with no lasting complications. As for business, being firmly situated in the food space for over three decades has boded well for our model and we’ve experienced little to no downturn in load volumes or miles, in fact we’re trending up in several areas. While our drivers like the benefit of fixed mileage pay on ALL miles, the rapidly changing market conditions in Q2 and Q3 compelled us to implement a $0.05/mile market premium surcharge on August 1st. Looking back to March when we revised our Fuel Surcharge program, many of you offset that bottom line impact by improving driving MPG, reducing idle time and eliminating out of route miles. The price per gallon is down almost $0.50/mile from a year ago, so the actual effect on take home pay is now very minimal.


Look for future correspondence and potential action as we stay in tune with the freight and labor markets to insure our program remains ultra-competitive. On a more personal note, our founder and Chairman, John Christner went down on his motorcycle leaving Boston, MA for Sturgis, SD and sustained several serious injuries. They are not life-threatening, but he’s still in the hospital in Rhode Island and he has a long road to recovery. The good news is we all know John never met a road he wouldn’t go down, so plan to see him up and around someday soon. Overall, in spite of the extreme uncertainty facing so many areas of life these days, we find time to reflect on the positives. We have an amazing brand/company that turns 35 years old next year. We have incredibly talented, hard-working people that give their all. We have loyal, long-term customers that value what we do. And we have good, secure jobs to provide for our loved ones. It could be so much worse!

Thank you for all you do! -Danny Christner


JUNE RECRUITER OF THE MONTH

Gina Bartley wrote, “The recruiter that brought in the most drivers for the month of June is Elisha Thornton! Elisha is a top notch recruiter and has only been with JCT a short time. She takes great pride in her work and recruiting efforts. Elisha is a great asset to our department and we want to give her a big thank you for all of her hard work.”

JULY RECRUITER OF THE MONTH

Gina Bartley wrote, “I want to recognize Desiree Van Kalsbeek for winning “RECRUITER OF THE MONTH” for July 2020! Desiree has been with JCT since February 2016 as a Recruiter. Now that she is considered a seasoned recruiter and proven her top notch recruiting skills, she is able to work remotely, from home. Recruiting is far from easy, especially now with the world events, but Desiree has accepted that challenge and managed to come out on top! She will be rewarded with a ½ day off and lunch on us.

We appreciate everything she is doing for our Recruiting Department and JCT! Keep up the good work! Congratulations Desiree! I’m so proud of you!”

OUR EMPLOYEES / Awards and Achievements


MAY DRIVER MANAGER OF THE MONTH

Tyler Preston wrote, “The DM of the Month numbers for May were a very close race! Tom Cowan, Brian Stewart, and Hollie Taylor were all tied on total points at 47! As the tie breaker, I am going to go with lowest terms and highest miles for bonus percentage. This puts Hollie Taylor as the winner for May DM of the Month! Hollie joined JCT in March and quickly had to learn the ropes and take on a full fleet of drivers. Since she had a vast wealth of trucking knowledge prior to JCT, she was able to quickly learn our system and procedures, and started to shine early in the game as a Driver Manager. She has quickly fit in with everyone else in the department, has established trust and rapport with her drivers, and I look forward to seeing what she accomplishes in the future. Hollie will be awarded a “Snooze or Cruise Pass”, and will get taken to lunch on a day of her choice. Good job Hollie!”

JUNE DRIVER MANAGER OF THE MONTH

Tyler Preston wrote, “The DM of the Month for June goes to – Jenn Heisley! Jenn has won the DM of the month aware a couple times now since we have brought this award back which proves that she is consistent in her performance and approach. Good job Jenn!!! The winner for May, Hollie Baskins, was right on her tail along with Charles so everyone continue to produce results as the numbers are close! Our new DM, Dale, had a total of 48 points which was a very solid performance but since he didn’t have a full fleet for June his first month to qualify will be July. Jenn will be awarded the “Snooze or Cruise Pass” to allow her to take half a day off on a day of her choosing.


JULY

WHATEVER IT TAKES SHAY MARTINEZ NOMINATED TRISH BOONE FOR THE JULY WHATEVER IT TAKES AWARD Shay said to Trish, “Afternoon Trish :) Friday being my last day, I feel the best person suited for this award is you. That being said, you are always willing to help me or anyone anytime I have a question or issue, or if it’s just me needing to vent. I feel at all times you are ALWAYS fair. I just wanted to say thank you. You truly deserve this award. Also you have been a great mentor to me while being here at JCT. ” Trish was presented with a trophy, a “Whatever It Takes” designated parking space in front of the building, and a $50 QuikTrip gas card. Trish will also have the honor of naming next month’s WIT winner.

OUR EMPLOYEES / Awards and Achievements


AUGUST

WHATEVER IT TAKES

TRISH BOONE NOMINATED JAMES SMITH FOR THE AUGUST WHATEVER IT TAKES AWARD Trish said, “ James always greets you with a smith and is willing to work to fix anything that I have ever asked him about. That includes driving to JCTU to fix things there too . And when things are fixed, it is done right.” James was presented with a trophy, a “Whatever It Takes” designated parking space in front of the building, and a $50 QuikTrip gas card. James will also have the honor of naming next month’s WIT winner.

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY BROOKE!

IT’S GETTING PRETTY SERIOUS Shaila Montgomery presented Brooke Johnson with her 5 year anniversay in a way that makes us all believe that this is going to be a life long thing.


FREE

AND CLEAR

Christopher Brannum’s $1 buyout with Darryl Christner.

Phillip Nunez’s $1 buyo

FRIDAY ENCOURAGEMENT Keith Sally shared a message that was sent from Larry Miles.

ATTA BOY Q2 iPAD WINNER Jessie Chrisco won the 2nd quarter Driver Referral drawing and walked away with a new iPad. Are you taking advantage of JCT Diamond Rewards?

OUR DRIVERS / Awards and Achievements

JAVADA WALKER AND JOHN MALLORY SUBMITTED A STORY ABOUT DRIVER JERRY ATKINS. John said, “I received a call in on Jerry- he was at a shipper and he helped out a JCT newbie getting backed into dock and then assisted him with everything he had to do with his paperwork. All in all, he was very supportive. Come see Javada in safety to get a safety hat and hat pin. Atta boy helpful hero.”


out with John Christner.

Ronald Hollin’s $1 buyout with John Christner.

GEORGE’S INC.

HAPPY CUSTOMER TRISH BOONE SHARED AN EMAIL THAT WAS ORIGINALLY SENT TO CSR, ASHLEY HERN. Good afternoon, I just wanted to take the time to say thank you for all that you do in servicing George’s loads, I know it’s tough organizing your drivers and equipment and I could not imagine sitting behind a Wheel to deliver these loads to customers, it takes dedication and pride, as well as team work , I appreciate all that you and your drivers do during this Covid-19. Thank you so much, Dawn Parton | Traffic Supervisor| George’s Inc Adam Anderson’s “Under The Nevada Sky”


Jenn Heisley presenting Bill Wrenn with his 5 year ring.

Jenn Heisley presenting Vince Kellerman with his 5 year ring.

OUR DRIVERS / Anniversary Rings

Charles Richards presen 5 year


nting John Keller with his r ring.

Jenn Heisley presenting Jennifer Jellins with her 5 year ring.

Tom Cowan presenting Robb Lewis with his 10 year ring.


JULY

BIRTHDAYS DRIVERS 7/1 7/2 7/3 7/4 7/6 7/7 7/8 7/9 7/10

James Taylor Tommy Hamacher Edwin Caro Edward Tilley Adam Young Marlon Young Andre Thomas Leavin Paladino Michael Pearson Wayne Simonson Joe Cowan Randy Whitney, Jr Melvin Phillips John Keller Danny Mcghee Kimberly Randall Stephanie Shellhart Alex Brewster Bradford Woodruff Anthony Ouellette Jovon Kirtley Linda Leibfarth Kurt Cerny Henry Schagane James Tolley Albert Carpenter Leonard Armstrong James Williams Anthony Hamilton John Jackson Cheryl Darnell Robert Pitts Billy Williams Tressa Lambert Ramon Gutierrez Eli Bull Jason Kloos Eugene Heath

DATES TO REMEMBER / Birthdays

7/11 7/12 7/13 7/14 7/16 7/18 7/19 7/20 7/21 7/22 7/23 7/24 7/25 7/26 7/27 7/28

Ivy Kuklinski Daniel Finney Armando Gutierrez Julie Vines Kenneth Anderson Shaun Cleveland Shana Shatzer Marvin Gaylor Anthony Anderson Cleudes Ribeiro Darell Gamble Kimberly Little Derrick Butler Evol Johnson Ronald Rhine James Hogenkamp Jimmy Mclallen Norma Grantham Jack Duff Michelle Thomas Miller Johnson, Jr Jerry Brunkhurst John Zabrisky Pam Freeman Charlie Watkins, Jr Brian Sage Fred Chapman Ricardo Fernandez Roderick Lundy Kevin Miller John Farber Ii Ali Latchman Jesus Rodriguez Jonathan Day Loyd Heaton Iii William Curry Frank Bilbro Brian Zudell Joseph Potts Jesse Chrisco Nesly Cesar Alexander Shorba

7/29 7/30 7/31

Randy Clark Edward Rice William Beebe III Monique Johnson Jon Robinson Shrandell Curry Gary Sarchet James Bergeron Peter Ranzani Shawn Papke

EMPLOYEES 7/2 7/5 7/8 7/12 7/14 7/15 7/16 7/17 7/20 7/23 7/24 7/25 7/26 7/27 7/29 7/30 7/31

Tyler Preston Trina Rogers Amy Brown Ron Scott Kim Williams Blake Stubblefield Scott Galbraith John Mallory Nokia Stith Bradie Richardson Will Jones Jimmie Ingram II Kenneth Crider Terrance Winston Jennifer Brake Shelbe Hollingshad Derek Lowry Cheryl Romine Joey Ribbens Tiffany Todd Brandon Lieb Danielle Powers Theresa Davis Roy Neely James Smith


AUGUST BIRTHDAYS

DRIVERS 8/1 8/2 8/3 8/6 8/7 8/8 8/10 8/11 8/12 8/13 8/15 8/16

Ken Cheung Ted Wysocki, Jr Latafoti Tuivaiti Reagean Zamaradi Robert Johnson, Jr Sean Mcelya Sanford Cox Joseph Lanzarone Jimmie Elks Jeff Auzenne Ronald Hollin Anne Pimentel Devin Ambrose Octavio Cardenas Kurtis Chambers Jay Kemerling John Henshaw Lisa Garcia Keith Lewis David Oliver Larry Miles Trenna Justice Rodney Wilkinson Sierra Stephens Danny Hicks Jamie Gardner Freddie Turner Randle Hamblin Douglas Chen Robert Dover Brady Harrison Brian Leahy Phillip Nunez Philip Quesada Floyd-Paul Brannan

8/17 8/18 8/18 8/19 8/20 8/21 8/22 8/23 8/24 8/25 8/27 8/28 8/29 8/30

John Hedstrom Willie Ward Troy Wichert Keith Daniel Damon Lewis Edward Engstrom Bruce Chojnacki Kip Layton Dashuan Hall Tevin Morris Lavan Bautista Donald Miller Edward Mcdonald Douglas Williams Jairo Osorio-Enriquez Jaime Narvaez Daniel Cummings Tommy Alicea Jamal Miller Mark Pomraning John Smith Desaree’-Elisabeth Mabry Timothy Miller Michael Michalik Cletis Zundel Jeremy Gria Jonathan Odoniel James Mitchell, Jr David Carlson Gary Lambert Danny Hooks Kyle Miller Aaron Mason John Riley Robert Stevens Rosendo Viltredelarosa Richard Cameron

8/31

Bruce Hunt Corey Manuel Clayton Heasley Michael Patrick Samuel Kaauwai Margarita Martin

EMPLOYEES 8/1 8/3 8/6 8/8 8/9 8/10 8/11 8/12 8/13 8/15 8/17 8/19 8/20 8/22 8/23 8/24 8/25 8/26 8/27 8/28 8/29

Duncan McGeachy Troy Harshfield Allen Allday Gina Bartley Tara Rosson Brittney Totty Ramie Burkett Anthony Garcia Gerald Thompson Douglas Chen Jesse Proctor Lawrence McClammy Emory Andis Peter Galli Jeremy Fields Shawn Boddie Virgil McPherson Chris McClure Dominic Salazar Johnny McDonald Crecia Rylant Carlos Rivera Betty Smoot Wendy Waites Jim Gomez Sean Layman Michelle Weaver Steven Porter


JULY

ANNIVERSARIES DRIVERS 1 YEAR ANNIVERSARIES Kyle Miller, 7/1 Michael Terry, 7/3 Jamie Gardner, 7/8 Johnny McDonald, 7/8 Jay Groot, 7/10 Willie Ward, 7/10 Careem Norman, 7/10 Freddie Turner, 7/11 Joshua James, 7/15 Jimmy Alderman, 7/19 Jack Duff, 7/19 Joey Christian, 7/22 Sean Mcelya, 7/22 Aaron Mason, 7/22 Betty Szalwinski, 7/31

2 YEAR ANNIVERSARIES

5 YEAR ANNIVERSARIES Michael Marchese, 7/7 Mary Sifuentes, 7/7 Michael Autrey, 7/14 Clifford Marts, 7/14 Natalie Williams, 7/21 Lemuel Browne , 7/23

6 YEAR ANNIVERSARIES Ronald Reed II , 7/1 Anthony Edwards, 7/8

7 YEAR ANNIVERSARY JAMES PRICE, 7/10/2013

9 YEAR ANNIVERSARY

4 YEAR ANNIVERSARIES Roy Neely, 7/05 Teresa Elam, 7/22 Alanna Weins, 7/22

7 YEAR ANNIVERSARY Kami Green, 7/23

8 YEAR ANNIVERSARY Jim Schultz, 7/9

9 YEAR ANNIVERSARY David Wilson, 7/25

10 YEAR ANNIVERSARY

BERNIE ROMERO, JR, 7/27

William Beall, 7/20

28 YEAR ANNIVERSARY

11 YEAR ANNIVERSARIES

James Grant, 7/17

Janet McCoy, 7/23 Trina Rogers, 7/27

Christopher Tucker, 7/9 Stanley Michel, 7/12 Brian Zudell, 7/30 Brian Sage, 7/30

EMPLOYEES

3 YEAR ANNIVERSARIES

Scott Galbraith, 7/5 Bryan Swearingen, 7/5

17 YEAR ANNIVERSARY

2 YEAR ANNIVERSARY

20 YEAR ANNIVERSARY

Derek Lowry, 7/6 Stephen Chapman, 7/16 Zachary Preston, 7/20 Chris McClure, 7/23

Marty Means, 7/3

3 YEAR ANNIVERSARIES

28 YEAR ANNIVERSARY

Andrew Copeland, 7/7 Tonya Ladd, 7/28

James Grant, 7/17

Jamaica Thomas, 7/3 Ricky Walsh, 7/10 Arthur Smith Jr, 7/17 Kevin Rogers, 7/21 Steven Andersen, 7/24 Michael Jackson, 7/31

4 YEAR ANNIVERSARIES Paula Sarchet, 7/12 Edward Alcala, 7/26 Julius Branch, 7/26 Adam Young, 7/29 DATES TO REMEMBER / Anniversaries

1 YEAR ANNIVERSARIES

13 YEAR ANNIVERSARY John Mallory, 7/5

Russell Watson, 7/14

23 YEAR ANNIVERSARY Gabriel Almanza, 7/11


AUGUST

ANNIVERSARIES DRIVERS 1 YEAR ANNIVERSARIES Christopher Eubank, 8/5 Armando Gutierrez, 8/5 Darrell Erwin, Sr, 8/6 Derick Fisher, 8/6 Raekwon Rozier, 8/7 Benjamin Smallwood, 8/8 Shawn Lee, 8/12 Timothy Long, 8/12 Althea Warner, 8/12 Eric Khan, 8/19 Jose Cantu, 8/19 Cheryl Darnell, 8/19 James Merritt, 8/19 John Smith, 8/19 Devin Ambrose, 8/20 Angela Shaw, 8/24 Wesley Brown, 8/26 Randy Ford, 8/26 Brandon Amick, 8/26 Sanford Cox, 8/26 Randall Johnson, 8/26 Bill Younger, 8/28 Kurtis Chambers, 8/28 Leonard Armstrong, 8/28

2 YEAR ANNIVERSARIES

4 YEAR ANNIVERSARIES Rolando Ricano, 8/1 Gary Lenihan, 8/4 Ray Crandle, 8/8 Jose Diaz, 8/15 George Strattard III, 8/29

5 YEAR ANNIVERSARIES Adam Anderson, 8/4 Bruce Chojnacki, 8/11 Robert Downey, 8/11 Nicholas Teague, 8/14 Andrew Taylor, 8/18 Jaime Narvaez, 8/19 Carol Odell, 8/20

8 YEAR ANNIVERSARY Kevin Miller, 8/22

EMPLOYEES

1 YEAR ANNIVERSARIES John Brooks III, 8/2 Jamie Gleason, 8/2 Robert Crittenden, 8/16 Eric Simmons, 8/26 Yavgeni Ortiz, 8/30 Kallie Pierce, 8/30

2 YEAR ANNIVERSARIES

Vincent Partridge,Jr, 8/17 Minnie Barnes, 8/24

3 YEAR ANNIVERSARIES Brittney Totty, 8/4 Michael Griffin, 8/7 Marlene Maddox

4 YEAR ANNIVERSARY

9 YEAR ANNIVERSARY

David Fortney, 8/19

Craig Fallick, 8/31

6 YEAR ANNIVERSARIES

11 YEAR ANNIVERSARY

Phanna Sieng, 8/13

12 YEAR ANNIVERSARY Charlie Davis, 8/7

13 YEAR ANNIVERSARY Thomas Owenby, 8/16

Ronald Davenport, 8/1 Christopher Myers, 8/10 Derrick Butler, 8/13 Thomas Kepler, 8/16 Nick Bell, 8/20 Edward Belbin III, 8/27 Jimmie Elks, 8/29

14 YEAR ANNIVERSARY

3 YEAR ANNIVERSARIES

Curtis Baldwin, 8/7

Gerald Teague, 8/9 Ali Tafty, 8/14 Dave Jennings, 8/21 Jason Coll, 8/22

21 YEAR ANNIVERSARY

Rickie Varvel, 8/3

15 YEAR ANNIVERSARY Alan Poon, 8/19

18 YEAR ANNIVERSARY

Darrell Crow, Jr, 8/4 Michelle Weaver, 8/18

7 YEAR ANNIVERSARY Jeff Weaver, 8/19

9 YEAR ANNIVERSARY Jennifer Jones, 8/18

10 YEAR ANNIVERSARIES

Robert Burns, 8/4 Glen Zornes, 8/20

13 YEAR ANNIVERSARIES Will Jones, 8/6 Glenn Elkins, 8/13

14 YEAR ANNIVERSARY

Deborah Snell, 8/14

16 YEAR ANNIVERSARY Cheryl Owens, 8/9

Cletis Zundel , 8/27

18 YEAR ANNIVERSARY

23 YEAR ANNIVERSARY

23 YEAR ANNIVERSARY

Anthony Dorsey, 8/19

Crecia Rylant, 8/30

Anthony Dorsey, 8/19


DARRYL AND DANNY CHRISTNER DISCUSS THE MARKET AND ANNOUNCE A MARKET PREMIUM. ALL DRIVERS WILL RECEIVE AN ADDITIONAL $0.05/MILE!

MARKET UPDATE / August 2020


ALL IN

GOOD FUN Driver Patti Hodge posted on the We Are JCT page saying that if she got 100 comments, she’d dump ice water on her Driver Manager, Jenn Heisley. Luckily Jenn is a good sport.

AROUND THE OFFICE / Sapulpa and Riverside locations


SHOWERED WITH LOVE

The recruiting department threw Nokia Stith a duck themed baby shower.

PARTY ANIMAL

One thing is for sure, Doug Chen knows how to celebrate himself. Happy birthday, Doug!


John Christner took his granddaughter and three of her friends out to eat at Mahogany’s before dropping them off at the prom.

SOMETHING TO TALK ABOUT / What’s going on outside of work


Desiree Van Kalsbeek with her family at her daughter’s 2nd dance recital.

Elisha Thornton with her family in Orange Beach, Alabama.

Donny Morgan with his kids, Holli, Sherri, and Matthew.

Brooke Johnson’s girls, Kyla and Karleigh, being adorable.

Tracy & Blake Stubblefield’s kids getting ready for the 4th of July!


CONTACT INFORMATION 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 strk@johnchristner.com by Tuesday, August 25th.

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