U.S. Veterans Magazine – Best of the Best 2014 – Crete Carrier Top Veteran Friendly Company

USVM Best of the Best 2014On August 15, 2014, U.S. Veterans Magazine announced the much-anticipated “Best of the Best 2014″ list.  U.S. Veterans Magazine (USVM) polled hundreds of Fortune 1000 companies for this year’s Best of the Best evaluations. At USVM, the goal is to open up employment, business and supplier opportunities within the federal government and corporate America for veterans, transitioning service members, disabled veterans, spouses and veteran business owners. The annual review is an evaluation of the nation’s employers, initiatives, government agencies and educational institutions. These nonbiased studies are valuable resources for jobseekers, business owners, students, consumers, senior management, business associations, employment agencies and consumer groups.

This year, Crete Carrier was awarded the “Best of the Best 2014″ award for being a Top Veteran Friendly Company.  Over 30 percent of the Crete Carrier workforce have military background and Crete continually works to provide veterans with opportunities.  This January, Crete Carrier and Shaffer Trucking announced the approval from the Department of Veteran Affairs for our on the job truck driver training program.  This twelve-month program provides approved veterans and other eligible persons access to GI Bill benefits.

According to the Driver Development Manager, Issac Phillips, with this program in place, service members transitioning from the military will not only receive on the truck training with Crete Carrier and Shaffer Trucking, they may be eligible to receive additional compensation from their GI Bill.

In addition, Crete Carrier and Shaffer Trucking will be adding five new trucks to their distinguished Patriot Fleet, bringing the total of honorary military trucks to 15.  The Patriot Fleet trucks are black International ProStar tractors with wrap graphics that include decals to salute the United States Armed Forces and customized dog tags listing the drivers’ military branches, years served, and miles with Crete.

About U.S. Veterans Magazine (USVM)

At USVM, our goal is to open up immediate, lucrative employment, business and supplier opportunities for veterans, transitioning service members, disabled veterans and veteran business owners within the federal government as well as corporate America. We link companies and government entities to qualified career and business candidates from the ranks of the nation’s veterans. We facilitate veterans’ transition from military to civilian life through the latest information on careers, employment and educational opportunities, and financial, benefits and business advice.

July 2014 Drivers of the Month

Congratulations to all of the drivers below for being selected driver of the month for their respective terminal. Many elements are considered by the individual fleet managers in their selection for Driver of the Month. Safety, mileage, attitude, and appearance are among the key traits of a true professional and a driver who takes a great deal of pride in their work. The qualities you exhibit on the road are exemplary of the type of driver we strive to hire and retain here at Crete Carrier, Shaffer Trucking, and Hunt Transportation. Thank you very much for your commitment to excellence. Your quality and your ability to apply that to the completion of your job are greatly appreciated by everyone at Crete Carrier Corporation.

Company Drivers Terminal Location Company Name
Scott Wahl Cheyenne, WY Crete Carrier
Clarence & Francine Fisher Cheyenne, WY Shaffer Trucking
Richard Grumbling Columbus, OH Crete Carrier
Brett Johnivan Columbus, OH Shaffer Trucking
Richard Moratti DeLand, FL Crete Carrier
Daryl Brewer DeLand, FL Shaffer Trucking
Walter Carte Greensboro, NC Crete Carrier
Ora Timothy Coleman Greensboro, NC Shaffer Trucking
Michael May Indianapolis, IN Crete Carrier
Michael McGlaughlin Kansas City, MO Crete Carrier
Shawn Osborn Kansas City, MO Shaffer Trucking
Matthew Corigliano II Knoxville, TN Crete Carrier
Mark Pertuset Knoxville, TN Shaffer Trucking
Holly Minkle Lincoln, NE Crete Carrier
John Harris Lincoln, NE Shaffer Trucking
Johnny Deiss Marietta, GA Crete Carrier
Adam Martin Marietta, GA Shaffer Trucking
Robert Spicher New Kingstown, PA Crete Carrier
Sean Gleason New Kingstown, PA Shaffer Trucking
Raymond Rosane North Platte, NE Crete Carrier
Dustin Snyder Omaha, NE Hunt Transportation
Darin Shadley Phoenix, AZ Crete Carrier
Arthur Workman Salt Lake City, UT Crete Carrier
Thomas Simmons Wilmer, TX Crete Carrier
Guy Lewis Wilmer, TX Shaffer Trucking
Michael Kopera Northeast Regional Shaffer Trucking
Owner Operators
Thurman R. Flannagan Lincoln, NE Crete / Shaffer
Dale Ringo Omaha, NE Hunt Transportation

GATS 2014 Overview

As we prepare for the second day of the Great American Trucking Show, we thought it would be fun to give a recap of the exciting things that took place yesterday!  We started off with some fun booth set up.   Towards the end of setup, we even got the President of Hunt, Mark Swanson, and the Crete Carrier COO, Tim Aschoff, to give us a hand.

Tim Aschoff, COO and Mark Swanson, President of Hunt Transportation, getting their hands dirty while helping setup the booth display at GATS

Later in the afternoon, Tim Aschoff and Donald Shay, Patriot Fleet Driver, got the opportunity to speak with Mark Willis from Sirius XM’s Road Dog Trucking News.  They covered a range of topics including electronic logging devices, Congress, and who makes a better dispatcher.

Tim Aschoff, COO and Donald Shay, Patriot Fleet Driver speaking with Mark Willis from Road Dog Trucking News

Tim Aschoff, COO and Donald Shay, Patriot Fleet Driver speaking with Mark Willis from Road Dog Trucking News

Finally, to finish off the day, Tim Aschoff answered the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge put forth by Mike Prendes at our booth to help raise awareness.  He garnered quite an audience and challenged all Crete Carrier, Shaffer Trucking, and Hunt Transportation drivers especially Charles Kilgore from Crete, Dawn Leverich of Shaffer, Guy Courtney of Hunt and Don Shay from the Crete Carrier Patriot Fleet.

The show just kicked off for today!  Stay tuned for more fun!

June 2014 Drivers of the Month

Congratulations to all of the drivers below for being selected driver of the month for their respective terminal. Many elements are considered by the individual fleet managers in their selection for Driver of the Month. Safety, mileage, attitude, and appearance are among the key traits of a true professional and a driver who takes a great deal of pride in their work. The qualities you exhibit on the road are exemplary of the type of driver we strive to hire and retain here at Crete Carrier, Shaffer Trucking, and Hunt Transportation. Thank you very much for your commitment to excellence. Your quality and your ability to apply that to the completion of your job are greatly appreciated by everyone at Crete Carrier Corporation.

Company Drivers Terminal Location Company Name
Robert Paulson Cheyenne, WY Crete Carrier
Robert Griffith Cheyenne, WY Shaffer Trucking
Daniel Hanks Columbus, OH Crete Carrier
Ronald McClain Columbus, OH Shaffer Trucking
Donald Izzo DeLand, FL Crete Carrier
Michael Callaham DeLand, FL Shaffer Trucking
Troy Coberly Greensboro, NC Crete Carrier
Robert Lynch, Jr Greensboro, NC Shaffer Trucking
David Vaughn Indianapolis, IN Crete Carrier
Ronnie Copling Kansas City, MO Crete Carrier
Daniel Smith Kansas City, MO Shaffer Trucking
Edmund Gray Knoxville, TN Crete Carrier
Todd Spranger Knoxville, TN Shaffer Trucking
Wesley Blazek Lincoln, NE Crete Carrier
Alan Jensen Lincoln, NE Shaffer Trucking
Filemon Torres Marietta, GA Crete Carrier
Eddie Brazil Marietta, GA Shaffer Trucking
David Bucklin New Kingstown, PA Crete Carrier
Raymond Barboza New Kingstown, PA Shaffer Trucking
James Shrout North Platte, NE Crete Carrier
Ian Franck Omaha, NE Hunt Transportation
Eric Webb Phoenix, AZ Crete Carrier
Edward Stout Salt Lake City, UT Crete Carrier
Gregory Savvas Wilmer, TX Crete Carrier
George Walker Wilmer, TX Shaffer Trucking
Owner Operators
Roger Bauman Lincoln, NE Crete / Shaffer
James Hesser Omaha, NE Hunt Transportation

May 2014 Drivers of the Month

Congratulations to all of the drivers below for being selected driver of the month for their respective terminal. Many elements are considered by the individual fleet managers in their selection for Driver of the Month. Safety, mileage, attitude, and appearance are among the key traits of a true professional and a driver who takes a great deal of pride in their work. The qualities you exhibit on the road are exemplary of the type of driver we strive to hire and retain here at Crete Carrier, Shaffer Trucking, and Hunt Transportation. Thank you very much for your commitment to excellence. Your quality and your ability to apply that to the completion of your job are greatly appreciated by everyone at Crete Carrier Corporation.

Company Drivers Terminal Location Company Name
Dan Ballard Cheyenne, WY Crete Carrier
Ryan Korell Cheyenne, WY Shaffer Trucking
Kirk Struk Columbus, OH Crete Carrier
Terry Cline Columbus, OH Shaffer Trucking
Stephen Christian DeLand, FL Crete Carrier
Derek Tyler DeLand, FL Shaffer Trucking
Larry Starling, Jr. Greensboro, NC Crete Carrier
Frederick Dixon Greensboro, NC Shaffer Trucking
Lyle Glenn Indianapolis, IN Crete Carrier
Randall Rollet Kansas City, MO Crete Carrier
Robert Vaughn Kansas City, MO Shaffer Trucking
Glenn Hammock Knoxville, TN Crete Carrier
Mark Lewellyn Knoxville, TN Shaffer Trucking
Timothy Bruns Lincoln, NE Crete Carrier
Gene Ceder Lincoln, NE Shaffer Trucking
Jerry Barrows Marietta, GA Crete Carrier
Monquize Jett Marietta, GA Shaffer Trucking
Keith Jacobs New Kingstown, PA Crete Carrier
Craig Taylor New Kingstown, PA Shaffer Trucking
Dan Spier North Platte, NE Crete Carrier
Guy Courtney Omaha, NE Hunt Transportation
Don Doan Phoenix, AZ Crete Carrier
Robert Bannister Salt Lake City, UT Crete Carrier
Timmy Marlar Wilmer, TX Crete Carrier
Dennis Stewart Wilmer, TX Shaffer Trucking
Owner Operators
Kim E. Hutchinson Lincoln, NE Crete / Shaffer
Woodrow Thomas Omaha, NE Hunt Transportation

Two Iraq Veterans Reunited through Crete Carrier

Serving in Iraq together in 2004-2005, James Krueger and Ken Colson have not seen each other in ten years.  James served in the United States Army for 27 years, and began driving for Crete Carrier five years ago.  Ken served in the United States Army for 17 years, serving three tours in Iraq.  He was wounded during his last tour, and returned to civilian life through the Wounded Warrior Transition Program.  Ken joined the Crete Carrier family as a load planner one year ago.

Working with a transportation company from Wichita, KS, around 120 military members from across the US were deployed in 2004 to Balad, Iraq to haul freight across the country to help with the war efforts.  James claims that Ken was his “right-hand man”.  He could count on him to ensure things were getting done.  After returning to the US, the two lost contact with each other.

Last week, while filling in for another load planner during lunch, Ken recognized a familiar name.  James was just finishing up some time at home, and was awaiting instructions for his next load of freight.  Ken sent James a message to the truck to be sure it was, in fact the right person, and was excited to find out he was right.

“I recognized his name, and one of the other asset managers asked if I was sure I knew him, and I said you don’t forget the people you serve with,” said Ken.

After hearing this story, upper management at Crete worked to schedule a load that would get James through the Lincoln, Nebraska terminal in order to reunite these veterans for the first time in ten years.

April 2014 Drivers of the Month

Congratulations to all of the drivers below for being selected driver of the month for their respective terminal. Many elements are considered by the individual fleet managers in their selection for Driver of the Month. Safety, mileage, attitude, and appearance are among the key traits of a true professional and a driver who takes a great deal of pride in their work. The qualities you exhibit on the road are exemplary of the type of driver we strive to hire and retain here at Crete Carrier, Shaffer Trucking, and Hunt Transportation. Thank you very much for your commitment to excellence. Your quality and your ability to apply that to the completion of your job are greatly appreciated by everyone at Crete Carrier Corporation.

Company Drivers Terminal Location Company Name
Michael Chervenak Cheyenne, WY Crete Carrier
Clarence & Francine Fisher Cheyenne, WY Shaffer Trucking
Kenneth Holland Columbus, OH Crete Carrier
Robert Farber Columbus, OH Shaffer Trucking
John Schroeder DeLand, FL Crete Carrier
John Niven, Jr. DeLand, FL Shaffer Trucking
Robert Blanton Greensboro, NC Crete Carrier
Robert Dubley Greensboro, NC Shaffer Trucking
Samuel Adams Indianapolis, IN Crete Carrier
Gary Lang Kansas City, MO Crete Carrier
David Sandberg Kansas City, MO Shaffer Trucking
Ronald Lambert Knoxville, TN Crete Carrier
Angella Ledford Knoxville, TN Shaffer Trucking
Duane Wilson Lincoln, NE Crete Carrier
Wayne & Barbara Simmons Lincoln, NE Shaffer Trucking
Shaundrick Williams Marietta, GA Crete Carrier
Kevin Beal Marietta, GA Shaffer Trucking
Stephen Bert New Kingstown, PA Crete Carrier
Sean Gleason New Kingstown, PA Shaffer Trucking
Stanford Tiller North Platte, NE Crete Carrier
Richard Timm Omaha, NE Hunt Transportation
Thomas Klobucnik Phoenix, AZ Crete Carrier
Timothy Alderman Salt Lake City, UT Crete Carrier
Enrique Espinoza Wilmer, TX Crete Carrier
John Bol Wilmer, TX Shaffer Trucking
Owner Operators
Tony K Evans Lincoln, NE Crete / Shaffer
Glen & Laura Bailey Omaha, NE Hunt Transportation

Crete Carrier receives visit from Rear Admiral Jerabek of US Navy

Patriot Fleet, US Navy, Admiral Jerabek

Admiral Jerabek visiting with Tim Aschoff, Tonn Ostergard, and Patriot Fleet Driver Charles Cornelius

On May 9, 2014, Crete Carrier Corporation had the honor of hosting Rear Admiral Jerabek of the US Navy at the corporate headquarters in Lincoln, NE.  The Admiral arrived around 3pm where he was greeted with two of our Patriot Fleet trucks driven by Charles Cornelius and team drivers Don and Laurie Walters.

After meeting with our top executives for a few moments to discuss our military hiring initiatives, Admiral Jerabek gave a presentation to current military employees.  Employees were excited to get the chance to ask the Admiral questions over any topic of interest.

“It was very exciting to get the opportunity to meet Admiral Jerabek and have the chance to ask him questions about topics directly affecting us”, says Destidy Eberspacher, Company Fleets Administrative Assistant.  “Not everyone can say they have had the opportunity to not only meet an Admiral, but also pick his brain about current events.”

Following the presentation and questions, Admiral Jerabek and his wife got the opportunity to ride along with our Patriot Fleet drivers for a few minutes.

Hunt Transportation releases a new Inverter Incentive

Now through June 1, 2014, new drivers to join the Hunt family will be offered a never-before-seated truck with a 1,500 Watt Inverter*.  This incentive is in addition to the 2 cent pay increase that took effect as of April 1, 2014.  New drivers can expect a starting pay of 42¢-46¢ per mile and a full benefits package that includes health, dental, vision, 401K, and a profit sharing program.

“We know there is a growing demand for the comfort and health benefits inverters provide.  By offering this incentive to new drivers, we have the opportunity to introduce talented and professional drivers to our family while simultaneously providing them the tools they need to succeed,” said Mark Swanson, President of Hunt Transportation.

Click the link below to Join the Hunt Transportation Haul of Fame!

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*Offer valid while supplies last

Crete Carrier receives Most Valuable Employer for Military® winner

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Crete Carrier Corporation was awarded a 2014 Most Valuable Employer for Military® winner by Civilianjobs.com.  This is the third year in a row Crete has been honored by civilianjobs.com for efforts in hiring military members.

“We’re very excited to win this prestigious award for the third year in a row. Being recognized as a most valuable employer by an organization that serves military members is a terrific honor for all of us at Crete Carrier Corporation,” says Tonn Ostergard, President and CEO at Crete Carrier Corporation. “Crete Carrier has long supported our nation’s military veterans with almost 30 percent of our employees having prior military experience. We have gained valuable associates whose experience and core competencies directly align with our business. The cornerstone of our success is our employee training programs, which are designed to train and transition military individuals into a profession that will allow them to have a successful career and provide for their families.”

The 2014 Most Valuable Employer for Military® award is open to all U.S.-based companies, and winners were selected based on their recruiting, training, and retention plans that best serve military service members and veterans.  Crete Carrier Corporation will be recognized in the May issue of Military Transition News and on the Civilianjobs.com website.

“There are two groups of winners today. First are the employers who are being recognized as MVEs,” said Sandra (Sandy) Morris, CEO, Bradley-Morris, Inc., parent company of CivilianJobs.com. “They are winning by hiring high-value military-experienced employees who are helping move their respective businesses forward. But military job seekers are also winners. CivilianJobs.com acknowledged a record number of companies as MVEs this year and I am so excited to see the pool of career opportunities expand for veterans.”

March 2014 Drivers of the Month

Congratulations to all of the drivers below for being selected driver of the month for their respective terminal. Many elements are considered by the individual fleet managers in their selection for Driver of the Month. Safety, mileage, attitude, and appearance are among the key traits of a true professional and a driver who takes a great deal of pride in their work. The qualities you exhibit on the road are exemplary of the type of driver we strive to hire and retain here at Crete Carrier, Shaffer Trucking, and Hunt Transportation. Thank you very much for your commitment to excellence. Your quality and your ability to apply that to the completion of your job are greatly appreciated by everyone at Crete Carrier Corporation.

Company Drivers Terminal Location Company Name
Michael Fitzpatrick Cheyenne, WY Crete Carrier
Rod & Debra Ward Cheyenne, WY Shaffer Trucking
Fred Davis Columbus, OH Crete Carrier
Charles Danner Columbus, OH Shaffer Trucking
Dallas King DeLand, FL Crete Carrier
Carl Hamilton DeLand, FL Shaffer Trucking
Kenneth Holland Greensboro, NC Crete Carrier
Billy Hazlip Greensboro, NC Shaffer Trucking
William Bouterse Indianapolis, IN Crete Carrier
David Keller Kansas City, MO Crete Carrier
Jim Gross Kansas City, MO Shaffer Trucking
Ronald Woods Knoxville, TN Crete Carrier
Jackson Hamp Knoxville, TN Shaffer Trucking
Ina Martin Lincoln, NE Crete Carrier
Douglas Coleman Lincoln, NE Shaffer Trucking
Robert Strange Marietta, GA Crete Carrier
Rafal Oberc Marietta, GA Shaffer Trucking
Michael Rought New Kingstown, PA Crete Carrier
John Carpenter New Kingstown, PA Shaffer Trucking
Gary Brown North Platte, NE Crete Carrier
David Pecoraro Omaha, NE Hunt Transportation
James Veborg Phoenix, AZ Crete Carrier
David Curtiss Salt Lake City, UT Crete Carrier
Rusty Navarro Wilmer, TX Crete Carrier
Stephen Berkley Wilmer, TX Shaffer Trucking
Owner Operators
Clarence Brooker Lincoln, NE Crete / Shaffer
Vernon May Omaha, NE Hunt Transportation

John McKinley – Nebraska Driver of the Month

We here at Crete Carrier, Shaffer Trucking, and Hunt Transportation are proud to share that John McKinley has been recognized as the Nebraska Trucking Association Driver of the Month.  Competition is always tough, and it is a great honor for us to be a part of such an incredible accomplishment. 

Thirteen years and one million safe miles after joining Hunt Transportation, John McKinley received the honor of Driver of the Month for the Nebraska Trucking Association.  John, a Texas resident, embarked on a career in flatbed transportation after owning an auto repair shop for ten years.  “Owning my business was hard”, says John.  “I was there everyday working on vehicles, and I had to keep track of the business side too, but finding good help was my biggest struggle.”

John decided to attend truck driving school, and after his seven month program, he graduated at the top 10 percent of his class.  He began his driving career with Builders, where he earned his first million safe miles.  He joined the Hunt Transportation family 13 years ago because he loved the stability and family atmosphere that Hunt offered.  “Working for Hunt is the best job I’ve had.  You can walk into the headquarters in Omaha and talk with anybody,” John exclaims.

One of the many reasons John loves his career is the ability to see so many interesting places.  He loves visiting small towns, and often takes advantage of the biking paths with the 21-speed bicycle he travels with during the summer.  Outside of work, he enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter, and working on his 1957 T-bird.

Congratulations John!

Operations March Madness – Crete Carrier Corporation

Operations Department having fun with March Madness

Leaders of our Operations Department showing their pride and skill on the court during our Crete Carrier Corporation March Madness Competition

With all the excitement surrounding March Madness, the operations department at Crete Carrier Corporation decided to hold their own competition.  Four teams from each company, consisting of asset managers, load planners, and customer service representatives were challenged by President and CEO, Tonn Ostergard to compete against each other in order to increase miles per driver per day.

“It’s always fun to add competition into our days.  We all have a lot of fun with it, and as the challenge gets going, so does the interoffice banter.  Doing competitions like this benefit all of us here at Crete and Shaffer, especially the drivers.  Our goal is always to increase miles for our drivers to help them be successful”, says Roger Mundt, Asset Manager for Dedicated and Expedited Fleets.

The fight was tough, and there were many last efforts by individuals, but we are pleased to announce that taking the win was zone four for both Crete Carrier and Shaffer Trucking.  Each team received bragging rights and a pizza party.

“Our goal is simple – move every truck, every day; maximizing productivity to deliver our customers’ freight on time – safely, first and foremost”, says Tonn Ostergard, President and CEO.

February 2014 Drivers of the Month Announced

Congratulations to all of the drivers below for being selected driver of the month for their respective terminal. Many elements are considered by the individual fleet managers in their selection for Driver of the Month. Safety, mileage, attitude, and appearance are among the key traits of a true professional and a driver who takes a great deal of pride in their work. The qualities you exhibit on the road are exemplary of the type of driver we strive to hire and retain here at Crete Carrier, Shaffer Trucking, and Hunt Transportation. Thank you very much for your commitment to excellence. Your quality and your ability to apply that to the completion of your job are greatly appreciated by everyone at Crete Carrier Corporation.

Company Drivers Terminal Location Company Name
Kevin Thomason Cheyenne, WY Crete Carrier
Robert Griffith Cheyenne, WY Shaffer Trucking
Bobbie Murphy Columbus, OH Crete Carrier
Gerald Brown Columbus, OH Shaffer Trucking
Joseph Damico DeLand, FL Crete Carrier
James Hurst DeLand, FL Shaffer Trucking
James Lawson Greensboro, NC Crete Carrier
David Becher Greensboro, NC Shaffer Trucking
Ronald Shurtz Indianapolis, IN Crete Carrier
Gregory Thurzann Kansas City, MO Crete Carrier
Brian Lips Kansas City, MO Shaffer Trucking
Clarence Lay Knoxville, TN Crete Carrier
Kevin Stipp Knoxville, TN Shaffer Trucking
Joshua Keyser Lincoln, NE Crete Carrier
John Harris Lincoln, NE Shaffer Trucking
Kenneth Klaves, Jr Marietta, GA Crete Carrier
Raymond Samuel, Jr Marietta, GA Shaffer Trucking
Robert Pomroy New Kingstown, PA Crete Carrier
James Dewey New Kingstown, PA Shaffer Trucking
Steve Gibson North Platte, NE Crete Carrier
Jeffery Martin Omaha, NE Hunt Transportation
Frank Fowler Phoenix, AZ Crete Carrier
Anthony Sherlock Salt Lake City, UT Crete Carrier
Franklin Berryman Wilmer, TX Crete Carrier
Teddy Lockhart Wilmer, TX Shaffer Trucking
Owner Operators
Butch H. Henderson Lincoln, NE Crete / Shaffer
William Larson Omaha, NE Hunt Transportation