Posts written by Katlin Owens

Author Bio: Katlin is communications coordinator senior for CFI. In contact daily with drivers, executives, recruiters and other CFI employees, she is a valuable resource for Steering Your Health. Joining the team in 2012, Katlin hopes the blog inspires drivers to be healthier on the road, keep safety top-of-mind, and encourages them to share their own stories. Owens earned a Bachelor of the Arts in both Public Relations and Spanish from the University of Oklahoma in Norman. Have a topic you would like to see addressed on the blog? Let her know by visiting our contact section.

September 2nd, 2015

by Keith Zecman, professional driver

As a professional driver for Con-way Truckload, there are several reasons why I stay True to Blue.

For starters, drivers get to use quality equipment; I get a new truck every four years or sooner. My fleet manager, Deb Osborn, is amazing. When she’s not available, there are other managers who are very professional when I need help. All the local dispatchers do a great job getting me rolling – sometimes they even let me choose my load, if they have extras. So remember — what comes around goes around!

Next, is what I call the “first line of defense” in keeping my truck and trailer in top shape: the inspection bay — they are always going out of their way to help me. I never have a problem with going to the tire shop if I feel a tire is unsafe. The shop personnel are awesome. A famous phrase I always hear from the shop workers is “Next!” (or “What else you got?”) They are there to help us with anything we need.

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The compliance department helps protect my paycheck and me. What other company do you know of that cares about your paycheck? None that I can think of.

Since I’m a finisher as well as a driver, I know that the training department does a great job as well, from Andy to Sally to ALL the other folks. It takes a team effort to hire, train and get the first load to a new driver. I’m proud to be a part of this fun process.

Con-way Truckload opened the forum Your Voice Is Heard because management wants to hear from us and to listen to our suggestions. I have made a few suggestions myself! The leadership wants to know what they can do to make our job a pleasant one.

Con-way Truckload is also involved in the community — not just in Joplin, but in the communities of all other terminals as well. We have Truckloads of Treasures shopping sprees at Christmas, fundraisers for drivers who have been out of work due to an injury or illness, and other charitable activities. These are just a few that I know of — I’m sure there are more.

In closing, I would like to say we ALL have a great company to work for, and we should be setting the standard, NOT the status quo. If I could rename the company, I would call it “Team Con-way.” There is so much teamwork going on behind the scenes and in our fleets. Our True to Blue statement is correct: “You have the support of an entire company behind you.” To all others within the Con-way Truckload family that I may not have specifically mentioned, please know that I appreciate all you do as well. Without your support behind the scenes, I couldn’t do my job. You make it easy for me to stay True to Blue.

 

August 24th, 2015

Last weekend, we sent our Con-way Truckload True to the Troops truck to a Wounded Warrior charity ride and poker run hosted by our sister company, Con-way Freight, in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The ride consisted of bikes, cars, trucks, motorcycles and tractor-trailers and it started and ended at Con-way Freight In total, Con-way raised $9,177 for the nonprofit organization.

Wounded Warrior Project is a veterans’ charity organization that helps ensure that wounded service members are well adjusted and taken care of when they return from war.

Below are a few photos from the exciting event. Congratulations and thank you to everyone who participated!

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August 13th, 2015

Casey Wortham

Ever wonder what you could do if there were more hours in the day? Con-way Truckload driver Casey Wortham has the same number of hours as the rest of us, but with some impressive scheduling skills and a whole lot of passion, she is on her way to starting her own nonprofit. Last weekend, Casey coordinated and hosted (along with her sister, Jodie) an event called Kicks for Kicks that took place in Casey’s hometown of Lubbock, Texas. The goal of the event was to collect new shoes for school-aged children in need. The event was a huge success, and thanks to Casey, 26 children in Texas will begin the new school year with a newfound sense of confidence.

We took some time to chat with Casey about her passion for volunteering and charity work. We are so proud to have Casey on the Con-way Truckload team!

Q: How did you become so passionate about giving back to the community?

Casey Wortham: Giving back has always been something that I’ve been interested in doing. As I got older, and pursued better jobs, and met more people, my passion evolved into an idea: “Let’s do fundraisers!”

Kicks for Kicks was the brainchild of my sister, Jodie and myself. Separately, she and I have been hosting fundraisers for a while and this was our first one together. Between the two of us, it was really cool to see our ideas and resources come together.

Q: What are some examples of events and fundraisers you have hosted?

CW: We did a breast cancer awareness fundraiser for a woman in Amarillo, Texas a few years ago. It was a huge tri-state event. We ended up raising about $11,000 to help with her medical bills – it was amazing. That was my first taste of how big fundraisers could be. Every November we also do a “Thanks-4-Giving” food drive.

If a situation arises and we think we can give back, we will.

Q: Have you come across any challenges? And how have you overcome them?

We have come across a lot of challenges. The biggest challenge is that we don’t have a 501c3 certification as an official nonprofit organization. It’s a big deal, especially when you are dealing with fundraising for an individual. It affects how people view you, and it can be difficult to get donors when you don’t have that certification.

We have overcome this challenge so far. I will literally sit down at work on my lunch break, grab a phone book and start making calls in the “As.”  Usually I get more “no’s” than I do “yes’s” but I do get a lot of “yes’s.”

Q: What do you foresee in the future for your charity campaigns?

We are definitely looking into getting our 501c3, which apparently is a long process. We are taking that slow. Hopefully by the end of next year we will have it ready to go. We would like to expand our fundraisers to something big. Next year, I think Kicks for Kicks will run tandem in Abilene and Lubbock, Texas, to bring in shoes for children in the entire South Plains area.

Also, our Thanks-4-Giving event is so fun because it is a carnival, and I love carnivals. This year will be our second year hosting that activity and the public is welcome!

Q: How has being employed by Con-way Truckload helped make your charity activities successful?

When I reached out to Con-way Truckload’s communications team to help with Kicks for Kicks, the response I got was so awesome. It opened up a new broader connection as far as helping to get support. It is extremely awesome to have a trucking company behind you, especially because I have such a small car! The support is really overwhelming. I would like to thank the communications team, load planners, fleet managers and everyone who worked to get me home for Kicks for Kicks. I also want to shout out to some of my fellow drivers, Becky Kerr, Becky Austin, and Mindy and Chris Breen for their support and donations. It is really cool to have the backing of a company and friends who don’t live locally but are willing to help make a fundraiser happen for the good of the community.

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To stay up-to-date on Casey’s fundraising activities, visit her Facebook page, Come One, Come All, Come Get Your Fundraiser On!