Archive for the ‘Driver Stories’ Category

December 16th, 2015

with Driver Advocate Tim Hicks and Professional Driver Felix Median

On Saturday, December 12, thousands of people gathered at veterans’ memorials all across the country to take part in National Wreaths Across America Day. The event is held to honor our country’s fallen servicemen and women, as well as their families. On this day, remembrance wreaths are placed on the memorial sites of these men and women, in total over 900,000 wreaths were laid this year. Each wreath originates in Maine and is transported around the country by volunteer members of the trucking community. XPO Logistics is proud to have helped this cause by donating $10,000 and transporting five truckloads, or 25,000 wreaths, to Houston National Cemetery (HNC) in Houston, Texas.

Drivers gather to lay a wreath in Houston as part of Wreaths Across America Day

Tim Hicks and Felix Medina are two of our professional drivers who helped transport the wreaths. On Wreaths Across America Day, Tim and Felix took part in a special convoy that traveled through Houston on route to the cemetery. Upon reaching the cemetery, Hicks recalls: “The skies were grey, which seemed to be fitting for this day. A marine and an army soldier played Echo Taps and then it started to rain. Most people just stood there in the rain and paid their respects. That was a very emotional thing to experience. Then it stopped raining. The wreaths were laid, then the rain came again, like it was on cue.”

Tim is a veteran of the United States Air Force and currently works as a driver advocate for XPO Logistics. His father was in the United States Army and served in both WWII and Korea. His brother served in the Air Force and his nephew serves in the Marine Corps. Tim had the honor of transporting his wreaths to Houston in the True to the Troops Truck and upon arriving at the cemetery, Tim met a mother whose son was buried there. “She asked which truck I drove, and I showed her a picture of the “Star Spangled Truck” (as I call it). She showed me a picture she took of the truck as it was pulling into HNC and then told me how great it was that XPO Logistics takes part in this event. IMG_1164

For Felix Medina, Wreaths Across America day gave him the opportunity to connect with his aunt, a veteran of the United States army. The two walked the cemetery together, placing wreaths on various graves. “It was very touching. I took the time to appreciate the person whose memorial I was honoring. It was even more touching to watch my Aunt participate. It reminded me how much I appreciate her. She was very thankful to be able to be a part of the day,” said Felix.

After the event was over, Felix and Tim looked back on what they took away from the experience. “Appreciation,” said Felix. “It’s important to appreciate every soldier and be there for them just like they’re always there for us.” This was not Tim’s first Wreaths Across America experience, but that didn’t stop the day from having an immense impact on him. “To watch mothers and fathers grieve for those who willingly made the ultimate sacrifice was a humbling experience,” said Hicks. “Saturday made me proud to be a veteran and a driver.”

 

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.

Keith Zecman

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 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!