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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.

 

June 22nd, 2015

We recently caught up with Tomy Fox, a longtime Con-way Truckload driver and driver trainer, and one of our two True to the Troops truck representatives. For the past month, Tomy has been travelling the country with the True to the Troops truck. In the last two weeks, Tomy has an additional honor to transport The Wall That Heals, a mobile replica of the Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial. A Vietnam veteran himself, Tomy shared his experiences transporting The Wall. Currently Tomy is transporting a part of the memorial, a motorcycle that was damaged, from Utah to Texas to be repainted.

Q: What does it mean to you to be representing Con-way Truckload’s True to the Troops campaign?

It is an honor. It’s a privilege to be able to represent our company in front of other veterans and let them know someone cares – that Con-way Truckload cares.

Q: What has been your favorite part of driving the True to the Troops truck?

Definitely my time transporting The Wall that Heals. That has been a super honor, especially because I am a Vietnam veteran. I have met hundreds of other Vietnam veterans. We reminisce and talk about our time of service.

I have had the Wall for two weeks and I have it another week and a half, but I would just as soon transport it for the rest of my time with the True to Troops truck!

A lot of the veterans who visit recognize names on the Wall, which makes it personal to them. It’s amazing to watch them come up here because when they leave they feel better. They paid their respects.

Also, parents bring their kids out here to teach them about the Vietnam War. In Michigan, a school bus pulled up filled with high school students. Their teacher asked them to pick a name on the wall and write it down. Then we helped them print out the life stories that go along with the names – their families, their history. The kids really liked it.

NOTE FROM TOMY: If you want info about anyone whose name is on the Wall That Heals, visit www.VVMF.org.

Q: Can you tell us a little bit about your time in the service?

I joined in 1972 and I was out in 1993. To be honest, I really enjoyed it. During my military career, I went places and did things that most Air Force servicemen don’t get to do – I was really lucky.

In the Air Force I spent time in Vietnam but I also served in Iran, Jordan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Taiwan, Japan, India and many European countries. Part of the career was to travel so I got to see some really neat places.

Q: What does it mean to you when someone thanks you for your service?

Well, that’s a tough question. We (Vietnam veterans) were treated badly when we returned from war. I guess it is better late than never but it still hurts the way we were treated 40 years ago. I do really appreciate it and I get it all the time with this truck. The support I receive everywhere is really astonishing. And, a late “thank you” is better than none at all.

Q: Can you tell us about the special gift you received recently?

We were in Hoffman Estates, Illinois, right outside of Chicago. We had the wall up and had kids go through the truck. He was in the truck for a while – it was just he and I. I answered all his questions about the truck. His mom was really nice and they thanked me for sharing this information with their son. Well, they came back the next day and the boy handed me a hand-painted American flag card. He did it on his own. He came up with the idea, painted it and wrote in it all by himself. He wrote “I salute you! God bless you. Thank you for serving our country and for showing me your truck. Grateful! God’s blessings Jonah”

It made me feel like a million bucks. It was so out of the blue. I have it pinned inside my sleeper now. I am hoping we can put it in a trophy case back at headquarters when I get back.

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January 7th, 2015

shutterstock_228944185Happy 2015! The New Year is officially upon us, which means it’s the season for resolutions. New Years resolutions can range from losing weight and eating healthy to running a marathon or improved listening skills — the possibilities are endless. Check out some of our drivers’ and employees’ resolutions for bettering themselves in 2015.

  • Jeff Beckman: To continue to operate safely, compliantly, efficiently and on time.
  • Mary Berg:  Stop eating out and try to force myself to cook.
  • Katlin Owens: My resolution is to improve my posture — while I am driving and otherwise!
  • Kevin Dietrich: To stay off the ice.
  • Tim Hicks: I am going to listen, ask “Why?” and not be defensive in conversations.
  • Robert Miller: To eat healthy for longer than my resolution last year. I have to make it to noon today to beat my previous record…
  • Jeff Thurlow: Better miles and to be more active on down time.
  • Bill Joslin: Bicycling, it is better exercise than walking because I have a tendency to slow my pace walking.

It’s great to know we have employees who are aware of their safety and health. Want to share your New Year’s resolution? Join our conversation on Facebook.