Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Profiles of Success - Byron Christy

I had the pleasure of meeting Byron Christy as I sat down to talk to him about his success as a trainer. I immediately liked him and understood how he did so well as a trainer. He was a nice guy to just sit and talk to. He showed me pictures—not just of his wife and family—but pictures of his past trainees. He told me stories about them, where they came from and what they’re doing now, and even had an incoming phone call during our conversation from a past trainee. That spoke volumes of Byron’s nature. I would like to share with you what I learned about Byron Christy and what made him the trainer he was.

Byron had over 20 years of driving experience. He has driven both local and over the road, and during his career he had the unfortunate experience of working for three companies he thought he could retire from but ended up closing their doors. When he signed on with PTL, he hoped that this company would last. When he was told to watch the video of Mr. Waller, he said he was nervous that he was with yet another company that was closing. After watching Mr. Waller say that PTL was now employee-owned instead of closing, Byron said he actually cried tears of joy. He had finally found a place to call home. Byron said that he wanted to stay with PTL until they closed their doors or he made it as a gospel singer. He often would play his guitar while over the road with trainees.

He started training after some convincing from other trainers. He had trained in the past at a different company, and after hearing good comments from others that were trainers, he decided to give it a try here.

Byron said training is both a challenge and exciting because he gets to meet different people and has to learn how to learn how to work with people of all types. “You get to pass on something,” Byron said, “and you can teach someone to be safe and appreciate the highway.”

He had two aunts that were killed by truck drivers. He passes on to his trainees that the truck can destroy someone’s life, so you have to be cautious. “Respect the road and everyone inside the vehicles,” he said. “You have to drive safe because that’s someone’s family in that vehicle and you want someone to be safe with your family in their vehicle.”

Byron told his trainees that he has 20 years of knowledge and to please pick his brain. He taught them not only the safest way to do everything, but also gave them extra tips on how to perform duties like sliding their tandems. He said that he always had pride in what he did and tried to teach his trainees to have pride in themselves and their job. “Have respect for the vehicle you’re driving,” Byron said. “You’re driving an 80,000 pound piece of steel. Don’t get too comfortable in the truck. If you get too comfortable, you get distracted and lose your focus on driving.”

Byron said that driving is like being in the military or being a police officer. You have to have a strong wife and strong family to back you.  He was able to take his family with him at different times in his career. He said that he had never really noticed the little things along the way because he drives daily and feels like its normal to him. He took his son to New Mexico and his son said “Wow, Dad, that’s a plateau!” His son rode with him into New York City once and was amazed to see a chipmunk. He had never seen a chipmunk in Florida before. His daughter saw snow for the first time while over the road with him. His wife rode to Arizona with him and he had to explain to her about snakes and scorpions on the side of the road.

Byron was an asset to Paschall Truck Lines, Inc., and will be missed.

Profiles of Success - Steven Ramos


Steven Ramos has well over 1.5 million safe driving miles and has chosen to pass along his knowledge of trucking by becoming a trainer.

“I was approached by Dennis Burkeen a while back” Ramos said. “He said I was qualified to be a trainer and I wouldn’t have any problems, so I took his advice and did it.”

“It’s a very hard life,” Ramos said. “You have to have a lot of patience.” Sometimes, people have questions that may seem stupid to you, but it’s an honest question to them and you have to have the patience to explain it to them. They’re new drivers and you have to remember they don’t know as much as you.

When asked about his 1.5 million mile safety award, Ramos said he does show trainees the sticker on the side of the truck. “I cover my name up when I show it to them. My name is just a name—the most important part of that sticker is SAFETY. Safety is always number one.” They can have trust in me, he continued. If they have a question, I am always honest with them. I don’t say I know it all, but I have those 1.5 million safe miles.

“If they have questions ahead of time before they get in truck, I ask them to write it down, so when we come along to it we can discuss it. If I can’t give them a good definition of what they want to know, I let someone else handle it. I call someone else, another trainer, to give them their perspective on it and answer it.”

Ramos says that he will take some time off from training so he does not get burned out, and then become a trainer again. “It’s not easy, it is a stressful job,” he said.

Monday, June 23, 2014

June Anniversaries

Congratulations to these individuals celebrating anniversaries with PTL in June:

Chester Abramowicz, 19 years, Maintenance
Eric Adams, 17 years, Office
Thomas Allgaier, 6 years, Driver
Dolline Banks, 20 years, Driver
Joyce Barnea, 1 year, Office
Eugene Barnett, 13 years, Maintenance
Michael Beard, 1 year, Part Time
George Brown, 1 year, Driver
James Bryant, 1 year, Office
Dennis Burkeen, 35 years, VP of Operations
Theresa Butterworth, 21 years, Office
Melissa Bynum, 15 years, Office
James Carson, 14 years, Office
Edwin Carter, 1 year, Driver
Pink Chambers, 2 years, Driver
Kerry Colson, 2 years, Office
Jesse Darnell, 24 years, Office
Elton Davy, 3 years, Driver
Edward Deberry, 1 year, Driver
Michael Dennis, 1 year, Driver
Randy Dill, 4 years, Driver
Richard Dunn, 1 year, Driver
Jean Ellis, 1 year, Driver
Lambrecht Evers, 2 years, Driver
Mallery Guidry, 1 year, Driver
Steve Hale, 31 years, Maintenance
Jason Harris, 6 years, Office
Nathash Haws, 1 year, Part Time
Brian Hayes, 4 years, Driver
Daniel Hernandez, 5 years, Maintenance
Marshall Howorka, 1 year, Office
Judy Ingersoll, 26 years, Part Time
Jose Jimenez, 6 years, Driver
Jeff Kramer, 11 years, Sales
Bruce Lennox, 2 years, Maintenance
Lanston Liburd, 3 years, Driver
Jenn Linn,  6 years, Office
William Lishman, 3 years, Driver
John Loomis, 2 years, Driver
Orlando Lopez, 5 years, Driver
Scott Martin, 1 year, Driver
Pykrwin Merisier, 1 year, Driver
Sarah Miller, 6 years, Part Time
Monty Montgomery, 3 years, Office
Michael Navan, 8 years, Office
William Norman, 10 years, Maintenance
Georgie Peterson, 22 years, Office
David Pickard, 2 years, Driver
Curtis Popejoy, 1 year, Driver
Steven Rottnek, 4 years, Driver
Troy Sealy, 1 year, Driver
Norris Smith, 5 years, Driver
Tom Smith, 25 years, Office
Keith Spears, 5 years, Driver
Raymond Studley, 2 years, Driver
Thomas Tacker, 1 year, Maintenance
Billy Taylor, 1 year, Driver
Russell Usher, 2 years, Office
Jerry Vasquez, 16 years, Office
Bob Walker, 16 years, Office
Shauna Waller, 14 years, Office
Susan Williams, 13 years, Office
Charles Wilson, 22 years, VP
Don Wilson, 32 years, Maintenance
Terry Wingler, 1 year, Driver

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Profiles of Success - Darryl Carr

We continue our "Profiles of Success" with Darryl Carr.

 
Darryl first came to Paschall Truck Lines in 2011. He has been in trucking since 1992, after completing his time in the Army. “I was watching TV and saw an ad about truck driving and said ‘I’d like to try that’, so I went to school and really liked it.”

He was a trainer at the last company that he worked for, but it wasn’t the money that called to him. “I wanted to put a quality product on the highway.” Carr says he enjoys training and likes teaching drivers how to drive safely. He uses his past experiences from the Army and the church to shape what kind of trainer he is. He has been a minister for 15 years and pastored a church for five.

“I don’t believe in arguing or fighting or anything of that nature,” Carr said. “We need to get along. I’ve been blessed to have great students that have open minds that want to listen and become a driver.” Carr says that the first thing he does when he meets his trainees is to sit down with them and explain that he is not a drill sergeant, just a teacher. “If you have an open mind and are willing to listen and learn, I’ll teach you.”

He asks the trainees to start looking around at everything and paying attention to signs and what’s going on around them. “You’ll start understanding what trucking is all about once you start paying attention.”  He says that he wants all of his trainees to have a good time and get along with him, but the main thing is to be safe. “It is very important that they be professional and represent PTL like I do.” He tries to teach them his way of driving and the company policies.

When his trainees upgrade, Carr maintains a good relationship with each one of them. “I have each one of my students numbers programmed in my phone, I call at least once a week to make sure they’re doing okay and see if they need anything.” He says his students call him just about every other day. “I think it makes them comfortable when they do leave me because I let them know they can call me at any time, day or night, it doesn’t matter. Call if you need help with anything, even if I am on home time.”

Carr also tries to offer advice to his trainees as they progress through the program. “I explain to them, you’re gonna get with another guy, you need to get along. I know how it is with top and bottom bunks, so take turns, switch each week. Same with night and day driving. You drive at night one week, then switch. You will get along and get along just fine.” He tells them that they will make it and go through and make money for themselves and the company.

He has had one of his students become a trainer. He suggests that his trainees take some time to themselves and drive solo. “I want them to succeed and know the road when they do have a student, so they can help the student through any problems.” He wants them to know the highway so they can tell the student what to expect before a situation occurs. “It’s all about being safe.”

Monday, May 26, 2014

May Anniversaries

Look at all these amazing co-owners celebrating anniversaries at PTL this month!

Jerry Adee, 1 year - Driver
William Alexander, 14 years - Office
Michael Allbritten, 10 years- Maintenance
David Amaro, 2 years - Maintenance
Jennifer Brewer, 2 years - Office
John Broyles, 2 years - Driver
Davidson Chimara, 1 year - Driver
Bennie Coots, 1 year - Driver
Kassandra Cradit, 2 years - Driver
Ted Craig, 1 year - Driver
Robert Cronemeyer, 1 year - Driver
Allan Dalton, 6 years - Maintenance
Robert Davis, 1 year - Driver
Melvin Dembo Jr., 1 year - Driver
Collis Duncan, 22 years - Office
Gene Fielder, 10 years - Office
James Fifer, 1 year - Driver
Krystal Free, 2 years - Office
Abraham Gonzalez, 4 years - Maintenance
William Gregory, 4 years - Driver
Amanda Grossman, 1 year - Office
Candy Hadley, 4 years - Office
Ricky Hall, 1 year - Driver
Monica Hamlet, 1 year - Office
William Hargrove, 30 years - Driver
James Harness, 4 years - Maintenance
Jay Herndon, 22 years - Office
Samantha Hill, 1 year - Office
Timothy Hill, 1 year - Driver
James Holland, 7 years - Maintenance
Robert Ingle, 3 years - Sales
Salieu Kamara, 2 years - Driver
Ktin Ktin, 3 years - Driver
Dell Langley, 3 years - Driver
Leroy Lawrence, 1 year - Driver
Amber Litchfield, 1 year - Part Time
John Meredith, 1 year - Driver
Bobby Middlebrook, 4 years - Driver
Ben Mitchell, 13 years - Maintenane
Ellison Montgomery, 3 years - Office
Janine Ochoa, 4 years - Office
Michael Otten, 1 year - Driver
Norman Patterson Jr., 4 years - Driver
Clement Pistilli, Jr., 2 years - Driver
George Price, 1 year - Driver
William Smith, 10 years - Office
Marry Jo Snellen, 13 years - Office
Kelvin Stewart, 2 years - Driver
Linda Taylor, 15 years - Office
David Thomas, Sr., 5 years - Driver
Martin Tolver, 2 years - Driver
Robin Tolver, 2 years - Driver
Santiago Trevino, Jr., 7 years - Driver
Linda Turner, 9 years - Part Time
Timothy Walls, 18 years - Maintenance
Jon Walton, Sr., 2 years - Driver
Jana Webb, 9 years - Office
Gary White, 9 years - Office

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

April Safety Awards

Congratulations to the following drivers for earning Safety Awards during the month of April 2014:
 
3,600,000 Miles Award
William G. Ford—FORW

 
2,100,000 Miles Award
Eric T. Profitt—PROERI

 
1,600,000 Miles Award
William M. Steffey—STEWI

 
700,000 Miles Award
James R. Dunn—DUJAME

 
600,000 Miles Award
Livia U. Coaxum—COALIV
Jose L. Jimenez—JIMJOS

 
500,000 Miles Award
Irvin L. Cady—CADIRV
James D. Shelley—SHELJA
Nathaniel J. Waiters, Jr.—WAINAT
Glenda I. Willis—WIGLEN

 
400,000 Miles Award
Paul D. Adams—ADAPAU
Byron E. Christy, Jr.—CHRBYR
Roney C. Hayes—HAYERO
Tommie E. Jackson, Jr.—JACTOM
Jose A. Ruiz—RUIJOS
Regeil O. Staples—STAREG
Larry Williams—WILARR

 
300,000 Miles Award
James P. Eliason—ELIJAM
Angela L. Wood—WOOANG

 
200,000 Miles Award
Larry E. Adams—ADAMLA
Cynthia L. Beasley—BEACYN
John C. Beasley—BEASJO
John L. Broyles—BROYJO
Pink T. Chambers—CHAPIN
Charles E. Cook—COOKCH
Norman O. Cosden—COSDNO
Lambrecht J. Evers—EVELAM
Paul A. Fafard—FAFPAU
Kirk K. Jaster—JASKIR
Lawanna J. Johnson—JOHLAW
Gary A. Longanecker—LONGAR
Randall P. McClellan—MCCLRA
William J. McMillian—MCWIJO
Danny L. Smith, Jr—SMDALA
Jacob Stewart—STEJAC
Glenn A. Taylor—TAYGLE
Dexter L. Tyler—TYLDEX
Hans J. Weger—WEGHAN
Dexter Wingate, Jr.—WINDEX

 
100,000 Miles Award
James M. Arnold, Jr—ARNOJA
Moses O. Beachy—BEAMOS
Gerald D. Benton—BENGER
George A. Browm—BROGEA
Kenneth L. Cash—CASKEN
Bennie R. Coots—COOBEN
Robert A. Cronemeyer—CRONRO
Michael Cunningham—CUNNMI
Robert M. Davis—DAVROM
Melvin Dembo, Jr.—DEMMEL
Michael E. Dennis—DENNMI
Charles L. Edwards—EDWACH
Gerald E. Fowler—FOWGER
John T. Garvey—GARVJO
Javier A. Gonzalez—GONJAV
Timothy B. Hill—HILTIM
Ricky A. Hall—HRICKA
Patrick J. Kennedy—KENNPA
Charles W. Lang—LANGCH
Leroy G. Lawrence—LAWLER
Scott R. Martin—MARSCO
Kenneth R. Maxwell—MAXKEN
John B. Meredith—MEREJO
Pykrwin Merisier—MERPYK
Shelbert M. Merrick—MERSHE
David L. Morris—MODAVL
Michael R. Otten—OTTMIC
Curtis W. Popejoy, Sr.—POPCUR
Lee R. Roberts—ROBLEE
Andre J. Savoie—SAVAND
Troy L. Sealy—SEALTR
Billy J. Taylor—TAYBIL
James Tetreau—TETJAM
Ulando K. Wizzart—WIZULA

Monday, April 21, 2014

Congratulations to These Drivers Drawn For 1st Quarter 2014 Fuel Bonus

16437
PAUL ADAMS
15939
JERRY ADEE
16546
DOUGLAS APATO
16199
DOLLINE BANKS
16554
STEPHEN BLACKWELL
16606
CLIFTON BOYD
19521
MICHAEL CARROLL
16279
EDWIN CARTER
16438
JUAN CASTRO
15999
PINK CHAMBERS
16065
RICHARD COOLEY
16018
JUAN DELOSREYES
19559
RANDY DILL
16027
BRUCE DONAHUE
16543
SAMUEL ECHOLS
16596
JEFFERY FISHER
16210
JOHN FOIT
16545
ALFRED FRANKLIN
16575
RHONDA GATES
16511
HAROLD GRIFFIN
16524
WILLIAM HARGROVE
16433
CARL KAHLEY
16568
DELL LANGLEY
16210
JAMES LASHLEY
16440
GUADALUPE MACIAS
16434
ANTHONY NEALY
15935
JEFFREY NEAL
19590
JAMES NORTON
16462
DANIEL PARKS
16135
CARRIE PROPER
19421
EDNA PRUDE
16453
LOYD REYNOLDS
16427
DENNIS SALISBURY
16449
DANIEL SANDERS
16584
TRAVIS SANDIFORD
16566
KIMBERLY STACY
16592
WILLIAM STEFFEY
15860
BILLY TAYLOR
16429
DAVID THOMPSON
16301
MARTIN TOLVER
19461
JOHN TONER
16306
SANTIAGO TREVINO
19467
HANS WEGER
16564
GLENDA WILLIS
16481
LARRY WILLIAMS
16452
JOSEPH WILKINS
16315
LINDA WINGLER
16474
ANGELA WOOD
19449
NEAL YOUNG
16588
CHARLES ZEIGLER