Thursday, August 21, 2014

Safety Awards for July

Congratulations to the following drivers for earning Safety Awards during the month of
July 2014:
2,700,000 Miles Award
Johnny B. Harp—HARJOH

2,600,000 Miles Award
Larry D. Halliburton—HALL

1,600,000 Miles Award
Harold D. Griffin—GRIHAR

1,500,000 Miles Award
Charles S. Zeigler—ZEICHA

1,300,000 Miles Award
Anthony D. Nealy—NEAANT

600,000 Miles Award
William P. Gregory—GREGOW
Roderick D. Springer—SPRROD
David S. Thomas, Sr.—THOMDA

500,000 Miles Award
Anthony K. Conder—COANTH
Brian D. Hayes—HAYBRI
Michael McCann—MMICHA
Louis C. Wallace—WALOUI

400,000 Miles Award
Aston A. Adams—ADAAST
Walter J. Costilow—COWALT
William C. Lewis—LEWICA
Vicki L. Lockhart—LOCVIC
Martin D. Tolver—TOLVMA

300,000 Miles Award
Alan L. Davis—DAVALA
Curtis D. Drudge—DRUCUR
Jerry Goodwin, Sr.—GOODJE
Todd C. Rogers—ROGTOD

200,000 Miles Award
Jason A. Abel—ABEJAS
Koya O. Afflick—AFFKOY
Jacob C. Brown—BROJAC
James A Dempsey—DEMJAM
Stephen L. Logsdon—LOGSTE
Gordon L. Miner
Brian J. Smith—SMIBRI
Sammie D. Wofford, Jr.—WOFSAM

100,000 Miles Award
Elizabeth K. Burdette—BURELI
George E. Elliot—ELLIGE
Rodriguez E. Emory—EMOROD
Steven G. Estelle—ESTSTE
Garry W. Feimster—FEIGAR
Barry L. Graham—GRABAR
Sara J. Haskins—HASSAR
Shineka M. Honaker—HONSHI
Tony M. Honeycutt—HONTON
Mitchell Jones—JONMIT
Marvin Kennedy—KEMARV
Alan M. Kilogre II—KILALA
James E. Kingery—KINGJA
Jerry F. Kitchens, Jr.—KITJER
Velma McDonald—MCDVEL
Lawrence A. Moore—MOOLAW
Frank W. Nickles—NICFRA
Anthony L. Nunley—NUNANT
Thomas G. Palmer, Jr.—PALMTH
Christopher A. Peck—PECCHR
Carrie L. Proper—PRCARR
Vincent H. Pritchard—PRITVI
Steven G. Rhyne—RHYSTE
Stephen T. Saenz—SAESTE
Nicholas A. Sayles—SAYNIC
Craig W. Scott—SCOCRA
Rodrick L. Senderson—SENROD
Enos W. Simpkins—SIMENW
Vaughn C. A. Starke—STAVAU
Elijah W. Thames—THAELI
John S. Thompkins, Jr.—THJOST
Harold C. Williams, Jr.—WILLHA
Michael J. Williams—WILMIJ

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Building a Brighter Future

PTL has so much going on right now! Besides building our new truck transfer platform, having the City of Murray designate a Driver Appreciation Week and creating a new trainee pay package, we're building additional training classrooms!

We've been tracking the progress and can't wait until it's finished! Here are some pictures from start to current:
  The area before the work began


Monday, August 11, 2014

PTL Policy on Length, Weight and Bridge Law Limits

Our policy is to get our units legal for all the states they will travel through. We want our drivers to use the following guidelines. For weight: use 12,000 for the steers, and 34000 for each tandem with a gross weight of 80,000 lbs.  For length: use 41 feet or 6 holes from the front with the exception of 3 states: (California 40 ft., Michigan 40 ft. 6 in., South Carolina 40 ft. 6 in.). If you have to deviate from this standard, please get permission from your fleet manager on the Qualcomm. We offer the following suggestions to help you stay legal:

1. Always scale your load. Many of our shippers do not have a scale and put an estimated weight on the bill of lading. If the shipper does have a scale, PTL still wants you to scale the load as soon as possible since most shippers do not have a certified scale.

2. If you have a problem with your load being either overweight or over length, please send your Fleet Manager a Qualcomm message explaining your problem. If your problem is overweight, please list the weight on all 3 axles plus the gross weight, plus your bridge law setting, (6th hole), and your fuel amount, (3/4 tank). Your Fleet Manager will send you instructions over the Qualcomm about how to proceed. Please wait until you get instructions over the Qualcomm from your Fleet Manager to return to the shipper or to move your axles. 

3. Length limit messages may be sent to the truck. If you get a load to California you will receive a message to set your length at 40 feet or 3 holes from the front. Please get your load legal for all the states you will be traveling through. If you are dropping a California load in El Paso you still need to get the load legal for California before you leave the pickup area. 

4. If you pick up a load at a drop lot or in a swap. You are still responsible to scale each load you hook to. Please keep in mind that some of our trucks weigh less than others so even if the load was legal for the first driver it may not be legal for your truck without some adjustment. The first driver may not have a co-driver and extra set of gear.  

5. If you get into a situation during your trip where you have to apply your brakes hard to avoid an accident, do not hesitate to rescale your load at the next truck stop you get to with cat scales.  We have had several instances where drivers had to do emergency braking which caused their cargo to move causing their  load to become overweight.

6. If you do get a citation for being overweight or over length. Please scan that citation both front and back with a yellow log cover sheet to Driver Services within 24 hours. If you scan the citation with your bill of lading please send Driver Services a Qualcomm message 21 with the confirmation number so we will know we need to get the paperwork from Finance. 

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.”