Thursday, July 30, 2015

Trainer Muhammad Rufai



Trainer Muhammad Rufai
I had the chance to sit down and talk with Muhammad Rufai on Wednesday at the North Lot.  Muhammad has been with PTL for two years and has been a trainer since April of 2014.  He started with PTL straight out of trucking school at Napier Truck Driving School in Hamilton OH.

Muhammad is from Akron, OH.  He has been married for 17 years and has six children.  He was proud to say that all but the youngest two have now left the nest!

Muhammad’s favorite part about trucking is traveling and getting to go to different places.  He says he always gets excited when he gets to a consignee because he gets to find out where he is headed next!  Muhammad says PTL has been straight-forward, honest, and friendly since he started working here.  His advice for new drivers is to stay positive and stick with it!
Muhammad, it was great to meet you and I’m so glad that you are part of the PTL family!!  Keep trucking and BE SAFE! 



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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Norman Sellers


Norman Sellers
 
Norman was in a truck stop in Knoxville, TN. In the men’s room he found $546 in cash on the floor. He turned the money in to the manager who called to tell us about the good deed. It turns out that the money belonged to a family on vacation. They back tracked to all of their stops looking for it and were thrilled to get their money back! Norman, we are so proud of you!
Norman is from Marshall County, Kentucky and has been with PTL since May. After working for a flatbed company, he decided he needed a change, he picked PTL and we are glad he did! Norman recently became a trainer and what a good role model he is for our new drivers. We are glad to have you with us Norman! #DriveForPTL
 
 
 
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Thursday, July 23, 2015

Small Screen Star By Day, Hero By Night

If you have not had the pleasure of meeting Major Sheffield, you are missing out. This one of a kind guy is a trainer for Paschall Truck Lines with a love for PTL stronger than the rest. He recently has been involved in lots of excitement. While parked at a truck stop in New Orleans, LA he awoke to cop cars surrounding his PTL truck. He was afraid something bad had happened but when he climbed out of the truck it was a totally different story...the cop cars were part of the NCIS: New Orleans set! Quickly he recognized the main actor, Scott Bakula, and asked to take a picture. Then  the other actors joined in for photos in front of the PTL truck. Before you know it, they were filming the scene where they actually have the Paschall Truck Lines truck in the background. We are waiting for word on which day this episode will air, but we will keep everyone posted!



Prior to finding himself in the middle of filming an episode of NCIS: New Orleans, Major came upon a semi truck that was in the middle of the road. He stopped his truck and got out because he saw a cop car that had been cut off by the semi truck causing an accident. The policeman was stuck in his car in the way the car had been damaged. Suddenly the car burst into flames because the car had struck the gas tank of the truck. Major was able to pull the policeman safely from the burning vehicle. Major himself had to visit the hospital after the inhalation of the gas fumes. We are so happy everyone is ok! 

Thanks Major for all you do for PTL. From being a trainer, a great driver, a source of entertainment, and a brave soul to help others...we are happy to have you on our team.

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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

A Double #WCW Meet and Greet

We love getting to meet drivers at our North Lot and learning about them and their trucking stories. Last week we had the pleasure of meeting two great ladies- Christina Cummings, and Trisha Groot. Here's what we learned about them!

Christina is new to Paschall Truck Lines but has been a truck driver for the past 3 years. She found herself in the business because she was looking for a career change, saw a flyer, and got herself signed up for a CDL class. Her favorite aspects of trucking is the traveling and seeing different places and things every day. She is originally from Baton Rouge, LA. In her short time with PTL she thinks that everyone is incredibly friendly. Christina loves the fact that PTL is employee owned. She had never heard of a company being employee owned.  In her time in trucking she has had the opportunity to travel to all states except Washington and North Dakota.   

Trisha Groot is also new to Paschall Truck Lines, however, she has been a truck driver for only 1 year. She grew up with trucking in her blood because her father is a truck driver. She has wanted to be a driver since she was 8 years old. She has a love for travel, driving, and just loves to go, go, go! Her favorite part of trucking is the freedom she feels. The only states she has not had the opportunity to travel to is Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont. She originally is from Houston, TX.

Thanks for sitting down with us and letting us get to know you better!
 
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Monday, July 20, 2015

Michael Scales, Napier Graduate

Michael Scales is a graduate of Napier Truck Driving School. He recently went and visited and this is a letter we received from one of his former teachers there.

"Michael Scales stopped by the school to update us on his new status as a trainer for Paschall Truck Lines! After obtaining a WIA grant through Ohio Means Job Clermont County, Michael completed our training and began driving for Paschall Truck Lines immediately! Six months later and now he is a trainer for them who recently trained two Napier graduates. Way to go Michael! Thanks for
stopping by."


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Friday, July 17, 2015

Day in The Life Of: Business Improvement Department


Good afternoon!  My name is Tara Etheridge and I’m in the Business Improvement Department here at PTL.  I’m going to do my best (without boring you to tears) to tell you what I do in a day.  My day starts at 7:00 or a little before.  When I get to work I gather two different reports to start preparing my list of drivers that will be discussed in the morning meeting which is where I head off to at 7:30 to talk about all our drivers that go into a new truck or got out of a truck the day before.  Once the meeting is over I generate two different reports about what was discussed and either hand deliver them to the appropriate office or send them out to cyber space (aka. Via email).
     I usually have all this wrapped up by 9:00 which is where my day differs depending on what all is happening.  At this point I touch base with the Safety department and see if there’s anything I can do to help them out for the day.  If they’re super busy I help with their filing and other tasks to free a little of their time up to help our drivers stay safe on the road. If safety doesn’t need my help for the day I’ll usually dive into our Fuel and Safety Awareness program calls (these are probably my favorite part of the job because I get to chat with our drivers) if you’ve never gotten a call from us we call to talk about fuel stats to try to help our drivers get that quarterly fuel bonus! (Don’t know about the bonus?  Feel free to give us a call in Business Improvement and we’ll tell you all about it!  Who doesn’t need a little extra cash?)
     A couple times a week I also head out to the North Lot to meet our drivers and discuss some things that could help them out on the road.  If you’ve ever heard our spiel, you may have picked up on a few things that help you out on the road.  If not we tell you about several APPS for your smart phone (download Transflo Mobile+ today!) we talk about fuel bonus, BOL’s, and Truckers Against Trafficking (YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE).
      Once I get back from the North Lot I generally spend my afternoons continuing calls or assisting safety depending on where I’m needed most.  I wrap my day up at 4:00 and head on home.  PTL is a great place to work and I look forward to coming in everyday!



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Wednesday, July 15, 2015

No Violations!

Congratulations to these drivers who were inspected by the DOT and received a report indicating NO VIOLATIONS!!!
 *Any time you are inspected by the D.O.T. and receive a report indicating NO VIOLATIONS, you will receive a $30 bonus!! All you have to do is send the report to Driver Services, Attn: Gene Fielder.  Please send these using Transflo with a completed "Driver Logs" coversheet.
Justin A 64768 in Texas
Kenneth B 19605 in North Carolina
Coddy B 65114 in Mississippi
Michael B 64489 in Mississippi
James B 16376 in Tennessee
Edward D 64162 in Ohio
Brian F 15966 in Texas
Brian F 19671 in Arkansas
Robert G 16056 in Tennessee
Miles G 16580 in Ohio
Larry H 16475 in Tennessee
Juan H 16585 in Texas
Terra H 16558 in Texas
Sherod H 16498 in Mississippi
Dan M 16597 in Virginia
Kenneth M 16458 in Tennessee
Raymond O 16342 in California
Peter P 64906 in Illinois
William P 19748 in Kentucky
Henry P 16676 in West Virgina
Henry P 16676 in Tennessee
Sorterrio P 16892 in Kentucky
Samuel S 19892 in Texas
Philip S 16271 in Ohio
Hashim W 16455 in Missouri
 
 
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