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Trinity Welcomes New Team Members

Thursday, January 24th, 2019

A new year means new team members! We are excited to announce several key personnel additions to our Trinity Transportation leadership team: Chief Operating Officer Jeff Carnicom, Chief Financial Officer Matt White, Regional General Manager Michael Boettcher, Regional Human Resources Manager Athia Johnson-Bowles, Area General Manager (Detroit Region) Sheldon Stewart, and the promotion of Don Holifield to Saginaw General Manager.

Jeff Carnicom brings over 25+ years in transportation, security, logistics, and supply chain management, working with Fortune 500 companies as well as providing services to small to mid-size retailers and financial institutions. Before joining Trinity Transportation, Jeff served as Chief Operating Officer for The Armored Group, an international manufacturer of specialty protection vehicles. Prior to that, he was President of the Midwest Region with Loomis, a Securitas company. Jeff started his career with Wells Fargo in Columbus, Ohio, where he attended Franklin University, majoring in finance. He also served 12 years in the United States Army National Guard as an engineer and instructor at the Ohio Military Academy.

 

Matt White was hired into Trinity in October 2018. He has extensive finance experience working for a number of large companies including Disney, Oracle, Ford, Best Buy, Lands’ End, Amway, and most recently Domino’s Pizza. Most recently, Matt served as an internal consultant for International Master Franchisees located in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa where he aided in turnaround situations, growth strategy development, strategy assessment, as well as mergers and acquisitions. Matt earned a Bachelor of Science degree in finance from the University of Denver and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the Darden Graduate School of Business located at the University of Virginia.

 

Michael Boettcher started his career in 2015 as a general manager overseeing the Aurora terminal of our parent company, National Express. In his time at the Aurora CSC, he managed over 120 routes, 140 buses, and 275 employees. He has extensive experience improving driver safety, increasing profitability, and providing satisfactory customer service to all of our clients. As the Regional General Manager of Trinity Transportation, Michael will supervise all 10 of our General Managers and their CSCs and assist with the daily operations of all of the locations within Trinity.

 

 

Athia Johnson-Bowles brings over 10 years of human resources experience working for Fortune 500 companies such as McDonald’s Corporation, Quicken Loans, and most recently Rite Aid Corporation. She has joined Trinity Transportation to oversee all employee-related functions as it pertains to safety, compliance, engagement, and recruiting. Athia has the ability to build strong relationships with key stakeholders and influence decisions to impact business results.

 

 

 

Sheldon Stewart brings over 20 years of management experience to Trinity Transportation. He has been with National Express for over 6 years, most recently at the school bus operations in New York City and Toronto, Canada, where he served as Area General Manager. During his time as the Area General Manager in New York, Sheldon oversaw 175 routes, 200 drivers and 220 buses. He has extensive knowledge in meeting safety and compliance needs across the board. Sheldon is dedicated to ensuring that all of his employees follow the proper safety precautions as well as stay up to date with compliance needs. At Trinity, Sheldon currently oversees our Detroit East and Detroit West locations.

 

Don Holifield has over 25 years of experience working in the transportation industry.  He joined Trinity in 2013 and worked in many of our locations including Detroit East and Fraser. Don has recently been promoted to General Manager overseeing our Saginaw location.

 

 

 

 

 

Please join us in welcoming all of the newest team members to Trinity Transportation. We look forward to a successful 2019 and beyond!

Trinity Transportation’s 1st Annual Baseball Outing

Tuesday, June 5th, 2018

Here at Trinity, we wanted to show employees a fun time and start summer off right – what better way to do that than take everyone to a Detroit Tigers baseball game?! We were excited to provide employees with a ticket to the game, food voucher, and custom designed t-shirt. Of course, being a transportation company, we also provided transportation for those who wanted it!

The day started with buses arriving at the park 40 minutes before game time, giving employees a chance to walk around, get food, or visit the team store. The weather was perfect for a baseball game! While the Tigers were off to a semi-rough start, they came back strong and won the game 7-4 against the Toronto Blue Jays.

See what some of our employees had to say about the outing!

Sherrie Presley, school bus driver, said, “I loved the fact that we got to bring a family member and the reuniting of people I’ve worked with over the years. It was an overall amazing day and I felt very appreciated as an employee!”

Renee Holmes, school bus aide, enjoyed her time at the game: “I always go to Comerica Park and I had so much fun at this game!”

Jessica Schwartz, dispatcher, went with her daughter and they had a ball! She said, “The game was lots of fun! We didn’t ride the bus down, but we enjoyed ourselves. The game itself was nice, the weather was nice, and we all had a good time!”

We loved our time together on June 2nd; it was a great game and an all-around fun day! We can’t wait for our next company outing!

Safety Rules Are the Best Tools!

Tuesday, May 29th, 2018

Our safety meetings for May were conducted the 21st through 26th and were packed with vital information for our drivers and aides! The meetings were executed by Dave Holls, chief operating officer, and Carl Ingram, Detroit area safety director. Our safety meetings always start with a little introduction then local news and updates from each terminal’s general manager and maintenance department.

After the local updates, Dave talked about distracted driving and showed a news video regarding a recent school bus accident in New Jersey. This horrific accident was caused by a driver who was recklessly driving on the interstate, and is an instance of what could happen when someone is driving distracted. It is not worth the risk. This is why our parent company, National Express, implemented the Target Zero campaign in February. Target Zero is the next phase of our Driving out Harm program and was put in to effect to eliminate fatal accidents from our company. Target Zero is a call to action that encompasses all of our efforts to reduce distracted driving and make the roads safer for our communities.

To piggy-back off of safe driving habits, Dave discussed performance feedback for the month of April. After Dave went over the numbers, Carl reviewed the Driving out Harm program and reiterated the Golden Rules for our drivers (they’re listed in this blog post). Carl then addressed our company’s safety performance KPIs (key performance indicators) for the month of April and talked about the heat risks of summer as the new season approaches. He covered the symptoms of heat exhaustion, heat stroke, hyperthermia, and dehydration and how to prevent them. Carl also mentioned how there will be more people on the roads since school will be out soon and discussed different ways drivers can be more alert to the extra bicyclists, pedestrians, cars, and motorcyclists.

An acronym our company uses to ensure safe driving habits is LEFTS:

Let others know your intentions by signaling

Ensure oncoming traffic is clear; do not rush

Fully check your blind spots by leaning forward and backward (rock and roll)

Turn only when you are sure there are no pedestrians in or about to enter the intersection

Stay alert; look around and recheck your mirrors during your turn

Summer is also the season of roadside inspections by Michigan State Police, so Carl covered the various responsibilities drivers have, including carrying their credentials at all times, completing thorough pre-trip and post-trip inspections, and being extra aware of their surroundings.

To finish the presentation, Dave returned to remind drivers of our upcoming company activities. First is attendance bingo, where employees get a stamp for every date on their card for which they have perfect attendance during the month of May. Once an employee has a bingo, they turn in their card and have three chances to win awesome prizes, the ultimate grand prize being a 55” Smart LED TV with a Blu-Ray player and complete sound system! Second is our first annual Detroit Tigers company outing, which is taking place on June 2nd. If you’re at that game, keep a look out for a large group with purple shirts – that’s us! And lastly, Dave announced Trinity’s 22nd annual company picnic, where we have food, fun, and prizes!

We’re excited for the fun things ahead and to continue with our safety mission!

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