Trinity Hosts First Annual Safety Banquet

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Trinity Hosts First Annual Safety Banquet

Wednesday, March 14th, 2018

On March 10th, Trinity employees came together for a banquet focusing on safety initiatives and procedures at Burton Manor in Livonia. In attendance with Trinity’s employees were Kevin Kilner, Vice President of Safety at National Express, and Chris Pelligrino, assistant to the CEO of transit at National Express. Kevin Kilner discussed various National Express topics, which included operational updates, safety performance key performance indicators, visions and values in terms of safety, Target Zero campaign, distracted driving, Zero Tolerance Policy, and child checks. Stacey Bruwer, Director of Marketing at Trinity Transportation, discussed the #EyesOnTheRoad campaign to instill the importance of eliminating distracted driving. Prior to the banquet, each terminal received a vinyl banner displaying the campaign’s pledge, which they subsequently signed and were given a sticker that said “I took the pledge”.

Chief Financial Officer Phil Adkins, Marketing Director Stacey Bruwer, and President Jerry Sheppard hold the #EyesOnTheRoad campaign banner at our corporate office in Wyandotte.

Trinity’s Chief Operating Officer Dave Holls covered all things Trinity, including integration processes, the drive towards excellence, a group activity to think outside the box, and Trintiy’s new vision and “Simple Truth”. To add some fun to the day, employees won over 40 prizes, including the grand prize of a 55” flat screen TV!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trinity Welcomes New Management

Monday, March 12th, 2018

We’ve been making some positive changes here at Trinity Transportation, the most recent being the addition of general managers at each of our 10 terminals and a new regional operations manager. Some of our general managers have been promoted from within and some are outside hires. They are all equipped and ready to operate their terminal and bring new ideas to the table! We are proud to introduce our 10 new general managers and our new regional operations manager!

Aretha Baylis, Fraser

  • Aretha Baylis started with Trinity almost 3 years ago at Trinity’s Fraser terminal, where she built relationships and began to love the people she worked with. She made it a goal to be herself and to aim higher within Trinity. When she attended her first Back to School meeting, that was it – she was all in. She loved the fun and dedication of the Trinity employees and the love Mr. Sheppard had for Trinity. She was sold on the fact that Trinity truly cares for the dedication of its employees. Aretha started in the transportation industry driving a school bus then moved to dispatch. She has enjoyed every aspect of the industry, including the challenges, and was never afraid to take risks. She is elated to now move into the position she has longed for. Aretha is very pleased to accept the promotion to general manager of the Fraser CSC. The realization of this professional dream will act as only the beginning of a long and prosperous managerial career. She is excited to continue to offer the best customer service to Trinity’s clients, students, parents, and drivers.

Tom Prahl, Toledo

  • Tom Prahl is a Toledo native and has been married to his wife, Cindy, for 33 years. They have raised 2 daughters, Jennifer and Kristen. Tom attended Findlay College, and then later graduated from the University of Toledo with a degree in Transportation Management. He started his career in the moving business as a driver and worked in operations, estimating, and sales. During that time, one of his largest projects was the supervision of an installation of furniture for a 25-story bank building in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia (spent 5 months in Saudi Arabia). He has also worked for a food distributor, medical supply distribution company, and building products supplier. He is a lifelong Buckeye fan, huge Tigers fan, and frustrated Lions fan. When possible, Cindy and Tom like to travel. With a daughter in Texas, they do spend time there for most of their travels, but have visited a large number of other states as well.

Jeff Allen, Clarenceville

  • Jeff Allen started driving as a part time driver in January of 2001 as a second job and really enjoyed it. He moved into the offices of Wayne-Westland Schools in April of 2010, and then came to Trinity as a dispatch supervisor in July of 2015 at the Dearborn Heights terminal. From there, he transferred to the Clarenceville terminal, where he is currently at today. Before starting as a bus driver, Jeff worked in the movie theater industry for 22 years, moving his way up from front house staff to general manager in 1996, and in 2005, he took another promotion to manager of concession operations.

Robin Webster, Woodhaven

  • Robin Webster has been with Trinity for 23 years, starting out as a school bus attendant, and then becoming a school bus driver a few years later. After a few years of driving, Robin was asked to be a school bus trainer for Trinity, which she did for 13 years. As a school bus trainer, Robin trained hundreds of drivers for Trinity, as well as attended several training classes on driver training and school bus safety. She also worked as an interim dispatcher at Trinity’s Dearborn Heights and Ecorse locations. 2 years ago, Robin was relocated to Trinity’s Wyandotte Terminal and from there was promoted to dispatch supervisor for the Wyandotte Terminal. In 2017, she was asked to be terminal manager for Trinity’s newly contracted Woodhaven-Brownstown School district, where she continues to grow and learn. Robin has been very dedicated to Trinity and has worked hard to be where she is today!

Renae Pickel, Wyandotte

  • Renae Pickel has been with Trinity for 4 years.  She was first hired as the sedan assistant manager.  After 2 years, she moved on to sedan manager, and after 2 more years, Renae has been promoted to Wyandotte’s general manager. She is looking forward to personal growth as well as having a direct hand in the growth of CSC 4125. She is super excited to see what the next 2 years have in store for her!

John Kiraly, Saginaw

  • John Kiraly is a former Marine who joined Trinity in 2013. He entered the transportation industry in 1980 at Clintondale schools as the custodial manager and was eventually given more responsibilities. John moved to Saginaw in 1984, where he has continued his career in the transportation industry.

Angela Reynolds, Ecorse

  • Angela Reynolds has over 25 years of managerial experience. She started her career working part-time at Payless Shoe Source as a Deca Student. She eventually became network manager, where she managed several specialty stores. After her son’s birth, Angela decided to further her career in human resources at Super K-Mart, where she learned valuable skills from her coworkers. Her next career advancement was to Avis Budget Group at Detroit Metro, where Angela became the first African American airport manager. After working for Avis for a little while, Angela moved on to Macy’s as a general manager and went back to school to receive her business degree. Once she graduated, Angela ventured into banking at Brink’s, Incorporated. Angela put in her time at Brink’s, Inc., and decided that she was ready to start her career at a company that she was going to be at until retirement, which brought her to Trinity Transportation. After several interviews, Angela was offered the position as general manager of Trinity’s Ecorse terminal. When visiting the CSC for the first time and meeting new faces and warm hearts, Angela felt captivated and felt like she had found her second home.

Kevin Rose, Dearborn Heights

  • A 20-year veteran of the ground transportation industry, Kevin Rose was just promoted from director of motor coach operations to general manager of Trinity’s Dearborn Heights terminal. As director of motor coach operations, Kevin was responsible for managing the entire motor coach division as well as all of the motor coach drivers. Kevin also oversaw the operation of the 24-hour motor coach dispatch department, which he established to guarantee customers and drivers uninterrupted communicative access to Trinity representatives. For the purpose of preparing motor coach drivers to deliver the finest in service and safety, Kevin developed Trinity’s comprehensive, corporate-mandated motor coach operator training program. The curriculum consists of three weeks of intensive classroom and over-the-road training. Finally, as a commitment to professional development, Kevin has attended “Leadership Skills for Effective Management” seminars, “Supervisor Signs and Symptoms” training, and maintains proficiency as a licensed motor coach and school bus driver.

Joel Matanzas, Detroit West

  • Joel Matanzas has over 16 years of experience in the transportation field, with over 20 years of experience in leadership, training, and mentoring, which includes his 4 years serving our country as an 82nd Airborne Paratrooper. Prior to joining Trinity Transportation, he was a regional manager with American Expediting, where he was responsible for 9 offices, 40 employees, and 300 Independent contractors, and managed a customer base of over 500 clients. In the coming years, Joel hopes to inspire his team to deliver the best customer service not only to our passengers, but to one another as well.

Jim LaRue, Detroit East

  • Jim LaRue has over 30 years of experience with integrated logistics companies, providing lead logistics management solutions and lean manufacturing support services that include transportation, warehousing, design, and building of complete supply chain networks, supply chain re-engineering and optimization, performance management, quality, safety, and other comprehensive service supporting multiple clients and industries. He has been married to his middle school sweetheart for 40 years; they have 2 children and 3 grandchildren. Jim enjoys being involved with his community through Marine Corp Toys for Tots and Catholic Charities USA. He is also a member of the Transportation Club of Detroit, International Warehouse Logistics Association, and Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals, and is president of the Michigan Chapter of the Warehouse Education Research Council. Jim is looking forward to bringing improvement and growth to Trinity Transportation, while implementing best practices and providing a supportive and enjoyable environment.

Kevin Dunbar, Regional Operations Manager

  • Kevin Dunbar has been in the transportation industry for over 20 years. He has extensive experience in multi-model transportation operations, including Emergency Medical Services, taxi/sedan, shuttle, charter, and paratransit. He has expertise in operations, customer service, contact center/dispatch, technology, and shared/support services. Originally from Michigan, he recently moved back to the Detroit area from Arizona.

 

Trinity Transportation Welcomes New COO

Wednesday, February 7th, 2018

Trinity Transportation has had some exciting changes over the past year and is continuing to grow. With the new tools and services available to us via our parent company, National Express, we are ready to make 2018 the best year yet. Last year, our former Chief Operating Officer, Austin Arksey, was promoted by National Express as their new Vice President of Charter for North America. Since his promotion, Austin’s former position as Trinity’s COO has been unoccupied, but today, we are pleased to announce it has been filled!

We are thrilled to announce that David Holls has been promoted to Chief Operating Officer at Trinity Transportation. David has been with Trinity since 2009, most recently in the position of Regional Operations Manager. Previously, he was the terminal manager of our Roseville and Hamtramck locations, and held several other roles before that. As Chief Operating Officer, David will be in charge of all Trinity operations and will direct the development and execution of service for our three divisions: motor coach, school bus, and sedan and shuttle.

President Jerry Sheppard further describes David’s new role: “David will also be responsible for ensuring Trinity meets all initiatives, directives and business goals of our parent company, National Express.  He has led many of our transition activities over the last year and worked closely with National Express management in order to best prepare us to move forward and have another record-breaking year.”

We are elated with the great changes happening at Trinity and can’t wait to see what 2018 holds!

New Year, New Goals

Wednesday, January 10th, 2018

2018 is here! We’re excited and ready to set and achieve new goals. Whether your goals are personal, work-related, or otherwise, now is the time to set and start working towards them. The most important thing to remember is to choose realistic goals – don’t bite off more than you can chew or you won’t be able to stick to it!

When visiting the terminals for Christmas, we asked employees what their resolutions were for 2018. One popular resolution from our employees was saving money, and another was to grow as a person and stay happy. One of our employees also would like to be better informed, more involved, and dedicated – a great resolution for this year! Feel free to take some inspiration from the goals they’ve set for themselves!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We wish you good luck in accomplishing your goals this year and hope you have a happy and successful 2018!

Safety First!

Tuesday, January 9th, 2018

At Trinity Transportation we pride ourselves in making safety our number one priority. Safety is the most important thing to be focused on and practiced when operating a vehicle. In order to ensure our drivers are taking the necessary precautions before, during, and after operating their vehicles, we have monthly safety meetings at each of our terminals.

In December, Trinity’s operations and safety departments put on their monthly safety meeting with the help of Safety Claus! Regional Operations Manager Dave Holls dressed up as Safety Claus to add a fun touch to learning about safety.

The meeting was required for all school bus employees and was headed by Safety Director Carl Ingram and School Bus Training Manager Derrick Ingram. They discussed the different tactics of staying safe on the road while driving a school bus (and being an aide!). Many topics were covered, including proper safety procedures, distracted driving, and having heightened awareness while on the road. There were even some fun quizzes thrown in the presentation!

Our employees are prepared to work together and practice all safety procedures learned in order to reach our goal of becoming the safest transportation company!

Trinity Transportation Partners with Forgotten Harvest

Monday, December 4th, 2017

The holidays are a special time – a time full of joy, family, and giving. While enjoying this holiday season, be thankful for what you have and, if you can, give to those who are not as fortunate. Michigan’s official poverty rate in 2016 was 15 percent, with 1.45 million people living in poverty. The breakdown for the residents who live in poverty in the counties of Southeast Michigan is as follows:

  • 22..7% of Wayne County residents
  • 16.7% of Sanilac County residents
  • 14.2% of Washtenaw County residents
  • 13.9% of St. Clair County residents
  • 13.2% of Jackson County residents
  • 12.5% of Lenawee County residents
  • 11.6% of Livingston County residents
  • 10.8% of Macomb County residents
  • 9.7% of Monroe County residents
  • 8.5% of Oakland County residents

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To help those in need this holiday, the employees at Trinity participated in our company’s second annual food drive. This year, we partnered with Forgotten Harvest, a non-profit dedicated to relieving hunger in Metro Detroit and preventing nutritious food waste. The employees at each of our 11 terminals participated in the collection of non-perishable food items from October 23rd to November 17th, where we were able to donate over 1,000 items!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We would like to give a big, heartfelt thank you to all employees who participated. Your donations will provide many meals to families in need. We are so happy we were able to help our neighbors in need this holiday season!

 

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