Spolight on Employee Appreciation at Maverick

  Friday, May 31, 2024

Recently, Maverick celebrated our incredible employees during Employee Appreciation Week. Their hard work and dedication drive our success every day. While we believe employee appreciation is an ongoing practice in Maverick’s culture, we choose to show extra gratitude during these special events. Check out these great photos from our celebrations!

In true Maverick fashion, we want to highlight the fun we had during EAW while shining a spotlight on our people. Last month, you were introduced to one of our decorated Dedicated drivers, Kenny Neely. Today, you will meet two of our office employees whose work ethics and enthusiasm exemplify the core values of our company.

Shawn Cooper – Area Logistics Manager II

Question: What do you do at Maverick?

Shawn: I’m an Area Logistics Manager II here at Maverick and I communicate with our customers, operations team and external associates to ensure high utilization on each truck that is dispatched. I work to help maintain our company’s revenue by taking care of our internal and external customers’ needs and solicit freight for our drivers.

Question: What do you enjoy about your job?

Shawn: I enjoy that it’s fast-paced and never the same. It’s like a puzzle where you are constantly trying to get all the pieces to fit but it can change at any moment, and once it does you will have a totally different picture.

Question: What are some hobbies you enjoy?

Shawn: Going for long walks, spending time with family and friends, and traveling.

Question: Do you listen to podcasts or music? If so, what types?

Shawn: Yes. I love music! I pretty much listen to all kinds of music besides heavy metal, and my favorite would have to be R&B. As far as podcasts are concerned, I like to listen to inspirational ones as well as mysteries. Nine times out of ten, I’m listening to a Christian podcast.

Question: Do you have a funny work story you’d be comfortable with sharing?

Shawn: Back when we were having a challenge with our phone system, my co-worker Catherine was on the phone with IT, and they asked her for the number that wasn’t working. She gave them “8675309” and started singing it. They were totally confused, and we were dying laughing!

Eric Tompkins – Director of Risk Management

Question: What do you do at Maverick?

Eric: I am the Director of Risk Management. I oversee all the accidents, injuries, and the litigation that can come from that. We have the best folks in the business working here to help me with those decisions, and I am very proud to be a part of that team. I also help in making sure that we have insurance on the trucks, buildings, cargo, lots, drivers, and anything else that we need to protect to make sure that we can keep doing what we do better than every other open deck carrier: deliver freight safely.

Question: What do you enjoy about your job?

Eric: I love the people here. They have welcomed me wholeheartedly and they always see opportunity even in difficult situations. It truly is great to be a Maverick.

Question: What are some hobbies you enjoy?

Eric: I enjoy playing guitar in my spare time. I also enjoy boating, golfing and most outside leisure activities with my wife and two boys.

Question: Do you listen to podcasts or music? If so, what types?

Eric: I love both music and podcasts. Music has always been special to me, and I enjoy all kinds, like any good millennial, from the music my parents and grandparents grew up with to staying up- to- date with the current music so I can embarrass my boys! I am really into the Teskey Brothers recently, they have a strong Motown sound and if you're interested, Rain is a fantastic listen of a song. Zach Top is also in heavy rotation with me, he is an up-and-coming country artist and his songs sound like the 90’s country that I grew up listening to.

I like podcasts, so anything can get me going if it can hold my attention. I listened to My Fugitive Dad recently and it is worth checking out. I have listened to Joe Rogan before it was cool, and I enjoy it when he has guests that talk about pyramids, aliens and fitness topics. I feel like I now know a lot about fitness, but it hasn’t really panned out into practice yet.

Question: Do you have a funny work story you’d be comfortable with sharing?

Eric: Well, as a risk manager we are supposed to be extra aware of our surroundings. I will say that parking a pickup in the morning can be a little stressful, and accidents can happen to any of us. I did tap a car in the parking lot in front of a few witnesses, and yes, I am sure that Dean (Maverick's VP of Safety) would say it was preventable. I have taken my lumps about it, and I am happy to say my insurance did take care of the damage I caused to the other car. We still joke about it sometimes.

We want to extend a heartfelt, “THANK YOU” to our Maverick family and all that you do. Your hard work and consistent commitment do not go unnoticed. We know that Maverick’s success could not be built on anything but a foundation of talented and loyal people. It’s our people who matter. These stories and photos shared are just a small glimpse into the diverse backgrounds that fill our trucks and our hallways. We can’t wait to see what the future holds but are certain it will be one that is filled with FUN.

Stories from the Road- Meet Maverick Driver, Kenny Neely

  Friday, April 26, 2024

Get ready to join us for another “Story from the Road.” This month, we interviewed one of our 2023 Dedicated Drivers of the Month, Kenny Neely. We’ll explore Kenny’s introduction to truck driving and discover why he chooses Maverick each day. (There may also be some fun facts he shared!)

Q: How long have you been driving?

Kenny: “I've been driving for 25 years. I got into it out of necessity. I was working at a plant in Franklin, TN. They closed and I did not have anywhere laterally to go to make the same money. My friend said I could drive a tractor trailer delivering ice cream, so I did.”

Q: How did you get into driving Final Mile? (Final Mile is a dedicated division at Maverick that delivers goods to the end consumer)

Kenny: “I knew a driver that was driving on a final mile delivery contract through another carrier. He really enjoyed it. They ended up having to relocate and he asked if I was interested in taking over that job. Being home every day really interested me, so I decided to do it. That was almost 19 years ago. I’ve been driving on that same account since.”

Q: How has your experience with Maverick been?

Kenny: “It was so good to be appreciated with great pay and the way Maverick treated me when they got this account. I had been through this several times before, but no one ever treated me like Maverick. My truck and equipment were set up so well. Also, when I started, I didn’t lose a thing. I received prorated vacation time, and they honored my tenure! I love this company. The people here are kind and they care. Maverick makes you want to do your best!”

Q: What do you love about being a professional driver?

Kenny: “Truck driving has made me a lot more financially free to do things for my family. I can save money and that's such a good thing. Also, I love being able to pay my bills and I LOVE to eat. It’s great.”

Q: What kind of awards/recognition have you earned during your time with Maverick?

Kenny: “I’ve earned Maverick’s Ace Award for 2 years running. I’ve received safety awards and was excited to get Dedicated Driver of the Month last November!”

Q: Tell us about your family.

Kenny: “I’ve raised two kids and have been married for 31 years, and truck driving has been so good for me and my family. I also have three grandbabies!”

Q: What is your favorite outdoor sport?

Kenny: My favorite outdoor sport is hunting. I love deer hunting and when I am not deer hunting, I am setting up something for deer hunting.

Q: What is your favorite restaurant?

Kenny: “Big Bob Gibson’s BBQ in Decatur, AL- their stuffed potatoes are amazing. They are almost as big as a football!”

Q: What is your favorite music/artist?

Kenny: “Anything old country. George Jones, Conway Twitty, or Hank Williams.”

Q: Last and certainly not least, what is a fun fact about you?

Kenny: “I am a Disney fanatic. I’ve been to Disney World over 25 times. I LOVE the Tower of Terror ride! One time, we were there for 5 days, and we walked 54 miles in that time.

One thing that's clear as we share these stories from the road: being a professional driver is not just about skill, attitude and resilience, it's about the people behind the wheel. That’s what matters most - portraying the personal side of driving that shows the dreams, the challenges and the drive to succeed.

Fuel up and GO: Healthy and QUICK Recipe & Activity Ideas for the Professional Truck Driver

  Friday, March 29, 2024

Maintaining a healthy diet is crucial for both physical and mental health for everyone, but especially for professional truck drivers. Thankfully, with a bit of planning and creativity, it's possible to whip up delicious and nutritious meals right in the cab of your truck. In this blog post, we'll explore some easy recipes provided by Mavericks themselves that are tailored specifically for truck drivers who are looking to eat well while