ABF has selected nine freight-handling professionals for the 2012 Load Team, an elite group of freight-handling professionals from across ABF’s North American network. The Load Team program was established not only to honor outstanding performance but also to draw upon dock employees’ insights regarding dock procedures and equipment.
The Load Team members for 2012 are Dwayne Cannon, Atlanta; Detric Cathey, Little Rock, Ark.; Jon Donahey, Dayton, Ohio; Kim Hodgin, Winston-Salem, N.C.; Tony Olson, Kansas City, Mo.; Rudy Lovato, Albuquerque, N.M.; Gilberto Reyes, Chicago; Craig Thorsell, Dallas; and Bart Quarnberg, Salt Lake City.
Team selections are based upon personal integrity, safety records and ability to load trailers in an optimal fashion – a skill that facilitates the safe, timely and efficient movement of shipments. Load Team members also contribute to the ongoing implementation of the ABF Quality Process.
“Load Team members help to personify ABF’s commitment to meeting the needs of our customers through safe and efficient freight handling,” says Murray Babb, vice president of terminal operations for the Fort Smith, Ark.-based company. “Due to the talents of dedicated employees like these, shipping customers can trust ABF, knowing that more than 99.5 percent of all shipments are moved claim free.”