HOT is an acronym for the new “Highway Organizational Training” which is scheduled to take place in 3-day sessions held throughout 2017 and 2018. For the very first “HOT” session, employees from all company locations nationwide gathered at Highway Transport corporate headquarters in Knoxville, Tennessee for face-to-face interaction with company leaders. Department presentations throughout the 3-day session provided a review of different elements of the tanker trucking business.
Director of Human Resources, Jean Anne Dugger, facilitated the 3-day professional development event to strengthen the company for long-term success. Participants enjoyed the opportunity to familiarize themselves with each department and how they function.
“Putting a face and a name and knowing who does what is very important, especially when our company is spread out across the United States at 11 different service centers.” says Dugger.
The event kicked off with an evening meet & greet hotel reception for all participants to join those who traveled from Highway Transport Croydon. Day one was filled with presentations in rapid succession followed by an evening at Copper Cellar West hosted by brothers Chip & Greg Watkins, Highway Transport Chairman and Co-chair.
On day two, the momentum continued with short departmental overviews. “Departments worked hard to make sure their presentations were short and sweet. We purposely designed HOT to just hit the high points, to not go in-depth. Condensing information down was not an easy feat” adds Jean Anne. “departments are to be congratulated for their work to keep information condensed.”
On day two we did a catered-in working lunch in order to keep rolling along with presentations; then we had a casual burger night nearby at Calhoun’s on Bearden Hill with Greg Watkins + the following company leaders: Scott Ennen, Marshall Franklin, Steve Kitts, Brian Reid, and Joe Sheldon. Final presentations (and lots of leftovers) carried the group to the finale on the morning of Day 3.
At the conclusion of “HOT,” employees were given a hot pepper to commemorate their time at corporate headquarters. “Actually, the pepper is a foam stress-ball type of material…a stress-pepper, so to speak ha ha!” adds Jean Anne.
The following is the inaugural group of Highway Transport employees to experience “HOT” Highway Operations Training:
• Steve Kitts, Highway Transport Director of Sales & Marketing
• Greg Watkins, Highway Transport CEO
• Marshall Franklin, Highway Transport President
• Steve Hittinger, Highway Transport in Knoxville at the Service Center off Amherst
• Josh Payne, Highway Transport in Knoxville at the Service Center off Amherst
• Jennifer Myers, Highway Transport in Knoxville at the Service Center off Amherst
• Matt Parker, Highway Transport in Knoxville at the Service Center off Amherst
• Becky Sanders, Highway Transport in Chattanooga, TN
• Angel Kinsler, Highway Transport in Knoxville at the Baum Drive corporate headquarters
• Bethany Cooper, Highway Transport in Knoxville at the Baum Drive corporate headquarters
• Beverly Henderson, Highway Transport in Knoxville at the Baum Drive corporate headquarters
• Kevin Yohe, Highway Transport Service Center in Croydon, PA
• Jean Anne Dugger, Highway Transport Director of Human Resources
Highway Transport is a tanker trucking company in operation since 1948 providing transportation of specialty chemicals throughout the United States and Canada. Our tank fleet has served chemical manufacturers with the highest quality service and equipment. The longstanding perception of Highway Transport continues to be one of family and tradition. However the company has always been very agile, very quick to adapt to business trends.
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