Jerry Ballard & Tara Trautman of JRayl Transport, Inc. Interview with WKYC
JRayl was interviewed by NBC affiliate WKYC Channel 3 as part of their Lakeside Live Segment on April 3, 2018. JRayl’s representatives Jerry Ballard and Tara Trautman were interviewed by WKYC’s Weatherman Michael Estime. Michael asked Jerry and Tara a little about JRayl’s growing family as well as challenges of the industry. It was a fantastic opportunity for JRayl to highlight our family members and provide further information about our Driver Experience Team, Recruitment, and Training Programs.
“While this experience was a bit nerve-wracking, it was great to be able to get in front of people in our area to talk about JRayl and our culture! I was excited to educate people, who may have never heard of JRayl before this airing.” Tara Trautman shared when asked about representing JRayl on the Lakeside Live Segment. “I enjoyed speaking about the lucrative and rewarding career opportunities we can offer CDL Drivers. It was a wonderful opportunity to explain how they can begin their career here at JRayl.” Tara has been a member of the JRayl family since 2016.
JRayl was happy to appear on the television segment and appreciate the support of NBC (Channel 3 WKYC is the local NBC affiliate). This is JRayl’s second opportunity to be a featured business on a televised afternoon show. JRayl also has a commercial that is aired currently on NBC and will hopefully have more opportunities to educate the Cleveland/Akron area about JRayl Transport. Stay tuned and follow us on social media (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn, Google+, and Instagram)!
JRayl receives an A+ Rating from the Better Business Bureau
JRayl became a Better Business Bureau Member with an A+ rating again as of March 17th, 2018. As a member of the BBB, we have joined an elite group; not all business are invited to partner with BBB or meet the requirements of accreditation in BBB. As an Accredited Business, we have agreed to live up to the BBB Standards of Trust which are a comprehensive set of policies, procedures and best practices focused on how businesses should treat the public – fairly and honestly in all circumstances.
Lisa Blount named JRayl’s Driver of the Year for 2017!
Regional driver, Lisa Blount, a JRayl experienced female driver, is the recipient of the top honor of Driver of Year for 2017 at JRayl Transport. Lisa has displayed a continuous positive attitude, superior delivery performance, and one of the lowest idle percentages in the fleet. Additionally, she has been accident and incident free since she has been part of the JRayl Family, a half dozen years ago.
Lisa shared that her secret to success has been strong relationships and communication with her team members. A network of drivers has helped her with deliveries, traffic delays, and any emergency needs. She also encourages good discipline when preparing for travel by double/triple checking paperwork, load securement, and routes. Lisa is very proud of her clean accident and innocent records. She credits her safety numbers to observing the behavior of the other drivers to try to avoid any unsafe situations.
Lisa has been a driver in the industry since 2009. She graduated from CDI in South Bend, Indiana and passed her commercial driver’s license on her first attempt. Lisa’s husband and brother also have a career in driving and work as part of the JRayl Family. Lisa met her husband at driving school in late 2008 and they started driving team early in their career. Lisa likes to tell the story about how she taught her husband some of his maneuverability skills when they were first paired up on the road. When Lisa is home on the weekends, she enjoys preparing desserts. From making candy to baking and decorating cakes, Lisa enjoys preparing delicious treats for her friends and family members.
Lisa was also featured in an article on CDL Marketing: Faces of Trucking. https://cdljobnow.com/faces-of-trucking/lisa
In addition to Driver of the Year, JRayl has also recognized Terry Crockett as Rookie of the Year
Terry Crockett has been with JRayl since 1/23/17. He started on in the JRayl training program and right away the Texas team knew he was going to be great! He came out of the program and operated like a veteran almost immediately. Terry has superior communication skills and always tries to drive out his clock. Terry also has an excellent on time delivery percentage and superior load documentation management. He works well with driver management team and the maintenance department. Terry has a focus on safety that has kept him accident/incident free for over a year! Terry understands the big picture and represents the JRayl Family very well on a daily basis.
Congratulations to both Lisa and Terry for their performance and recognition! They exemplify what it means to be a JRayl driver and JRayl appreciates all their hard work and dedication!
JRayl Transport, Inc. named one of the Best and Brightest Companies to work for in the nation.
JRayl Transport, Inc. has been named one of the Best and Brightest Companies to work for in the nation this year! We were one of the 437 winners out of 2,000 national companies that were nominated. This could not have been possible without all of the Best and Brightest people we have working for JRayl Transport!
JRayl receives Business Growth Awards, and gets featured in Smart Business magazine
In October 2017 JRayl received two awards that were presented by Cascade Capital Corporation and featured in Smart Business magazine and website. The Business Growth Awards, presented by Cascade Capital Corporation, honor businesses located within Summit, Medina, Portage, Stark, Wayne, Holmes, and Ashland counties in Northeastern Ohio. The businesses have achieved significant sales or employment growth over a five-year period.
Eligible companies must have experienced a sales increase of 100 percent or $5 million during that time; or the number of full-time employees must have increased by 50 percent or 25 employees.
The awards JRayl was honored with included:
Entrepreneurial Spirit Award in Remembrance of late CEO Jeremy Rayl
Business Growth Award for steady growth in the past five years in both sales and headcount
Members of the JRayl Management team were present at the awards dinner to receive the awards. If you want to learn more visit: www.sbnonline.com