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Nebraska Team

We’re a big dysfunctional family (only we can leave at five o’clock)

Navigating in this industry requires a team that can quickly adapt to our ever-changing industry. It also takes an intuitive understanding of what we do on a daily basis to make things happen. We thrive in a team environment, where we challenge each other to keep pushing forward. We understand egos won’t move the market – our hard work will.

Take a minute to enjoy the people that make up the GIX family. It’s a family composed of preps, hipsters, dweebs, bikers, dog-lovers, parents, athletes, and a lot more. We’ve composed an interesting set of people that keep our work interesting and lives less boring. You could say we’re pretty damn cool.

Freight Managers

Team 1

Tylor Vose Team Lead 308-398-8581 308-398-9581

Before Tylor became the longest employed intern in GIX history, he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in supply chain management at The University of Nebraska at Kearney. He often describes his initial meeting with GIX’s Vice President, Mike Young, as, “Mike said if you are trying to get a product from A-Z, then GIX is B-Y. I liked that, he liked me, and the rest is history.” He’s since transitioned into a full-time team lead managing four freight managers. He’s named his team the “Vosebusters” and gave them the catchy team motto of “Who you gonna call? Vosebusters!” His team says he’s famous for telling terrible dad jokes that are so not funny, that they’re actually funny. He’s always busy keeping his chaotic team organized and in line, which is about as easy as trying to herd cats. He’s also a man who can do some serious conflict resolution between us, our carriers, and our customers.

Most likely to motivate individuals to cover a load with a 6-pack of beer. Then when he is the one who actually covers the load, he’s most likely to say ‘I guess I’m actually getting drunk by myself.’

What you think you do at work?
Tread water. Sometimes swim…But mostly tread.

What 5 hashtags best describe anything GIX?
#itsnoonalready?? #freightslayer #weputthelogicinlogistics #bishdontkillmyvibe #movinfreightandscalingweight

One thing GIX could do to make your day easier?
More people to answer the phones. Like a receptionist or something where that is literally all she does. I’ve started to hear ringing in my dreams, and sometimes it is hard to even type an email without accidently answering a phone call.

Any weird obsessions? What do you collect? Weird shoe size? Let your demons out…
Sometimes I find myself watching those nasty zit popping videos on YouTube. It’s gross, I know. Guess it is a morbid curiosity.

The best part of waking up?
Collecting my pumps on Clash. I’m not a morning person, but I definitely realize how sad this is that waking up to fake currency in game is the best part of it.

Have you ever ate/drank something out of the GIX fridge that wasn’t yours? If so, confess now, you savage…
I think I took a can of Pepsi that wasn’t mine a couple years ago. But I replaced it the next day. So I’m good…right?

GIX is on fire, you can take one person with you, who do you take?
The closest lady to me. Who said chivalry is dead?

Joyce Williams Freight Manager 308-398-8568 308-398-9568

Don’t let Joyce fool you. She’s got the voice of kindergarten teacher mixed with the negotiation skills of a stock broker – except she’s a freight manager. She drives a Ford Mustang to work and if that doesn’t tell you enough about Joyce, then we don’t know what more we can tell you. She’s an over-dimensional queen and a ruthless negotiator when it comes to rates. She’s been known to bring margarita flavored cupcakes to company events and not tell us that she may or may not have included some tequila in the recipe. Needless to say, it’s always a good idea to partake in Joyce’s cupcakes.

Most likely to spike the punch.

What you think you do at work?
Talk to truck drivers.

What do you think you’re most known around the office for?
My school teacher voice.

Celebrity you get mistaken for?
Bo Derek… of course.

Biggest pet peeve?
Negative people.

Who would you let punch you directly in the face in our office & why?
No one, I don’t like pain.

Chad Pfeifer Freight Manager 308-398-8588 308-398-9588

Chad graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business administration with an emphasis in marketing. We don’t even know where to begin with Chad. There’s just so much. He was GIX’s first intern, Drew’s suite mate in college, became a dad six months ago, and had a bag of poop sent to him at the office. We really wish we were kidding about the bag of poop, but we’re not. That was a real thing and we all had to smell it. Our company participates in an annual company vs. company competition with other local Grand Island businesses. So, Chad voluntarily offered up his skills for tug-o-war. When the tug-o-war started, it was clear Chad showed up and came ready. Don’t believe us? Watch this video clip of Chad competing in the event: https://www.facebook.com/GIXLogistics/videos/892241180811853
At work, he shows up every day and puts his best effort into covering loads and making sure things run smoothly at his desk.

Most likely to make an unannounced speech at a wedding.

What do you think you’re most known around the office for?
Being the quirky guy.

List 5 words that describe you?
Auspicious, translucent, mysterious, boisterous, and asparagus

What 5 hashtags best describe anything GIX?
#ergonomic #fabulous #gourmet #prosperous #dope

If GIX installed a slide, who do you think would be the first coworker to injure themselves and why?
Carol. She would fall off the ladder before even getting a chance to go down it.

Where Waldo really is (this question was randomly added by Chad for himself)?
Waldo is inside all of us. He is what keeps us searching and pursuing our wildest dreams and goals. You don’t necessarily need to achieve all your goals and dreams to find Waldo. You find him once you are truly satisfied with the life you have lived. Some people never find Waldo and some never try to look.

Kati Green Freight Manager 308-398-8570 308-398-9570

Kati is a proud Husker, graduating from UNL in 2013 with a Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science. While she doesn't deal with animals in the office (minus a random visit by a few of our furry friends), she does broker freight like a champ. After graduation, she found herself back in her hometown of Grand Island. Kati has broad experience in the workforce and adds an extra 'umph' to the office atmosphere! If she isn't at her desk covering freight, you can find her at the weight room getting fit, cheering on her favorite NFL team, the Green Bay Packers, or eating peanut butter by the spoonful. Not only is Kati a great addition to the office, she's also evened out the men to women ratio for Team 1.

Most likely to become a body builder.

What do you think you do at work? 

Refrain from using language my grandma would slap me for.

What do you bring to the table? 

Sarcasm and a family size jar of peanut butter.

Do you think of yourself as more of a temperate woodland squirrel or a bushy mountain squirrel?

Temperate. It takes a lot to get my tail bushy.

Animal you'd ride to and from work every day? 

A hippogriff... Shout out to any other Harry Potter fans, reppin' the 308. 

What do you love about GIX? 

Everyone walking into work and actually loving their job. 

TONI MESSERSMITH Freight Manager 308-398-8523 308-398-9523

Toni is a neat freak and a homebody that has a lot of energy. Surprisingly, she’s a total gear head and you’d never guess it. She can talk with the boys about engine sizes and different types of things about cars that are way over our heads. While she mentioned she enjoys being home with her family, she also told us that she knows how to have a good time. Toni recently joined us and we’re already overly impressed with her skills to catch on quickly and help Carol on those setups.

Most likely to be able to fix a tire faster than you.

What you think you do at work?
Type, type, type, answer a phone call, answer another phone call, then proceed to annoy Carol with all my questions.

Celebrity you get mistaken for?
Julia Stiles (10 Things I Hate About You).

If I left you alone in a room with a box of my Oreos and told you not to eat them, how long would it take for you to disobey my wishes?
Never, I wouldn’t eat them. Respect!

If you were a mixed drink, what would you be?
Crown Vanilla and 7 Up (goes down smooth but knows how to have fun).

Kristen Klein Freight Manager 3083988563

Meet Jennifer Garner, er… I mean, Kristen Klein, the newest member of team one. Kristen is a school teacher turned principal turned freight manager. After finishing both her undergraduate and graduate studies at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, she got hitched to her now hubby, Brett, and moved back to Grand Island to start her career. The Klein’s recently upgraded their title to ‘Parents’ when they welcomed their first child, Dax, earlier this year. Kristen has been known to say that she bleeds Air Force blue, not so much for their athletic teams, but rather because both her brother and sister serve in the U.S. Air Force. If we are talking sports, she is a Husker fan with a splash of Loper pride (her hubs played football at UNK, but she attended UNL).  Kristen is a fun-loving, go-getter of a person and we are confident she will bring some fresh, fun ideas to the office. We also are hoping she will bring Dax into visit us soon, we are big on babies and puppies around here.

Any weird obsessions?

I’ve watched YOU’VE GOT MAIL probably a thousand times (at least!). My dog is named Brinkley. “I WAS ELOQUENT!”

What do you collect? Weird shoe size? Let your demons out…

I collect coasters & Starbucks coffee mugs of places I’ve traveled to.

What is the worst thing you’d do for some free guacamole?

Nothing, my guac is better.

If you were a mixed drink, what would you be?

Fireball & Diet Coke

What do you love about GIX?

The culture and the people.

The best part of waking up?

The brewed coffee in my preset/timer coffee pot

Tiffany Potter Freight Manager 18004409008

A shining example of an intern turned full-time hire, meet Tiffany Potter. In the summer of 2016 she interned with us for the first time and to be honest we haven’t been able to get rid of her since (nor have we wanted to). Since that first internship with us, she's been pretty busy whether it be with finishing up her schooling, trying out different companies via internships, working her part-time job, or returning to GIX (yay!). In the summer of 2018, Tiffany accepted our full-time job offer and took on a new role within our office as our Carrier Coordinator and Trainer. After tackling these new roles throughout the summer, she was interested in getting back to the basics of the business, and began brokering freight as some extended training for herself. Little did we know, she would fall back in love with the operations side of our business and join Team 1 as a full-time Freight Manager in May of 2019. If Tiffany isn't at the office, she is probably playing with her dogs, gardening, or enjoying time with friends and family. Its been a great three years and counting with Tiffany on our team! 

Most likely to take a task, run with it, and make it turn out even better than you anticipated it to.

What do you think you do at work?

Help brokers in any way possible, along with providing customer service to the carriers.

What is something no one knows about you?

I have webbed toes

How long have you been dating / in a relationship with GIX?

It’s complicated.

GIX is on fire, you can take one person with you, who do you take?

Does my bag count as a person?

What do you bring to the table?

Problem solving skills.

The best part of waking up?

You get to start fresh for the day; each day is a new day!

Team 2

Cassie Jimenez Freight Manager 308-398-8575 308-398-9575

Cassie is the model broker. She handles hundreds of loads every week and maintains some of the best service levels of any broker in the office. She’s arguably the most efficient working individual. That’s why we’re convinced she’s somehow part octopus and part broker. She’s just a whirlwind of organized chaos at her desk. But away from her desk, she can take any conversation right to the gutter and quote “Mean Girls” better than any millennial wannabe. She typically throws shade just like any girl in the plastics. Outside of work she enjoys being the best aunt to five nephews and two nieces. She always says they’re the cutest you’ll ever meet.

Most likely to take it upon herself to fire someone.

What you think you do at work?
Watch TV and annoy Greg.

How do you cope with a crazy driver?
I listen to what they have to say, even if they hang up on me. They are drivers and they have it rough – I wouldn’t want their job! And without them, we wouldn’t have a job.

Celebrity you get mistaken for?
Lauren Ambrose.

Do you think of yourself as more of a temperate woodland squirrel or a bushy mountain squirrel?
I had to Google this and I would say I still have no clue, Google didn’t even know the difference.

If you were a mixed drink, what would you be?
Jungle Juice, too much of me makes you sick.

WENDY BLOMQUIST Freight Manager 308-398-8541 308-398-9541

You can find her at her desk, poppin’ Excedrin like it’s her job. Concerned? Don’t be. We’d have a headache too if we tried to handle the crazy number of loads Wendy manages on a daily basis. She holds the office record for most loads moved in a week. That number is pretty high. Okay, you don’t have to twist our arms. She moved 89 loads in one week and it shows. Wendy is a person who cares a lot, maybe even too much. Wendy is like everyone’s favorite aunt in the office. She’s also the worst smack talker – she’s frankly just too nice for an insult to come out of her mouth.

Most likely to have the worst immune system.

What do you think you’re most known around the office for?
“I’m sorry.”

What do you bring to the table?
Organization – everybody should have their desk as organized as mine.

How long have you been dating/in a relationship with GIX?
5 ½ years.

Biggest pet peeve?
People lying.

Do you think of yourself as more of a temperate woodland squirrel or a bushy mountain squirrel?
A temperate woodland that could become the bushy mountain squirrel if pushed over the edge by a cranky driver.

GIX is on fire, you can take one person with you, who do you take?
It would be too hard to make that choice…I’d take the monkey that used to wear the fire hat…hopefully it could get us out safe.

If GIX installed a slide, who do you think would be the first coworker to injure themselves and why?
Carol…she trips on the carpet.

If you weren’t at GIX, what do you think you’d be doing right now?
Dreaming of being at GIX.

Kayla Scholtz Freight Manager 308-398-8561 308-398-9561

She’s corn-fed, Nebraska grown, definitely a Husker fan and says she’s always the butt of every of blonde joke. She’s happy to be upstairs, since her spot downstairs was right next to the leaking poop pipe. It wasn’t intentional, construction was just happening and she happened to be sitting right next to it. She says she gets mistaken for Lizzie McGuire quite a bit. If you want to run into Kayla outside of work, you can catch her working out at 4:00 A.M. every day. Now, that’s serious dedication and she’s put that dedication to work at GIX. She keeps color coordinated to-do lists and is persistent in her sales game, which allowed her to become one of the quickest sales rep to start out after training.
Before Kayla became a member of the GIX crew, she graduated with a bachelor’s in business administration with an emphasis in accounting. Although we’re all big Husker fans in the office, she’s only the second person to actually graduate as a Husker. She found out about us through her boyfriend and now she loves us more than her boyfriend (okay, maybe that’s debatable). We think he’s a keeper and possible the best boyfriend ever.

P.S. In case you read Paige’s bio, Kayla is the one that hit her parked car while backing out.

Most likely to surprise you after work with the things she does on the weekends.

List 5 words that describe you?
Blonde, short, small, round, and quiet.

What you think you do at work?
Keep Jeffrey and Karly entertained.

What do you bring to the table?
An appetite.

What’s something interesting about you?
I can ride a unicycle.

The best part of waking up?
Breakfast.

Jody Kenny Freight Manager 308-398-8573 308-398-9573

She’s fierce, organized, and she isn’t afraid to use her mom voice on you. Okay, maybe not you. But chances are if you’re in the office, you might hear it and you might think it’s your mom. But not to worry, it’s just Jody. She’s a real mom in real life to two kids who are two years and one day apart. Her daughter is 11 and her son is nine. She gets told they take after her, so when she describes them as “the most precious children;” she isn’t fooling anyone in the office.

She’s known for making silly faces, but when she walks through the doors of GIX she brings her game face into work each and every day. She keeps her carriers in line all the while managing to negotiate the best rate for her customers – what more could you ask for? She’s the perfect mix of Xena the Warrior Princess and your stern mother asking where you misplaced your cleats.

Most likely to be too busy for 10 loads but ask for 20 more at the same time.

What do you bring to the table?
Attention to detail, customer service, and my sense of humor (although rarely appropriate).

Any weird obsessions? What do you collect? Weird shoe size? Let your demons out…
I love TWILIGHT! I know, juvenile, but I said it. Go ahead, you can laugh.

If there was just a giant bathtub full of macaroni and cheese sitting next to us right now, would you get in…and would you eat it, while in it?
Is this going to be another fun addition to our office? It’s strange, but I’m game.

Would you let Oprah slap you across the face?
Is she going to give me a gift afterwards? If so, slap away.

Describe Mike Young in one word?
Wordy

If Mike Young was the combination of two famous people, which two would he be?
Dane Cook and Ryan Reynolds.

If you were a mixed drink, what would you be?
A margarita; I’m sweet, sour, and I pack a punch, sometimes a little salty around the edges.

MICHAEL GRUBER Freight Manager 308-398-8595 308-398-9595

Michael is a California native who found a love for the Heartland after attending college in Nebraska. Being a UNK grad and former member of Loper Athletics, he has continued his career by assisting as a football coach for the UNK kicking team. He was just as busy in college as he is now, playing both football and baseball at the collegiate level. These days if he isn't covering freight, or helping with football practice, you can find him on the softball field. During the summer, 4 of his 5 weeknights and every weekend are spent playing competitive softball. Oh, I almost forgot- he also was the first person to bring the Uber business to Kearney. Need a ride? Grab an Uber from Gruber!  He's a family man to the core, and although he loves Nebraska,  his home will always be in Cali where his parents still reside. 

Most likely to be your sober ride home from the bar. 

If the world was about to end you would...?

Find the biggest wave in the world and surf it like Patrick Swayze in Point Break. 

What do you love about GIX? 

The camaraderie everyone has and the massive amount of teamwork involved in covering freight and taking care of our carriers and customers. 

Biggest pet peeve? 

Wearing sunglasses inside. Like, how bright can it be in here? 

Who from the office would you let punch you directly in the face & why? 

Tom Roach because eve in he did, I still don't think I could be mad at him. 

Celebrity crush growing up? 

Shawn Johnson (Olympic gymnast) 

If you weren't at GIX, what do you think you'd be doing right now? 

Still Ubering full time. 

SCOTT SEJKORA Freight Manager 308-398-8560 308-398-9560

Scott graduated from The University of Nebraska at Omaha with a bachelor’s degree in history. If we were going to sum up Scott in three words it would be “socks and sandals.” Period. He wears socks and sandals every day it’s not snowing outside. We’re actually looking forward to winter just to see what other shoes Scott has in his closet. He’s the type of guy that’d classify any Nebraska resident who doesn’t wear red on Saturdays and cheer for the Huskers as un-American. He’s an avid Husker football fan and sports fan in general. He loves to talk sports with clients as well as their freight problems.

Most likely to wear socks and sandals every day.

What do you think you’re most known around the office for?
Being new.

What do you bring to the table?
I bring everything to the table…Brokering?…Boom! Sales?… Boom! Phones?…I’m on them! Stuff?…I do it! Winning?…All the time.

What 5 hashtags best describe anything GIX?
#whitegirlwasted #canteven #starbucks #yogapants #uggboots (am I doing this right?)

One thing GIX could do to make your day easier?
SportsCenter in the bathroom.

The best part of waking up?
Hitting the snooze button.

If GIX installed a slide, who do you think would be the first coworker to injure themselves and why?
Schwarz because he would try to slide down into a tub of mac and cheese.

JUSTIN PHILLIPS Freight Manager (308)398-8580

Justin is our quick-witted, catch-all guy. Since accepting an offer with us, he has helped to alleviate some of the brokers duties and created a better work-life balance for them. He has also helped to move GIX even closer to having 24/7 coverage to better serve our customers and carriers. To say he has added to the morale and overall efficiency of the office would be an understatement. In his free time, he loves to play a quick pick-up game of basketball, or watch his favorite college team, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. Don’t lose your mind just yet- he still bleeds red and loves the Huskers too, but Notre Dame seems to have stolen his heart. We’ve concluded that Justin is a fan of all things sports and all things GIX, from the score of a game to the status of a load, he has you covered!

Most likely to discover Jimmy Johns delivers to the office. (Yaaaasss!!)

Favorite athlete & why?

Kobe Bryant aka Black Mamba. He has an insane work ethic and showed dominance in the NBA throughout his 20-year career.

What was your first impression of GIX?

It’s like “The Wolf of Wall Street”, but everything we do is legal and we’re trying to ship freight.

How long have you been dating / in a relationship with GIX?

In relationship terms, I’ve had a crush on GIX since 2014 when I mistakenly turned down an internship possibility with them while I was in college. But, now we’ve been dating since October of 2017.

When you were young, what did you want to be?

An adult. Now, I just want to be a kid all over again… Adulting *shakes head*

How passionate are you about chicken nuggets?

I’ll take a 20 piece, please!

GIX is on fire, you can take one person with you, who do you take?

Did we cater in food today? Because, I might opt for a plate of food instead of a person. But, if not then the closest woman- chivalry is not completely dead.

Team 3

BOONE ANDERSON Team Lead 308-398-8571 308-398-9571

Boone is just a dude who happens to be named after the famous American pioneer, Daniel Boone, and walks around the office calling everyone “cuh”. After his family did some investigation on their family tree, it came about that he was related to the real Daniel Boone. His dad liked the idea, but his mother not so much. After some persistent negotiating, his mom agreed just as long as he went by Boone.
Boone and his younger sister, Rebecca, were born in Las Vegas (pop. 600,000) when their parents decided to make to the move to Milford, NE (pop. 2,100). They were THRILLED to say the least. But they came around and now call Nebraska home. They both try to keep their parents young, but sometimes find the roles reversed with them trying to keep up with their parents. It’s pretty evident his parents aren’t regular parents; they’re the “cool” parents we all wish we had.

We’ve also noticed he seems to be Ms. Congeniality of the office by always getting second place. He got second in our golf tournament, second in our ping pong tournament, and second in everything else. He’s hit so many let points during our ping pong tournament that the point has now been named a “Boone.” He’s a retired Loper football player who graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business administration with an emphasis in marketing. He’s also a Boston Red Sox fan who gets really into the Barstool Sports and fantasy leagues. In sales, he’s a perfectionist – always tweaking his openings and working harder to be the perfect sales guy. He’s a mix of James Franco in the face with the personality of Tyrese Gibson in Fast and Furious.

Most likely to name his sons David and Crockett. We feel sorry for the second one.

What do you think you’re most known around the office for?
Using the net for points in ping pong.

Favorite Sports Team & Why?
Dallas Cowboys because they're America’s team and everyone hates them. Doesn’t make sense.

What 5 hashtags best describe anything GIX?
#reliable #competitive #underrated #cangetrowdy #GetTheCameraOuttaMyFaceJeffrey

One thing GIX could do to make your day easier?
A cook.

What place do you usually get in the GIX fantasy league?
This is my first season and I’m in dead last right now.

The best part of waking up?
Taking a piss.

Animal you’d ride to and from work every day?
An eagle because it’s so damn American. Also, shout out Milford High School. Go Eags!

How many days do you wear the same pants in a row before it becomes, like, a problem?
Classic question. Jeans can go for at least 4 days maybe 6. Sweats depend on if you sweat or not. Most of it depends on if you see the same people every day.

Have you ever ate/drank something out of the GIX fridge that wasn’t yours? If so, confess now you savage.
Cream cheese, ketchup, and like a drip drop of coffee creamer because we were out of sugar. I’m a firm believer in Karma, so I don’t get too carried away.

RYAN ROACH Freight Manager 308-398-8587

 

Ryan may or may not have been inquiring about us in the middle of a workout. And by that, we mean he absolutely was! But don’t worry, he was the one leading the workout so it’s all less awkward than you think, and can you blame a guy for being interested in coming to work for us?! Anyway, Ryan is now the proud owner of a brand-new position within the office that still allows him to do his personal training on the side. So, if you’re looking for a guy to ship some freight for you and then also build your body muscle, you’ve come to the right place! All jokes aside, we are excited to welcome Ryan to the team and know he will be a great asset to team 3. Major gains! 😉

What do you think you do at work?

Talk on the phone and play on the computer.

Favorite sport team & why?

Huskers because I’m NE born and raised. GBR!

What’s something interesting about you?

I’ve recently turned into quite the DIY’er (some projects are better than others)

What is one thing GIX could do to make your day easier?

Nap Pods

Celebrity crush growing up?

Idk if this counts, but Belle from Beauty and the Beast.

If you weren’t at GIX, what do you think you’d be doing right now?

Screaming at someone to do more pushups.

TOM ROACH Freight Manager 308-398-8552

Meet Tom- It's by complete coincidence that him and Ryan both share the last name of 'Roach'. We didn't plan that, and no, they aren't related. Tom has been in a relationship with GIX for awhile now; he first interned for us in the Summer of 2017, then worked part time for us throughout the school year. He still couldn't get enough of us and returned this summer to work as an On-Call Support Staff member. Upon graduating from UNK in December of 2018, Tom began his full-time journey with us on the up- and- coming Team 3! We've known Tom was a good fit for us since the beginning. One of our first encounters with Tom included him coming into the office to fill out his new-hire paperwork. He was sun burnt to a crisp (thanks Panama City) and most definitely still recovering from his Spring Break festivities. We didn't know Tom super well at that point, but what we did know was that 1) The kid needs sunscreen if he is going to be on our rooftop patio and 2) He likes to have a good time and treat himself to a break from the day-to-day activities (at that point, school). Fast forward to now, and we excited to see where Tom's career goes as he works on team 3! 

Most likely to let Spring Break get the best of him. 

Favorite sports team and why? 

Huskers because I have a sick fetish of being hurt and let down. 

When you were young, what did you want to be when you grew up? 

A dog.

What is something interesting about you? 

Well, my girlfriend says I'm the third best guy she's ever dated.

Do you think of yourself as more of a temperate woodland squirrel or a bushy mountain squirrel? 

I don't know, but I hit squirrels with my car quite often. 

What do you love about GIX? 

Sometimes you get free beer. 

How do you cope with a crazy driver (bring out the mom voice)? 

Embrace it. YOLO. 

 

 

Greg Island

Greg Baird Freight Manager 308-398-8522 308-398-9522

We call him the Godfather of the office, he’s always the first one in and has worked here long enough that he’s got enough vacation time saved up for the ice age. Long ago, he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in animal science and industry. If you’ve moved a load in the last 20 years in the Midwest, chances are you’ve done business with Greg. A true veteran on the field, Greg brings everything you’d think would come with that: knowledge, experience, and stubbornness. Mostly stubbornness though. His experience gives him the ability to call one carrier and have a load booked in just a few minutes. He’s established real relationships with his carriers and customers, which shows in the ease he displays working as a broker. There’s the old saying about “you can't teach an old dog new tricks” but this old dog has adapted well with the ever-changing transportation market.
Most likely to complain about a new office policy.
What do you think you’re most known around the office for?
Being loud, can’t hear, and being older than dirt.

What do you love about GIX?
All the company paid meals.

What’s something no one knows about you?
Avid Disney fan.

What 5 hashtags best describe anything GIX?
You are after my time, no comprehendo.

Celebrity you get mistaken for?
Honestly, with this face, no one!

The best part of waking up?
That I am waking up, nice try.

How many days do you wear the same pants in a row before it becomes, like, a problem?
That is just a gross question.

Describe Mike Young in one word?
Silly!!

If you were a mixed drink, what would you be?
I seem to have developed a taste for Pina Colada since Cancun.

Sales

Major Account Sales

CORY PROSKOCIL Major Account Sales 308-398-8584 308-398-9584

Cory is a lot of things. We’re even going to go as far as classifying him as eclectic. He graduated as a Husker with a bachelor’s degree in natural resources. He’s a mechanic, a gardener, bike rider, runner, hunter, bee keeper, philanthropist, and much more. He’s a problem solver for clients, adjusting accordingly to meet their needs. The sales motto that best fits Cory is “you attract more bees with honey than vinegar.” He’s best described as Bob Vila meets Tim the Tool Man.

He’s got a ’66 Chevelle parked in his garage that was actually his first car. He got it in June of ’93 a few months after he turned 16. His dad always had some sort of old car around and when he started driving, his dad asked him what hot rod he would want for his birthday. After looking through old car photos, there were two that stood out to him – the ’66 Chevelle and a ’55 Chevy. They ended up finding a Chevelle at a reasonable price and it became his first car. He’ll still stop and look at every ’55 Chevy he sees and will someday have one parked in the garage next to his Chevelle.

Most likely to take up another hobby.

What do you think you’re most known around the office for?
That weird guy that keeps bees…

What was your first impression of GIX?
Why is that dude over there talking so loud?

How do you cope with a crazy driver?
Hand them back over to the broker.

What 5 hashtags best describe anything GIX?
#didhereallysaythat #didshereallysaythat #makeithappen #isitbeer30yet #doyouhavetotalksoloud

One thing GIX could do to make your day easier?
Ban whistling.

If GIX installed a slide, who do you think would be the first coworker to injure themselves and why?
Karly… have you worked with her?

JUSTIN VOGEL Major Account Sales 308-398-8589 308-398-9589

Justin is a Loper graduate with a bachelor’s degree in business administration with an emphasis in marketing and minors in entrepreneurship and music. If Justin’s sales mantra was a song, then it would definitely be Meghan Trainor’s song called “No.” He’s known to be the objection management master. So regardless if your name is no, your sign is no, your number is no, and you just want to let him go; it just won’t be possible. In an office conversation, he’s the referee. In a court of law, he’d be the lawyer that can take the lead, the judge that can organize the trial, and the jury that can come to the best decision. He’d like to think he’s good at Madden, but just ask him (or Scott with his unsolicited gameplay advise) how well that went during the Madden tournament. He’s also a proud new dad to baby girl who shares a matching Batman shirt with dad. We take Batman and our kids very seriously around this office.

Most likely to reply to every office email in proper MLA format with a read receipt attached to it.

What do you think you’re most known around the office for?
My quirky and sarcastic sense of humor.

What’s something interesting about you?
I have bowled a perfect game.

What 5 hashtags best describe anything GIX?
#nobiggie #firstworldproblems #approrpriatelyinappropriate #moneywhereourmouthis #nohashtags

Biggest pet peeve?
People who don’t listen to reason.

What’s your stance on cheesy bread?
Is there any other stance than give me another piece?

TYLER FEAD Major Account Sales 308-398-8594 308-398-9594

Tyler graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business administration with an emphasis in economics. Take Ron Swanson, shave his mustache and add a bullhorn laugh that can ring through the rafters and you’ve got part of Tyler Fead. He was born in the ghetto of Omaha, but is really just a country boy at heart who wears cowboy boots to the office. If we’re being honest he’s a big fangirl of Johnny Cash and John Wayne. Sit by Fead long enough and you’ll know the lyrics to every Frank Sinatra song. It will bring up lots of memories of riding in the car with mom, dad, grandpa, and grandma. When he’s not busy rolling his eyes over the things millennials are doing to society, he’s making new ways with customers, offering supply chain solutions, and leveraging our current business. No doubt, he’s one of the best sales reps in our office.

Most likely to pace while working through an issue on the phone.

What do you think you’re most known around the office for?
Probably being the old soul around here, and the Frank Sinatra music that I subject everyone else in the office to.

What’s something interesting about you?
I’ve been bitten by a penguin before. Those guys have rather sharp beaks, it kind of hurts.

List 5 words that describe you?
Punctual, old fashioned, loyal, stubborn, and American

Would you let Oprah slap you across the face?
No. If anyone is doing the slapping in that situation it’s me.

One thing GIX could do to make your day easier?
Jim Beam in my bottom drawer.

Jeffrey Olson Major Account Sales 308-398-8565 308-398-9565

Jeffrey is busy taking on a variety of roles in the office. He began working with us after graduating with a bachelor’s in business administration with an emphasis in marketing. We typically say he has a lot of closeted talents that lead to big upsets in office games, and big office changes. You wouldn’t guess it because he never dresses down and you’ll never catch him wearing sweat pants. He’s pretty talented at ping pong, tennis, and volleyball. We would even say he could play ping pong against a wall and still win. Most people don’t take him as the athletic type, but deep down there’s a really competitive side. With that competitive side, he’s made big gains in the sales department and started taking on some creative projects for the company. We’re just never surprised by the plethora of talents he possesses.

Most likely to be late to his own funeral.

If the world was about to end you would?
Try to get a selfie with Kim K.

What you think you do at work?
I basically try to get ahold of people who are about as hard to get in contact with as what I’d imagine the President to be.

What do you think you’re most known around the office for?
Wearing Birkenstocks at the GIX Golf Invitational.

What was your first impression of GIX?
The logic test that made me think so hard, I almost didn’t know if I should continue with the application process.

What 5 hashtags best describe anything GIX?
#superfun #seizetheday #makeithappen #tigerwoodswannabes #wegetmailedpoopbags

One thing GIX could do to make your day easier?
If they could please reinstate the instant messenger feature in our computer system that’d be great and change the channel to something other than ESPN.

Have you ever ate/drank something out of the GIX fridge that wasn’t yours? If so, confess now you savage…
No, but I’ve definitely fallen victim to some sticky fingered savages.

Senior Sales Representatives

ASHLEY BENNETT Senior Sales Representative 308-398-8515 308-398-9515

One of the newest members to the GIX sales team, she comes with a wide background of sales, marketing, and event coordinating. She was recruited by our very own Chris Schwarz while they were watching their sons play football. We’ve noticed she shows up and dresses up every day and around here those are big accomplishments. During one of her first days with GIX, we put her tennis skills to the test with a game of ping pong. Needless to say, she hit several “Boone” shots, as we call them, and ended up winning.

Most likely to wear high heels in the snow.

List 5 words that describe you?
Patient, Fierce, Persistent, Excited, Eager

What 5 hashtags best describe anything GIX?
#FinallyStevenASmithisPermanentlyMuted #YAY #SmilingFaces@GIX #RoofTopView #LetsPlay

Celebrity crush growing up? 
JTT (Jonathon Taylor Thomas) and a long list of professional wrestlers. Maybe the tights helped with that.

Celebrity you get mistaken for?
I wouldn’t say mistaken for but the “you know who you remind me of? Kelly Clarkson” When I was a kid it was the Olson twins and the youngest Hanson boy. #noshame

Do you think if you lost all your teeth you’d just eat healthy smoothies or would you, like, grind up chicken nuggets?
I’d get dentures immediately. Mashed potatoes and gravy while in transit.

Describe Mike Young in one word?
Progressive.

If GIX installed a slide, who do you think would be the first coworker to injure themselves and why?
Probably Jeffrey trying to get a good action shot at the bottom.

LIZ LOSCHEN Senior Sales Representative 308-398-8563 308-398-9563

Meet Liz, she's a past libero for the University of Nebraska Kearney Volleyball team and was a two-time All-American. She graduated with a bachelor's degree from the University of Nebraska at Kearney in business administration with an emphasis in marketing. She’s excelled in every position we’ve assigned her during training. No matter what role Liz takes on in the office, she’s going to display a superior work ethic. When Liz isn’t making us look bad at our jobs, she’s catching up on "Scandal" episodes, trying new foods, and listening to crime podcasts.

Most likely to apologize for apologizing.

What you think you do at work?
Eat all the food that’s up for grabs in the office.

What do you think you’re most known around the office for?
That volleyball chick, smiling and probably asking annoying questions!

What do you love about GIX?
My coworkers’ sense of humor, like-minded people, food days, and ping pong.

What’s something interesting about you?
I had 2 additional wisdom teeth, 6 all-together. Also, I wore braces for a total of 5 years. Can you imagine what I would have looked like before dental health was a thing?

What 5 hashtags best describe anything GIX? 
#allin #coverdemloads #workhardplaypong #GIXing15 #YoungforPresident

Animal you’d ride to and from work every day?
Ostrich for sure. Fast and fluffy!

Hayden Ekberg Senior Sales Representative 308-398-8558 308-398-9558

Hayden is a UNK alum, who found his love for sales while working in a nutrition based company right out of college. After realizing he wanted a career he could jump into with both feet and really grow with, he applied and was hired on at GIX.  Since the day we said "Go!", Hayden has been on the move and on the phones. It's not uncommon for him to be on the phone for 45 minutes, just shooting the sh*t with a customer (or potential customer). He's a good 'ol down-home Nebraska kid, who loves to get to know the people around him. He also loves a little Goldschlager every now and then especially if he is getting ready to win the beer pong competition for the GOOG's. Hayden didn't stop with a new career in 2017, he also married his high school sweetheart (hey, Michele!) and they purchased their first house together. 

Favorite athlete and why? 

Kobe, enough said. 

What do you bring to the table? 

Usually a couple beers and a good time. 

What's something no one knows about you? 

Oh boy, where do I begin? Next question. 

How many days do you wear the same pants in a row, before it becomes, like, a problem? 

Depends on the person. If you fart a lot, anything over 2 may be excessive. 

Celebrity crush? 

Jennifer Aniston, and she only gets better with age. 

When you were young, what did you want to be when you grew up? 

An archaeologist. 

Sales Representatives

Isaac Chavez Junior Sales Representative 308-398-8577 308-398-9577

Funny story with this one. Isaac had applied to GIX, and then met Bailee at his previous job when she came in as a customer. This all occurred just days before his face-to-face interview with her at GIX.  It was one of those awkward, “nice to meet you, I’ll see you Friday at your interview” conversations that are said in a whisper because you don’t want the current employer to ask questions or be suspicious. So anyway, the interview obviously went well because Isaac started his full-time Junior Sales Rep journey with GIX in January of 2018. He is a Grand Island native who graduated from GISH and played with Bailee’s cousin on the state basketball championship team in 2002. (They are being inducted into the GISH Hall of Fame this January!). Isn’t it crazy how many times your path can cross with someone else’s in a lifetime? Isaac then graduated from Southeast Community College in Lincoln, NE in 2010 with an Associate’s degree in Business Administration. He now resides in Grand Island with his wife, two daughters, and dog Zeus. We are sure glad his path crossed the GIX path and we had the opportunity to bring him aboard the team!

Most likely to be mistaken for a 19-year-old.

Favorite athlete & why?

Michael “Air” Jordan (GOAT) He changed the game in every aspect

What’s something interesting about you?

I share my birthday with Nebraska, Chris Weber, and Justin Bieber!

What was your first impression of GIX?

I thought I was going to learn how to code… Has a very ‘Google’ type atmosphere

The best part of waking up?

My legs are always warm thanks to my dog Zeus.

GIX is on fire, you can take one person with you, who would you take?

I’d take Zane, he’s a good guy!

Celebrity you get mistaken for

Zac Efron lol

RUSS ZUTAVERN Junior Sales Representative 308-398-8555 308-398-9555

Russ is small-town, born and raised Nebraska kid. After working on his family’s ranch for much of his life, he decided to give something new a try and landed himself a Junior Sales Rep position with GIX Logistics. You’ll be surprised to find out that he is a UNK graduate (mild sarcasm there) who finished his college career in July of 2015 with a Bachelor’s degree in Agribusiness.  He kicked off his New Year with a new job, new home, and new commute time. He hasn’t gotten an official time on it yet, but if we had to guess we’d say it takes him less than 2 minutes to walk to work every day. He’s a Green Bay Packers fan by default and has had a long -time dream of being Brett Farve when he grows up. Instead, we are going to make him a customer-helping, freight-moving, GIX Sales Rep.

Most likely to casually quote a movie in everyday conversation.

What do you think you do at work?

Delete E-mails

What do you bring to the table?

Usually some drinks and an abundance of useless sports knowledge

What is something no one knows about you?

I have two fake teeth from at tailgating “incident” that happened years ago. Piece of advice: stick to beer before noon on game day.

What was your first impression of GIX?

Ever seen the movie “Interns” when Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson walk into Google for the first time?

Celebrity crush growing up?

Jessica Alba, without question.

What’s something interesting about you?

I’m fluent in four different languages. Just kidding. I can say four words in Spanish, “Un mas cerveza por favor”.

ABBIE OTTO Junior Sales Representative 308-398-9572 308-384-7672

Another Grand Island native being enticed back to her hometown with a fun work environment, family, and friends. Abbie is a graduate from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln (2018) where she majored in Business Administration and minored in Finance. While attending school in Lincoln she was a member of the Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority where she enjoyed helping coordinate multiple philanthropic events and spending time with her sisters. She’s honestly one of the sweetest and funniest people we’ve ever met and has become an instant fit within our office. She will start her sales training soon and then join the Sales team as a Junior Sales Rep. If you every find yourself out to eat with Abbie, you should know that she is going to keep an eye on what you order; she is a believer in soulmates being based off of food orders 😉. So if you and Joe order the same meal, BAM! Soulmates. Right, Abbie?

Most likely to beat Boone at a round of golf. 

 

When you were young, what did you want to be when you grew up?

The President’s Daughter. Lol

List 5 words that describe you

Can I have some wine?

 Celebrity crush growing up?

Nick Jonas, are you kidding?!

What is the worst thing you would do for some free guacamole?

I’m not answering this question because my grandma will probably read this.

Biggest pet peeve?

SLURPING and chewing with an open mouth. Dude, I don’t want to see your food.

What was your first impression of GIX?

Dang, this place is SWEEEEET! I keep dreaming of partying on the rooftop, so I’m waiting for that to happen.

Mitch Spencer Junior Sales Representative 308-398-8598

Meet Mitch, a down-home Nebraska guy with ranching roots and salesman dreams. Mitch grew up on a ranch in western Nebraska in the small town of Brewster where he learned the ins and outs of ranching from his dad. After graduating in the Summer of 2018 from UNK with a Bachelor of Science in Sports Management and Marketing, Mitch took a unique opportunity to work with the Sporting KC team. Although he enjoyed the team and the work, he felt a strong pull to get back to Nebraska and landed himself a position on the sales team at GIX. He is a self admittedly very competitive, whether he is playing Madden on his Xbox, or pick-up basketball games at the YMCA. There is no doubt that his competitive spirit and love for sports makes him a great fit for our Sales Team.

Most Likely To… Heard cattle on the weekends.

 

When you were young, what did you want to be when you grew up?

Professional athlete. Turns out you need to be athletic, good knees are a plus too.

If you were a mixed drink, what would you be?
Crown and Coke

Favorite Athlete and why?

Lebron James, I’m more of a cattle person but I don’t mind GOAT’s

What is something no one knows about you?

I’ve had arthritis since the 3rd grade.

Would you let Oprah slap you across the face?

As long as there is a new car under my chair afterwards, yes.

Biggest Pet Peeve?

That I can’t make my mustache a handlebar mustache.

What is one thing GIX could do to make your day easier?

A tap room would be nice.

Jordan Findley Junior Sales Representative 308-398-8557

Jordan is a born and raised Nebraska girl. She grew up in the small-town of Trumbull, Nebraska and attended college at the University of Nebraska at Kearney. She graduated from UNK in December of 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in marketing. Her career path right out of college was influenced by her love of fashion and shopping and she worked as an assistant buyer at The Buckle headquarters in Kearney, NE. In the fall of 2017 she married her now husband, Jake, and they moved to Grand Island to start their lives together. Lucky for us, this landed Jordan looking for a position in Grand Island. If she isn’t at work, she is either at home drinking coffee and watching Friends, searching for her next great travel destination, or shopping, shopping, and more shopping! This girl LOVES to shop, and to be honest, we’d like to raid her closet sometime. (She’s always dressed Caaa-uuute!) Jordan is joining our logistics Fam as a Junior Sales rep, and we are confident that her personality and customer service background will allow her to thrive!

Most likely to look adorable, all day, every day.

Favorite Sports Team & Why?

Dallas Cowboys! My husband has loved them since he was little, so I feel obligated to be a fan with him.

What’s something that is interesting about you?

I’ve been out of the country six times, I LOVE to travel and find new vacation spots!

Any Weird obsessions (watch cat videos / star wars)? What do you collect? Weird Shoe size? Let your demons out…

I’m really obsessed with having an exceptionally clean and organized closet. I go through it way more than I should and reorganize by season, color, sleeve length, you name it! I also am weirdly obsessed with the Game Show Network… I watch it almost every night before bed 😊

What was your first impression of GIX?

My first impression of GIX was that I was a crazy fun place to work! The building is very modern, and I could tell the team would be a great group to be around. It’s not just anywhere you get to play corn hole and beer pong in the middle of the day 😉

One thing that GIX could do to make your day easier?

Nap pods! OR dogs that we could play with throughout the day.

Trenda Hollertz Junior Sales Representative

This is Trenda. Yes, you’re reading that correctly, her name is Trenda. It’s unique, just like her! She is a Holdrege, NE native and enjoys spending long weekends at the lake with a Busch Light in her hand. Trenda graduated from UNK in May of 2019 with a bachelors degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Supply Chain Management.  Although as a kid, she hoped to be a ‘cooker’ when she grew up, she decided that being a sales rep for GIX would have to do for now. She is completing her sales training in our Nebraska office and then will head down South this fall to work in our Fort Worth office.*She is currently taking applications for new friends in the Fort Worth area, please submit your friendship resumes to her personal email.* One thing you should know about Trenda is that she has a pup named Norm and she really, really, REALLY loves him. If you're asking us, we think he has a striking resemblance to Scrappy Doo, you know, Scooby Doo's cousin?! (I'll wait for you to google 'Scrappy Doo' now...). Anyway, if you're looking for Trenda she is probably binge-watching Netflix and snuggling with her favorite pal, Norman Jon, who she is pretty sure is THE BEST DOG EVER! 

Most likely to wear Crocs to her wedding. 

What do you think you’re most known around the office for?

I just started here, but I know it about a month or so I’ll be known for the girl who plays with her hair all day.

The best part of waking up?

NORM

What’s your stance on cheesy bread?

Cheesy bread deserves to be in the Food Hall of Fame… I don’t know if that’s a thing, but if it was it would be there.

Celebrity you get mistaken for?

Well I would hope, Betty White… If not, then probably Kristen Dunst, but only when she was in Bring It On. (Favorite movie EVER)

What is the worst thing you would do for some free guacamole?

Lick somebody’s feet and I HATE feet, but I LOVE me some guac.

What is something interesting about you?

When I hold my hands up my pinkies stick out. I have to use my other hand to push them back in and when I let go, they just pop back out.

Rudy Lima Orellana Junior Sales Representative 18004449008 x 413

Rudy! Rudy! Rudy! Name that movie… Anyone??Anyone?? It's Rudy. 

Meet Rudy, a 2019 graduate from the University of Nebraska at Kearney. Rudy received his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Supply Chain Management and is excited to put it to good use as a sales rep for us. Growing up in Crete, Nebraska, Rudy wasn’t convinced that attending a university was in the cards for him, but he has proven over the last few years that UNK was exactly the right fit. He was active on campus, especially in the Sigma Lambda Beta International Fraternity. Rudy will complete his sales training in the Grand Island office, and then he plans to move to Texas to work in our Fort Worth office after the first of the year.

Most likely to want to play football at the University of Notre Dame.

Favorite sports team and why?

My favorite sports team is a soccer team called FC Barcelona. They are my favorite because my favorite player plays for them and I’ve been a fan of him since I was little.

Favorite athlete and why?

Lionel Messi because he can do things that no other soccer player can do. He is also a humble guy which shows on and off the soccer field.

How long have you been in a relationship with GIX?

Two weeks, but I definitely think it’s serious.

Any weird obsessions (Watch cat videos / Starwars)? What do you collect? Weird shoe size? Let your demons out…

I watch people on YouTube that travel around the world to try different kinds of foods in my spare time or when I’m bored laying in bed.

What is something interesting about you?

I have never broken a bone in my life.

If you were a mixed drink, what would you be?

I think I am a straight shot of tequila because I can be serious, but also can be very fun.

Ryan Baber Junior Sales Representative 18004449008 x411

This isn’t Ryan’s first GIX Rodeo. He’s had a relationship with us for a few years now, and finally took the plunge and committed to a full-time sales role with us. He interned in the summer of 2018 after meeting us at a practice interview session at UNL. He was the first student from UNL to intern with us and we’d like to think he started a trend (we have 2 UNL students interning this summer). Ryan is joining us as a full-time sales representative in the Grand Island office with hopes of moving to the Fort Worth office at some point. Who knows, maybe when office number three opens up that location will be calling his name?! It’s hard to say where Ryan will land, but one thing is certain, he is going to kill it in his sales role.

Most Likely to order a salad every time he goes out to eat.

What do you love about GIX?

Seemed like a great place to work. And it is.

Celebrity crush growing up?

Hillary Duff

Describe Mike Young in one word.

Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious. (you’re welcome, that will be stuck in your head all day now)

Any weird obsessions (watch cat videos/starwars)? What do you collect? Weird shoe size? Let your demons out….

I track all the calories that I eat.

Who is your favorite athlete, and why?

Jon Daly, he is a redneck golfer and I think that is funny.

Support

Carrier Managers

CAROL NORTON Carrier Manager 308-398-8573 308-398-9573

Who can train two new people and handle setting up carriers for the entire office? Carol can. If you were to mix ½ gallon of Spark, ½ gallon of Monster, ½ gallon of Redbull, an Energizer Bunny, and a pinch of methamphetamine, you’d have what Carol drinks every morning before she comes to work. Well, at least that’s what we think she drinks anyway. Carol is LIT at work, and she has to be for what she has to accomplish in one day. She’s busy from the time she walks in from the time she leaves. And even when she does leave, she’s busy answering all our after-hours phone calls and assisting drivers with payments and getting setup. There’s really nothing Carol can’t do. We appreciate all the sacrifices Carol makes for us here at GIX because, frankly, we’d be a mess without her.

If the world was about to end you would?
I would go skydiving. Yes, I’m going out one way or the other, so might as well knock out a fear on the way!

Favorite sports team and why?
BRONCOS!! – They rock.

What’s something interesting about you?
I like to people watch.

List 5 words that describe you?
I’ve only got four and it’s ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder).

Biggest pet peeve?
Annoying noises like knuckle popping.

If you were a mixed drink, what would you be?
Sex on the beach

ANGELA WORSLEY Carrier Manager 308-398-8551 308-398-9551

Somehow Angela found herself moving away from Maine, where they actually had to shovel snow off their houses. So, when she moved here, she asked the question “do you guys shovel snow off your roofs?” We looked at her a little funny and gave a big “no.” We forgive her for these types of questions since she’s a “Maine-iac.” See what we just did there.

She’s currently in training under Carol, or as we’d call it a Tasmanian devil in training, who’s learning to read and react. Angela’s been a great addition to the team and she’s one of the most helpful individuals in the office.

Most likely to need a drink after training with Carol.

Amy Brezenski Carrier Manager

Full of energy, willing to learn, and the mother to five, Amy has multitasking in the bag. We haven’t proven this yet, but if we had to guess, her multitasking skills could be credited to the fact that she is ambidextrous. Some may think she is a nerd due to her love for old books, like from the 1700s old, but Amy loves the way they smell and enjoys the quirkiness of the language (turns out a few things have changed since the 1700s). If she isn’t reading through her old book collection, you might find her doing a puzzle, reading comics, or playing video games. Oh, and she can solve a Rubik’s Cube in 90 seconds. So what?! Maybe she is a nerd! But, she is a nerd that fits perfectly into this crazy office of ours and she has proven time and time again to be the perfect addition to our support staff team!

What do you love about GIX?

I really love how everyone is so supportive and helpful, if you make a mistake they treat it as a learning experience not something to be ashamed of.

What is one thing GIX could do to make your day easier?

A list of WWCD (What Would Carmen Do) to help me not have to wake her up at night with questions 

Would you let Oprah slap you across the face?

Yes and yes… Wait, can we set that up?

What do you think you do at work?

Bother people in the middle of the night! But, seriously I help ensure that our drivers are on track and customers are taken care of during the night, making sure to tackle any problems that might arise!

If GIX installed a slide, who do you think would be the first employee to injure themselves and why?

Probably me, because let’s face it, I’m pretty much a 5- year- old in the body of an adult woman… who’s idea was it to leave me here unsupervised?!

Customer Relations Manager

CASONDRA GUSTIN CRM 308-398-8578 308-398-9578

Chances are if you’ve called into GIX a few times you’ve heard Casondra say, “It’s a wonderful day at GIX.” She’s also pretty famous around the office for saying “I know, right.” Casondra is the rapid alert queen. She loves to make our lives easier and our processes simpler. If there’s something in our system that’s not being used in a more efficient manner, she’ll find a way to make it more convenient. So, if you need a rapid alert for your rapid alert – she’s your lady.

Most likely to create another rapid alert.

What do you think you’re most known around the office for?
Being loud.

List 5 words that describe you?
Independent, strong, caring, loud, blunt

Animal you’d ride to and from work every day?
A cheetah. To make up some time when I’m running late.

Describe Mike Young in one word?
Driven.

Trey Zahm CRM 308-398-8599 308-398-9599

A man of many talents, he plays the electric and acoustic guitar, as well as some bass guitar, trumpet, and piano. Besides playing them, he also enjoys the challenge of fixing and building instruments. His favorite bands include Parkway Drive, A Day to Remember, August Burns Red, Of Mice & Men, and Led Zeppelin. He’ll listen to songs note-by-note so he can later play them by ear…impressive right? And if that’s not impressive enough, he’s part of a professional paintball team that travels across the country and has some intense soccer skills. In the office, he’s a guy that remains accountable to his team and makes sure his loads are getting the attention they deserve down to the last detail.

Most likely to call soccer, football or futbol or whatever.

What you think you do at work?
Mainly get trash talked by Wendy.

What do you love about GIX?
The people are amazing. I always look forward to coming in. The job is stressful but the office is relaxed, easy going, and fun. Having a great team like everyone at GIX makes you want to push yourself to do even better every day.

What’s something no one knows about you?
When I was younger, I was asked to join an Olympic development program to work towards signing onto a professional soccer team in the future.

List 5 words that describe you?
Fun, energetic, awkward, uplifting, caring.

Do you think of yourself as more of a temperate woodland squirrel or a bushy mountain squirrel?
Bushy mountain squirrel. Sounds like they would have more fun.

Have you ever ate/drank something out of the GIX fridge that wasn’t yours? If so, confess now, you savage…
Just creamer and I replaced it.

SAMMIE MASON CRM 308-398-8517 308-398-9517

What do you get when you roll sarcastic, caring, impatient, and funny into a 5'1" person? Correct answer: Sammie Mason. After being patient with us to find her the perfect position in the office, Sammie started working full-time in May of 2017. We had just developed a new position in our office, and we were confident she would be a great fit for it. Turns out, she was a great fit and has continued to bust her butt being the middleman within our office in her CRM role. She loves boxers, and no I don't mean the underwear. In fact, she has a pet boxer at home named Roxanne Noel Rock, Roxy for short, who sometimes also goes by Roxy the Boxy. (poor dog has no idea what it's actual name is). Not only is she a full-time GIXer, she is also a full-time student at CCC, and a full-time mom to her sweet little girl who, by the way, is a mini version of Sammie. Homegirl is busy, and we intend to keep it that way. 

Most likely to look 24 forever. 

What do you think you're most known around the office for? 

Probably for looking like a child and having the mouth of a sailor.

How passionate are you about chicken nuggets? 

All about the nug life! 

What do you love about GIX? 

The food, the people, the atmosphere. 

What is something no one knows about you? 

I'm an avid Super-cross fan. 

Biggest pet peeve? 

People chewing with their mouths open and/or smacking while they chew. 

One thing GIX could do to make your day easier? 

Chocolate fountain & maybe a beer IV.  

DAN CARLSON CRA 308-398-8569 308-398-9569

Need someone to deliver a sexy saxogram this Valentine’s Day? Then Dan’s your man. Dan has played the saxophone for 14 years and he recently blessed us with a little sexy saxogram song at the top of our stairs. Many dreams came true that day in the office – it was everything we’d imagined and more. Since he came on as an intern, he’s picked up on our industry and our work quicker than most. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in organizational communication and music. He’s since become a full-member of the GIX team and works diligently for us on a daily basis as a freight broker.

https://www.facebook.com/GIXLogistics/videos/1141824905853478

Most likely to grow his hair out and become the world’s next saxophone musical sensation.

What do you think you’re most known around the office for?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GaoLU6zKaws

What do you love about GIX?
The atmosphere, all the random shenanigans that take place during the day.

What’s something no one knows about you?
When I was in Kindergarten, my friends and I would often spend our recess pretending we were the Backstreet Boys, we even brought a CD player to play the music as we sang along.

List 5 words that describe you?
Nerd, Punk, Curious, inappropriate, ornery

What 5 hashtags best describe anything GIX?
#winning #thatswhatshesaid #fail #momvoice #booned

Who would you let punch you directly in the face in our office & why?
Tyler Fead. I probably deserve it for ringing his doorbell every time I go to his house when I know the door is unlocked. He hates that, I recommend doing it.

Describe Mike Young in one word?
Fabulous.

COLIN CIMINO CRA (308)398-8586

Colin is what we like to call a double whammy- he is a Grand Island Native and a UNK Alum. After applying to GIX, he waited patiently until we created the perfect position for him, and then accepted an offer to work for us as a full-time Customer Relations Manager. He now is busy as can be working to enter loads, schedule pick-up and delivery times, and be the main point of contact for customers. To say our CRMs are busy would be an understatement! If he isn’t at work, you can find him at home with his girlfriend and son preparing for the arrival of their baby girl who is due in February. Colin is an avid Denver Broncos fan and has been since he was 6 years old. He credits his love of the Broncos to his extended family who live out in Colorado, and remembers them cheering on the team from his childhood. Colin is a family, football, and food kind of guy and we are glad he’s on our team!

Most likely to skip work to watch football.

If the world was about to end you would?

I would have one more family dinner with all of my family.

What do you bring to the table?

I’m a team player

What’s your stance on cheesy bread?

It’s dangerous. I typically can’t have just one piece

Would you let Oprah slap you across the face?

Conditionally. If she was giving away trucks that day, I would definitely let her slap me.

Biggest pet peeve?

People who chew with their mouth open

If you were a mixed drink, what would you be?

A White Russian. It reminds me of ‘The Dude’ (Big Lebowski reference, in case you didn’t get it)

JESSICA SALINAS CRA 308-398-9565 308-384-7672

Born and raised in Grand Island, we are happy to welcome Jessica back to her hometown as she starts her career with us as a Customer Relations Manager, specializing in appointments and data entry. This is a new role within our office, and Jessica has hit the ground running with every task that we’ve given her.  She is a recent graduate of Nebraska Wesleyan University (2018) where she received her degree in Business Administration with a Minor in Marketing and Studio Art. Her last year of college was an eventful one, and included some extraordinary events, including, marrying her high school sweetheart, landing her first big-girl job, and moving back to Grand Island. Nothing is better than knowing you’re bringing young professionals back to their hometown. Welcome to the crew, Jess!

Most likely to tell ya just how it is, whether you like it or not.

What do you think you’re most known around the office for?

Being small, but sassy.

The best part of waking up?

Breakfast food, every day, all day!

What do you love about GIX?

It is one big difunctionally wild group of people getting things done while having fun.

List all of your previous jobs before GIX.

College. Basically, paid to do work, stress, and cry. #WorthIt

How passionate are you about chicken nuggets?

No, I don’t do nuggets. I have heard horror stories about them.

JESSICA MARISCH CRA 308-398-8593

Jessica adds a funky spark to the Carrier Manager team as their newest member. If she isn’t at GIX then you can find her working on her Associates degree in Marketing or being the coolest mom on the block. We ran that statement past her sassy 3.5-year-old just to confirm we had our facts right; turns out, she’s the coolest mom in town according to Jessica’s mini-me, Brooklynn. We’ve also confirmed that there is only one person in the office that could give Gruber a run for his money on the softball field, and that would be Jess. She’s an avid softball fan, and loves playing the game, even in the dead of winter. Outside. In Nebraska. We found out her trick to de-frosting after those brutally cold games though when she took home the 3rd place finish in our annual GIX Chili Cook-off this year. We loved her chili, but we are still waiting for her to mix us up a 192 ounce Moscow Mule (She really has a 192-oz. copper cup!). Maybe when the snow melts, and we hit the rooftop patio this spring, she will break it out for us… fingers crossed!

Most likely to beat Gruber in softball.

What do you think you do at work?

Mostly work and whisper WTF to myself the rest of the time.

Favorite sports team and why?

The Cubs- I grew up loving them with my mom.

Celebrity crush growing up?

Aaron Carter.

If I left you alone in a room with a box of my Oreos and told you not to eat them, how long with it take for you to disobey my wishes?

.347 Seconds

If you were a mixed drink, what would you be?

Irish Trash Can

If GIX installed a slide, who do you think would be the first co-worker to injure themselves and why?

Kayla, she’s accident prone

Disclaimer… I’ve worked with Kayla at my 3 of my 5 last jobs, including GIX!

Jamye Sautter CRA 308-398-8556

Jamye has been with the GI Express family of companies for a little while now. She started on the accounts payable side of the business and has since transitioned into her new role (and new office) by joining our Customer Relations team. If she isn’t in the office working alongside Jessica and Sammie, then you can find her hanging with her family or traveling to see family. Her and her fiance along with her two step children love to spend time outdoors and play with their two dogs, a Labrador and short-hair. Don’t be surprised if you can’t get a hold of Jamye on the weekends as she is typically out hunting or fishing. It’s been said she can even out-shoot the guys!

Most likely to have a 10 point buck hanging on the wall at home. 

What do you think you do at work?

The beginning of all orders…. Then make a bunch of appointments.

What do you love about GIX?

It is locally owned company and they really care about their associates. Coming from a large corporation, that means more to me than anything.

How do you cope with a crazy driver?

Kill them with kindness. (If you ask people around me, they’ll tell you I say that often)

Celebrity you get mistaken for?

My mom. She isn’t a celebrity, but that’s the person I get mistaken for the most. People that know my middle name (Lee) often ask if I was named after Jamie Lee Curtis, but I wasn’t. I was actually named after my uncle.

Have you ever ate or drank something out of the GIX fridge that wasn’t yours? If so, confess now you savage…

Not a chance! I’m a rule follower!

Pam Sorahan CRA 8004449008

Meet Pam! She started working for GIX Logistics in 2007, just one year after we were founded as a company. To say that Pam has seen all of our changes and endured them with us would be an understatement. For a handful of years Pam worked from home, maintaining accounts and knowing the ins and outs of what certain customers needed and wanted from us. In 2017, 10 years after being hired, Pam moved her work day back into the office and started training on new accounts. She now sits on Trey's team and works alongside the rest of our Customer Relations Team. She is one resilient lady!! In her spare time, you can find Pam hanging out with her husband, Lenny or enjoying her two granddaughters. Being 'Nana' is definitely Pam's favorite "job", but we'd like to think that being a CRA takes a close second! 

Most likely to actually be the Energizer Bunny. 

 

Tavo DeSantiago CRA / CRM 800-444-9008

Octavio, Tavo for short, is the first of his kind. A hybrid if you will in the Customer Service Realm of GIX Logistics. Our relationship with Tavo started in January of 2018 when he joined our team as a Spring Intern. After completing his internship, he remained on our staff as a 'Senior Intern' working when his demanding school schedule would allow him to. Fast forward to January of 2019 and Tavo joined us as a CRM intern where he learned the ins and outs of what the day to day work load of a Customer Service Rep looked like. Upon graduating from the University of Nebraska at Kearney with his bachelor's degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Supply Chain Management in May of 2019, Tavo joined our team as a full-time employee. His plan is to move to Texas this fall and be the CRM for the sales accounts in our Fort Worth office. He will be the first of his kind in the Fort Worth office, and we are excited for him to embrace the CRA/CRM role down there and grow that department for us. 

Most likely to order Jimmy Johns at least 3 days a week.

Favorite sports team and why?

Huskers! Why? Nebraska.

What’s something no one knows about you?

I did kindergarten three times

The best part of waking up?

Coffee

What’s the worst thing you would do for some guacamole?

Anything for some guac.

Any weird obsessions (watch cat videos)?  What do you collect? Weird shoe size? Let your demons out…

I watch vine compilations like it’s my religion

Describe Mike Young in one word

Funny

Katie Hixon CRA 8004449008

Katie has had a relationship with GIX for a while now because she used to waitress at one of our all time favorite Grand Island restaurants, Sin City, where she would serve us up delicious burgers and fries and onion rings and shakes. BRB, I’m hungry now.

Okay, back! So anyway, Katie is the newest member of our afterhours team. She is currently completing her degree online, which allows her the time to work this new shift for us!  She is the proud dog mom to two beautiful Huskies, who hog the bed from what we’ve heard. If you haven’t read and watched all of the Harry Potter series, don’t bother trying to have a conversation with this Wizard Nerd. Katie also is a foodie and loves to travel and explore new places, sights, and sounds. Spunky with funky purple hair and a contagious laugh, we are excited to have Katie on our team. 

Most Likely To shame you for not knowing any Harry Potter references. 

What do you think you do at work? Help the office while they’re here, and then after 5 I make sure the trucks are rolling smoothly and all loads are where they should be.

 What do you bring to the table? A healthy serving of sarcasm and fair amount of brutal honesty.

What is something interesting about you? I have a movie collection that contains over 400 movies, but I can hardly stay awake to watch any of them in full.

What is your stance on cheesy bread? It’s amazing… Are you asking if I want any? Because, yes!

If GIX installed a slide, who do you think would be the first employee to injure themselves and why?

Probably me from being too excited.

What do you love about GIX? the people are so positive and handle what could be stressful situations with ease. I also really like how everyone comes together to help each other as needed.

 

Pricing & Rating

NICK WIEMERS Pricing Manager 308-398-8549 308-398-9549

Nick interned with us before earning his bachelor’s degree in business administration with an emphasis in supply chain management. Nick’s wholesome face is straight out of “Leave it to Beaver”, but his personality could definitely play the Joker in “Batman". We’re still in the process of investigating his application process because we’re pretty positive the real reason he got hired had something to do with his mad golf skills. We’re starting to think it’s become part of the GIX application process to ask potential hires if they play golf. He even played some golf for a college team. He becomes an interior decorator as soon as Halloween hits. He decorates the place to look like a haunted house and we’ve seen pictures. All we can tell you is there are mechanical skeletons hanging from the ceiling. Nick is an adrenaline junkie who loves watching horror films, playing poker, shooting some pool, and cruising around on his ’87 Suzuki GS 450.

In all seriousness, Nick frequently stays late to continue crunching numbers and analyzing spreadsheets that are part of customer bids. He’s often bogged down with sales reps and freight managers bothering him with menial pricing questions and telling us whether or not to take the load for a certain rate. Quite frankly, we wouldn’t want it any other way.

Most likely to send out the weirdest YouTube video to the office.

What do you think you do at work?
Rate a lot of stuff to try and make GIX rich.

What do you think you’re most known around the office for?
Being the champ at Mario Kart on the Wii.

What’s something no one knows about you?
I love to watch the “Bachelor in Paradise.” That show gets crazy and you get addicted fast.

What 5 hashtags best describe anything GIX?
#awesome #futuristic #fun #stateoftheart #phenomenal

What place do you usually get in the GIX fantasy league?
Middle to last. No Bueno.

Celebrity you get mistaken for?
Will Stronghold from Sky High.

Do you think of yourself as more of a temperate woodland squirrel or a bushy mountain squirrel?
A bushy mountain squirrel for sure. I once backpacked over 100 miles through the rugged wilderness and mountains of New Mexico for two weeks.

If GIX installed a slide, who do you think would be the first coworker to injure themselves and why?
Trey. He has real bad knees.

JAROM HALL Data & Market Analyst 308-398-8552 308-398-9552

After Graduating from UNK with a bachelors degree in Economics, Jarom joined the team in January of 2017. He was born in Washington State and spent some of his childhood in New Jersey, but claims Nebraska as his native home. From big cities, to rural areas and everything in between Jarom has experienced many great places, but he loves his home in Grand Island that he shares with his wife the most. They've been married since Jarom's freshman year in college, and are expecting their first baby in 2018. (Yay, office babies!) 

His economic background makes him a great fit for our pricing team, where he spends most of his day telling jokes that are typically funny, but sometimes a little over our heads. He is now fully trained in everything pricing at GIX, but can often be found doing forecasting and lane analysis for the office. Some might say he is a walking encyclopedia- we seriously don't know where he learned all of this stuff. Most conversations with Jarom end up turning into a philosophical discussion, and you never know where you might end up. All in all, we enjoy having him around, even if he does chase us down in his rollie desk chair just to tell us a joke we won't get. 

Most likely to win Who Wants to be a Millionaire.

What you think you do at work?
I am basically the god that provides everyone else in the office the ability to do their jobs. I am the GIX Prometheus.

What do you think you’re most known around the office for?
Telling jokes that no one understands. I recognize that my sense of humor is different than everyone else’s, and when I say different, I mean superior. Eventually they’ll all get to know me and recognize my talent with humor, if it’s the last thing I do!

What do you love about GIX?
I love the sense of usefulness. All other positions I’ve filled at other companies were positions that could be filled by anyone. However, here at GIX, I’m a specialist and I contribute to the business in a unique way.

What was your first impression of GIX?
I saw them at career fairs and thought, “they look like they have a lot of fun.”

How many days do you wear the same pants in a row before it becomes, like, a problem?
Distasteful aroma check. Visible soil check. If it fails either one of these tests, then a new pair of pants must be used. Given I have many pairs of pants that look identical or similar but I usually mix it up from day to day.

What’s your stance on cheesy bread?
Cheesy bread has the capability to be extremely delicious, or be hard and dry, and nasty and cuts your gums. I would enjoy cheesy bread more if I didn’t have to play Russian roulette every time its served.

Dalton Zelenka Pricing Coordinator 3083989592

Dalton is a born and raised Nebraska kid, and he plans to keep it that way, unless of course GIX opens an office in Eugene, OR. Why Eugene, OR you ask? Well it turns out Dalton is a HUGE Oregon Ducks fan. He has always loved the Ducks and wouldn’t mind being closer to take in their events and cheer them on in person instead of through the T.V. screen. “Win, Lose, or Tie, I’m a Duck until I die” – Direct quote from Dalton Zelenka. As a 2019 graduate of the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, Dalton is new to the world of GIX, but is adjusting well. While he might feel like ‘the new kid that is not an intern’, we are confident that once he gets through his training he will be an asset to our Pricing and Rating team. To be honest, I wish I had a dollar for every time someone in the office has asked me how old Dalton is because they think he looks so young. He isn’t shocked to hear this as it’s a question he’s been getting for a while now. I think his answer to our question below sums it up perfectly; Q: If you were a mixed drink, what would you be? A: Vodka Lemonade, because I’m technically an adult, but still feel like a kid.

Most likely to be mistaken for a 12-year-old.

What do you bring to the table?

Salt. I put salt on everything.

What do you love about GIX?

All of the T.V.’s, I can’t wait for March Madness.

What is something interesting about you?

I can run 28.2 miles without walking. I ran a marathon and accidentally ran two extra miles because no one stopped me.

How long have you been dating / in a relationship with GIX?

It will be a month on July 4thand I think it’s going pretty good. We’re planning on lighting off fireworks to celebrate our 1-month anniversary.

Celebrity you get mistaken for?

I haven’t been mistaken for a celebrity yet, but during a high school track meet, my teammates said a girl from another town looked jus like me, so I don’t know if that counts or not.

Biggest pet peeve?

When someone touches my arm with their arm and especially when its skin on skin.

Randos

BAILEE KNOTT Talent Acquisition & Culture Coordinator 308-398-8585 308-398-9585

Bailee graduated from The University of Nebraska at Kearney with a bachelor’s degree in organizational and relational communications. The office has come to the consensus that she’s got the fun side of Ellen with the looks of T-Swift. She’s definitely the bubbliest individual in the office. She’s a Minden Whippet, which means she probably knows someone that knows someone that you know that’s also from Minden. Did you get all that? We’re so confident when we say that, we’re willing to wager on it. A typical day for Bailee consists of screening resumes to find the best applicants for GIX. She’s also always on the phone, typically asking the tough interview questions to potential hires.

While she doesn’t mind dealing with a crazy driver at work, she handles crazy recruits better. Like, “Homegirl, did you even proofread your resume before you sent it over??” And, “Didn’t your mother tell you that addressing someone as Ms. instead of Mrs. is always a better idea?” And don’t even get her started on “dead fish” handshakes, as she likes to call them. In all reality, if you can’t answer the “what is your favorite restaurant” question in the interview—forget it, honey. Hoping to get on her good side? Talk about Garth Brooks, George Strait or your favorite restaurant. She’s a huge fangirl of those country guys and possibly your favorite menu item.

Most likely to invite you for drinks after work.

If the world was about to end you would?
Find the best cheesecake in town, buy it, devour it, and chase it with champagne.

What you think you do at work?
Facebook creep potential recruits, stay up to date with national holidays that are less than important to the average human, and make extensive lists regarding all the things I need to be doing.

What was your first impression of GIX?
WOAH—this place is awesome. I hope they let me join their club.

How long have you been dating/in a relationship with GIX?
We started flirting in early August, I had just gotten out of a long relationship with someone who smelled like French fries, always rushed me around, and didn’t love me the way he loved cabbage. September is when we made it FB official, so we are coming up on our two month anniversary on November 6th. sigh

What 5 hashtags best describe anything GIX?
#workhardplayharder #BestBossAround #pingpong #GIXoncampus #FoodOverEverything

Celebrity crush growing up?
Justin Timberlake, of course.

Biggest pet peeve?
Slow drivers, chewing with your mouth open, and bailing last minute on plans.

What’s your stance on cheesy bread?
Dumb question. My stance is that I want it in and around my mouth, like 10 minutes ago. Warm, fragrant carbs with melty, gooey, cheesy goodness on top- sign me up!!

Do you think of yourself as more of a temperate woodland squirrel or a bushy mountain squirrel?
Neither, I’m a chipmunk. Cute, concerned about food, and a voice that will melt you.

BLAKE BOKOWSKI Technical Support 308-398-8536 308-398-9536

Jeeps, jeeps, and more jeeps – that’s Blake. He owns two jeeps and enjoys jeeping in his free time. Blake graduated with an associate of applied science degree in computer programming. We have a lot of computers in our office, like a lot. Our entire job revolves around our computers being able to function at their full capacity. That’s why Blake is essential to our work lives. There’s nothing he can’t fix. He can fix a stapler, your Wi-Fi connection, and software malfunctions that are way over our heads. There just isn’t really anything Blake can’t fix.

Most likely to tell us to “stop clicking” when helping us with some of the most mundane computer problems.

What do you love about GIX?
It’s an easy-going, but very fast-paced and family-orientated company.

List 5 words that describe you?
intelligent, wise, caring, lovable, quiet

The best part of waking up?
Rolling over and going back to sleep. I’m not a morning person.

How passionate are you about chicken nuggets?
They are awesome normally but amazing after 1am.

If I left you alone in a room with a box of my Oreos and told you not to eat them, how long would it take for you to disobey my wishes?
However long it would take for me to guess you were well out of sight, and about 10 steps past that.

Jim Eberle Technical Suport 308-398-8590

Jim is an IT Specialist who has the pleasure of working full-time in our office. He is married, has two boys (10 year old & 11 year old), and a dog-friend named Trooper. He and his family live in Doniphan, NE just down the street from Chris Schwarz. If you’re asking us, we think he and Chris might just be the two best buds that anyone could have. I mean, they have kids the same age, that all attend the same school, and now they work together. Not to mention, they both share a love of sports. Jim spends a lot of his free time, potentially all of it, coaching his sons’ sports teams. From baseball to basketball, Jim is almost always at a sporting event coaching and cheering on his kids. If you don’t find him at the ball fields / courts, you can find him on the golf course. Again, something him and Schwarz do together, golf league. Jim is a funny guy who always seems to keep us on our toes, right Abbie? We are thankful that a few of his favorite tasks in the office include moving computers, setting up new hires, and troubleshooting our remote connection issues in the middle of a snowstorm! Jimbo, we are glad to have you and your IT expertise. Also, we feel as though it is important to note that Jim's website photos are the most serious we've ever seen him. Ever. 

Most likely to make Abbie cry at her desk.

What do you think you’re most known around the office for?

Probably being a smart a**

Favorite sports team & why?

Chicago Bears. I received an autographed roster book from Mike Ditka after writing him a letter when I was in elementary school.

What do you bring to the table?

19 years of experience in IT and IT related fields.

If Mike Young was the combination of two famous people, which two would he be?

Mr. Clean and Fabio

If I left you alone in a room with a box of my Oreos and told you not to eat them, how long would it take for you to disobey my wishes?

Depends on if they are Double Stuffed Oreos. If they are, 5 minutes.

What was your first impression of GIX?

Energetic and fun environment.

VONNIE WHITE OS&D Specialist 308-398-8554 308-398-9554

If we had a dollar for every person who had complimented Vonnie’s customer service skills, then we’d have a LOT of dollars. Patient, kind, and a real go-getter, Vonnie rocks her role as our OS&D Specialist. If your curious, OS&D stands for overages, shortages, and damages. Basically, to put it simply, if product is damaged, there isn’t enough of it, or there is way too much of it, Vonnie is notified and she handles it from there. Sometimes she has to do some investigative work and dig a little deeper to get to the bottom of the situation, and other times it’s a walk in the park handling the claim. Vonnie is a veteran in the trucking industry, having owned a fleet of trucks with her husband in the 90’s. You could say trucking runs in the White family because Casondra is Vonnie’s eldest daughter, and works as a CRM in our office. Did we mention, Mike’s first taste of the trucking industry came from working for Vonnie and her husband’s fleet? I’m telling you guys, it’s a small world and it pays to know good, hardworking, and knowledgeable people. Don’t believe me? Meet Vonnie.

Most likely to make the best chili in the office

What was your first impression of GIX?

WOW- So this is the younger generation- very impressive work ethic.

What’s something interesting about you?

I love Harley Davidson Motorcycles and have put 38,000 miles on mine

Biggest pet peeve?

Stickers on things I buy- I can’t ever get them off!

Favorite sports team and why?

New England Patriots, they’re winners!

Celebrity you get mistaken for?

Sarah Palin (because of the way I wear my hair)

If you were a mixed drink, what would you be?

Irish Coffee- smooth & comforting

JENNA PFEIFER On-Call Support 308-398-8596 308-398-9596

Jenna is the equally fun-spirited counterpart to Chad in our office. Yes, they’re married. We know it takes a special woman to be married to Chad, but Jenna enjoys the challenge. Jenna is a mama to the cutest baby boy and is expecting baby #2 in April. Jenna and Chad have been known to send out their yearly office Christmas cards via email to the office. They usually feature the Pfeifer’s sporting some eclectic Christmas sweaters and their fat cat, Roman. We always look forward to the Pfeifer’s holiday cards. When Jenna’s not busy taking care of Chad or their baby, she’s making check calls and ensuring drivers arrive on-time for their pick-up and delivery appointments. If any issues arise, Jenna coordinates with the proper freight manager and sales representative to ensure the smoothest transportation process possible.

Most likely to bring a sleeping bag to work. 

What was your first impression of GIX? 

What the hell is a freight manager?!

What is something interesting about you? 

I can work a full-time job, upkeep a house and raise a toddler with like... 4 hours of sleep a day sometimes. Did I mention, I'm pregnant? I'm the ultimate MOMBIE!!!

Biggest pet peeve? 

Lip smacking. Chad does it in his sleep sometimes. *cringe*

Do you think of yourself as more of a temperate woodland squirrel or a bushy mountain squirrel? 

Totally a temperate woodland squirrel... I'm majestic as sh*t. 

What do you love about GIX? 

The flexibility. It's a blessing for a mama of tiny humans. Also, the companionship in the office. 

How do you cope with a crazy driver? 

Deal back 10 shades of crazy lady!! Just kidding, I use my mom voice and it works like a charm- most of them end up apologizing to me! 

Grant Meyer On-Call Support 3083988567

We’d like you to meet Grant. He is potentially one of the quirkiest guys in the office, which is no surprise considering he is Chad’s cousin. I don’t have the facts to back this up, but quirkiness must run in the genes of that family. Grant started with us at a time when we were really looking to grow and expand our afterhours coverage, and he was up for the task at hand. Since having him start we’ve learned a few interesting things about him. The first is probably his crazy eating habits. Crazy, because he literally is built like a bean pole, yet one day ate 10 corndogs during his shift. If you’re keeping track, that is a corndog an hour throughout his workday. It’s also not uncommon for him to bring in full gallon of apple juice and drink it while he eats a pan (literally a 9x13” pan) of spaghetti. The best part about Grants ‘lunches’, if you can even call them a lunch, is that he just giggles when everyone pokes fun at him. He is a good sport and will dish it right back, which is important if you’re going to survive in this office.  Regardless of his strange eating habits, Grant has become a vital piece of the GIX team and we are darn lucky to have him on board.

What was your first impression of GIX?

It smelled like a dentist office, but in a good way.

Biggest pet peeve?

Sprinklers on when it’s raining.

What do you bring to the table?

Beef and humor. In no particular order.

Any weird obsessions (watch cat videos/star wars)? What do you collect? Weird shoe size? Let your demons out…

My bed has to be perfectly made every day.

GIX is on fire, you can take one person with you, who do you take?

Vonnie because she rocks!

What do you do at work?

Support the teams during the day and take care of drivers at night.

 

Kinzie Perry On-Call Support 3083988567

Kinzie is a born and raised Nebraskan who isn’t planning on leaving anytime soon. She grew up in Aurora, Nebraska and currently lives in Grand Island with her soon-to-be hubby, Adam, and their black lab, Jordy. From what we know so far about Kinzie, she loves her fiancé, but she like, really, reallllly loves her dog. If you’re thinking about judging her right now here is her response to you; “Have you ever had a dog?!”. A close second to her obsession with her dog would be her obsession with penguins. She is a BIG fan of those black and white arctic birds. So much so that her Christmas / winter decorations are mainly just penguins. Her best day ever? Feeding penguins at the zoo. I wonder if Happy Feet is her favorite movie then?  Our courting of Kinzie took a little longer than normal, but sometimes you must wait for the perfect moment before you act on a great thing. We are thrilled to welcome her to the GIX Family and know that she will rock her role on our afterhours team!

 

If the world was about to end you would?

My first thought was to grab a cheeseburger. Second thought, get my dog a cheeseburger. She’s never had one and she deserves to indulge too before we all die, right?

What do you love about GIX?

The atmosphere. Everyone is so willing to help anyone with anything they need. It truly is the definition of ‘Teamwork makes the dream work!’.

List 5 words that describe you.

Does it have to be five separate words? If so, 1. Caring 2. Stubby 3. Creative 4. Feisty 5. Shoes. But, this sentence fits as well, “I just need more shoes.” – Might be my new life motto.

Describe Mike Young in one word.

Cool? I’ve only known him for a short while, I feel like this question is unfair.

If Mike Young was a combination of two famous people, which two would he be?

I googled “cool celebrity” and “nice celebrity” and came up with Paul Newman and Tom Hanks, so there you have it. This question also seems unfair, I feel like I don’t know him enough to answer this.

If you were a mixed drink, what would you be?

Vodka Redbull. Sweet, but also a little crazy.

Mason Winter On-Call Support 308-398-8567

Mason is a Lexington, Nebraska native who now resides in Grand Island. He actually lives within walking distance of the office which he loves because he can walk to work in the spring, summer, and fall. Winter too, unless its just WAY too cold out there. In his spare time, Mason spends a lot of time with his three children watching movies or playing games. His favorite food is a steak rice bowl from Pepper Jaxx and we have to agree with him, those are pretty darn tasty. Masons upbeat attitude and quick speech makes it no surprise that if he weren’t working at GIX right now, he’d like to be an auctioneer!

Most likely to be here early and stay late

 

Favorite Sports team and why?

Dallas Cowboys because they rock!

What is something no one knows about you?

I am a twin.

Celebrity crush growing up?

Madonna

If GIX installed a slide, who do you think would be the first employee to injure themselves and why?

Grant because he gets excited.

What do you love about GIX?

The team environment.

Chris Post On-Call Support 8004449008

Meet Chris Post, a hardworking dad, husband, and on-call specialist for GIX. Chris was born in Enid, OK, but was raised in Nebraska, which he considers to be home. He is the proud Pop to three kiddos ranging in age from two to ten years old. Post is a proud Veteran who served seven and a half years in the United States Army. If you think his face, or rather, his beard looks familiar, it's probably because this isn't his first time working for us. I guess you could say that a good thing is hard to stay away from, huh?! ;) Regardless of where he has been, we are excited to welcome him back in a full-time capacity to the office. 

Most likely to grow a beard overnight. 

What do you think you're most known around the office for? 

Metal-head 

What do you bring to the table? 

Depends on the time of day, could be a coffee or it could be a can of monster. 

If Mike Young was the combination of two famous people, which two would he be? 

Ben Affleck and Vince Vaughn 

Animal you'd ride to and from work everyday? 

RAM 

The best part of waking up?

Is Black Riffle Coffee in my cup 

Favorite sports team and why? 

Conrnhuskers because GO BIG RED! 

Interns

Cameron Isenberger Intern

We’d like to welcome Cameron to our team for the summer. He is an Omaha, NE native and currently attends the University of Nebraska at Kearney. Cameron is studying Business Administration with an emphasis in Supply Chain Management and has an expected graduation date of May 2022. If he isn’t working at GIX you can find him golfing, hunting, fishing, or watching sports. His favorite team to cheer for is the Huskers, because, duh, he’s a Nebraska kid. If he isn’t doing those things, he might be bossing around his younger siblings or wiggling his ears. Yep, you read that right, he can wiggle his ears. Maybe if we are lucky, we will get it on film before the summer is up. Cameron brings his outgoing personality, hard work ethic, and bad jokes to the table and we are more than happy to have him on our team! 

What do you love about GIX?

Everybody is friendly and wants to make work as enjoyable as possible, and of course, the free lunches.

What’s your stance on cheesy bread?

BIG cheesy bread guy.

Who would you let punch directly in the face in our office and why?

Joyce, there’s a chance she’s sweet enough to not follow through with it.

If Mike Young was the combination of two famous people, which two would he be?

Vince Vaughn and Vince Vaughn.

Biggest Pet Peeve?

Slow drivers in the fast lane

Favorite Athlete and Why?

Baker Mayfield. He’s exciting to watch, a charismatic leader, and was born to compete.

Katie Daniels Intern

Katie is one of our five interns and our only female intern this summer. She grew up in Albion, NE and still considers that to be home. She will start her sophomore year at UNK this fall where she is studying Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing. Katie isn’t afraid to ask questions or visit a new place. In fact, in between school getting out and her internship starting, she took a trip to Florida. She took in a few days at Disney, explored the area, and spent a day at Cocoa Beach! Since her family had been to the area before for vacations, she felt comfortable and decided she didn’t need a travel partner for this trip. We are confident that her inquisitive nature will be a benefit to our team this summer.

Favorite sports team and why?

Husker volleyball because they are the BOMB!

What do you bring to the table?

It is not what you bring to the table, but how you serve it that is important.

Celebrity Crush growing up?

Justin Bieber, duh.

What’s the worst thing you would do for some free guacamole?

Don’t tell anyone this, but….. I’ve never tried guacamole.

Celebrity you get mistaken for?

Spongebob (that was the first thing that came to my head and if that doesn’t say something about me, then I don’t know what does)

If GIX installed a slide, who do you think would be the first employee to injure themselves and why?

100%, me. I’m the most injury-prone person that I know. I mean, the slide still sounds like a great idea though… someone should really look into that.

Mitch Reitz Mitch Reitz

Mitch is a born and raised Nebraska kid. He grew up in McCook,NE and currently attends the University of Nebraska at Kearney where he is studying Business Administration with a focus in Supply Chain Management. He plans to graduate from UNK in May of 2020 and start his career in the SCM field. For obvious reasons, he is an avid Husker football fan and is looking forward to the fall for football season to kickoff. See what I did there?! Anyway, he might be known as ‘the new Mitch’ for now, but we are confident that by the end of the summer, he will be known for much more than that. We are happy to have Mitch on our team, but honestly, we are excited for fall too. For the football of course!! #GBR

What do you love about GIX?

There is no ‘busy work’. If we are slow, we play games.

How passionate are you about chicken nuggets?

McDonald’s has four official chicken nugget shapes; the bell, the ball, the boot and the bowtie. Need I say more?

How do you cope with a crazy driver? (bring on the mom voice)

“Hang on, let me transfer you.”

What’s the worst thing you would do for some free guacamole?

It’s not nearly as bad as what I’d do for a Klondike Bar.

Have you ever ate / drank something out of the GIX fridge that wasn’t yours? If so, confess now you savage…

No, but someone ate half of my leftover Domino’s Pizza today. If you’re reading this, just know that I know you ate it and I will find you.

Jon Redmann Intern

Meet Jon, a Chicago, IL native that decided to attend UNL for school and now is interning with us for the summer. He is a quick witted, big-city, kid living in a ‘small-town’ Nebraska world. After meeting him at UNL one day, we were confident he would be a good fit in our office for the Summer Internship. Jon plans to graduate from UNL in May of 2021 with his Bachelor of Business Administration degree. He is majoring in marketing and is also earning a minor in German. If Jon isn’t at the office you can find him listening to music, playing basketball / soccer / football, ‘running’ his friends in 2K, Fifa, and Madden, or playing some drinking games with the boys. As you can tell, this guy likes his sports. His favorite team overall is Bayern Munich because he loves soccer, but as far as American Sports go, the Chicago Bears have his heart. Jon is competitive, hardworking, and brings a fun personality to the table. We are excited to have our second Chicagoan in the office for the summer.

Most likely to die his hair for losing a bet. 

Any weird obsessions (watch cat videos / starwars)? What do you collect? Weird shoe size? Let your demons out….

I love short little Youtube documentaries and I’m obsessed with Trailer Park Boys. I don’t collect anything, that’s weird. I have size 13 feet, but if 4th grade I was four foot something with size 10 feet.

Biggest pet peeve?

People that sleep with the TV on. Those people are literally the worst.

The best part of waking up?

Is FoLgErS iN YoUr CuP. Seriously though, it’s going back to bed at night.

Describe Mike Young in one word.

That-Dude

If you were a mixed drink, what would you be?

A STIFF Vodka and OJ mixer.

If GIX installed a slide, who do you think would be the first coworker to injure themselves and why?

Mike Young- He’s got a youthful spirit but he’s lowkey old.

Jack Burmeister Intern 8004449008

Fun fact about Jack, his name isn’t actually Jack, it’s Jon. However, since his full name is Jon Burmeister II, he goes by Jack which honestly, we are totally cool with because two interns named Jon seems like a bit much. Jack calls Omaha, NE home, but has attended UNL for the past few years. He plans to graduate this December with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. During college he has spent his free-time working at Target and that is where his interest in logistics and supply chain was born. We stumbled upon Jack at a practice interview session at UNL and were excited to offer him (and have him accept) a summer internship position with us. He is hardworking, dedicated, and brings a fun and positive outlook to the office. We hope the summer is just the start of our relationship with Jack.

Most likely to not use his real first name, as his first name. 

Favorite Sports Team and Why?

Currently the Cleveland Browns, but honestly, I’m just a huge fan of Baker Mayfield.

If the world was about to end you would…?

Eat Cane’s one last time.

What was your first impression of GIX?

This office is SO cool. I never imagined I would be interviewing and working in an office that had a cornhole game setup and a ping pong table.

How passionate are you about chicken nuggets?

I could eat them every day, 100%.

When you were young, what did you want to be when you grew up?

Professional Golfer

Celebrity you get mistaken for?

I went as Matt Stafford for Halloween once. Honestly, I still get people asking for my autograph.

 

Management

Jim Pirnie President of Logistics 308-398-8550 308-398-9550

Heavy is the head that wears the crown. There’s a lot of responsibility that comes with that crown too. Jim graduated from Wayne State College with a bachelor’s in business administration. Jim fears no obstacle and has aggressively pushed GIX to grow. He’s developed close relationships with our customers through countless phone calls, numerous meetings, and many rounds of golf. On the side, he works as an active member of Business Improvement District in Grand Island to further the city’s development efforts and make it more appealing for young professionals in the community.

In the office, he’s the nicest, nice guy. You might think he opposes all the recreational activities Mike Young is constantly doing in the office, but we secretly know he enjoys joining in the fun just as much as we do. If you’re ever in conversation with Jim, definitely ask him about his Runza story. We assure you, you won’t be disappointed.

Most likely to win the golf scramble every year.

What’s something interesting about you?
I have two pinky toes on my right foot….just kidding I didn’t know what else to put.

What’s something no one knows about you?
Runza Rex story….ask me and I will share.

List 5 words that describe you?
Selfless, dedicated, attentive, fair, determined

One thing GIX could do to make your day easier?
Monster Energy drink on tap.

Celebrity you get mistaken for?
The gal at Taco Johns here in town always says I look like John Cena.

If Mike Young was the combination of two famous people, which two would he be?
Ebenezer Scrooge (hates Christmas) and Ron White (funny and always has a drink in his hand).

Biggest pet peeve?
Tardiness.

Mike Young Vice President of Logistics 308-398-8582 308-398-9582

Mike Young is the human version of a mullet. Yes, it’s okay to laugh. We call Mike our “Work Dad” around the office. He cares about you like a dad, but can lay down some serious ground rules to help you to be the best contributing member you can be at GIX. He celebrates the wins with us and walks with us through the failures. At the end of the day, he wants every person here to be successful.

He’s the man who leads strategy for every account, builds real relationships with customers, looks for leveraging opportunities that benefit our clients’ bottom line, and pushes for new business initiatives. Since we’re all die-hard Nebraska fans, it’s only fair to describe him as a Mike Riley and Bo Pelini. He’s got the wisdom and planning of Mike Riley and the guts and spit fire of Bo Pelini.

Mike started with GIX in August of 2008 working as a broker, who viewed the job as an 8-5 gig. Over the next several years, his role transitioned from a job to career that sparked his passion for transportation. He’s helped the company accomplish a lot since 2008, leading us to the top 25% of logistics companies in the United States. Even though he doesn’t own a share or percentage of the company (he’ll tell you it is Jim’s company), it’s his baby. He’s proud of what he’s been able to accomplish at GIX, and still believes there’s more for us to keep pushing towards. GIX’s unique and fun atmosphere can largely be accredited this guy – he’s created a place that’s easy to come to work every day. He even made it an easy place to stay late to ensure the job gets finished. We’ve become a place where everyone focuses on the same goal and works together efficiently and effectively to achieve that goal – make GIX the best logistics company that sticks to their promises and always delivers.

In his free time, this guy enjoys a weekend at the lake four-wheeling and spending time with his real children. He even makes time to swing some golf clubs from time to time, but ends up just getting more frustrated. In the fall, he likes catching a good Husker game with some cold drinks and good food. He admits to getting emotional with every win and loss for the Huskers.

Most likely to be the best boss any of you have ever had. Ever.

What do you think you’re most known around the office for?
I would honestly hate to guess.

What do you love about GIX?
Where we’re going.

What’s something interesting about you?
I used to be fluent in sign language. I can still knock the alphabet out in a matter of seconds.

What 5 hashtags best describe anything GIX?
#growth #schwarzmakesanexcuseeverytimehelosesatsomething #enjoywhatyoudo, #outworkingthecompetition #thisisthegreenergrass

What place do you usually get in the GIX fantasy league?
Absolute last.

Celebrity crush growing up?
I had a thing for Jessicas – Biel, Alba, Simpson

If GIX installed a slide, who do you think would be the first coworker to injure themselves and why?
Chad. What do you mean, why?

If you weren’t at GIX, what do you think you’d be doing right now?
Camping. Toes in the sand and all of that.

Chris Schwarz Director of Operations 308-398-8540 308-398-9540

The best way we can describe Schwarz is to compare him to Flo with Progressive. He’s always getting our customers better rates. He’s also like the Wizard of Oz, he’s the man behind the curtain who is always answering all the tough questions our brokers ask. We’re pretty certain he’d make a great backseat driver because he’s always coaching everyone and preventing any collisions with our freight.

It should also be mentioned that he’s a workaholic, a summa cum laude graduate, and an ex-bricklayer. He graduated with a bachelor’s in management and marketing from Chadron State College. He’s been known to fabricate stories, even the one he tells about being able to beat Mike Young left-handed in golf. But what he actually lacks in his golf game, he makes up for by always being the one of the last people to leave the office.
Schwarz is so fanatical over Star Wars he’ll take off work and pull his kids out of school and wear a cape to the theatre. He even sent Star Wars themed absence requests to the school that were signed “May the Schwarz be with you.”

Most likely to get caught cheating at Madden and still making excuses for why he lost.

What do you think you’re most known around the office for?
LEGIT GOLF GAME!!! Best in the office.

What do you love about GIX?
Atmosphere. Every other job is basically the same. You come in, you work, you drink the coffee, and you earn money. This job provides those things but we also have Madden, ping pong, darts, a makeshift putting green, treadmills, prize wheels, Tiger Woods Golf, Sports Center, and a golf simulator (well, not yet, but I’m assuming by putting that in this question, Jim will be forced to get us one).

What 5 hashtags best describe anything GIX?
#conferencesshouldalwaysincludeagolftournament #momvoice #sometimesitseasiertosayitinameme #wedontstopuntilthejobisdone #wedowhatwesaywearegoingtodo

What is one thing GIX could do to make your day easier?
Two words. Nap pods.

How passionate are you about chicken nuggets?
I’m a once a week nugget guy.

Who would you let punch you directly in the face in our office & why?
Tyler Fead. I just want to know what a punch feels like from a guy that has Frank Sinatra, Whitney Houston, and Ice Cube on his iPad.

If there was a giant bathtub of macaroni and cheese sitting next to us right now, would you get in…and would you eat it, while in it?
Neither. I love Dickey’s mac and cheese, but it’s not a sick obsession like this.

Carmen Wilson Operations Specialist 308-398-8576 308-398-9576

When we were assigning team leads, Carmen was one of the first to transfer out of a broker role into a team lead position. We compare her transition to that of Steve Kerr, someone who used to be a player and made the seamless transition to a coach. If you were to look up the words “Team Lead” in a dictionary, you’d find a description of Carmen. It might even refer you to look up Carmen for the definition. She’s an exemplary definition of everything a team lead should possess.

Carmen is the general of the office and she’s seen it all. She’s been here for over a decade and has experienced all the growing pains GIX has encountered during that period. Carmen has the ability to make order out of chaos, even if it’s the chaos of her lieutenants. She’s able to handle the third-party logistics world with grace. You might be wondering does she have a weakness? She confessed, she does in fact have one weakness – wine and a fresh piece of sweet corn right out of the field (it’s her inner farm girl).

Most likely to take your job.

What do you think you’re most known around the office for?
For knowing things – in a good way??

What’s something interesting about you?
The vast amount of useless knowledge in my head about this business (miles, carrier codes, phone #‘s).

What’s something no one knows about you?
I can deadlift over 300 pounds.

List 5 words that describe you?
A multitasker, dedicated, honest, stubborn, and crazy.

What 5 hashtags best describe anything GIX?
#fun #crazy #neveradullmoment #upandcoming #greatplacetowork

How do you cope with a crazy driver?
Talk calm and rationally. I’ll then later go out of the room and lose my shit.

Describe Mike Young in one word?
Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.

If Mike Young was the combination of two famous people, which two would he be?
Mel Gibson & Adam Sandler.

Kayla Hasselmann Chief Financial Officer 3083988529

Kayla is a born and raised Grand Island, Nebraska girl. She has her bachelor’s degree in Professional Accounting with a minor in Economics from Hastings College. With GIX being a Grand Island family owned and operated company, we felt that Kayla was a great fit with her GI roots and accounting background (just to name a few). We also feel like it’s important to note that Kayla was married to her husband on 9/10/11, proving yet again that she is a major numbers nerd! Her house can sometimes get a little rowdy due to her step-son, step-daughter, and two sons running around and enjoying one another’s company. If it’s summer time, you can find the Hasselmann crew at the lake, unplugged and soaking in that summer sun. If they aren’t lounging in the sun, you might find them on their 4-wheelers riding around their cabin area or splashing through the river on them. Kayla is the perfect addition to the GIX family with her fun personality, witty remarks, and numbers driven work ethic!

Most likely to do mental math quicker than a calculator.

List 5 words that describe you…

Motivated, Resilient, Determined, Humble, Rational

What do you love about GIX?

Definitely the culture- it’s a perfect blend of work and play! I enjoy the people that I get to work with, they sure make it easy to come to work every day!

The best part of waking up?

Morning snuggles from my little ones! Scooters blender drinks are a close 2nd!

Celebrity you get mistaken for…

Husker Celebrity- When Jordan Larson played volleyball for the Huskers, I was asked on many occasions if I was her.

If you weren’t at GIX, what do you think you’d be doing right now?

I would be working a job that I wasn’t happy at and wishing I was at GIX!

Nikki Timmons Financial Controller 308-398-8531 308-398-9531

Nikki grew up in Elba, NE, and graduated high school from St. Paul, NE. Nikki then went to Wayne State College and graduated in four years with a five-year public accounting degree with a minor in management information systems (basically like a basic-IT-skills minor).

Nikki kind of fell into working at GIX. Nikki worked as an intern the summer before her senior year of college and came back the following October after she graduated college May 2012. Nikki started as the accounts receivable and insurance gal. She recently took a small leave of absence over the summer to help her husband cut and bale hay on the farm. They did 16 cuttings and nearly 5,000 bales within four months (which is a lot if you aren’t familiar with farming and haying). So yes, Nikki drove tractors and other large equipment all summer and loved it. But Nikki’s true love is numbers and, luckily for her, she got offered the position of Controller and came back to work at GIX October 2016.

Nikki’s been with GIX for about four years now and in her current position of Controller for only a little over 3 months; but don’t underestimate her knowledge of the industry and our business as she’s covered almost every job in accounting at some point or another. When she’s at the brokerage office, it makes her feel like an old fuddy-duddy. But, she loves the atmosphere at the GIX office and hopes to continue to immerse herself in the culture down there.

You will usually find Nikki at her desk with her heater blasting, some Matchbox 20 or other 90’s grunge band playing on Pandora, and food and papers spread across her desk. She loves her job and the people she works with. Team GIX!!

Most likely to roll her eyes when she reads these questions and not answer because accountants are really not comfortable with these type of questions.

What you think you do at work?
Stare at spreadsheets and move numbers around.

What do you think you’re most known around the office for?
The go-to for oddball accounting/system questions.

Favorite Sports Team & Why?
Husker football and volleyball - because I’m a Nebraskan and it’s our loyal duty.

What’s something interesting about you?
I have a handicapped dog named Glenn; he’s fat, he wears diapers and he doesn’t walk well.

What’s something no one knows about you?
I can drive a pay loader and fork lift.

Animal you’d ride to and from work every day?
Zebra.

Patty Moore IT Manager 308-398-8547 308-398-9547

Patty came to GIX with over 32 years of experience in various types of computers and software. Patty helps make our work lives easier and ensures our computers run smoothly day-in and day-out. In our industry, technology is constantly changing, which means Patty is very busy. She’s busy ensuring we’re up-to-date on all work processes, so we’re able to perform our jobs at the highest level. She has the incredible skill of turning all of the brokerage’s crazy requests into a reality. When she’s not busy downing another Diet Dr. Pepper or answering our IT questions, she’s laughing at all of the ridiculous requests we send to IT.

Most likely to still be working.

What do you think you’re most known around the office for?
Handing out an endless supply of drink tickets at the company’s yearly golf outing!

What do you bring to the table?
Supporting technology use with customer service.

List 5 words that describe you?
Respectful, hippy, wife, mom, and benevolent.

How do you cope with a crazy driver?
I married him.

Any weird obsessions (Watch cat videos/starwars)? What do you collect? Weird shoe size? Let your demons out…
I use to rescue dogs, but they have labeled me as a foster failure because I can’t let them go after they’ve recovered.

The best part of waking up?
Diet Dr. Pepper – 2 down by 6am!