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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 866‐453‐9770

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?

Chad Pfeifer Freight Manager 308-398-8588 866‐453‐9770

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 866‐453‐9770

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 LANGREHR Freight Manager 308-398-8523 866‐453‐9770

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. We're confident this mother of two can 'tie-one-on' if the moment is right! 

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).

Tiffany McDonald Freight Manager 308-398-8545 866‐453‐9770

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!

BENSON MOUL Freight Manager 308-398-8555 866‐453‐9770

Benson was born and raised in Norman, OK at the University of Oklahoma. He was born on the 50-yard line and grew up moving from locker room, to locker room, enjoying all the perks that come with living in the Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. JUST KIDDING – Benson was born and raised in Grand Island, NE with his family. He still lives in Grand Island with his fiancé, Jacie, where they own a home and are waiting to find the perfect pup to add to their family. Benson, however, is a HUGE Oklahoma Sooners fan, like, the biggest one we know. He only wishes that he was born and raised at the U of O. Surprisingly enough, Benson decided to attend the University of Nebraska at Lincoln (GO HUSKERS – we had to sneak it in somewhere) where he graduated Summa Cum Laude in 3.5 years with a degree in Criminology & Criminal Justice. If Benson isn’t cheering on the Sooners, you can find him rooting for the Yankees, hunting and fishing, or coaching high school baseball.

Most likely to convince you to become a Sooners fan, because you know, dude got into law school (x3). 

 

What do you bring to the table?

Hard work, dependability, and a positive attitude.

What is something interesting about you?

Both of my parents are named Darcy.

Favorite athlete & why?

Derek Jeter – always played the game the right way and is a world champion.

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

Probably Boone because I think his inner child is still alive.

What do you love about GIX?

The people, the office, and the ‘team-first” atmosphere

What is something no one knows about you?

I was accepted into law school at UNL, Creighton, and the University of Oklahoma.

Trey Zahm Freight Manager 308-398-8599

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 from the word 'go'. 

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.

Team 2

BOONE ANDERSON Team Lead 308-398-8571 866‐453‐9770

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. 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.

WENDY BLOMQUIST Freight Manager 308-398-8541 866‐453‐9770

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 866‐453‐9770

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. She was only our second #HuskerHire, but we'd go as far as to say she might have started a trend with GIX and UNL grads. 

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 866‐453‐9770

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 with 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 866‐453‐9770

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 866‐453‐9770

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 866‐453‐9770

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.

TOM ROACH Freight Manager 308-398-8552 866‐453‐9770

Meet Tom- 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 as a full time Freight Manager. 

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. 

Bailey Foulk Freight Manager 308-398-8551

Bailey is a prime example of someone who was referred to us by a friend (thanks, Sammie), interviewed, was told we didn’t have an immediate spot for her, and then BAM! Two weeks later we were reaching out to offer her a job. Things change quickly in the transportation industry and in turn, our hiring needs change rapidly too! And now, here we are, over two months in and really enjoying having Bailey on the GIX team. We’ve come to learn a few things about Bailey in her time with us… including, but not limited to: Her obsession with tattoos (she’s gotten a half sleeve since working here), her ‘adrenaline junkie’ lifestyle (homegirl wants to swim with sharks), and her impulsiveness when it comes to trying something new (she booked a 10 day trip to Bali, Indonesia with some friends and within a month was on location). If she isn’t traveling, getting a new tattoo, or working at GIX, you can find her slingin’ drinks at Bana Rams Bar in Hordville, NE. Girl is versatile. We think Bailey is a pretty rad chick who fits our fast-paced, work-hard, play-hard mentality very well.

Most likely to bartend our next company event.

If the world was about to end, you would…?

#1 bucket list item is to cage dive with great white sharks…so, maybe I would just free dive. If I’m going to die, I might as well go out with a bang.

What’s something interesting about you?

I shattered my cheek bone… I’ve learned to catch a softball since then.

What do you love about GIX?

The atmosphere! And the willingness of everyone to help each other out.

Celebrity crush growing up?

Justin Bieber… So embarrassing now.

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

I rode an elephant once and I wouldn’t mind doing that every day.

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

Does tequila and a lime count as a mixed drink?!

Greg Island

Greg Baird Freight Manager 308-398-8522 866‐453‐9770

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

Sales Representatives

CORY PROSKOCIL Major Account Sales 308-398-8584 866‐453‐9770

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 866‐453‐9770

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. Justin is the proud dad of two little nuggets, Emma and Carter.  As you can see, 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 866‐453‐9770

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 866‐453‐9770

Jeffrey is busy taking on a variety of roles in the office. He began working with us after graduating from UNK  with a bachelor’s of business administration degree with an emphasis in marketing. Although he was hired for sales, he also took on the role of GIX Marketer and did all of the leg work to make our new website a reality. If you happen to see Jeffrey on the court, he's probably beating you in volleyball, ping-pong, or tennis. Your first thought might not be 'athletic' when you see him, but it'll only take a little time before the word 'competitive' comes to mind.  When Jeffrey isn't charming customers or beating you in tennis,  you can find him snapping photos. He photographs everything from high school seniors, to bridal parties, to the first moments after your baby is born. Dude is seriously good behind the camera. Like, really good. Don't believe us?? Look him up, fam!   

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.

ASHLEY BENNETT Major Account Sales 308-398-8515 866‐453‐9770

One of the most dynamite members on the GIX sales team, Ashley comes with a wide background in sales, marketing, and event coordinating experience. 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. Since then, we've come to realize that Ashley doesn't just win on the ping-pong table, but she wins at nearly anything she puts her mind to. She's a hardworking, down to earth, mother of two boys and we are darn lucky to have her on our sales team. 

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.

ABBIE GDOWSKI Senior Sales Representative 308-398-9572 866‐453‐9770

Another Grand Island native being enticed back to her hometown with a fun work environment, family, friends, and a boyfriend that would become her husband. Abbie is a graduate of 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. Not only is she sweet and a great fit, but she also is a damn hard worker. Don't believe me? She set the record for fastest promotion from Junior Sales Rep to Senior Sales Rep that we've seen so far. On a totally unrelated note, 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. UPDATE: It's happened and she is a fan. 

Jackson Graham Senior Sales Representative 866‐453‐9772

Jackson might be one of the nicest guys we have ever met. He is also arguably one of the best golfers in the office. His love of golf stemmed from growing up near one of the best courses in Nebraska and having a Golf Pro for a dad. Jackson started with GIX in 2017 and in late 2018 he made the move to Fort Worth, Texas to work in our new office there. Fast forward to 2020 and a pandemic causing both of our offices to work from home, which in turn caused Jackson to move back to Nebraska. After a cold and blustery winter, he decided that year-round golfing wasn’t all it was cracked up to be…. And is back to working full-time in the Nebraska office. His bestie, Boone, sure is glad to have Jackson back in ‘The Good Life’ and they have already started planning their dominance of all the local golf leagues. Some things, like a good 'ol fashioned bromance, are hard to find. All jokes aside, we are confident that if you are in the market for a great friend (and sales rep) that Jackson is your guy. 

Most likely to tell you how it is, but in the nicest way possible.

One thing GIX could do to make your day easier? 

More food days. 

The best part of waking up? 

Not being dead. Or coffee. 

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

Depends on the amount of time you left me in there; I wouldn't die of hunger, but I do not like Oreos or chocolate. 

Describe Mike Young in one word

Amiable, philosophical, practical- any of them work. 

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

Pro golfer

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

I have absolutely no idea, but I am happy and grateful I get to work at GIX. 

 

Mitch Spencer Senior Sales Representative 308-398-8598 866‐453‐9770

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 professional soccer 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.

Isaac Chavez Junior Sales Representative 308-398-8577 866‐453‐9770

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

Brooke Hale Junior Sales Representative (308) 398-8516

Everyone, meet Brooke! She is a Grand Island native, who recently graduated from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln and is now back in her hometown to settle into adulthood. Brooke is a CrossFit enthusiast, and you can find her at the gym before most of us have even gotten out of bed. If she is not working out at the gym, or working hard at GIX, you can find her spending time with her husband, James. They are in the process of renovating a home and recently tied the knot in the summer of 2021. Okay, honestly, James is doing most of the house renovations BUT in all fairness, Brooke did most of the wedding planning. In case you're wondering though, the house is a beatiful work in progress and their wedding day was nothing short of perfect. When Brooke finally does sit down to relax, she is typically watching The Office, listening to a true crime podcast, or snacking on chips and salsa with a strawberry margarita on the side. We have no doubt Brooke is going to do great things at GIX and continue to grow with our sales team.

Most likely to be stronger than she looks. (Thanks CrossFit)

What was your first impression of GIX?

These people are smart AND funny, where do I sign up?!

Celebrity crush growing up?

The cute twin on Suite Life of Zack & Cody, Dylan Sprouse of course.

How passionate are you about chicken nuggets?

Chicken is my favorite; nugget form is my preference.

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

He gives off Bruce Willis / Vin Diesel vibes.

What is something no one knows about you?

I cannot fall asleep unless I am laying on my right side.

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

Kristen - she always knows what to do in emergencies!

Customer Relations

CASONDRA GUSTIN Customer Relations Lead 308-398-8578 866‐453‐9770

Chances are if you’ve called into GIX before 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.” And while we are talking about Casondra-isms we should add that she LOVES when a tour group comes through. Waving at the interviewee or group of professionals or students touring might be one of her favorite past-times.  Casondra is also 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. When Casondra isn't at the office you can find her 4 wheeling, camping, or riding the river with her family and friends. One last thing- her hubby, Nate, can shotgun a beer faster than anyone we've ever seen. Ever. And we've seen some beers be chugged before, so we would know. 

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.

SAMMIE ROCK Major Account Manager 308-398-8517 866‐453‐9770

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.  

JESSICA MARISCH Major Account Manager 308-398-8593 866‐453‐9770

Jessica adds a funky spark to the CRA team.  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!

GRANT MEYER Major Account Manager 308-398-9597

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.

 

JESSICA SALINAS Small Account Lead 308-398-9565 866‐453‐9770

Born and raised in Grand Island, we are happy to welcome Jessica back to her hometown to build a career with us.  She started as a CRA in 2018; in 2019 she was promoted to a CRM role, and in 2020 we changed her title, yet again, to Small Account Lead. We are crediting her 'spicy, never giving up, work until all the work is done',  attitude that helped her transition into each new role. Who knows where she will go from here?!  She is a 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. Her and her hubs are busy raising their 4-legged baby (dog), Bailey, and their sweet little boy, Emilio.   Nothing is better than knowing you’re bringing young professionals back to their hometown to start their career and family! We are glad to have Jess on on our team! 

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.

DAN CARLSON Small Account Manager 308-398-8569 866‐453‐9770

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 double majored at UNK in Organizational Communications and Music where he also was a part of the UNK marching band. He's been known to play his saxophone around the office, and 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. If he isn't practicing the saxophone or working on his home with his wife, you can find Dan making up new and exciting board games to share with his family and friends. He loves a good challenge and proves this every day when he enters as much freight as he possibly can for GIX. 

Check out this link for the best saxophone video you've ever seen. 

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

Most likely to be the next Kenny G. 

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.

Jack Burmeister Small Account Manager 308-398-9573 866‐453‐9770

Fun fact about Jack, his name isn’t actually Jack, it’s Jon. However, since his full name is Jon Burmeister II, he's always gone by Jack because his dad was Jon as well, and two Jon's in one house is confusing. I mean, "Jon can you take out the trash?" could really confuse who is supposed to do what chores! Jack calls Omaha, NE home, but attended UNL for college. He graduated in December of 2019 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 during the summer of 2019. After having him here all summer, we knew he was someone we'd like to bring on full-time and he headed back for his last semester of college at UNL with a full-time sales role offer from us. As you might have guessed, he accepted and started full-time in January of 2020. Since starting, he has transitioned into another new role in our customer service department, woof, 2020 has been full of surprises and new opportunities!  He is hardworking, dedicated, and brings a fun and positive outlook to the office. 

Most likely to have two first names.

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.

Support Staff

Liz Loschen Accessorial Specialist 308-398-8563 866‐453‐9770

Meet Liz, one of the hardest-working, most positive, and kindest people we know! Liz is a Grand Island, NE native who has found her way back to her hometown. She attended the University of Nebraska at Kearney and graduated in 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration with an emphasis in marketing. While at UNK, Liz was the libero on the volleyball team and was a two-time All-American Athlete. To say she excels at anything she puts her mind to is an understatement. Liz met her now husband, Dillon, while attending UNK. He played football, she played volleyball, and they are both proud alumni! If it is not obvious already, UNK holds a special place in Liz’s heart for lots of reasons (GO LOPES!). Liz and Dillon love raising their daughter, Dani, and puppy, Monte, in Grand Island where they are close to family and friends. A few of Liz’s favorite things outside of work and her family include: Oatmeal Cream Pies (OCPs), Crocs, Chance the Rapper, Eileen’s Colossal Cookies, a good mouse pad, and a craft beer (“She’ll try the Peach”). 

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!

Kinzie Zlomke Appointment Clerk 308-398-9562 866‐453‐9770

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 hubby, Adam, and their two black labs, Jordy and Finley. From what we know so far about Kinzie, she loves her hubs, but she like, really, reallllly loves her dogs. 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 dogs 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. Kinzie has experienced multiple departments at GIX and just keeps on climbing and grooving for us. GO KENZIE!! 

Most Likely to argue with you that DOGS ARE KIDS TOO!! 

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.

Ellisa Landell Appointment Clerk 308-398-9525 866‐453‐9770

Meet Ellisa (pronounced Ah-lissa). She is a hardworking, handy-woman, who has landed herself in our Customer Service team. Ellisa first heard about GIX from her friend, Kati Green, who she works out with everyday. They also share the same rigorous eating schedule and menu. FITNESS PEOPLE!! Aside from working out and eating healthy, Ellisa loves to spend time with her husband and her house plants. Some may say she is a crazy plant mom, but we are all for it. Plants need love too! If she isn’t at GIX, with her plants or her husband, there is one other spot that Ellisa might be and that is the soccer field. She is an assistant coach for the Grand Island Senior High Soccer team and is an avid soccer fan. As a young girl, she wanted to be a professional soccer player when she grew up. Being an appointment clerk isn’t necissarily a professional soccer player but we think it’s a pretty good back up! 😉 Welcome to the team, Ellisa!

Most Likely To

What is one thing GIX could do to improve your day?

A shoulder massage would be pretty neat.

Where is your favorite place to visit (so far)?

My favrotie place I’ve visited would be Italy. The kindest people in the world live there and the food is unmatched!

What is something no one knows about you?

I can ride a unicycle…. Okay, only like 100 yards, but that’s more than most people!

Do you have any weird obsessions? What are they?

Buying stickers that I don’t stick anywhere.

Celebrity crush growing up?

Pete Wentz

Now that you’re here, what is your take on GIX?

I really do like it here! I feel extremely comfortable and everyone is very nice. I think I will stay awhile 😊

Paige Hamelin Appointment Clerk 308-398-8586 866‐453‐9770

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Malorie Meier Appointment Clerk 308-398-8568 866‐453‐9770

Malorie was born and raised in Grand Island. She took a short break from being an Islander and attended the University of Nebraska at Lincoln where she received a bachelor’s in science degree in Hospitality, Restaurant, and Tourism Management, with a minor in Leadership and Communication. Upon graduation, she moved a little farther east and worked in Omaha, before making her return to Grand Island in the Spring of 2017. She has settled back into life in GI where she shares her home with her furry four-legged pal, Marshall. If she isn’t vetting carriers at GIX, you can find Malorie hanging with her family, specifically her nephew, or teaching dance classes at a local dance studio in GI. Outside of that, Malorie loves to drink a cold beer with her friends and explore all of the newness that downtown Grand Island has to offer. After interviewing Malorie, we were sure she would be a good fit for our team, and that idea was solidified on her first day when we took her to lunch. She chatted with all of us as though she had worked here for years AND ordered a beer, it was love at first lunch. We are excited to have Malorie in Grand Island, where she is making positive impacts on the community in and out of the office.

Most likely to befriend everyone in the office, almost immediately.

What was your first impression of GIX?

Everyone was very nice, patient, and welcoming. It is a lot of information to take in initially, and I know shadowing people probably made their job harder and took them longer to do tasks, but they were all so nice and helpful!

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

Actress – which is funny because I am super shy and a horrible actor.

 What animal would you ride to and from work everyday if you could?

Horse for sure – or a Direhorse (from Avatar)

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

Slap my brother. (Hi, Derrek!)

Describe Mike Young in one word.

Mysterious

What is something no one at GIX knows about you?

I’m allergic to bananas.

Pam Sorahan Appointment Clerk (308) 398-8542 866‐453‐9770

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. 

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.

Most likely to laugh at her own joke. 

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

Macy Zigler Carrier Manager 308-398-8579 866-453-9782

Macy asked us on the second day of training if she could extend her internship through the summer… and, maybe the fall?? We said, yes but let’s make sure you enjoy it first before committing to 3 times the amount of time. Turns out, she enjoys it, and we enjoy her, so we offered here a full-time role after just 3 months of her being an intern for us. She gladly accepted and it's like all of her 'second day on the job' dreams came true. Macy is working on her Associates Degree in Business Administration and Marketing at CCC in Grand Island and plans to graduate in December of 2021. She has a doggo named Motley, after the legendary band, Motley Crue and loves all things fashion, specifically anything with leopard print. The quickest way to Macy’s heart is through her stomach… Chicken nuggets and ice cream are always on the menu, regardless of the time of day. In fact, at the time that this bio is being written, she’s eating chicken nuggets and booking loads simultaneously. Girl can multi-task.

Most likely to remind you of your little sister (ornery, sassy, and always wanting to participate). 

What do you love about GIX?

The culture and the uniqueness of the people, everyone is different.

What is something no one knows about you?

I trim my eyelashes, so they don’t get stuck in my eyebrows.

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

Grant, he would giggle too much and wouldn’t be able to actually punch me.

Favorite athlete & why?

Water skiing squirrel because, wow! I can’t even get my dog to sit and they can get a squirrel to ski!

What do you think you do at work?

Take everything in and learn as much as I can.

Courtney Niemoth Carrier Manager (308) 398-9522 866-453-9782

If you’ve had yardwork or landscaping done in the last 7 years in the Grand Island area, there is a chance that Courtney was the Forewoman on the job. Prior to starting at GIX she worked hard in all sorts of weather conditions to provide beautiful landscape solutions for people. As you can imagine that kind of work is very labor intensive and Courtney wasn’t sure how much longer her body could handle it so her boyfriend’s mom, Tammy Smith (who works in our Accounting Department), encouraged her to apply at GIX Logistics. Upon meeting Courtney for ourselves, it was clear that she was a spitfire of a personality who would add value to our Carrier Set-Up team and our office. Her attention to detail, go-getter attitude, and sense of humor soon made us realize we’d picked a good one for our team. She’s just getting started with us and we are excited to see where her career path takes her at GIX.

Most likely to install a garden on the rooftop patio.

 

What was your initial impression of GIX?

Seemed like a pretty chill place to work.

Now that you are here, what is your take on GIX?

It is, in fact, a pretty chill place to work.

Do you have any weird obsessions? What are they?

Literally obsessed with candles and all smell goods around my house – like Jan Levinson (formally Levinson-Gould) obsessed.

What is one thing you are freakishly good at?

Being Roy and Terri’s favorite kid. (that’s my parents)

What did you want to be when you grew up?

I’m still asking myself that same question every day. “What do we want to be when we grow up, Court?”

Bryton Stoltenberg Carrier Manager (308) 398-9524 866-453-9782

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Skye Kuta Carrier Manager 308-398-9526 866-453-9782

Meet Skyenne ‘Skye’ Kuta, pronounced Sky – Ann in case you’re wondering.  A fun fact about Skye is that her sister, Josie, was in the same hiring class as she was at GIX Logistics and Bailee had no idea until their first day on the job. Luckily, both are great fits for the GIX team. Skye got married in the spring of 2021 to her husband, Jared and they have one daughter together who is literally the mini-me version of Skye. SO CUTE! A fun fact about Skye is that she got her and Jared’s wedding date tattooed on her arm, however when she got home and was looking at it she realized the tattoo artist put ‘4-20-2021’ instead of ‘4-10-2021’ which is their actual date. *Face palm*! Luckily, she is getting it fixed to reflect the correct date, but if you’re asking us, it makes for a great story and one that her and Jared have laughed about often. We are excited to welcome Skye to our Carrier Set-Up team and have confidence that she will be a great asset for years to come!

Most Likely To have something permanently put on her body and laugh when it comes out wrong.

Now that you are here, what is your take on GIX?

I love it! Everyone is nice and helpful.

What is one thing GIX could do to improve your day?

Get an ice-cream machine.

What did you want to be when you grew up?

A house flipper until I bought my own house and started renovating it. LOL

Do you have any weird obsessions? What are they?

Fat & Weird Cookie’s … look them up. (we did look them up, and you should too!)

When ‘this song’ comes on, you can’t help but sing along…

“Any Man of Mine” – Shania Twain

You can eat ONE food for the rest of your life, what is it?

Potatoes.

Pricing & Rating

NICK WIEMERS Pricing Manager 308-398-8549 866‐453‐9770

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 is passionate about his spooky decorations! So much so, that he added some ghoulish touches to the office this past Halloween. 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, playing with his dog, Henry, 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 866‐453‐9770

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 866‐453‐9770

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.

Hayden Ekberg Pricing Coordinator 308-398-8558 866-453-9770

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 creating connections. After working as a sales rep for 4 years, Hayden transitioned to our Pricing and Rating team where his competitive edge is being put up against new challenges. He now has to talk to Dalton and Jarom all day instead of potential customers, but so far, none of them have complained about it. 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 not only started his career with us in 2017, but he also married his high school sweetheart (hey, Michele!) and they purchased their first house together in Kearney. In 2019, they welcomed their first son into the world and in the Spring of 2021, baby Ekberg #2 is due! EEK!  

Most likely to say something negative but make it sound positive by having a smile on his face. 

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. 

Anthony Otto Pricing Coordinator (308) 398-9521 866-453-9770

Anthony is the SECOND impressive person to be referred to us by Tammy Smith (who works in our accounting department). In July of 2021, Anthony married Tammy’s daughter, Lauryn and if you’ve read Courtney’s bio then you know that Tammy’s kids have great taste in who they pick to be their partners. Anthony is a Phillips, NE native who attended college at UNL where he earned a degree in Agribusiness. Post-graduation, he knew he wanted to come back to the Grand Island area and we are sure glad that he did! If Anthony isn’t at the office lost in a spreadsheet you can find him, taking his dogs for a walk, watching sports, playing yard games, grilling, or doing yard work. Basically, dad things, but he’s not a dad. Oh, the cherry on top to that – his favorite food is cheeseburgers. Can’t you just see him now, in his backyard, grilling, apron on, rocking that dog-dad life? Looks good on him, don’t you think?!

 

Most likely to work with his mother-in-law.

 

What is one thing GIX could do to improve your day?

Constant supply of Sour Patch Kids in the office.

Your favorite sports team & why?

Husker football, because duh.

What is something no one knows about you?

I wear glasses sometimes but not when others are around because no one is allowed to see me in them.

What was your initial impression of GIX?

This place is pretty awesome, and I really want to work here.

Now that you are here, what is your take on GIX?

Same as above, except now I DO work here.

Randos

BAILEE KNOTT Talent Acquisition & Culture Coordinator 308-398-8585 866‐453‐9770

 

Meet Bailee, the first of her kind at GIX Logistics. After graduating from the University of Nebraska at Kearney in May of 2016 with an Organizational and Relational Communications Degree, Bailee interviewed for a Sales role at GIX. She was offered the job, accepted, and then we re-offered her a new job: Recruiter. Since then, her title has changed slightly, but her job functions remain the same; Connect with potential applicants, network, review applications, conduct interviews, offer opportunities, onboard new hires, retain said new hires, organize company events AND do it all with a smile on her face. One thing we learned early on about Bailee is that she knows someone who, knows someone, who is married to your cousin, who went to school with so-and-so’s brother, who knows someone, who knows her. So, what we are saying is that she knows people and if she doesn’t know you yet, she’ll take the time to get to know you. She’s a relationship gal – inside and outside of the office.  Speaking of, if she isn’t at the office, you can find Bailee hanging with her hubby, Tom, taking a nap with her doggo, Bender, sitting in the sunshine, drinking a craft beer with her friends, or reading a book for book club. Her Spotify account is always pumping out jams from O.A.R., Red Wanting Blue, or Taylor Swift and she never misses an opportunity to watch live music. Hands down, her favorite interview question is ‘What is your favorite restaurant?’ and, yes, she does keep an excel sheet of all the answers, you know, for research purposes. 

Most likely to 'mom' you even though she isn't a mom. 

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 August2016, 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 2016 is when we made it FB official, so we are coming up on our five year anniversary. EEK! 

What 5 hashtags best describe anything GIX?
#workhardplayharder #BestBossAround #LunchBunch #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 System Administrator 308-398-8536 866‐453‐9770

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 System Administrator 308-398-8590 866‐453‐9770

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 866‐453‐9770

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

ASHLEE COX OS&D Specialist 308-398-9595

Meet Ashlee, the newest member of our Support Staff Team. When we offered Ashlee this role, we didn’t have a cookie-cutter job description to give her, instead we equated this role to a Swiss Army Knife; multiple job duties across multiple departments. Basically, a job with a lot of grey area and room to grow and expand on said role. Ashlee jumped on board without hesitation and we are very excited to have her building this new hybrid role in the office. She is the proud mom to two kiddos, Gwen, her daughter, is named after Gwen Stefani and her son, Maverick Crue, is named after Maverick on Top Gun and Crue from the rock legends, Motley Crue. To say her and her husband enjoy music would be an understatement. She’s been to so many concerts that she’s lost count, and you can find her with music on at home rather than the T.V. Ashlee and her hubby plan their family vacations around places that they want to eat. Trying new restaurants is one of their favorite things to do, so if you need a good restaurant recommendation, she’s your gal. See, told ya, Swiss Army Knife!

Most likely to convince Mike that an office dog IS a good idea.

 

What do you bring to the table?

The ability to perform CPR and save someone’s life

What do you love about GIX?

They are flexible and treat you like family.

What is something interesting about you?

I’m a Registered Nurse

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

I am obsessed with documentaries. I have officially run out of good ones to watch on Netflix and Amazon Video.

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

Forensic Pathologist, but it requires too much biology, chemistry, microbiology, etc. And that stuff is HARD!

What animal would you ride to and from work every day?

A Great Dane. I LOVE dogs, the bigger, the better!

 

KRISTEN KLEIN Training & Development Specialist 308-398-9563

Meet Jennifer Garner, er… I mean, Kristen Klein, the swiss army knife of GIX.  Kristen is a school teacher, turned principal, turned freight manager, turned the perfect combination of both; the teacher of all things 'Freight Manager' at GIX! 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 are proud parents to two kiddos, Dax and Addy, who are part of the #GIXLittles Crew. 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 has brought some fresh, fun ideas to the office. We also are hoping she will bring the kiddos into visit us soon, we are big on babies and puppies around here.

Most likely to drop some teacher knowledge on you without even meaning to. 

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

Chris Post On-Call Support Lead 800-444-9008 866‐453‐9770

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! 

JENNA PFEIFER On-Call Support 308-398-8596 866‐453‐9770

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! 

Nathan Bush On-Call Support 308-444-9008 866‐453‐9770

We would like you to meet Nathan, a Rockstar teammate on our On-Call Team. Nathan was referred to GIX by one of his professors at Central Community College and we are thankful he sought us out. He graduated from CCC in July of 2020 with his Associate of Science in Business Administration and is proud to say that he is the first in his family to be a college graduate. When Nathan is not at GIX, he is spending time with his daughter or his friends and family. Being born in Washington, the Seattle Seahawks are his favorite sports team, but his favorite athlete is Tom Brady. We feel like we should not even have to explain why, but just in case, it’s because according to Nathan, Tom Brady is the G.O.A.T (greatest of all time). With sports being a ‘hot topic’ in our office, we think that this could be an area of debate.   Speaking of debates, one of Nathans favorite topics to discuss is politics. Some might say he is obsessed with the topic. Okay, he said that, and we must agree! Dude loves him some politics. So, if you want to discuss football OR politics, Nathan is your guy. 

 

Most likely to break ‘the rules’ and bring up politics.

 

What do you think you do at work?

Ensure freight gets moved successfully.

What do you bring to the table?

High energy and confidence.

 

What is something interesting about you?

I was hit by a car as a kid.

Celebrity crush growing up?

Mila Kunis

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

Benson, most likely because he looks like he likes to have fun.

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

A Vodka Red Bull!

David Lembke On-Call Support 308-444-9008 866‐453‐9770

This is David. David is a Grand Island Native that applied at GIX because one of his dad's friends said, 'Have you heard of GIX? I think you should apply!'. Turns out, "dads friends" are Jody Kenny and Mike Young who have both worked at GIX for years. And so, David did apply and after finishing the interview process, he was offered a position on the spot! He is one of those people that listens intently and then responds to whatever you've just said with purpose and care. We honestly are wondering if we can clone David because we enjoy him so much (We will get back to you if we do find a way and he is on board with it). After being hired on the spot, David completed his operations training on Team 1, and has transitioned into his afterhours role. Working the overnight shift is not always the easiest thing, but David is always smiling come 0800 and often hangs around in the office to catch up with other employees. We are confident that at some point, we will transition David to a day-shift, but until then, he is going to keep domintating those nights!! Outside of work, you can typically find David watching documentaries, collecting art, listening to vinyl records, or buying a new pair of shoes. 

Most likely to be wide awake at 8AM after working all night long. 

 

What do you bring to the table? 

Great attitude and effort. 

How do you cope with a crazy driver? 

It's not about being right or wrong, but rather about trying to understand their point of view. 

Celebrity crush growing up? 

Selena Gomez 

What's the worst thing you'd do for some guacamole? 

I'd give up my pinky toe. 

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

Jason Segel and Bill Murray 

What five hashtags best describe anything GIX? 

#WorkHardPlayHard #Fun #Opportunity #Competitive #Teamwork 

Ashly Stanczyk On-Call Support 308-444-9008 866‐453‐9770

Ashly’s motto aligns perfectly with GIX Logistics’ moto; Work hard, play harder. She’s a woman who isn’t afraid to work, whether that is on her boyfriend’s farm or at the GIX office. As much as she might act as though she is ‘just helping’, she actually loves to drive the grain cart during harvest and help on the farm as much as she can in her spare time. If she isn’t helping on the farm, hanging with her daughter, or at GIX, you can find her traveling – usually to Las Vegas where she loves to spend time at the craps table. Once, shortly after Ashly started working for GIX, she was in Omaha at the casino and gambled with Darius Rucker and his band. She even helped his guitarist learn how to play Blackjack; she ‘held his hand’ if you will. 😉 Needless to say, Ashly is a great fit in our fast-paced, always unpredictable line of work and we are happy to have her on our Support Staff team!

Most likely to start a poker night at GIX.

 

Do you have any weird obsessions? What are they?

I always wash the dishes before they go in the dishwasher, and I love to mow the yard.

A documentary is being made of your life, what celebrity is cast to play you?

Megan McCarthy

When ‘this song’ comes on, you can’t help but sing along…

“Baby Got Back” by Sir Mix-A-Lot

Biggest pet peeve?

When people say warsh!! It’s WASH with no ‘R’!

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

A Vodka Red-Bull

Michael Oberg On-Call Support 800-444-9008 866‐453‐9770

Michael is one of those unique hires for GIX Logistics. Not in that he was under-qualified or over-qualified, but rather in the way in which we added him to our team. He started as an intern for us during the summer of 2020, during a global pandemic, and come fall he transitioned into a full-time sales role for us. This was our plan all along, but to get him trained and keep him busy while most of our office was still working remotely, so this was the best solution. Sometimes you just know that someone is a good fit, so you find a spot for them. Michael was referred to us by Mitch Spencer, who he grew up with in the small Western Nebraska town of Brewster. They are currently roommates in Grand Island and working together, so hopefully they don’t get sick of each other anytime soon. If they do happen to have a ‘roommate quarrel’, Mitch is confident he can win Michael back with a case of Red Bull and a smile. Dude loves to drink Red Bull, but he is always so even keeled that we aren’t sure the sugar is doing much for him anymore. Maybe he’s become immune?? Either way, we are excited to have him on our team, whether he is jacked up on Red Bull or not. (Maybe Red Bull will sponsor us after how many times we mentioned them in this bio…. @RedBull)

Most likely to replace the coffee machine with a Red Bull refrigerator.

What do you love about GIX?

Dogs in the office.

What’s something interesting about you?

I used to ride saddle broncs.

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

Grizzly Adams and Vince Vaughn (which was a fair answer after Mike returned from quarantine with a serious beard)

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

Vodka Redbull

What did you want to be when you grew up?

A cowboy

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

Mitch, because he’s weak like wet paper.

Judy Jenkins On-Call Support 800-444-9008 866‐453‐9770

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Josie Mach On-Call Support 800-444-9008 866‐453‐9770

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Interns

Brett Steinke Freight Manager Intern 1-800-444-9008

Meet Brett, a current Freshman at UNK studying Business Administration with an emphasis in Supply Chain Management. Brett calls Grand Island home and was an active member of Boy Scouts of America for 13 years before earning his Eagle Scout in 2019. There is no question about Brett being an intelligent individual, he is always thinking and observing those around him, which honestly sometimes makes us feel like he is thinking, “these people are crazy, and their jokes are not funny.” But maybe he is just drinking us in and figuring everyone out. Regardless, there is no denying that he is a man of few words.  Brett was initially hired as a summer intern for 2021, but due to his spring school schedule, he started his training in January of 2021 and worked from the UNK SCM Business Center on campus. In May 2021, he transitioned into the office for the summer months and completed his previously scheduled internship with us. Now that the Fall semester is upon us, Brett is still a GIX Employee and working from the Business Center again. As you might have picked up on, we do not hesitate to bring interns in sooner and have them stay longer, especially when they are as impressive as Brett is. He has learned quickly and is dedicated to being available throughout the week in between his classes which we appreciate! We have enjoyed getting to know Brett and are hopeful that he will eventually laugh at our jokes!

Most likely to keep a straight face, even when everyone else is laughing hysterically.

What do you think you do at work?

Answer que calls and bail out my teammates.

How do you cope with a ‘crazy’ driver?

Tell them to calm down or transfer the call to Carmen.

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

I collect sports cards, I’ve read all of the Harry Potter books, and I do puzzles all the time.

How passionate are you about chicken nuggets?

They are awesome no matter where they are from!

Describe Mike Young in one word.

Façade, he looks like he would be mean, but he is actually just a nice guy.

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

Playing video games.

 

 

Jayden Long Freight Manager Intern (308) 398-9546

Jayden Long Bio:

Jayden stumbled upon GIX when he was required to do a practice interview with a company for his Business 222 class at UNL. Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, he met with Bailee virtually and after nearly 90 minutes of them chatting, she encouraged him to apply for a summer internship with GIX. As you’ve gathered, Jayden took her advice, applied, interviewed, and was hired on for the summer of 2021. He has been a rockstar member of our intern team this summer and has been described as a ‘shark’ when covering freight. Jayden will begin his senior year at UNL this fall where he is studying Supply Chain Management with a minor in Management. AND we are excited to report that he has decided to stay on with us in a part-time capacity through the Fall semester, working remotely and in office when he can. With all of the management courses he’s taking / has taken, you’d think he’d be ‘bossy’, but we can vouch for Jayden being one of the most laidback, ready-for-anything interns we have ever had. Needless to say, we are glad to have him on our team!!

 

Most likely to play Xbox or Wii over his lunch hour.

 

What was your initial impression of GIX?

WOW THIS PLACE IS AWESOME! I’ve truly never seen a company like GIX!

Your favorite athlete & why?

Larry Bird because he was SO GOOD and he’s a goofy guy.

What did you want to be when you grew up?

When I was 7 I told the entire crowd at SeaWorld that I wanted to be Nebraska’s head football coach one day!

Biggest pet peeve?

When a person cracks their fingers or back. It gives me the heebie – jeebies.

A documentary is being made of your life, what celebrity is cast to play you?

Easy question… Miles Teller.

 

Dillon McKinney Freight Manager Intern (308) 398-9543

Dillon is a Grand Island native who did not learn about GIX Logistics until he started his freshman year of college at the University of Nebraska at Kearney. He reached out to Bailee to interview her about GIX Logistics as a class project for his BSAD 100 class. As a deciding student, Dillon wanted to explore an industry he didn’t know anything about. After meeting with Bailee for lunch and asking her all kinds of questions, she encouraged him to apply for an internship, and since you are reading this, you already know he did apply and was offered a summer internship position. We aren’t positive, but we think the fact that Dillon’s longtime best friend Brett interning here might have been the final push he needed to join us for the summer. AND we are happy to report that Dillon is staying on with us through the Fall 2021 semester in a part-time capacity, working remotely from UNK. Now if you asked Dillon to explain to you what GIX does he would answer, “we are a very busy trucking and transportation company that knows how to make work enjoyable.” And he is absolutely right.  Welcome to the team, Dillon!

Most likely to ace the ‘interview’ before the interview.

When you’re not at GIX what do you love to do in your free time?

I love to hang out with friends, exercise, golf, hunt, and fish.

Do you have any weird obsessions? What are they?

I have my closet color coordinated for clothes and everything in my room has a specific place. I can usually tell when something has been moved or is out of place.

You can eat ONE food for the rest of your life, what is it?

I would probably say a sandwich because you can make so many different combinations.

Your favorite sports team & why?

My favorite sprots team is the Dallas Cowboys. I have been a fan of them ever since my best friends dad told me I was not welcome in his house unless I was a Cowboys fan, I was 7 and immediately became a fan.

If you could be an animal, what would you be and why?

I would be a dog because everyone loves dogs. I could play, eat, and sleep all day while people pet me. Dogs live great lives.

Sadie Shuda Freight Manager Intern (308) 398-9545

We are excited to welcome our first Wayne State Wildcat to the GIX Logistics Internship Program! Sadie is a Palmer, Nebraska native who will enter her Junior year at Wayne State College in Wayne, Nebraska this fall. She is studying Business Administration with concentrations in Marketing and Management and wanted to get a hands-on internship experience this summer. Sadie is unique in that she has been hearing about GIX for the last 15 years of her life, as her Aunt Carmen is our Operations Specialist. Don’t get any funny ideas though, Sadie went through the same recruiting and interviewing process that any other intern goes through and after doing so, we knew she’d be a great fit for us. During her time with us this summer, she stepped up to the plate by taking on new tasks and assisting in our Customer Service Team. We are excited to report that Sadie is going to continue working for us throughout the Fall semester as a remote intern. Welcome to the team, Sadie, we are glad to have you!

Most likely to be mistaken as Carmen’s daughter.

What was your initial take on GIX?

The atmosphere is something different and interesting and that is what intrigued me and made me want to learn more.

What do you bring to the table?

The willingness to learn and try new things. Taking opportunities that come my way and seeing where they take me is something I enjoy.

When you’re not at GIX, what do you love to do in your free time?

Hangout with friends and family, camping, or spending time at the lake.

If you didn’t know how old you were, based on how youf eel right now, what age would you say you are?

13

What is one thing you are freakishly good at?

Being very organized.

Grace Theisen Freight Manager Intern 308-398-9542

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Josh Wewel Freight Manager Intern 308-398-9544

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Management

Jim Pirnie President of Logistics 308-398-8550 866‐453‐9770

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 866‐453‐9770

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 866‐453‐9770

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 866‐453‐9770

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 866‐453‐4972

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 866‐453‐4972

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.