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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

Andrew Craig Team Lead 308-398-8583 308-398-9583

Andrew was an intern before he came on full-time to join the GIX family. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in supply chain management. Andrew is known as the consistent guy in the office. He does what’s asked of him and he gets it done. He might be classified as the most normal in the office, but there’s always the possibility that there’s something we don’t know. He’s also a self-proclaimed jerk, but none of us believe him because he’s just too nice.

Most likely to be the most normal in the office. Yeah, being normal is a big thing around here.

If the world was about to end you would?
Put my toes in the water, ass in the sand, and have cold beer in my hand.

What you think you do at work?
Take that one random call that covers a load that a broker has been struggling on.

What do you think you’re most known around the office for?
Pissing Carmen off.

What’s something interesting about you?
My ability to not be very interesting.

What’s your stance on cheesy bread?
Heavenly, if it’s made by an Italian grandmother.

Who would you let punch you directly in the face in our office & why?
Wendy or Carmen, just because they’ve earned at least one free shot.

Describe Mike Young in one word?
Versatile.

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

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

Most likely to spike the punch.

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

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

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

Biggest pet peeve?
Negative people.

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

Wendy Blomquist Freight Manager 308-398-8541 308-398-9541

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

Most likely to have the worst immune system.

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

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

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

Biggest pet peeve?
People lying.

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

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

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

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

Candi Williams Specialized Sales 308-398-8570 308-398-9570

What’s a gang move? You’ll just have to ask Candi on that one.
Candi is one of the hardest working people in the office. She’s booked ten loads at five o’clock on a Friday and stayed until midnight to make sure they’re covered. If the carriers fall off, she’ll come back in on Saturday to make sure they’re recovered. She heads up our over-dimensional freight division, as well as doing sales and pricing. Despite being so busy, she somehow never ages. She’s a 35 year old stuck in a 30 year old body with a 25 year old’s energy level. She contributes her youthful looking complexion to not taking any nonsense from anyone; she just tells it like it is. She’s also been known to let a few f-bombs fly from time to time.

Most likely to be the hardest work appropriate bio to write.

If the world was about to end you would?
Drink a beer and watch some shit go down.

What do you think you’re most known around the office for?
Dropping the f-bomb and being the bomb.com.

One thing GIX could do to make your day easier?
Have a permanent margarita machine in here…the closer to my desk the better.

Celebrity crush growing up?
Slater from “Saved by the Bell.”

If you were a mixed drink, what would you be?
Liquid marijuana.

Chloe Goodwin Freight Manager 308-398-8591 308-398-9591

Chloe is a senior at the University of Nebraska at Kearney (UNK) majoring in Business Administration with a minor in accounting. She will be graduating this May, and we hope to have her stay on with us upon graduation. She will be joining us as one of our three interns during the spring semester. Since she will still be taking classes, she will only be in on Monday, Wednesday, and Fridays. You can find Chloe sitting in between Joyce and Carmen on team one, once she is finished with training. She is a proud member of the Alpha Phi sorority on UNK’s campus, and also contributes her talents to help the community of Kearney. In her free time, you can find her watching Netflix or spending time with friends. A few fun facts about Chloe: she loves the color blue and is celebrating her 22nd birthday in January. We are very excited to welcome Chloe to our team!

Tom Roach Freight Manager Intern 308-398-8552 308-398-9552

Team 2

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Karly Koerner Freight Manager 308-398-8597 308-398-9597

Karly graduated with a bachelor’s degree in industrial distribution from The University of Nebraska at Kearney. There’s a long list of adjectives we could use to describe this over-the-top freight manager. She’s sarcastic, awkward, sassy, brutally honest, has no filter, and been known to talk trash to children. Not to worry though, she’ll talk some friendly trash to her carriers and customers too. If you see her in the office, you’ll notice her running about the office guns a blazing. We’ve also noticed she enjoys watching cat videos in her free time at work, we’ve told her get off, but she continues to watch them anyways. We don’t currently have a “Bring Your Cat to Work Day,” but with the help of Karly we’re working on it.

If Melissa McCarthy was a broker, they’d have the same attitude and comical approach to everything they do. We might even go as far to say Karly has threatened to throat punch a few people like McCarthy did in “Identity Theft.” Although we give her a hard time, she can handle any type of freight class at crazy volumes with the ability to capitalize well on her freight margin.

Most likely to throat punch someone that annoys her.

What do you think you’re most known around the office for?
My extensive vocabulary.

What do you bring to the table?
Usually a delicious dessert…. Sometimes a side dish.

What was your first impression of GIX?
This is the type of place that would eventually buy a bouncy castle.

How long have you been dating/in a relationship with GIX?
We’ve been casually getting weird together for a little over a year.

What 5 hashtags best describe anything GIX?
#everydayimcoverin #nowweareallsick #workhardplayharder #whomadethecoffee #accidentallyhitreplyall

One thing GIX could do to make your day easier?
Bouncy Castle… this will eventually get through to someone.

The best part of waking up?
Is White Wine in my cup (to the tune of the old Folgers commercial).

Have you ever ate/drank something out of the GIX fridge that wasn’t yours? If so, confess now, you savage…
I’m not an animal…But some of you are.

Chris Post Freight Manager 308-398-8587 308-398-9587

Imagine a beardsman who blares death metal all day, drives a Dodge pickup, bathes in bacon soap, bakes whiskey-bacon cookies, served for seven years in the military, talks about making protein mashed potatoes, and watches Duck Dynasty religiously. That’s our Chris Post in a nutshell. Since our move upstairs, Post has enjoyed his new desk spot next to Carol. He’s enjoys it so much so that he intentionally blares death metal to agitate Carol. Think of it as a mother who constantly has to tell her son move his heavy metal rock band practice to the garage and you know, the minute she shuts the door, the son and his band just play their music louder. That’s the relationship they’ve taken on in the office. However, you will always find Post hard at work covering his desk and getting the job done with no frills or fuss.

What do you think you do at work?
See “Show Me the Money” meme.

What do you think you’re most known for around the office?
My awesome beard.

What do you love about GIX?
Haven’t decided if it’s the people or the free food.

List 5 words that describe you?
Bearded, Tatted, Bearded, Workaholic, Bearded

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

Describe Mike Young in one word:
Beardless.

Zane Ellis Freight Manager 308-3998-8590 308-398-9590

Zane wrapped up his college career in December graduating with a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a minor in accounting. He will be joining team two as a full-time freight manager. Zane grew up in small town Callaway, Nebraska and has always loved sports, especially football. During his time at the University of Nebraska at Kearney, he competed on the Loper football team for a few years. Upon starting school he thought he wanted to go into athletic training, but soon realized that business was a better fit for him. A few fun facts about Zane include his favorite color is blue and he loves Mexican food! We are excited to welcome another sport loving, football playing, beer drinking guy to the GIX team!

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

Karly’s human.

The best part of waking up?                                                                                                                                                                   There is no good part of waking up.

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

A rhino, so I could blow through all the slow Highway 30 drivers.

What’s your stance on cheesy bread?

There is not a stance. Everyone loves cheesy bread and those that don’t are not human.

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

Wendy because she would at least apologize for doing it.

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

Without a doubt, I am a Captain and Coke. Pretty sure my body functions off that mix.

Connor Kintz Freight Manager Intern 308-398-8545 308-398-9545
Jackson Graham Freight Manager 308-398-8593 308-398-9593

Team 3

Cassie Jimenez Team Lead 308-398-8575 308-398-9575

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

Most likely to take it upon herself to fire someone.

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

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

Celebrity you get mistaken for?
Lauren Ambrose.

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

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

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

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

Most likely to make an unannounced speech at a wedding.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Describe Mike Young in one word?
Silly!!

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

Dan Carlson Freight Manager 308-398-8569 308-398-9569

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Describe Mike Young in one word?
Fabulous.

Bennett Steele Freight Manager 308-398-8592 309-398-9592

Bennett is a senior at the University of Nebraska at Kearney majoring in business administration with an emphasis in supply chain management. He will be graduating this May, and plans to assume a full-time broker role with us at that time. Due to his flexible class schedule in the spring, you will find Bennett in the office on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays for sure and maybe a Tuesday or Thursday here and there. He will be joining the brand spankin’ new team four. Bennett is originally from Gibbon, and grew up with Bailee’s cousins, so she’s known him for years (Weird, huh?). In his spare time you can find Bennett helping out on the farm, doing anything mechanical, or working on his monster truck. I’m not even kidding, he legitimately drives a monster truck for his daily vehicle, wait until you see it. We are thrilled to be adding another SCM student to our roster!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Describe Mike Young in one word?
Wordy

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What do you bring to the table?
An appetite.

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

The best part of waking up?
Breakfast.

Jack Lydiatt Freight Manager Intern 308-398-8593 308-398-9593

Sales

Team A

Cory Proskocil Lead Sales Representative 308-398-8584 308-398-9584

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

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

Most likely to take up another hobby.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Boone Anderson Sales Representative 308-398-8571 308-398-9571

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The best part of waking up?
Taking a piss.

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

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

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

Ashley Bennett Sales Representative 308-398-8515 308-398-9515

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

Most likely to wear high heels in the snow.

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

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

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

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

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

Describe Mike Young in one word?
Progressive.

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

Jamie Crosby Sales Representative 308-398-8562 308-398-9562

Jamie graduated with a bachelor’s in business administration with a minor in criminal justice from The University of Nebraska at Kearney. We call her the “phone whisperer” around the office. Not just because she talks pretty quiet, but because she also has a way with customers and making them feel at ease when talking with her. She’s probably one of the most goal-oriented people in the office. Aside from her sales skills, she comes from a background of successful entrepreneurs who taught her what it means to work hard.

Most likely to set outrageous goals and surprise everyone when she does it.

What 5 hashtags best describe anything GIX?
#Energydrinks #canigetyourmcnumber? #cateredfooddays #icanthearyo #gixinstantmessenger

If the world was about to end you would?
Eat all the Girl Scout cookies hanging out in my cabinet.

Who would you let punch you directly in the face in our office & why?
Um, wendy? Because she wouldn’t hit hard.

What do you love about GIX?
The people I work with!

How do you cope with a crazy driver?
Tailgate them as payback.

Celebrity crush growing up?
Aaron Carter.

What’s your stance on cheesy bread?
It’s a food group, right?

Michael Gruber Sales Representative 308-398-8595 308-398-9595

Team B

Justin Vogel Lead Sales Representative 308-398-8589 308-398-9589

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Scott Sejkora Sales Representative 308-398-8560 308-398-9560

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

Most likely to wear socks and sandals every day.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Liz McGowan Sales Representative 308-398-8563 308-398-9563

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

Most likely to apologize for apologizing.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Team C

Tyler Fead Lead Sales Representative 308-398-8594 308-398-9594

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jeffrey Olson Sales Representative 308-398-8565 308-398-9565

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

Most likely to be late to his own funeral.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hayden graduated from the University of Nebraska at Kearney in May of 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in exercise and health science. He will be sitting next to Annie Allen, as another addition to Fead’s sales team. Hayden has worked at a nutrition company for the last few years, where he discovered his love for sales. He wanted to take his career to the next level, and lucky for us, his fiancé works with Drew’s wife, and because of that he heard about the great sales opportunities available at GIX. Hayden is ready to throw himself into a career and focus on perfecting his craft as he grows with our company. We are excited to welcome this hardworking, outgoing, always-on-the-move guy to our team!

Support

Nick Wiemers Pricing/Bid Packages 308-398-8549 308-398-9549

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bailee Schuster Recruiting Coordinator 308-398-8585 308-398-9585

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

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

Most likely to invite you for drinks after work.

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

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

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

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

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

Celebrity crush growing up?
Justin Timberlake, of course.

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

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

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

Blake Bokowski Technical Support 308-398-8536 308-398-9536

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Toni Messersmith Carrier Manager / Team 1 308-398-8523 308-398-9523

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

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

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

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

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

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

Carol Norton Carrier Manager / Team 2 308-398-8573 308-398-9573

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

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

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

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

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

Biggest pet peeve?
Annoying noises like knuckle popping.

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

Angela Worsley Carrier Manager / Team 3 308-398-8551 308-398-9551

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

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

Most likely to need a drink after training with Carol.

Caleb Lundgren Freight Broker Intern 308-398-8546 308-398-9546

Arguably one of the most respectful interns we’ve ever hired at GIX, he just does what’s asked of him and he does it well. We give him a lot of projects and responsibility around the office with taking phone calls, entering loads, and covering for our brokers when they’re not in the office. He’s a big fan of ramen noodles, drinking protein from a BlenderBottle, and driving his red Avalanche pickup to the gym. If we had to compare him to anyone famous, it’d be some sort of mix between Rob Gronkowski, Tom Brady, and Chris Evans in “Captain America.”

Most likely to play ping pong all day.

What you think you do at work?
I come determined to get better at pong every day.

What do you love about GIX?
The kitchen.

What was your first impression of GIX?
A bunch of people who physically load trucks.

One thing GIX could do to make your day easier?
Hire a waiter/waitress.

Biggest pet peeve?
Wet willies.

Who would you let punch you directly in the face in our office & why?
Boone, because I know I wouldn’t feel anything.

If GIX installed a slide, who do you think would be the first coworker to injure themselves and why?
Drew, because he is still a little boy at heart.

Alva Troyer Pricing/Bid Packages 308-398-8579 308-398-9579

Anthony graduated from the University of Nebraska at Kearney in December with a bachelor’s degree in business administration with an emphasis in management. He will be joining us as a full-time rating and pricing guy after he finishes his training. A few interesting things about Alva include that he was born in Indiana and was raised Amish. He has since made the transition out of the Amish lifestyle, but enjoys talking about his experiences. He popped the question to his girlfriend, Lynette, last summer and they will be married this coming summer. While his first name is Alva, he prefers to go by Anthony.

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

Currently, probably Ping-Pong.

What was your first impression of GIX?

This could be interesting.

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

Chips and queso bar.

How passionate are you about chicken nuggets?

Depends on what dipping sauces are present.

What’s your stance on cheesy bread?

I tend to eat it, not stand on it.

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

Nick, pricing sticks together.

Jenna Pfeifer Support 308-398-8596 308-398-9596

Jenna is the equally fun-spirited counterpart to Chad in our office. Yes, they’re married. We know it takes a special woman to be married to Chad, but Jenna enjoys the challenge. Jenna is recently a new mother to the cutest baby boy. 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 new 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.

Jarom Hall Pricing Coordinator 308-398-8552 308-398-9552

Well…where do I start. I was born in a Mexican prison. I made friends with another prison baby named Paco and learned how to speak Spanish and Kechwa (the language of the Incas). I was adopted by wealthy Canadian family from Edmonton, Alberta where I went to school and learned to juggle handkerchiefs. When I told them I wanted to join a local native tribe they sent me to a military school in America. Once I graduated with a degree in Krav Maga, I wanted to do something different. So, I threw darts at a map of the US and I hit smack dab in the middle; Kearney, Nebraska. I signed up for UNK and paid my way with money I made juggling and teaching Krav Maga to women interested in self-defense. I graduated with a degree in Economics with a minor in intimidation. That’s how I got this job. Mike told me he didn’t like me, but two Krav Maga moves later I had begun a healthy career in logistics.

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.

Pam Sorahan Key Account Manager 800-444-9008 308-384-7672

Pam works around the clock with some of our customers to ensure the most up-to-date transit times for their shipments. That means she’s updating load information in the middle of the night and accepting load tenders at a moment’s notice. There’s no update that goes unnoticed under Pam’s watch. We’re not sure when she sleeps, since she makes herself so readily available to our customers. When she does have a second to catch her breath, she’s at home watching the Huskers and spoiling her grandchildren.

Casondra Gustin Customer Relationship Manager 308-398-8578 308-398-9578

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

Most likely to create another rapid alert.

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

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

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

Describe Mike Young in one word?
Driven.

David Romero Support 308-398-8580 308-398-9580

Our lone Salvadorian speaks fluent Spanish and started in sales then moved into a freight manager position. He’s a busy father who is constantly trying to keep up with his kids’ soccer, dance, and Girl Scouts activities. He’s an avid soccer fan that enjoys spending time with family, hanging out with friends, listening to music, camping, going to concerts, and visiting new places.

Most likely to be the only genuine soccer fan in the whole office.

What do you think you’re most known around the office for?
The sole reason the Kearney carpool group is two minutes late every day.

What’s something no one knows about you?
I’m a closeted PBR fan.

What was your first impression of GIX?
Weird seeing a guy having a conversation with a computer.

Biggest pet peeve?
When someone overdoes it with a word.

GIX is one fire, you can take one person with you, who do you take?
Drew he’s my ride home.

If GIX installed a slide, who do you think would be the first coworker to injure themselves and why?
Chad he looks prone to injuries.

Trey Zahm Customer Relationship Manager 308-398-8599 308-398-9599

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Colton Stuhr Pricing Intern 308-398-8554 308-398-9554
Jared Buller Sales Intern 308-398-8555 308-398-9555
Patricia Krause Pricing Coordinator 308-398-8526 308-398-9526
Sammie Mason Customer Relationship Manager 308-398-8517 308-398-9517

Management

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

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

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

Most likely to win the golf scramble every year.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Biggest pet peeve?
Tardiness.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jessica Kort Chief Financial Officer 308-398-8529 308-398-9529

When she’s not watching HGTV or “The Bachelor” while enjoying a glass of Cabernet Sauvignon; she’s busy managing our company finances. She brings over 20 years of experience in accounting, which means she has an advanced understanding of accounting, tax, budgets, and forecasting. In our terms, that means she helps manage us and makes all our “stuff” work within the realms of the law and massive amounts of regulation. Jessica is a CPA and a Loper graduate with a bachelor’s and master’s degree in business administration with an emphasis in tax.

While she says she’s a boring accountant, she says she can be pretty cool and fun for a mom. She has two children, who are ages 24 and 18, but still hasn’t managed to get a Snapchat account. Her younger two children are six and nine, so she’s knee deep in the stage of life that consists of kid’s activities, talk about poop, and quotes from Sponge Bob; so really anything goes. Did we mention she’s ran a few half marathons, completed a Tough Mudder and Spartan Race, and she even dressed up as Bat Woman last Friday night? So, we’re giving her a 12/10 on cool mom status.

Most likely to call you in regards to your over expenditures on company credit cards and/or if you did not address your receipts properly.

How do you cope with a crazy driver?
I am a crazy driver. I like them.

What 5 hashtags best describe anything GIX?
#driven #fun #youshouldworkhere #relative #accomplishment

Celebrity crush growing up?
Rick Schroder from Silver Spoons and Kirk Cameron from Growing Pains. Yes, I just dated myself.

What’s something no one knows about you?
I spent my childhood growing up in Texas just down the street from Kelly Clarkson’s husband, Brandon Blackstock. I vaguely recall a peck on the cheek while on the monkey bars in 2nd grade at recess, so I think I can I’ve kissed her husband.

If GIX installed a slide, who do you think would be the first coworker to injure themselves and why?
I don’t know, but I think we definitely need a slide.

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

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

Most likely to still be working.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Most likely to take your job.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Describe Mike Young in one word?
Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.

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