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Employee Spotlight – Lindsey Remington

Since September of 2003, Lindsey Remington has been a discernible asset to our Domestic Operations department.

Formerly working for a local grocery store, Lindsey set her sights at finding a career with a company that would allow her the opportunity to grow. With having been introduced to Airways by a friend, she loved the family atmosphere and soon after began her journey as a Special Accounts Manager.

Lindsey loves the task of helping customers solve problems as well as the challenge of thinking and acting quickly. She loves being part of a team, and it has given her a wide-scope of what is being shipped in the freight forwarding industry. She likes the day to day interactions with customers and vendors from all over the United States. The family atmosphere to Lindsey is more than just colleagues and co-workers. Her brother Albert Kirk, is also an employee of Airways and part of the Domestic team.

Born and raised in Northwest Arkansas, Lindsey grew up on a small dairy farm in Lincoln, Arkansas. She loved animals growing up, and has very fond memories of her childhood.

Lindsey has two daughters, Sarah who is twelve years old, and River who is nine. She loves spending time with her girls, and visiting with family. Some of Lindsey’s favorite things to do outside of work, are listening to music, fishing and hiking. She also has a fondness for nature photography, as well as painting and drawing.

Kind and caring, Lindsey’s generosity goes above and beyond. To this day, Lindsey’s most notable accomplishment has been raising her two girls. She loves watching them grow and helping them become the young ladies they are today. Something that might surprise you about Lindsey, is that she was a surrogate mother for a family in New York.

Lindsey is greatly inspired and influenced by her ninety-four-year-old grandmother. Who is strong, stubborn and has the biggest heart of anyone she knows. She also “makes the best hot rolls around”!

Her relentless work ethic and team oriented mindset have been an essential element in her productivity at Airways Freight, and we are honored to have Lindsey Remington as part of our organization.

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Employee Spotlight – Kara Carlile

A progeny of long time employee, Kevin Willyard, Kara Carlile has always appreciated and admired the family atmosphere at Airways Freight.

Born in Austin, Texas and raised in Oklahoma, Kara visited Arkansas frequently, and spent a lot of her childhood visits with her Dad and her “Airways family”.

While working for five years previously as a hairdresser in Norman, Oklahoma, she decided to make a career move and relocate to Arkansas where she joined her Dad and the Airways Freight team. A place she had fond memories of, and has always felt so much a part of.

With her charismatic charm and wit to boot, Kara’s fresh outlook and enthusiastic work ethic has earned her a position in the Customer Service department of Airways. As part of a succeeding generation of outstanding predecessors Kara has made a lasting impression and continues to make her mark.

Some of Kara’s favorite things to do outside work, are reading, camping, canoeing and spending time with her Husband Josh, along with her dogs Ramona and Hank! She loves spending time with friends, and going to thrift stores and estate sales. Kara also loves and is slightly obsessed with all things Harry Potter. She also likes to read about unsolved mysteries and true crime.

For sixteen years, Kara participated in dance. She learned everything from tap and jazz to ballet. One of her most treasured memories was of her Dad joining in for a dance recital. The dance was to “Men in Black” by Will Smith, and he wore a black suite and sunglasses, like the character in the movie. Under his jacket was a sign that read “Kara Rae’s Dad”. Embarrassing as it was, it is a memory she will never forget!

With dancing in her background, it’s no surprise that Kara loves musicals. Her favorites being, Rent, Hamilton, Wicked and Cats.

Kara’s drive and ambition, come from a long line of strong women in her family. She is beyond thankful to be surrounded by her Mother, Step-mother, Grandmothers and Aunts and having been taught the many different things that have molded her into who she is today.

One of Kara’s favorite quotes is by F. Scott Fitzgerald – “For what it’s worth, it’s never too late to be whoever you want to be. I hope you live a life you’re proud of and if you find that you’re not, I hope you have the strength to start over.”

Other than knowing all the lyrics to every Hanson song, Kara’s palpable enthusiasm goes beyond her talent for Hanson lyrics, but shows in her every day work ethic. She is loyal and optimistic, sincere and forthright. She has proven to be an integral part and legacy to Airways Freight’s innovative generation.

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Employee Spotlight: Brock Wood

Since birth, Brock Wood has been a part of Airways Freight. He spent a lot of his childhood in and around the office, and always knew the history and values that Airways was built on. He grew up knowing how much the employees loved their jobs, and thought he would one day be a part of that.

Brock previously worked at a local grocery store, in the receiving department. His customer interactions gave him the skill and knowledge to transition to a position at Airways in the Domestic Operations Department, where he is currently. Brock appreciates and acknowledges the challenge it takes to “think outside the box”, and he has demonstrated that continually.

Brock was born and raised in East Fayetteville, Arkansas and grew-up close to Elkins, Arkansas. Some of his favorite memories were spent riding around backroads on four wheelers and motorcycles. On one occasion he remembers he and his brother getting mini bikes Christmas morning, and within minutes after receiving them, they had both wrecked them!

Brock met his wife Mandy while working together at Airways. They married in 2008 and have a son named Parker. Hand in hand, they have completed three different remodeling jobs to their family home, which is something Brock takes great pride in.

When not working, Brock loves being outdoors. He likes camping at the lake, shooting guns and riding ATV’s. Brock also loves to travel and is quite a history buff. He enjoys learning about history and visiting historical sites and museums. Brock believes that visiting historical areas gives people a greater appreciation for what they have, and what people had to go through before us, to give us the freedoms that we often time take for granted.

This past year, Brock got to travel to Guam on his ten-year anniversary with Airways. His experience was very humbling in that he visited WWII landmarks and museums and one of the beaches particularly had a lot of remaining heavy artillery from WWII and he imagined thousands of soldiers coming ashore, knowing and learning what they had gone through to take Guam back from Japan, and eventually secure the United States foothold in that area.

Brock is laid back and personable, he is also described by his co-workers as hard working and dedicated to both his job as well as his family and friends. He is respected among his co-workers and his work ethic is commendable and appreciated. He most recently has been appointed as one of our Advisory Board members. Go Brock!

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Happy Thanksgiving!

With the Holidays quickly approaching and Thanksgiving knocking on our front door, we would like to express our gratitude and appreciation to our Staff, Agents, Customers and Vendors. Without your service and dedication, there would not be an Airways Freight. That being said, Thanksgiving is a time for traditions, but did you ever wonder where some of those traditions started? Like where the term “Black Friday” came from? Or why we break the wishbone? Here are some fun facts from Babbel and Country Living Magazine.

1) The Original Feast
While most agree that the first Thanksgiving took place in Massachusetts in 1621, did you know that some people believe the town of San Elizario, Texas near El Paso hosted the first feast? In 1598, Spaniard Juan de Onate and 500 members of his crew crossed the Chihuahuan Desert and celebrated their survival with a feast of fish when they got to Texas.

2) The Food
While turkeys are local to the area where the pilgrims landed, the Wampanoag Indians would have been more likely to bring lobsters along with deer meat, clams and eels instead of the first feast. The pilgrims’ English preferences mean that they would’ve opted for duck and goose over turkey as well. In fact, turkey didn’t become a holiday staple until the 19th century when it was recognized as a cheap source of protein that could feed a large crowd.

3) The Side Dishes
While traditional sides like sweet potatoes and cranberry sauce seem like they could have been at the first Thanksgiving, they actually weren’t introduced to until about 50 years later when cranberry sauce was finally invented, and sweet potatoes finally made their way to America.

4) The Leftovers
Did you know the first-ever TV dinner came from Thanksgiving leftovers? In 1953 a worker at Swanson ordered too many frozen turkeys (260 tons too many to be exact) so a company salesman named Jerry Thomas had the idea to create a packaged dinner on aluminum trays. After an assembly line of women scooped turkey, corn-bread dressing, peas, and sweet potatoes onto the trays, the TV dinner was born!

5) The Holiday
We bet you didn’t know that the woman who wrote “Mary Had a Little Lamb” is also the person responsible for making Thanksgiving an official holiday. After petitioning the government for 17 years, writer Sarah Josepha Hale finally convinced Abraham Lincoln in 1863 to make it a national holiday that took place every year on the fourth Thursday of November.

6) The Date
However, Thanksgiving hasn’t always taken place on the fourth Thursday in November. In 1939, FDR moved the holiday up one week to help boost retail sales during the Depression. So many people complained that it was eventually moved back to the original date in 1941. The Thanksgivings between those years are referred to as “Franksgivings” still today.

7) The Wishbone
Breaking wishbones to grant secret wishes isn’t an American original. The tradition was inherited from the British, who got it from the Romans, who adopted it from the Etruscans who believed that birds had oracle powers. When birds died they would keep the wishbone and stroke it as they made wishes, which isn’t too far off from the modern practice.

8) The Parade
Every year millions of Americans tune in to watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, but did you know that the parade has European origins? In 1924, the store’s immigrant employees decided to celebrate the beginning of the Christmas season like they would have in their European homelands-with a parade with knights, jugglers and clowns. The balloons weren’t introduced until 1927.

9) The Football
Millions of Americans tune in to watch football on Thanksgiving every year and it all started because the owner of the Detroit Lions wanted to promote the game in his baseball-obsessed city and convinced NBC to broadcast the game. Ever since that first NFL broadcast in 1934, the Lions have played on every Thanksgiving except during WW2. The Dallas Cowboys joined in on this NFL tradition in the 60s and America has had its post-dinner plans figured out ever since.

10) The Friday After Thanksgiving
Ironically the name “Black Friday” was supposed to keep people from not going shopping on the day after Thanksgiving. Even though Black Friday is now one of the biggest shopping days of the year, in 1966 the Philadelphia Police Department started referring to the day of shopping deals as Black Friday in hopes that it would deter people from adding to the traffic and commotion before the Army-Navy football game that same weekend.

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