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Employee Spotlight – Cassie Ivy

“I love my job!” is what Cassie Ivy said when asked what she thought about working at Airways Freight.

Previous to her position at Airways Freight, Cassie did the bookkeeping for local furniture stores in the area, along with bank errands and mail pickup. She had passed by Airways on many occasions and had always wondered what it would be like to work there. After hearing about Airways through local gossip, she applied and in July of 2003, was given a position in the Accounting Department where she has been ever since. What she loves most about her job is the camaraderie she shares with her close co-workers in Accounts Payable. They have grown to become very good friends and have formed a family bond with each other.

With her father in the Navy, Cassie was born at Portsmouth Naval Base in Virginia. After his retirement in 1992, her family moved to Arkansas. Cassie is the oldest of three siblings, she has a younger sister and a brother.

Outside of work, Cassie loves to spend time with her three girls, Kenya who is 19, Kaitlyn 16, and Cicely who is 5. She likes to be around the water and enjoys swimming whenever she gets the chance. Cassie is also an avid roller-skater and took lessons as a kid. Some of her hobbies include reading, astrology and she has a great interest in Science. She also loves sign language and has been teaching herself.

Cassie has a big heart, she never misses a chance to greet people in the morning and her coworkers have described her as an excellent listener. She always comes to work with a smile on her face and a great attitude to boot. One of her favorite quotes is by Mother Theresa “Let us always meet each other with a smile, for the smile is the beginning of love”.

A champion of movie quotes, Cassie can recite any line from the movie “Fried Green Tomatoes” as well as “Steel Magnolias”!

She is kind, hardworking and helpful. She takes pride in her work and pays close attention to detail. Cassie has always been good at numbers and she will be punching them in for Airways for a very long time!

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It’s Trade Show Season!

With the start of our Trade Show season underway, Airways Freight places the world’s transportation network at your fingertips.

For over thirty years Airways Freight has carefully built a solid reputation in the industry and is recognized as an authority in trade show exhibit transport. From start to finish, Airways has served some of the world’s largest shows as “Official Transportation Provider” and knows all the in’s and out’s associated.The responsibility of Airways Trade Show Department is quite simply the movement of all types of shipments both domestic and international related to trade show operations. With your first call to Airways you will quickly discover there are no restrictions or limitations. If it can be moved by land, air, or sea, it can be done by our team of highly experienced trade show professionals. Around the corner or around the world, one show or a complicated schedule of shows with overlapping itineraries, customs clearances, ocean moves, exclusive use trucks or aircrafts. No boundaries or limits, Airways Freight delivers performance!

Airways has served some of the world’s largest shows as official transportation provider. We know how the system works and have the experience and relationships in any given city, and we know what it takes to get the job done. No matter where you find yourself exhibiting, we’ll get you there on time, and save you money, time and worry in the process.

Our Trade Show Department offers services in trade shows, conferences, workshops, demonstrations, caravans, and roadshows!  We also handle warehousing between shows and multi-event/multi-exhibit shipping coordination.  We offer expertise in Domestic and International, whether it is by land, air or sea!  Our relationships are built on confidence and mutual respect and our resources have been earned through years of experience.

The advantages of using Airways Freight are unprecedented, we have the team mentality and understand the cost of down-time.  With Airways, there is no size, weight, time or service limitations.  We are an extension of your shipping department and offer exceptional personal care.  Call us any time, we are open 24/7 and have a live, experienced member of our team eager and happy to assist you.

Call 800.643.3525

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Employee Spotlight – Jake Oskey

One of the youngest members of the Airways Freight team, Jake Oskey is holding his own in the Night Operations Department. From tracking shipments to supporting customers with their freight, Jake puts his all into everything he does.

Jake started his journey with Airways in January of 2017, working part-time in the Trade Show department entering data into the system. After graduating in May, he subsequently moved to full-time Night Operations and has been there since. What he loves most about working at Airways, is the positivity shown by his colleagues and the wonderful team morale they share. One of his favorite things about working on the night crew is assisting new employees in their nightly tasks, as well as offering assistance whenever needed.

Born and raised in Northwest Arkansas, Jake grew up in Farmington. His childhood was abundant with fond memories of playing video games with his brother and the many friends they had. At the age of 6, Jake began playing football, and by high school was the smallest linebacker in 5A, he and his team won all conference. One of the things he is most proud of is that he can also throw a football close to 60 yards!

Jake and his wife Kyle have been married for a little over a year. They share two beagles, an 8-month-old named Chloe and a 2-month-old named Colt. They love spending time with family and in his spare time he picked up the guitar as a hobby.

Jake has never been out of the country, but someday would love to travel. He is very social and enjoys helping others. His favorite quote is by Vince Lombardi “Winners never quit, and quitters never win”.

Whether it’s tossing a football or tracking a shipment, Jake always gives 100%. He strives daily to learn as much as he can about the industry and Airways Freight and we are very proud of his endeavors.

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Employee Spotlight – Suzanne Lencowski

As enthusiastic as the day she walked through the front door at Airways Freight, Suzanne Lencowski never thought she would still be working at the same great company she had heard about 28 years earlier! Responsible for making sure our customer’s trade show booths make it to their given shows on time and overseeing their return, Suzanne’s work ethic and dedication have been an essential part of the Trade Show Division.   As a Special Accounts Manager, one of her favorite things about Airways is the daily challenges she encounters as well as the comradery shared by her colleagues.

Born in Fayetteville, Arkansas, Suzanne was raised a Navy brat. Moving to various locations during her early childhood, her family decided it was time to move back to Northwest Arkansas, and she has been there ever since. Suzanne likes to spend her free time cooking and doing arts and crafts. She loves spending time with her son Andrew and her grandson Lucas. She has an extreme soft spot for animals and would love to be able to rescue them all.

One of Suzanne’s favorite quotes is “Life never hands you more than you can handle, no matter what you think”. One of her most notable accomplishments to this point in life, has been raising a responsible child that knows the meaning of hard work.

She is determined, loyal and survivor. Her dedication to Airways is unsurpassed and she will most assuredly be working at Airways Freight until she decides to retire.

Born in Fayetteville, Arkansas, Suzanne was raised a Navy brat. Moving to various locations during her early childhood, her family decided it was time to move back to Northwest Arkansas, and she has been there ever since. Suzanne likes to spend her free time cooking and doing arts and crafts. She loves spending time with her son Andrew and her grandson Lucas. She has an extreme soft spot for animals and would love to be able to rescue them all.

One of Suzanne’s favorite quotes is “Life never hands you more than you can handle, no matter what you think”. One of her most notable accomplishments to this point in life, has been raising a responsible child that knows the meaning of hard work.

She is determined, loyal and survivor. Her dedication to Airways is unsurpassed and she will most assuredly be working at Airways Freight until she decides to retire.

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Employee Spotlight – Jodie McCleland

For the past fifteen years, Jodie McCleland has been a loyal employee in the Accounts Payable department at Airways Freight. From collecting charges and POD’s (proof of delivery’s) to managing the accounts payable of major vendors, Jodie is responsible for taking care of any discrepancies that may arise, which allows the freight to keep moving smoothly.

What she loves most about Airways is the team she works with in Accounts Payable and the camaraderie she shares with the rest of her colleagues. She admires the support they give to their employees and the willingness to help when needed.

While previously working as a CSA Supervisor for ASA/Delta Airlines, Jodie was checking-in some freight for Airways when someone had mentioned there was an opening. After the events of 911 and the recent move of the airport to a different location, she decided it was time for a change. 

Born in Canoga Park California, Jodie grew up an Army brat. Upon her father’s retirement, they decided to place their roots in Prairie Grove, Arkansas. Growing up on a small hog farm, raising pigs, rabbits and horses, Jodie enjoyed country life. Her childhood consisted of running through the fields and enjoying nature.

Jodie has three boys, one daughter-in-law and five grandkids. When she has spare time, she enjoys baking and has made beautifully decorated and decadent desserts. In 2016 she and her niece won the Grand Champion ribbon at the Washington County Fair for her Raspberry Cream Cheese rolls. When she is not baking, she also loves to country dance.

She is bold and charismatic, and her presence fills a room. Her work ethic and take-charge attitude have been an integral part of her career at Airways, and we are glad she is a part of our team.

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Employee Spotlight – Justin Hester

For the past ten years, Justin Hester has been a part of the Airways team. He previously worked as an automotive technician at a local General Motors dealer when the industry took a hit in 2008. Due to the uncertainty, Justin decided it was time to switch gears. After hearing about an opening at Airways Freight from a couple of close associates, Justin applied and has been working in operations ever since.

Justin started Airways working in the Nights Operations division which eventually lead to him becoming Night Operations Manager. Presently, he is working in our International Trade Shows department as an Account Manager. His day consists of arranging shipments, transportation logistics, customs clearance, and customer service of trade show goods all around the world. Due to the time differences, Justin spends a lot of his day answering and sending emails.

Justin was born in Irving, Texas and raised in Farmington, Arkansas. He grew up riding and training horses and raising cattle. Some of his fondest memories were riding the trails at Devil’s Den. Twice a year,  He and his family would take their camper and horses and spend a week at a time riding trails.

Justin married his wife Nikki over four years ago. Together they have a one-year old daughter named Anniston Kate. He loves spending as much time as possible with his family, but also loves to travel, try new food and work on cars.

One of Justin’s great influences is his father. The sacrifices he has made for his family, no matter how difficult, have been inspiring. He has always been there to offer wisdom through experience and has intuitively been the basis of his decisions. They also have the same sense of humor and always share a laugh when they are together.

Something you may not know about Justin, is that he enjoys classical music. He is also good at drawing and painting.

Justin is considered by his colleagues as loyal, funny, and kind. He is an essential part of the International Trade Show department at Airways and is a driving component in an accelerated business.

 

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Employee Spotlight – Blaire Branch

As part of what we like to call our Airways 2.0 (2nd Generation) Blaire Branch started her employment in January of this year. With her father, Tyler Morrow having worked at Airways for over twenty years, Blaire grew up well aware of the environment and camaraderie the employees share.
 
Born and raised in Northwest Arkansas, Blaire grew up in a large family with lots of cousins close in age. She loved spending time with them and some of her fondest memories include spending the night sleeping on her trampoline and waking up to dew covered blankets.
 
Coming from a large family it was an easy transition to work for a company that has always felt so close knit. Blaire has always felt the dedication and loyalty that each of the employees embraced and wanted to be a part of that. Since starting her employment at Airways, she has found that there is always someone willing to give a hand.  She has witnessed the commitment and dedication to their employees as well as customers and sales agents.

Working in the Trade Show Department, Blaire focuses her day on inputting data, tracking, and assisting operations with anything they may need. She is learning the logistics side of operations and gaining accessible knowledge to further her career at Airways.  

When Blaire is not at work, she loves spending time with her husband Skyler and their two dogs. They enjoy fishing and kayaking, or just spending time watching movies at home.
 
One of the most influential people in Blaire’s life has been her mother. Not only does she look just like her, she has learned many valuable life lessons from her.
 
Blaire is quiet, caring and laid-back. Her favorite quote is “Life is a book. Every day is a new page, every month is a new chapter, every year is a new series”. She is beginning a new chapter in her life at Airways, and we are happy to be written into her story.

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Employee Spotlight – Anna Whitfield

Starting as a part-time employee in January of 2015, Anna Whitfield began her employment working for Airways Freight assisting in Administration. In June of 2017 went full-time, and recently moved to our International Customs Brokerage Department, where she is beginning the work and experience necessary to test for her license as a Custom’s Broker.  

During her part-time at Airways, Anna also worked for three years as a full-time nanny of three children.   

Anna has always loved the comradery throughout the company. Since she was a child she has been attending the annual Mudbug Bash. Something she has always admired about Airways is the welcoming environment as well as the family-oriented atmosphere.  

Anna grew up in Springdale, Arkansas and had a traditional childhood consisting of riding bikes, swimming, jumping on her trampoline and playing with her animals. She has always had a love for animals and regularly fosters kittens. She also has two dogs named Bamm Bamm and Bear.  

Anna is in the midst of major lifetime changes, she is getting married to her fiancé Clint on July 22 of this year and has recently started her training as a Custom’s Broker at Airways.  

Her Grandparents served as a great influence in her life by giving her the advice, compassion and work ethic she has grown to appreciate. They have given Anna the strength and tenacity to handle anything that comes her way.  

Anna likes to collect Funko’s and has quite the selection. She also likes to garden, swim, and has the ability to draw anything she sees.  She also has a fascination with sharks and can tell you anything you want to know about them.   

Airways extends warm wishes to Anna on her upcoming nuptials as well as the upcoming career path she has chosen. Congratulations Anna!

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Employee Spotlight – Jerome Casey

Having heard about Airways at a Walmart Shareholder event, Jerome Casey had quite a diverse employment background. From being self employed as a heavy equipment operator doing demolition and excavating for an exhibit house, being on the faculty at LSU Baton Rouge running the research shops for their Agricultural Engineering Department, to his experience in the United States Marine Corp. and as a Combat Engineer in the U.S. Army.

Jerome began his employment at Airways on April 1st, 2002. He is now an Account Manager for Airways Freight’s International Ocean Services Department. His primary focus is the export of goods that are going overseas to events, and to oversee their return. He handles oversize out-of-gauge shipments as well as the shipping of cars, trucks, and other equipment (large or small). He does a wide array of customs documents and creating ATA Carnets. He also reviews invoices and packing lists for various shipments. He loves that every day is different and that there are always new challenges.

Coming from a military family, Jerome was born at St. Albans Naval Hospital, in Queens, New York. He and his family moved to a different place about every three years. Together they either lived or traveled to various places including New York, Germany, Maine, Louisiana, England and eventually Arkansas.

He is intense, reliable and honest. He thanks his parents for being so influential in his upbringing. His Mother (who was born in Walls End Upon Tyne, England) in particular. During the time Jerome was born, his father was stationed in Korea and it was three years before he eventually got to meet him.

Jerome enjoys competitive shooting and considers marksmanship to be one of his top hobbies. He is a military enthusiast and currently the President of the Arkansas Chapter of the Military Vehicle Preservation Association. He is an avid collector of military memorabilia and the equipment associated with it. He also loves to restore military vehicles. To this day he owns and has restored 5 different vehicles including a 1952 Willy’s M38 Jeep, a 1962 M37 ¾ ton truck, a 1944 CCKW 6×6, a 1962 M35A2 6×6 and a 1990 M929A2 5-ton dump truck, plus numerous other trailers and equipment.

With the skills to drive or operate just about any type of machinery, he has also learned to fly planes and has even learned to fly a helicopter. Jerome has also worked mechanically on several historical aircrafts, one being the B-29 Fifi. At that time, it was the only one flying.

Jerome has been married to his wife Marsha Jones-Casey for nearly nine years. He proposed to Marsha, in the back of a pickup truck, at a airshow in Ft. Smith while watching the Thunderbirds perform.

His favorite quote is “Lead, follow, or get the heck out of the way”! He’s a leader in everything he does, and his accomplishments in life have made him a consummate professional in the day to day operations at Airways Freight and we are humbled and proud to work with him and all of our veterans of the United States Military.

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Employee Spotlight – Angie Collins

While working for the Washington County Department of Human Services as a Food Stamps and Housing Eligibility Specialist, as well as teaching parenting classes to incarcerated women at the Washington County Jail, Angie Collins was seriously contemplating a career change.

When she heard through the grapevine that Airways Freight was hiring, Angie applied for the position. With several friends working for Airways, she witnessed great things and knew that Airways Freight was an excellent company to work for, as well as having exceptional benefits.

Now, for the past two and a half years Angie has been a sustainable part of our Accounts Receivable Department at Airways. Her day to day consists of processing credit card payments, doing accounts receivable for special accounts as well as running invoices. She loves the friendly work environment and her fellow co-workers make her career decision, a change for the better.

Born and raised in Harrison, Arkansas, Angie grew up on her family farm with Charolais cattle and horses. She spent her childhood riding four wheelers, motorcycles, fishing, and hunting. In 1988 she moved to Fayetteville to attend the University of Arkansas and graduated with her bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education in 2000. She has since made Northwest Arkansas her home.

Angie has been married to her husband Bill for ten years this month. She has two stepchildren, Tyler 26, and Kyle 18. For their anniversary they recently travelled to Ireland, Iceland and Scotland on a cruise booked through Destinations. They visited various locations and some of her favorites included St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Blarney Castle, and the Blue Lagoon and Gullfoss waterfalls in Iceland.

Traveling has always been a big part of Angie’s life. She has been to New Zealand, has hunted in Namibia, swam with dolphins in Jamaica and has toured various locations in Scotland.

When Angie is not traveling, or working she loves to hunt and fish, her and her husband like riding motorcycles and four-wheelers. She is an adventure seeker, and enjoys skydiving, water skiing, snow skiing and rollercoasters. She also likes to go to the movies and play the piano and sing.

Angie is a straight-shooter, she is very driven and has never met a stranger. She enjoys uplifting others and her parents have been a great influence in her life. She is dependable, hardworking as well as giving and friendly. She makes the best of each day and Airways is proud to have her as an employee.

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