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Employee Spotlight – Dustin Bro

Known throughout our organization as the “Guy who gets stuff done”, you can always count on Dustin Bro to be there. His work ethic and always giving 110% has made him an exceptional employee and Airways Freight suitably recognizes his success.

After hearing about Airways through Ken Center, Dustin began his employment working in the Night Operations Department in March of 2012. After a year he decided to transfer to the Trade Show Department and has been there ever since. He now has an extended family and loves all the people he works with.

Born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Dustin moved around quite a bit as a child. He has lived in Oklahoma, New Mexico, Kansas, Georgia, North Carolina, Virginia and lastly Arkansas. One of six children, there was never a dull moment growing up. He and his twin brother Justin, never ceased to find things to do. When they were not being home-schooled, they were always camping, fishing, hiking, canoeing, and enjoying the outdoors.

At seventeen years old, Dustin attended culinary school in Atlanta, Georgia and in 2006 he enlisted in the Army Reserves as an E4 Specialist/Cook and stationed in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Dustin has been married to his wife Kristin for eight years, and he has said that she gives him a reason to keep changing, learning, and growing. She is his partner and as a team they make each other better. One of the quotes Dustin lives by is “There are many things in life that will catch your eye, but only a few will catch your heart. Pursue these”. – by Michael Nolan.

Outside of work Dustin does a lot of woodworking and has made some incredible table sets. His skill and attention to detail make each one unique and beautiful.

Always ready and willing to give a hand, Dustin has proven to be one of our hardest working employees. He is friendly and positive, and things would not be the same without him here at Airways Freight.

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Employee Spotlight – Morgan Bronson

When it comes to the new generation of employees at Airways Freight, Morgan Bronson is a shining example of ingenuity and skillfulness, that validates the growth and progression Airways has made recently.

Morgan’s journey began in September of last year, after hearing about an opening from her Mother – who had been doing business with Airways for many years. Since then she has made leaps and bounds in learning the inner workings of the freight-forwarding world. She went from doing data entry in the Trade Show department to working in the Night Operations department. Morgan enjoys her job and has a great fondness for her fellow co-workers.

Morgan was born and raised in Fayetteville, Arkansas and attended college at the University of Arkansas. After graduating, she did an internship at Nordstrom’s, in Denver, Colorado for a year which she now feels is one of her greatest accomplishments. Moving to a city of over 700,000 people and not knowing a single soul proved to be quite challenging, but her experience was truly worthwhile.

When it comes to her favorite things to do outside of work, she really enjoys shopping, going to concerts, and attending sporting events. She also has a knack for baking and likes watching her favorite programs on television; The Office, Supernatural and Bob’s Burgers are the ones she watches religiously. Morgan also loves spending time with her Mom and considers her the most influential person in her life; she is strong and successful and one of the smartest people she knows!

Morgan loves to travel and in 2010, Her and her Mother took a trip to Europe. During their visit, they visited every tourist attraction there, including Stonehenge, the Eiffel Tower and Versailles. They went from London to Brussels, Belgium. On another trip in 2011, Morgan went with her family and friends to Australia. She experienced scuba diving in the Great Barrier Reef as well as visiting the Sydney Opera House. She also saw Ayers Rock and visited areas that were home to many indigenous people. From visiting Notre Dame to eating a camel burger in Australia, Morgan has experienced quite a bit in her life. She wants to continue traveling the world, and she has many more adventures in her future.

Morgan is very laid back and believes in life, whatever happens, happens. She also has a great sense of humor. She is strong and determined and is successfully building a solid foundation on which to become one of Airways best.

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Employee Spotlight – Tacie Johnson

There are some places that seem to leave a lasting impression on a person; to Tacie Johnson, Airways Freight was always one of those places. Echoing her 1997 employment, Tacie started her second go-round with Airways in July of 2014 after sixteen years as a homemaker and a short time as a dental assistant.

Her decision to return to Airways was very easy, she had always loved the atmosphere and people. What she loves most now, is the teamwork that is involved in every aspect of the company. Everyone is working to achieve the same goal, and she loves feeling as though she is an integral part of that team.

Tacie returned to Airways as part of the Accounts Receivable department and has also taken on the responsibility of working as the Claims Manager. Her finesse for being able to communicate with customers and her efficiency in organization make Tacie the perfect successor to the position.

Growing up in West Fork, Arkansas, Tacie’s parents still live in the same home that she grew up in. At the age of 13, Tacie started to sing and play bluegrass music. Her instrument of choice is the upright bass, but she also plays the guitar, fiddle and mandolin. During her time as a teenager, she was involved in many bluegrass festivals and played in the same musical circle as Alison Krauss. Tacie’s talent has made a tremendous impact on her life. She feels very blessed and loves to play music whenever she can. She frequently plays with her band at various bluegrass venues.

Tacie met her best-friend and husband Chad, 23 years ago. They have a 20-year-old son Connor. When time allows, they love to take long drives in the country and like spotting eagle’s nests. They love playing music together and watching old black and white movies. One of their favorite places to go is the infamous Wooden Spoon Restaurant in Gentry, Arkansas, which makes the best bread pudding in Northwest Arkansas!

Tacie has a great attitude and is described by her co-workers as “sweet”. One of her favorite quotes is “Let your smile change the world, but don’t let the world change your smile”. She also loves “Happy Girls are the prettiest” by Audrey Hepburn. She always lives by the golden rule, and her sincerity shines. She’s a class act and one of a kind!

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Employee Spotlight – Grant Green

Surrounded by women for most of his life, Grant has quite the talent for saying just the right things to not get himself into too much trouble! With two sisters, a wife, three daughters, and ten female employees working for him in the Accounting department, having that ability comes in handy!

Born in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, Grant was raised a military brat moving from place to place, including Texas, North Carolina, Georgia, Oklahoma and Europe. After choosing the same path, he found himself a Corporal in the United States Army and spent quite a few years living in Germany.

Grant prides himself on his family, and his marriage of thirty years to his wife, Meg. Together they have raised three daughters and a son.

Their first daughter Haley, most recently married, graduated college and is currently working as a Teacher. Their second daughter Erin, is attending medical school at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences; and third daughter Clare, is attending the University of Arkansas. Their son Jack, has just begun college at Northwest Arkansas Community College.

Grant began his journey with Airways Freight in September of 1989. With next year being 30 years, there’s not one person at Airways that has not had some kind of correspondence with him, new or old. Working as the Accounting Manager, Grant’s objective approach has made him significant in the day to day administration of his department. He’s worn many hats over his tenure, but consequently settled into the world of accounting and has made it his chief initiative ever since.

Anyone that knows Grant, knows he loves to read. One of his favorite authors is Edgar Rice Burroughs, an American fiction writer most notably known for Tarzan and John Carter. One of the first books he ever read was by Sir Walter Raleigh, another fictional writer from the late 1500’s. He was a poet, soldier, politician, spy and explorer and most significantly a writer. His writings told of his explorations and the popularizing of tobacco in England and notably the namesake of Raleigh, North Carolina.

Grant is independent in his thinking, he is cognitive and likes to think outside the box. He comes from a long line of intellectual minds, and even has a sister who is a Romance novelist on the bestseller list.

Grant is congenial and has an impressive knack for feigning the narrative. He has a jovial disposition and complaisant attitude. He also reminds us on the regular that “Every day is a Holiday, and every meal is a banquet”.

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Employee Spotlight – Dakota Parsley

Dakota began his journey with Airways Freight in November of 2013. Being no stranger to Airways and having some close personal ties, Dakota’s decision to apply was an easy one.

While being in school full time, Dakota always worked at least two jobs. He was eager to work in a place that had great benefits, with room to grow, and had the kind of team morale he had always heard about. He quickly transferred from Night Operations to International Tradeshow Account Manager. The daily challenges and shift in pace as well as the constant variations each day represents are the things that make his job intriguing and are what truly sets Airways apart from anything else he’s ever done.

Dakota grew up in the town of Combs, Arkansas and attended school in St. Paul for a couple of years before transferring over to Elkins, Arkansas and eventually graduating from there in 2009. What stands out the most from his childhood is the vacations he took with his family camping at Roaring River, and also getting to vacation with family friends at Gulf Shores, Alabama.

After the death of his father, Dakota looked up to his older cousin Gary Johnson. From a very young age he was always a great mentor, and to this day, there is never a time when he doesn’t look to him for advice. Dakota is extremely grateful that he has been in his life, and feels he owes a lot to him.

While growing up, Dakota was always the one to make sure he and his friends stayed safe and out of trouble, so sometimes he was referred by them as “the mother hen” of the group.

Dakota is very proud of his family consisting of his wife, Maggie, his son Emmett and another son due at the end of July, Rowan. The connection they share and the trials of surviving the hardships of having a premature baby, only strengthened their bond as a family.

When asked if he had any philosophical views, Dakota believes through experience that when something bad happens, you have three choices… You can either let it define you, let it destroy you, or you can let it strengthen you.

Dakota likes to read, and also enjoys the outdoors, riding four wheelers in particular. He tries to spend as much time with his family as he can, and he and his wife are looking forward to the arrival of their newest addition.

Dakota is hardworking and dedicated, he has done everything from sports information and working as a pharmacy tech to custodial and parking/transit at the University of Arkansas. His work ethic is a force to be reckoned with and he always gives 110% in anything he does. Dakota’s favorite quote is a line from the movie Gladiator “What we do in life echoes in eternity”. He lives each day ready to take on any challenges, and is consequently creating his legacy.

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Employee Spotlight – Julie Coursey

Integrity is doing the right thing even when no-one is watching. Those are the words Julie Coursey tries to live by daily, and if you’ve ever worked with her, you know she is the very definition of those words.

Beginning her journey with Airways Freight in August of 2005, Julie had previously worked a short time at JB Hunt before hearing about Airways and how it would be a perfect fit for her. Like most of her co-workers, what she likes best about working at Airways is the family atmosphere and casual close-knit environment that she is embraced by every day.

After working in Domestic Operations for over ten years, Julie decided she wanted to transfer to the International Trade Show department in 2016. She really enjoys working with her colleagues and loves the camaraderie they share. With a lot more paperwork involved and having at times a language barrier, communicating with agents and customers is quite different than when she worked in Domestic. Although there are certain difficulties involved, it is very challenging and gratifying at the same time.

Born and raised in Harrison, Arkansas, Julie is the middle of three close in age sisters. When they were very young they would travel the United States with their father, an entertainer and musician. He was a “One Man Band” and referred to himself as Jeff Coursey “Almost Famous”.

Julie attended high school in Valley Springs, Arkansas and was 3rd in her class, she was a cheerleader throughout and she also played volleyball. After high school, she attended Drury College in Springfield, Missouri on an ACT scholarship, and then briefly attended Northwest Arkansas Community College.

When Julie has free time, she loves spending it with her daughter Abby who is 19, her boyfriend Brad, and her sister and best friend Ann. She enjoys anything that involves being outdoors, and loves sports, especially the Arkansas Razorbacks (Go Hogs!). Julie loves traveling and back in January of 2017, she took her daughter to the Phuket Province in Thailand. She and her daughter had the adventure of a lifetime, whitewater rafting, zip-lining and four-wheeling through the jungle as well as having an unforgettable experience of riding an elephant.

Julie has been described by her friends and co-workers as friendly, loyal, outgoing and hardworking. She has an infectious laugh and never misses a beat. She also has a hidden talent of doing the wave with her eyebrows! She’s without a doubt a great asset to the International Trade Show department, and has made Airways Freight very proud.

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Employee Spotlight – Will Underwood

Inquisitive and tenacious, Will Underwood began working in our Night Operations department in August 2014, while attending college at the University of Arkansas. He started his venture with the intention of utilizing his experience at Airways Freight and applying it to his major in Supply Chain Management.

Will previously worked as a warehouse and sales distributor, at Fayettechill, an Ozark Mountain based company that specializes in outdoor clothing and accessories. He also interned in research and development with a company called Southwire, before finally becoming an employee of Airways Freight.

The comradery of his fellow co-workers is what truly sets Airways apart from the other places he’s worked. From helping customers and sales agents, to the nightly responsibilities of making sure freight gets where it needs to be. Will has learned a great deal about customer service and it has given him first hand knowledge in the field he is studying for.

Besides working full time and attending college, Will is also an alumni of the Kappa Alpha Order, and has done many philanthropic projects including fundraisers for the Muscular Dystrophy Association, as well as reoccurring blood drives for the American Red Cross they proudly named “Operation Crimson Cross”.

Growing up about an hour west of Atlanta, Will was raised in Carrollton, Georgia. He is the oldest of three boys, one of which is also an employee at Airways Freight, Nathan Underwood. He has many memories of childhood including building forts in the woods with his friends and playing soccer up until high school.

Though referring to himself as “out-kicking his coverage”,
Will is very fortunate to have married his best friend and college sweetheart, Holly. They are recent newlyweds, and together they love spending time with their dogs, Arthur (a yellow lab) and Bitsy (a Great Pyrenees). They love going to the dog park, and really enjoy hiking. Will also likes to read, watch movies and listen to music.
His determination and “get the job done” attitude, are just two of the distinctive qualities that make Will Underwood exceptional in our Night Operations team at Airways Freight and we wish him the very best in his future endeavors.

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Employee Spotlight – Gordon Thomason

Stable and authentic, his quiet distinctive charm, makes Gordon Thomason an undeniable asset to his colleagues. His strong work ethic, and congenial approach make working with him revered.

An International Commercial Airfreight Account Manager, Gordon Thomason started his career with Airways Freight on December 4th of 2006, after previously working as an Operations Manager for a call center in Tulsa, Oklahoma. His transition from working for a large publicly owned company to a smaller privately-owned family-oriented business has made a great impact on his life today. Gordon values his relationships with his co-workers and is grateful to work for a company that holds their employees in such high esteem.

When Gordon isn’t in the office, he enjoys traveling. Spain being his favorite destination, the Cayman Islands hold a close second, but there is so much more of the world he aspires to explore.

Gordon has been married to his wife Heather for ten years, and together they have a daughter named Annika who is 8 years old. He is also the father to Dane 22, and Delaney who is 18.

Something you might not know about Gordon is that when he was younger, he attended military school in New Mexico. His three years turned out to be one of the best things that has ever happened to him, and ultimately life changing.

The youngest of six kids, with five older sisters, Gordon spent the greater part of his childhood in the Tulsa, Oklahoma area. He was greatly influenced by his father, but learned quite a bit from his sisters growing up. He was an avid soccer player throughout his childhood and played until he graduated from high school.

Gordon loves college football and spending quality time with family and friends. He’s very friendly and is quick to lend a hand. He’s hard-working and steadfast and we are pleased he has made Airways Freight his home.

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Employee Spotlight – Becky Evans

When it comes to paying the bills, no one does it better than Becky Evans. Having been in Accounts Payable for over half of her life, she began her tenure with Airways Freight in February of 1993 and to this day is the definition of loyalty.

A native of Northwest Arkansas, Becky Evans was born and raised in the small town of West Fork, Arkansas. Becky was quiet but adventurous as a child. With her parents being long haul truck drivers, she spent a lot of her summers traveling and experiencing life on the road. At home during the school year, she had her Grandparents to help care for her and her sisters. Becky had a great childhood and was an excellent student. She was involved in a lot of extracurricular activities such as basketball and softball, and was Homecoming Queen her senior year of high school.

In June of 1991, Becky married the love of her life Ricky. Together they have two children, Cody 27, and Josie (another 2nd generation employee of Airways) who is 23. They have one grandson, Liam who just turned three in February of this year.

When Becky isn’t paying the bills in Accounts Payable, she enjoys hiking Devil’s Den, and most recently picked up an interest in cycling the bike trails around Northwest Arkansas. Something she has always wanted to do. She also loves spending time with her family and spoiling her grandson whenever she can!

Becky is loyal, dependable, caring and is full of integrity. She always has a pleasant attitude and is consistently willing to offer a helping hand. The loss of her Mother and Sister to cancer has put her life into perspective. She never takes anything for granted and lives every day with adherence and principle. Something her Grandmother of 95 has instilled in her since childhood.

When asked what part of Airways she liked best, Becky, like most says it’s the family atmosphere. She has been the backbone of Accounts Payable, and with her knowledge and skill, along with her love of squirrels, she has made a home at Airways Freight, and we celebrate her longevity.

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Employee Spotlight – Tyler Morrow

The father of another 2nd generation Airways descendant, Blaire Branch, Tyler Morrow has spent almost half of his life a loyal member of the Airways Freight organization. Starting his journey in February of 1998, Tyler was recommended by his Uncle, Neil Smith (another longtime employee of Airways). Soon after attending one of Airways Freight’s annual Mudbug bashes, Tyler was positive that’s where he wanted to be. The family atmosphere as well as the work ethic his co-workers illustrate, have always been incomparable to any other place he has worked.

Starting out in Airways Trade show division, Tyler traveled working as a show representative. He then did a brief stint in Airways International department then finally settled into Domestic freight and has been there ever since.

Born and raised in Arkansas, Tyler has fond memories of growing up in the small college town of Fayetteville. He enjoys the Arkansas Razorbacks and loves going to the sporting events whenever possible.

In 1992, Tyler married the love of his life Misty and have been together for 26 years. Together they have two children, Dallas 24 and Blaire who is 22 and has just begun her own journey at Airways. Tyler considers Misty the most influential person in his life. He is very proud of the extreme dedication she has for her job beginning as a Labor and Delivery Nurse for twelve years, and now doing pre-operative and post-operative care and the development of the Breast Cancer Navigation program at Willow Creek Women’s Hospital.

Some of Tyler’s favorite things to do outside of work are getting together with family and friends, golfing and traveling. He has seen Washington D.C. on the forth of July and has toured Alcatraz Island in San Francisco.

In March of 1998, after staying the weekend at Tannenbaum Golf Course, Tyler woke up with his arm numb from the elbow down. When after a couple of weeks the numbness was still there, he made an appointment with his doctor. Tyler was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS). Multiple sclerosis is an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system that disrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body.

Although he has been diagnosed with MS, Tyler does not let it define him. He wakes up in the morning and is grateful for each day he has been given. His positivity and strength are awe inspiring, and Airways Freight celebrates his accomplishments.

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