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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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Employee Spotlight – Lance Brown

With an air of confidence and an intimation of sophistication, Lawrence Sheffield Brown, better known as Lance Brown has solidified his position as part of Airways Freight’s traveling Tradeshow representatives and has been an exemplary constituent since his hire in August of 2012.

Previously working at the 1936 Club, Lance got to know some of the Airways Freight employees, agents and vendors that were brought to business dinners at the restaurant. He was always intrigued by the prospect of working for a company with such a great reputation and was indubitably impressed by the good nature and positivity they had demonstrated. He knew that Airways was the place he wanted to be.

From his dreams of becoming a youth minister to having a hand in a successful restaurant business, Lance has found his niche as an Account Manager/Trade show representative at Airways Freight. Lance has always taken his positive attitude and exceptional work ethic as a way of life. With the relationships he has developed with his colleagues, to the day to day problem solving skills, Lance has become an essential part of our extraordinary trade show team and feels truly thankful.

Born and raised in the land of the Delta Blues, (Memphis, TN) Lance moved around with his Mother and Step-father, a Methodist minister, every three or four years. After finishing high school in Bentonville, Arkansas, Lance finally settled down in Fayetteville. Though moving from place to place gave him the ability to adapt and make friends easily, Lance always had the stability of spending summers with his Father and Grandmother and allocating time at the Bed and Breakfast they ran on Horseshoe Lake, in Arkansas which was about 45 minutes from downtown Memphis.

Lance loves spending time on the water, he enjoys fly fishing, swimming, wake-surfing and scuba diving. He embraces every moment he gets to spend outdoors and has treasured memories of camping and canoeing with his mother and brothers.

Being fortunate enough to marry his best friend, Lance met his best friend and wife Amanda while playing kickball and when the opportunity arose, they cemented their relationship and have been inseparable ever since. Together they enjoy having the company of family and friends and make a habit of doing so often.

Being from Memphis, Lance developed an appreciation for music at a very young age. He particularly enjoys the listening to the blues. When not listening to music and enjoying the outdoors, Lance loves to read. His favorite writers are Ernest Hemingway, Hunter S. Thomson and Jack Kerouac. He enjoys going to sporting events and his teams of choice are the Arkansas Razorbacks as well as the Memphis Tigers. He is also a big fan of the Dallas Cowboys and Memphis Grizzlies.

Lance is greatly influenced by his grandmother. Her positive, caring outlook as well as the extreme strength she demonstrated during her life, will forever play a major role in his character as a person.

From his knowledge of fine wine to his uncanny ability to strike up a conversation with just about anyone, Lance has just the right amount of life and career experience to take charge of any situation. He has astounding qualities that have certified his position at Airways Freight, and we are very pleased to have him.

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Airways Spotlight – Destinations Travel

Destinations began their journey in the Spring of 1999, as a small corporate travel department within Airways Freight. Since then, they have become an award winning travel agency. With over thirty years’ experience, the team at Destinations have personalized every experience, and continue to make each journey unique and memorable.

So whether it’s skiing the slopes in Switzerland, or snorkeling in the Great Barrier Reef, wine tasting in Napa, or cruising the Caribbean, the team over at Destinations can make your dream vacation come true!

Meet the team!

Tracee Williams

With her savoir-faire and ambition to travel peppered with her love for business, Tracee Williams started her career at Destinations in March of 1999 with the hopes of turning the Airways based corporate travel office into a full service travel agency. Since that time she has molded Destinations into an award winning travel agency with four in-house travel agents and ten independent contractors.

Growing up in Bentonville, Arkansas, Tracee is a country girl at heart and spent many summers on her Grandmother’s farm. She learned that through hard work and perseverance, you can set your sights high and achieve the impossible. She was an excellent student and competed on a state and national level with Future Business Leaders of America. After graduating from the International Travel Institute in 1982 she began her travel career and has since gotten to experience new cultures and locations.

An avid reader, Tracee enjoys her book club and spending time at home with her husband of 28 years, Darrell, as well as their two dogs – Callie and Pete, and their senior cat Peanut.

The comradery she shares with the Destinations team is magnified by the love of travel they all share. They work well as a team and have won numerous awards in the travel industry.

Marsha Fuller

A thirty-year veteran in the travel industry, Marsha previously worked for Gulliver’s Travel for over twenty years, and another few years at Wal-Mart Corporate Travel Office. She was ready to leave the corporate world when she heard of an opening at a leisure travel office. She began working for Destinations in 2012, but her association with Airways goes back to when she was 18 years old. She drove a delivery truck from Fayetteville to Springfield every day to pick up and drop off film.

Marsha was born in Huntsville, Arkansas and loved playing basketball when she was in school. She was All-District, All-Region, and was a part of KURM Dream Team. She was offered a scholarship to play for Arkansas Tech, but was already committed to attend travel academy in Florida. From her first plane ride to Miami to attend travel school to the many other beautiful locations she has been to, she has developed a great love for travel and her enthusiasm for travel is palpable.

Marsha has been married to her husband Greg for over thirty years and together they have two children Kristi, 29 and Dustin who is 25. Marsha and Greg love to cook and try different recipes, you can always count on a delicious Sunday dinner. She loves spending time with family and lives each day with the thought in mind that life is too short to dwell on the negative, you should always smile and focus on the positive!

Karen Walker

Born in Seattle, Washington and raised in Arkansas, Karen Walker always dreamed of travelling to exotic locations. She began her adventure after graduating from the American Airlines Travel Academy in 1980 and was well on her way to fulfilling her dreams.

Karen was invited to work for Destinations in August of 2015 and knew it would be the perfect place for her to work with an incredible team, and reputable company that cares so much for their employees. Since then, she has been specializing in helping honeymooners start their lives together with the perfect honeymoon.

Some of Karen’s favorite things to do outside of her career in travel, is to spend quality time with her family. Karen has two daughters and three grandchildren and loves every precious moment she gets to spend with them. She enjoys going to the river, shopping, gardening, dining out with friends and decorating her home.

Karen always looks for the good in people and feels lucky and blessed to have such an amazing career, working for a great company, and doing what she loves!

Non Phimmarath

Syphoxay Phimmarath, better known as Non Phimmarath, is the newest member of the Destinations team. Starting in July of 2017, she was looking for an agency close to home and was strongly recommended by friends in the cruise business. With the great reputation Destinations has, she knew it would be a great opportunity to become part of a renowned agency.

Born in Laos, Non left the country at a very young age. She has lived in Thailand and the Philippines and made a permanent residence of Fort Smith, Arkansas since the age of two.

Non was a happy, confident child that asked a lot of questions. She was raised a Buddhist, but was later baptized in the Baptist church, and again as a Catholic. She cultivated a passion for travel while relocating with her family and has since become a cruise specialist in the travel agent world.

Non likes spending time with family and friends, as well as her nine-year-old puppy Winston. She loves spicy food and has the incomprehensible ability to eat five Thai chili peppers in one setting, now that’s hot! Her family is very special to her and always comes first. To this day, something she is most proud of, is the small farm she helped her father build five years ago and seeing him so happy today.

Non lives by the quote “life is short, take the trip, buy the shoes, eat the cake”, and she makes every experience in her personal and professional life unique and extraordinary.

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Employee Spotlight – Erin Stanley

With a personality to match her hair color, Erin Stanley has been closely associated with the Airways Freight family for most of her life. She was hired on in January 2001, with the thought in mind that the position she took would be a place holder job. Seventeen years later, she learned much more than she ever thought, and can’t imagine working anywhere else!

Growing up in Fayetteville, Arkansas, Erin’s parents wanted her to see as much of the United States as possible, so they travelled frequently. They vacationed at Gulf Shores every Christmas, and every spring break, they would discover a new place to explore. Erin spent a lot of summers living on a boat and learned to sail at a very young age.

After being in and out of each other’s lives for over thirty years, Erin married her childhood sweetheart, Shane. Shane is a paramedic and firefighter, and he has been a quintessential part of her life ever since. Erin has been a stepmother to Shane’s daughter for the past ten years and they are now proudly sending her off to John Brown University in the fall.

Erin loves to travel with her husband Shane, they visit Puerto Vallarta, Mexico and Las Vegas whenever they get a chance. When at home, they love to ride motorcycles and she and her father enjoy attending all the Arkansas Razorback football games. Something they have been doing together for the past ten years.
One of Erin’s favorite past-times is reading. She is fascinated with true crime mysteries, and her all-time favorite book is Helter Skelter by Vincent Bugliosi.

Erin is inherently influenced by her Mother. Her can-do attitude and the way she handles any stressful situation head-on with a smile is inspiring. She strives to be at least half as tough and considerate as her Mom.

Erin is loyal and honest, vocal and hardworking and she might even be a little goofy, but she is always a force to be reckoned with. And Airways Freight is glad she “held her place” in the International Ocean Department.

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Employee Spotlight – Josh Collins

When it comes to traveling, there is no telling how many frequent flyer miles this guy has put in. He is one of our tradeshow representatives and for the past ten years, has travelled the United States attending an innumerable amount of trade shows. You would never guess that Josh Collins is apprehensive about flying!

Josh started his career at Airways in June of 2007, after previously working at the Walmart Optical Lab for over four years. When an opportunity presented itself to work at Airways Freight, he welcomed the undertaking. Josh has a strong appreciation for the great relationship he has with his co-workers and has said he would not trade his Airways family for anything. Each day is an opportunity for him to meet and talk to new people, and there is never a feeling of monotony.

Josh was born in Oklahoma City and raised in Fayetteville, Arkansas. His Mother was the youngest of twelve children, so there were always family gatherings to attend. Josh is not the only Collins family member to be employed by Airways Freight. His cousin Jason works in the trade show department.

When Josh isn’t on the road or in the office, he likes to spend his time outdoors. He enjoys camping, barbequing, fishing, floating, riding motorcycles and four wheeling. He also loves to hear live music and appreciates time spent with family and friends. Josh has an extensive collection of pocket knives that he has collected from the age of five. His collection exists of 68 knives total. He is also very interested in learning different languages from Italian to American Sign Language.

Being away on business much of his time, Josh has taken to heart a quote by Robert Frost. – “Home is the place where, when you go there, they have to take you in.” Some of his favorite places to visit are Downtown Chicago, Seattle, and Hawaii. But one of Josh’s favorite destinations is Austin, Texas. He loves the great food, music and all-around atmosphere.

Whether Josh is in the office, or on the road, his dedication and commitment to Airways is always synchronous with his ability to succeed. He represents Airways with the kind of leadership needed to persevere in the trade show industry. We applaud his achievements.

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Employee Spotlight – Lance Gage

Lance Gage has been a part of our Nuclear Utilities Division since July of 2012. After working numerous jobs as a customer service representative, an assistant manager at Finish Line and a baker at Stone Mill Bread, Lance found out about a company that would give him the opportunity to grow. His experience in customer service, helped propel him to Accounts Manager in Airways Nuclear Utilities Division. Along with his regular duties in operations, he is also one member of our team that has the tedious task of training our new generation of employees.

Born in Fort Smith, and raised in Ozark, Arkansas, Lance was mostly interested in playing sports as a child. From Little League baseball to basketball, his memories of childhood always revolved around ball. With his Dad being a coach, there was always time to play. Another thing he loved about growing up was spending summers and weekends with his Grandmother. Being the most influential person in Lance’s life, she taught him the values and standards that helped mold him into the person he is today.

On Lance’s time off, he loves going to the movies, playing golf and occasionally riding four wheelers. He also enjoys playing Nintendo. He has had quite a few unforgettable events in his life, from getting to see Michael Jordan play and singing the “Fresh Prince” theme with Will Smith, to buying his first house. Lance is undefeated at Techmo Bowl (Chicago Bears) and (actually) had a peacock as a pet. He also has quite the collection of shoes, his accumulation has exceeded well over one hundred twenty-five pairs. And yes ladies, he’s single.

Lance has been a leader in his division and loves not knowing what each day entails. He looks forward to the ambiguity of each day and the level of determination it takes to achieve his goals. He also has a great appreciation working for a company that cares so much about their employees and enjoys working with his team members. Lance is very dedicated and is always ready to make that jump-shot. He gives us his all and we at Airways commend his contribution.

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