Employee Spotlight – Scotty Eaton

Laid-back and friendly are only two of the qualities used to describe Scotty Eaton. Add that to his work ethic and can-do attitude and you have a great asset to our Tradeshow Division here at Airways Freight.

Scotty’s journey began in February of 2015 after working in construction, roofing and delivering furniture for a consignment store. Scotty previously had several encounters with the employees of Airways through his Mother, who was a great friend of many of the people at Airways. Her and Scotty had even attended a few of their crawfish boils. When a position became available, he jumped at the chance to work for a company that was so family oriented.

Scotty began working in Night Operations and focused his attention to learning everything he could about logistics and the freight forwarding business. After two years as a night operator, he was promoted to a day position assisting with Aerospace business in the domestic division. Soon after, Scotty began taking over his own accounts and is currently a special accounts manager within our domestic trade show division. He loves the volume of freight that needs attention daily, and it has been a real “growing experience” for him as well. He loves talking directly to customers and solving any problems that may arise.

Scotty was born and raised in Fayetteville, Arkansas. He was a self-described daredevil and loved to make people laugh. He attended college at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff and played football. He’s been married to his wife Allie for two years, together they have two Great Danes named Diesel and Glacier and a cat named Luna.

When he has free time, Scotty loves to spend it with his wife. He likes to barbeque and entertain friends. He enjoys kayaking and spending quality time outdoors.

Scotty’s favorite part about working at Airways Freight is the atmosphere. He has been made to feel like he’s part of the Airways family since his training, to this day, the feeling has only gotten stronger.

A Brief History of the Crawfish Boil

What looks, smells, and tastes like seafood, but does not come from the sea? It is that little red “lobster like” freshwater crustacean that has become a Louisiana delicacy and has been a staple for the annual Mudbug Bash held at Airways Freight for the past 30 years!

Also known as mudbugs, Native Americans were first eating the shellfish long before the Europeans arrived. Local tribes would put reeds baited with deer meat into creeks and ponds to catch the crawfish.

After the Great Expulsion in 1755, Acadians arrived from the Canadian Maritime provinces in Louisiana, and settled along the bayous where crawfish were abundant. According to Cajun legend, after the Acadian (now called Cajuns) were exiled in the 1700’s from Nova Scotia, the lobsters yearned for the Cajuns so much, that they set off across the country to find them. Their journey was so treacherous that the lobsters began to shrink in size, and by the time they found the Cajuns in Louisiana, they had shrunk to the size they are now. Upon their arrival, festivals were held in their honor and what was once known as the smaller lobster, was now called crawfish.

In July of 1983, the Louisiana Governor approved a law appointing the crawfish as the state crustacean, thus becoming the first state to adopt an official crustacean.

From having the stigma as a “poor man’s food” the crawfish has increasingly become popular among the local Louisiana people, and in 1960 after Breaux Bridge was named “the Crawfish Capitol of the world”, the first Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival was held. Restaurants began incorporating the crustacean into their menu and creating delectable dishes such as Crawfish Étouffée! .

Thirty years ago, Dale Caudle and the employees of Airways Freight started enjoying those delicious little crustaceans with an annual Mudbug Bash. The crawfish were brought in courtesy of our Louisiana agent, Scott Beeman who delivered them personally from Monroe, Louisiana.

To this day Scott has been supplying Airways Freight with nearly 2,000 to 3,000 pounds of crawfish each year and cooking them up for all of their employees, agents, family, and friends to enjoy. And what a better way to enjoy crawfish than with the tasty customary side dishes like potatoes, mushrooms, and corn on the cob all deliciously seasoned with that spicy Cajun flavor.

So, whether you call them crawfish, mudbugs, crayfish, crawdads or yabbies’ we all feel a little bit of that Cajun joie de vivre when we peel the tail off of that divine little crustacean and pop it into our mouths!

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.

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.