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.


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.

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!

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. (more…)