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.
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.
Most of us know him by the name Shane, but did you know his first name is actually Joshua? Or that Shane used to own and manage a comic book store? We found out quite a bit about Joshua “Shane” Landelius, from his quirky sense of humor to his steadfast and unwavering loyalty. He has been a complement to our Truckload division and has made a lasting impression with Airways Freight.
Shane began his career with Airways in April of 1998. He had previously worked as a bartender and heard stories about the family atmosphere as well as the much-needed benefits Airways provides.
Born in Dearborn, Michigan and raised in Northwest Arkansas, Shane is one of four children. He learned a great deal of responsibility and self-sufficiency from his Mother. She instilled the work ethic he has shown today, and taught him to have an open mind and to try to see things from a different perspective.
He spent his younger years fishing, swimming and playing basketball with his friends. He attended several different schools including a boarding school. Shane’s favorite extra-curricular activities included Speech, Drama, and Debate. He mostly competed in duet acting and improvisational duet acting.
Shane has three top highlights in his life, the first is the birth of his two sons, Owen who is 13, and Ryan 10. The second is that he has travelled to see two oceans and the Gulf of Mexico, and the third was a monumental learning experience camping at Camp Hale, Colorado. When he has spare time, (which isn’t that often) Shane loves spending time with his two boys, and hanging out with family and friends. He also enjoys watching documentaries and relishes in the fact that he can karaoke stone-cold sober.
Shane is very loyal and always gives us one hundred percent. He is also fun-loving and unique, and that’s what makes him such a well-rounded asset to Airways Freight. His favorite quote is a prime example of his willingness to prevail. “If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.” – Milton Berle.
The go-to guy for any internet based technical support, Mike Berger first started his career with Airways in the night operations department. After becoming the Night Operations Manager, he transferred with a couple of stops along the way, to International Ocean Freight. After receiving his degree in computer science, he subsequently settled into Airways I.T. Department and has notably impressed us with his intellect for the past eleven years.
Born in Camden, Arkansas, Mike was adopted at the age of two by Charles and Paulette Berger. His father Charles was a High School Guidance Counselor, and his mother Paulette worked at UAMS as a Lab Technician. He grew up in Hot Springs, Arkansas and has very fond memories of his childhood. Mike’s grandfather was employed by the rail yard, so he would go with him to work on occasion and ride on different locomotives. Mike also spent his summers working at Magic Springs, a local amusement park.
In 1990, Mike moved to Northwest Arkansas to attend the University of Arkansas. He met his wife Kim in 1997 and married in the Fall of 2000. Together they have three children. Caden who is 12, Ryan 10 and Ava who is 6.
At the age of 27, Mike made the decision to search for his biological parents. In doing so, he discovered he was the youngest of seven biological siblings. All of which reside in different areas of the United States, from Louisiana to Nevada.
In Mike’s spare time, he plays competitive volleyball and loves attending his children’s different sporting events. Him and his wife have competed several times in the Warrior Dash, a 5k obstacle course race with 12 world-class obstacles. He’s an avid collector of Coca Cola and Star Wars memorabilia. His favorite collectible, is his 1957 Coca Cola machine. He likes to play poker and periodically throws poker tournaments for charity.
With his never-ending interest in technology, Mike has (at times) the arduous task of making sure Airways Freight stays connected with the rest of the world. He is instrumental in maintaining the network, and is successful in the process of keeping our employees online and productive. He is the glue that holds Airways together, and we are fortunate to have him on our team.
You’ve heard her voice, chocked full of that Arkansas charm, Shelly Greninger has probably (at one time or another) spoken to every person that has called in to Airways. She is one of the first voices you hear when you call Airways and has been one of our PBX Operators for over 20 years.
Previously working as a bank teller and switchboard operator, Shelly was referred by a family member that was working for Airways at the time. Driving by on several occasions, she was always curious about what kind of business Airways was, and wondered what it would be like to work there. One of the things she found out and loves to this day is the family-oriented atmosphere and values as well as the flexibility and relaxed surroundings.
Born and raised in Farmington, Arkansas, Shelly has two biological daughters, Caitlin and Cambre and she is a stepmother to Samantha and Ben. She is also a grandmother to five grandchildren with another grandchild due in March. She has been married to her husband Ron (another employee at Airways Freight), for over sixteen years.
What you may not know about Shelly, is that she is also a licensed cosmetologist and has been a hairdresser part-time for the last fourteen years.
While not working her two jobs, Shelly does find the time to do some of her favorite things. She has a fondness for shopping (boutiques in particular), and likes playing the slots at the casino. She also likes to go to concerts, and listens to an array of music. Shelly loves being with her family and takes pleasure in cooking for them. She also adores spending time with her two miniature schnauzers Zoey and Jackson.
A self-described introverted extrovert, Shelly is kind and friendly, she has a caring heart and loves being with her family and friends. But, also enjoys good conversation and meeting new people.
Something that may surprise you about Shelly is that she is an expert at Trivia Crack and Song Pop.
Her friendly demeanor and southern charm have been a definitive part of Shelly’s character. She is the “Good morning Airways Freight” and a bright welcoming voice we all enjoy and appreciate.