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Do We Acknowledge People's Efforts as Often as We Should?

As I was walking into the gym today, a young man stopped me to talk. He started with, “Excuse me sir, I just have to tell you… What you’re doing, I respect it. I want you to know you’re the type of guy I want to be.” This totally shocked me! He then went on about my car, quality of dress, and work ethic that he had been noticing for weeks in the gym. He asked me for some advice, so I went on to tell him about my core beliefs. My dedication, hard work and integrity mixed with holding myself to the highest standard is what made this young man stop me dead in my tracks this morning. Has this ever happened to you?

I want you to know, I’m not writing this to pat myself on the back. But I must admit, someone stopping me for this type of discussion is uncommon and it felt amazing to be acknowledged for my efforts. I strive daily to be “better than average” in all that I do, and this young man in his kind words has and will push me further. His words will make me better.

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Moving forward, this morning’s situation got me thinking on a business level and how it relates to our industry of transportation. In an industry flooded with capacity and fly-by-night companies, are carriers like mine that are dedicated to quality, superior service, and being “above average” being noticed and appreciated by the customer? Or is today’s market strictly driven by bottom dollar? I hope not!

If customers recognized the efforts put in by the quality carriers, would they reap the benefits of the carriers continually pushing themselves to the highest quality possible just as I did from this man’s acknowledgment this morning? I think so!

I’d like to think we can all make the world a better place, pushing each other to be the best version of ourselves. So next time you notice someone, or a company you work with going above and beyond, putting in the effort, quality, and hard work…. Let them know you appreciate it. In turn, this appreciation will improve them, their company, the industry, and overall the world.

In fact, I challenge you to give 3 people on LinkedIn Kudos today as a way to spread the acknowledgment of exceptional efforts!

This article is written by Adam Huber, Vice President of A. Blair Enterprises, a transportation and logistics company based in Louisville, KY. To learn more about A. Blair Enterprises, visit their website at www.goablair.com


Wednesday Exposé - An insight into the A. Blair Team with Nathaniel Liles

A. Blair Enterprises is an Expedited Carrier specializing in the timely movement of materials. Our employees are what truly make A. Blair Enterprises not only a great place to work, but a great company to work with. In an effort to share our diverse and unique workforce with our readers, friends, and valued customers, we invite an employee each month to share their stories, experiences, and anecdotes with us.

This month, we are featuring Nathaniel Liles, Dispatch Manager for A. Blair Enterprises. Nathaniel joined the team in November of 2018 and has become a vital part of our organization. Nathaniel’s wit makes him a joy to work with, and his attention to detail ensures he gets the job done right!

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Can you tell us about your position at A. Blair Enterprises?
I’m nighttime dispatch manager, I keep all of the plates spinning during the wee hours of the night, taking care of whatever needs done. Placing bids, keeping every load on-schedule, and responding to high-priority situations are my main duties here.

What part of your job do you enjoy the most?
Honestly, I think it’s the people. Landing an award feels great, but my training process has been nothing but positive, the people here have taken every possible opportunity to guide me and answer all of my questions.

What is your biggest professional achievement? What about your biggest personal achievement?
My biggest professional achievement is honestly getting the opportunity to work here. My greatest personal achievement is making a half-court shot in high school. Complete fluke, I do not play sports.

If you could turn any activity into an Olympic Sport, what would you win the Gold Medal for?
Long-distance wandering.

What’s the best work advice you’ve ever received?
Never hesitate to use every resource available, be it co-workers, notes, or resources online, a big part of being able to solve problems independently is building up those resources. After long enough, it’ll become second nature.

What’s the best personal advice you’ve ever received?
One time my dad told me that when you eat ice cream, your body has to use so much energy warming the ice cream up that it outweighs the caloric content of it… So not that.

You’re a great asset to the A. Blair Team, but what is one job that you would be terrible at?
Working at a nursing home, I can not spend all day lifting human beings, I would drop someone.

What are your hobbies?
Video games and music production.

In your opinion, what is the BEST pizza topping of all time?
Roasted Potatoes.

Is there a word you always spell wrong?
For the life of me, I can never manage to spell necessary correctly. It took me three tries to type that.

What could you give a 40 minute presentation on with absolutely NO preparation?
The Back to The Future trilogy.

What is your favorite drink?
Southside (Gin, lime juice, simple syrup and mint sprig)


We hope you enjoyed this sneak peak into the amazing team that helps makes A. Blair Enterprises so extraordinary! To learn more about our equally exceptional expedite transportation/local shipping services, click here.

Here's to Life- My New Year's Revolution

When I was 21 I stated my first and last New Years resolution

It was simply… “I will never make another New Years resolution”

As 2019 approaches and I struggle to recognize the old man looking at me in the mirror, I am holding fast to my one and only New Years resolution, however I’ve decided to modify my existing constitution, by creating a New Year’s Revolution.

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They say that Seventy is the new Fifty, and I must admit that while my amazing body and awesome good looks have taken quite a few major hits in recent years, I find that my mind is still a relevant, functional and objective processor and that I am still loving life and all the challenges that it brings.

We are hosting a New Years party at our house this year for about 20 friends and one of them jokingly declared that 9 pm is the new midnight.  While I find her statement hilarious, I refuse to give into adjustments that most people feel necessary because they are getting older. 

I may be getting older but I refuse to get old.

My New Year’s Revolution   “Never Give Up…Never Give In!”

I am living a life that is summed up best and beautifully by a song recorded in 1992 by Shirley Horn and written by Phyllis Molinary. If you haven’t heard this song, let me be the first to introduce you this poignant yet inspirational work of art.

Here is the first stanza to whet your appetite…

No complaints and no regrets
I still believe in chasing dreams and placing bets
But I have learned that all you give is all you get
So give it all you've got

Give it a listen here and tell me your thoughts!

- Tom Robertson, President of A. Blair Enterprises


A. Blair Enterprises Receives the 2017 Excellence in Safety Award

A. Blair Enterprises received the Excellence in Safety Award at the 2018 General Motors Conference from Active On-Demand!

Safety is a high priority at A. Blair, and we would like to thank our wonderful Office Staff and dedicated Driving Team for making A. Blair Enterprises both a fun and safe place to work!
 

Abby and Adam are ready for work!

Abby and Adam are ready for work!