Landstar honors owner-ops, agents, customers

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Landstar’s Star of Quality awards go to to business capacity owners and operators (BCOs, Landstar’s term for leased owner-ops) and agents who regularly go above and beyond in performance in safety and service. Award winners are recognized with bronze, silver, gold or platinum lapel pins. For March, the company recognized:

Gold:
Alec S. Costerus*, Ben Easters, Darrell G. Eisenhauer, Jason Lloyd Mollett*, and Craig S. Williams
*Going Beyond the Gold — recipients have received multiple Gold Star awards.

Silver:
Robert C. Finch, George Robert Jacobs Jr., Rebecca Martin Jacobs, Stanley B. Rice, Gustavo Sanchez Jr., Michael L. Vickers

Bronze:
Josie Alvarez, William R. Bass Sr., James Louis Bell, Johnny Clark, Lisa Faye Clay, Juan Antonio Contreras, Johnny Lamell Ealy, Aaron Ellis, Ruben Fraire Jr., Ivan Evar Fridell, Cody Franklin Gallagher, Joe David Garcia, Scott Michael Grafton, Dujuan Deante Howard, Ty Lorn King, Shawn M. Loy, Mark Anthony Markin, Shawn Keith McCroskey, Mark Thomas McElwey, John Minckler, Darrell Mitchell, Zdzislaw “Ziggy” Mroczkowski Jr., Raymond Lewis Munoz Jr., Rodney Iderrick Orr, Volodymyr Samchuk, Nicky Derron Seville, Awwall Ajit Shah, Sami Radwan Smaisem, Keith Lamar Jay Spillman, Enouche Ramond Trosclair Jr., Harold Scott Wade, Marie Anne Wade, Winston J. Wells, John Robert Wilson

Former independent owner-op named agent Rookie of the Year
Independent Landstar agent J. Marshall Mizell was named Landstar’s agent Rookie of the Year at Landstar’s annual Agent Convention held in Marco Island, Florida, earlier this month.

Landstar defines a rookie as an independent agent who is new to the Landstar network but not necessarily new to the transportation industry. Mizell, of MM Transportation LLC, based in Pearson, Ga., joined the Landstar network after several years on the open road as an independent owner-operator. Mizell decided to turn his experience as a professional truck driver into his strength as an independent Landstar agent in October 2017.

“The customers Marshall hauled for as a professional truck owner-operator became his first customers as an independent Landstar agent,” said Landstar President and CEO Jim Gattoni. “His respect for the road has helped Marshall develop loyal relationships with customers and Landstar business capacity owners (BCOs).”

Customers, other agents honored
Landstar likewise named its 2018 Overall Landstar M.U.S.T. Customer of the Year Award in Google LLC during the company’s annual agent convention held in Marco Island, Fla., earlier this month.

Landstar President and CEO Jim Gattoni (left) with representatives from Google LLC and independent Landstar Agent Brian Putzke (right) of Momentum Transportation.Landstar President and CEO Jim Gattoni (left) with representatives from Google LLC and independent Landstar Agent Brian Putzke (right) of Momentum Transportation.

The “Mutual Understanding of Safety Together” program involves an extensive tour of a customer’s facility, followed by discussion and analysis of safety and securement practices. Also recognized was independent Landstar Agent Brian Putzke of Momentum Transportation, the Landstar agency which provides the customer with transportation logistics services. In 2018, Putzke and Landstar representatives met with Google at seven Google locations throughout the United States to assess shipping and receiving areas at the company’s facilities.

Two other companies also were awarded M.U.S.T. Customer of the Year and were in the running for the 2018 Overall M.U.S.T. Customer of the Year Award: NOW Health Group, Inc., of Roselle, Ill., with the Jack Kellerstrass Agency Inc of Reno, Nev. And Sulzer Turbo Services of La Porte, Texas, with Rick Owens, Owens Leasing Inc. of Santa Fe, Texas.

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