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Aim & Family Express Celebrate Success in January Driver Meeting

Aim Transportation Solutions’ team had the pleasure of collaborating for a routine meeting—which highlighted a monumental achievement—with the driver and helper staff of their long-standing Integrated Logistics partner, Family Express.

Family Express, a renowned chain of 81 convenience stores in Indiana, has been a cherished customer of Aim Integrated Logistics for many years. Originating on Christmas Day in 1975 under the leadership of President and CEO Gus Olympidis, this award-winning chain continues to expand, with plans for new locations currently in progress, and Aim is grateful to play a role in their success.  

The driver meeting kicked off with an enjoyable breakfast and coffee conversation followed by a warm introduction from Family Express’ Director of Distribution Center Operations, Derrick Woods, that emphasized Family Express’ appreciation for the Aim Integrated Logistics team.

The Aim-Family Express driver-helper team pose for a group photo with Aim safety experts and Family Express Director of Distribution Center Operations, Derrick Woods (standing second from the left middle row).

Tony Miele, Regional VP of Operations at Aim Transportation Solutions, expressed gratitude for Family Express’s outstanding pride in their experience, professionalism, and overall culture: “We are truly grateful for their efforts, and we want to extend our heartfelt appreciation. Derrick has always shown himself to be an outstanding collaborator, and without his unwavering commitment, none of this would have been possible. We are also extremely thankful to Derrick for his many contributions in improving our transportation network.” 

The Aim Integrated Logistics team celebrated a noteworthy achievement of 800 consecutive working days without injuries with their Family Express drivers and helper. They conveyed heartfelt messages about this accomplishment through a video montage featuring personal words of appreciation from Dave Gurska, COO of Aim Integrated Logistics; Brandon Stieb, VP of Operations; and Ron Bourque, Senior VP of Safety and others. Achieving this significant milestone requires high levels of commitment and awareness from every team member, and the Aim team greatly values this success.

Aim prides itself on providing best-in-class innovative dedicated fleet services for its valued partners, like Family Express, which involves managing and guaranteeing safe and reliable transport of the customer’s products and services with Aim's experienced drivers at the wheel. This gives our partners more time to focus on their core business while Aim manages the logistical transportation operations from top to bottom.

Aim’s commitment to safe and reliable transportation is clearly demonstrated in driver meetings like this one, where Aim works hand in hand with its customers to ensure continuous operational improvement.

“The collaboration with Family Express has undergone great development and we express our gratitude for the hard work and dedication shown by the team throughout our partnership.” said Tom Reda, Senior Vice President of Sales for Aim Integrated Logistics. “This team is full of hard workers and innovative thinkers, and each one of them is a fundamental part of keeping our promise to deliver best-in-class transportation services.”

From the carefully chosen venue and warm welcome to the impactful video montage, the event left a lasting impression on Aim's team. The occasion also sparked a brand-new tradition, known as the Derrick handshake photo. This year's chosen representative for Aim was Robert Van Nortwick, the on-site account manager. The team eagerly anticipates discovering the winner of the next traditional photo opportunity.

Derrick Woods (left), Director of Distribution Center Operations at Family Express, participates in the first ever "Derrick handshake photo" tradition with Aim driver Robert Van Nortwick (right).
Tags: #Aim Drivers #Aim Integrated Logistics #Family Express
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