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Name: Mike Gauthier
Title at GlobalTranz: Senior Business Systems Analyst
Time with GlobalTranz: 4.5 years

“Michael Gauthier has played an important role in the continuous development of the GlobalTranz Business Intelligence platform.  Mr. Gauthier’s dedication and commitment to creating value for our customers has allowed the reporting and analytics team to improve the quality of our analytics offering while also increasing our rate of delivery.” – Michael Bellman Director of Enterprise Analytics and Products
 

GLOBALTRANZ EMPLOYEE Q & A

Tell us a little about your education.(Where you went, what you majored in, etc.)

I graduated from Western Michigan University with a bachelor’s degree in Marketing.

What exactly do your job duties entail?

My job duties focus mainly on data analysis and reporting. My primary focus is increasing operational efficiency across multiple departments and processes within the company. I also work closely with the developers at Dream Orbit to handle data migration to increase reporting capabilities and optimize the performance of our reporting database.

What do you like most about working for GTZ?

“I get to work with many great people on a daily basis, and my position allows me to interact with many different facets of the company.”

Do you have a most memorable moment at GTZ?

I started at GlobalTranz in September 2011 as a member of the first Inside Sales class. It’s been a great experience to grow with the company over that time span. It’s amazing to look back at where we were then and how far we’ve come in only a few years.

Where are you originally from?

I grew up in a small town just outside East Lansing, Michigan. I’ve been in Arizona for almost 5 years.

What do you like to do in your spare time? (Hobbies, sports, etc.)

I’ve played hockey my whole life, and I try to play golf as much as I can.

 

 

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Name: Kelli Kidd
Title at GlobalTranz: Account Analyst
Time with GlobalTranz: 1 year 9 months
“Kelli embodies many qualities that make a successful employee and team member! She came over from the IR team and brought a wealth of knowledge that has been extremely beneficial in Collections.  Kelli has won over many of our Top Agents with her attention to detail and communication skills. This year alone she has decreased her portfolio over 11% which is remarkable! She brings such high energy with her humor and positive attitude, whenever I give Kelli a task to do she is always ‘on-it’! Kelli is a natural born leader and what she has been able to accomplish since coming to the Team is nothing short of impressive, she has a bright future with GlobalTranz!” – Angela Lannefeld | Account Analyst Manager
GLOBALTRANZ EMPLOYEE Q & A

Tell us a little about your education.(Where you went, what you majored in, etc.)

After graduating from Deer Valley High School in 2010, I went to start my degree in Communications, I then switched my major to Business Marketing as I discovered that was the path I wanted to take.

Where were you working before finding GTZ?

Before working at GlobalTranz, I was a full time student and worked as a Nanny for a family whose father was deployed in the Military. I also coached competitive cheer at AZ Power for 5 years.

What exactly do your job duties entail?

As an Account Analyst it is my job to build relationships with the customers in my portfolio as well as assist them with accounting issues. I generate account and agency aging reports to send to our customers to help in reducing the past due balances and maintain the accounts in my name. I continuously work towards our team goal of drastically decreasing our past due balances!

What makes you successful at what you do?

When I first started at GTZ I was hired on the operations side as a Carrier Development Representative, shortly after, I transitioned over to the corporate side. Having experience throughout the industry it helps me understand and have more knowledge when it comes to certain circumstances.

What are some of your past accomplishments while working here?

One of my recent accomplishments is that I have been successful in decreasing my portfolio’s past due balance by 10.5 % since January 2016!

What do you like most about working for GTZ?

“I love the culture of this company. I believe the team atmosphere of this environment is what helps make GlobalTranz successful as well as the support my team receives from both my manager and upper management. Being able to enjoy my workplace & the people I work with helps me grow and succeed at what I do.”

Do you have a most memorable moment at GTZ?

Before my brothers passing in 2014, he also worked with me on the operations side which made coming into work every day that much more exciting!

What are your career goals?

I have always pictured myself being a leader. Whether it’s within management or owning my own company one day.

Where are you originally from?

I am an Arizona Native!

What do you like to do in your spare time? (Hobbies, sports, etc.)

My Fiancé & I have two dogs that we literally do everything with. I try to travel as much as I can as well as spend time with my closest friends & family.

What’s something about you that most people don’t know?

Growing up, I was a competitive cheerleader for 8 years and rode horses as well as competed in shows!

 

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Name: Brandy Wright
Title at GlobalTranz: Invoice Resolution Analyst
Time with GlobalTranz: Less than 1
“Brandy displays an unwavering desire to fully investigate each problem presented to her, which assists in her ability to provide advanced problem resolution services to our agents and customers. Her background in hospitality is conveyed in her daily work as well as around the office, and she is an integral part of the invoice resolution team.” – Nathan Hutchinson | Manager of Invoice Resolution
EMPLOYEE Q & A

Tell us a little about your education.(Where you went, what you majored in, etc.)

I have an associate’s degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management which I obtained from
Estrella Mountain Community College. Currently I am working on my Bachelors in Business
Management at GCU- Go Lopes! lol

Where were you working before finding GTZ?

Before I started at GTZ I was working as a front desk manager at the Hilton Suites in downtown phoenix. I enjoyed that position because I had the ability to make positive changes that impacted our guest satisfaction scores. I also worked on a committee called Blue Energy which is similar to our C.O.R.E committee. Through the Blue Energy committee I was able to create and implement programs that boosted employee morale and helped support local community organizations.

What exactly do your job duties entail?

At GTZ I am part customer service agent, part billing agent and part investigator. I act as a liaison between our agents and the carriers we work with to correct billing discrepancies.

What makes you successful at what you do?

I think what makes me successful and what makes many people successful is that I want to come in to work and do a good job. My parents taught me at a young age, “any job that is worth doing is worth doing right AND worth doing right the first time.” Being recognized as a hard worker is something that is important to me; I think having a strong work ethic is a very admirable characteristic.

What do you like most about working for GTZ?

There are a lot of things I enjoy about working at GTZ. There are some really great people that work here; shout out to POD 2!! As well as Danessa, Jared, David/Carl and Vic. Without these wonderful peeps my day would certainly be less fun. I really enjoy the freedom here. I enjoy the freedom to play cubie beach ball for a couple of minutes when the day seems to be getting the best of us. I enjoy being able to dress comfortably and kick off my shoes at my desk. I have never worked for a company that understood and appreciated the concept of work-life balance as much as GlobalTranz does. I love being able to come in early or stay late as things outside of work pop-up. I also find it exciting to work for a company that is forward thinking and growing and striving to be one of the best in the industry. It is exciting to know that I work for a company that is willing to train and develop its team if they wish to pursue other opportunities in different departments.

What are some of your past accomplishments while working here?

One of the coolest things I have been a part of while working here is the Food Drive that we did this past Thanksgiving. I know it might sound lame…”Oh the food drive”… but we were able to raise 407 food items for people who were in need and that rocks! I will admit, if you worked in the corporate office at the time, I felt like I was being a little bit of a harasser, but I thought it was worth it because as a team we came together and made a positive difference in the lives of many people. Just knowing that makes me feel all warm and fuzzy and I am sure for a lot of you, it makes you feel the same. I enjoy working with C.O.R.E and I look forward to the many awesome things that we can accomplish this year.

Do you have a most memorable moment at GTZ?

I have two favorite moments; one was during Halloween time at the old office. It was fun how we all decorated our cubes and my POD girls and I dressed up. It was the kick off to the holiday season and it rocked!

My second favorite is when we played cubie beach ball at the office for the first time. Nate was involved and if you know Nate you know he is fairly reserved. It was good for him to hit the ball around with us and tell us some things we did not know about him, like that he loved soccer.

What are your career goals?

My short-term carrier goal is to be the master of IR…j/k. But I would like to stay here for a while and really master this position. There is a lot to know about IR and I truly feel like I learn something new every day. Eventually, I would love to find myself in an HR role, where I can participate in creating fun events for the staff to participate in. I enjoy roles where I can provide support and answer questions

My long-term goal is to open a bed and breakfast. I would like to do this near the water somewhere. Outside AZ and a place with plenty of trees and grass with the smell of salty air being a predominant factor. I would love to have dogs running around the property, cows and an herb garden.

I am originally from Rio Linda, Ca. Rio Linda is a small town outside of Sacramento. My sister and her family live there and my Dad recently moved back. I enjoyed Sacramento as a city to grow up in. There was always something to do and it’s in a great location. You are basically 2 hours from S.F. or two hours from Tahoe.

What do you like to do in your spare time? (Hobbies, sports, etc.)

In my spare time I teach a kid karate class, which I love to do! I also train, twice a week. Well, at this point being 8 months pregnant, I am limited in what I can do, but I am very much looking forward to getting back to my old training habits. I also enjoy going to the gym, swimming, biking and pretty much anything outdoors. Likewise, I enjoy working on cars and doing home improvement projects with my husband, although these typically end in many hours with nothing accomplished and many trips to home depot and an occasional fight or two on how to best get the project completed.

Traveling is one of my favorite things, but we all know that it’s expensive so it does not happen as often as I like. I love to cook and garden even though I can’t seem to get the plants in my backyard to stay alive. I like to go dancing and I would really like to learn how to country line dance, but my husband despises dancing so it makes it a little difficult.

What’s something about you that most people don’t know?

One thing that people don’t know about me is that I am a fourth degree black belt in Kyokushin Karate. I am been in the martial arts for 20 years and it is something that I will do until my body won’t let me do anymore. I am a third generation student currently studying under Hanshi Fred Buck. Hanshi is like a father to me and I look forward to every Monday and Wednesday when we train.

Anything else you feel like telling the GlobalTranz world?

Now that you have peered into my soul please feel free to say hello and share something about yourself.

 

 

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Name: Anne Swan
Title at GlobalTranz: Sr. HR Generalist
Time with GlobalTranz: 1 year 8 months
“Anne has an abundance of enthusiasm. She is able to get an incredible amount of quality work done. Even when things become difficult, she keeps a smile in place and continues to help everyone that needs it. She has absorbed an amazing amount of information in her short tenure and I can’t imagine doing my job with out her assistance. Anne has earned the nick name Energizer Bunny for good reason. She just keeps going and going and going….” – Shannon Massena, NP, SPHR, SHRM-SCP Director of Human Resources
EMPLOYEE Q & A

Tell us a little about your education.

Western Iowa Tech Community College – Majored in Business Management – Graduated with Honors December 2010

Where were you working before finding GTZ?

13 Years at HFC

What exactly do your job duties entail?

To support employees and management so we all can achieve our goals by: Assisting teams with creating their policies, Comp Structures, titles, org structure, recruiting, counseling, understanding company policies, benefits administration. Everything from A to Z.

What makes you successful at what you do?

I am a multi-tasker, problem solver and good listener.

What do you like most about working for GTZ?

There is something new every day.

What are some of your past accomplishments while working here?

Do you have a most memorable moment at GTZ?

I had a medical emergency and found out that Andrew Leto had to call 911 for me!

What are your career goals?

To continue to learn and grow. To contribute greatly to the success of Globaltranz. To promote employee relations and help create a safe and challenging environment where employees feel motivated and enthusiastic about the work that they perform.

“To build strong professional relationships and keep a positive attitude that spreads to my co-workers.”

Where are you originally from?

Sioux City, Iowa

What do you like to do in your spare time? (Hobbies, sports, etc.)

Spend time with my family (preferably at the beach)

 

 

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Name: Brielle Patterson
Title at GlobalTranz: Marketing Production
Time with GlobalTranz: 1 year 8 months
“Brielle has an amazing eye for design.  She definitely possesses a quality that cannot be taught.  Along with her talent, Brielle showcases the ability to multi-task and collaborate with any department within the company.  She is thorough and precise in her work, accomplishing major tasks with speed and excellence.  Above all, she is a genuine, honest person which has a positive impact on all those around her.” –Todd S Bookout | Marketing Director
EMPLOYEE Q & A

Tell us a little about your education.

I received my Associates in Digital Arts at Mesa Community College and my Bachelors in Communications from ASU.

Where were you working before finding GTZ?

I was interning at different magazine companies in the area including Arizona Foothills Magazine and Scottsdale Magazine.

What exactly do your job duties entail?

I assist in a wide range of tasks from social media, designing print and online materials, protecting brand identity, photography, and more.

What makes you successful at what you do?

“I have a strong passion for creativity and protecting the brand of our company. It’s my goal to represent the company in a way that fits our vision and brand no matter how big or small the project is.”

What do you like most about working for GTZ?

I like the creative freedom I have to try new things and explore new ideas that I think will help enhance our company.

What are some of your past accomplishments while working here?

I’ve been able to take on more tasks this past year and rebrand our marketing brochures and other materials.

Do you have a most memorable moment at GTZ?

I had only been working at GlobalTranz for a few months and my team found out that I love breakfast, so they threw a pancake breakfast for my birthday!

What are your career goals?

I want to grow in my position as much as I can and continue to strengthen my design skills.

Where are you originally from?

I grew up in the small town of Camp Verde, Arizona and moved down here for school in 2009.

What do you like to do in your spare time? (Hobbies, sports, etc.)

I manage a fashion/lifestyle blog, shoot photography, and travel with my best friend.

What’s something about you that most people don’t know?

I used to be a hip-hop dancer, I’m married to a worship leader, I love classic movies, and Easter is my favorite holiday.

 

 

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Name: Rachel Dancer
Title at GlobalTranz: Accounts Payable Analyst
Time with GlobalTranz: 1 year 6 months
“Rachel is always jumping in to help when needed in all areas of the Accounts Payable Department. She has taken on a portfolio of our largest carriers and consistently finds opportunity for process improvement that benefits our team. In addition, Rachel has also helped our Truckload payables while the team was short handed. She is always assisting and helping the team when they need help with their carriers and always sets high expectations for herself and the success of our team.” Emily Stratton | Accounts Payable Manager
EMPLOYEE Q & A

Tell us a little about your education.

Attended GCC where I took accounting courses. Then furthered my education by obtaining my AOS in Respiratory Therapy.

Where were you working before finding GTZ?

I worked at Honeywell for 9 years in the finance department doing Travel and Expense and Fixed Assets and worked Swift Transportation for 3 years as a Sr. AR Analyst.

What exactly do your job duties entail?

I handle all the Top LTL carriers, reconcile and work with IR and UVB to ensure invoices are worked and paid out per terms. I have also assisted in training new employees and process improvements. As well as assisting in Truckload when needed.

What makes you successful at what you do?

Having 15 years of accounting experience on both the AP and AR side I am able to use that knowledge to view problems from both sides to help make better workflow.

What do you like most about working for GTZ?

“I love what I do and the people I work with.  I have a lot of support from my manager and peers which makes me succeed every day. I enjoy coming to work every day which says a lot about a company. The positive encouragement / praise we get from management and our VP and CFO helps keep our workplace positive.”

What are some of your past accomplishments while working here?

I started in AR and moved over to AP which has allowed me to grow within the company.

Do you have a most memorable moment at GTZ?

I enjoyed our group Alice In Wonderland Halloween theme. Our whole team got together and made it amazing and we won best costume and the decoration competition.

What are your career goals?

I would like to keep growing and advancing within the company. I have always wanted to be in management.

Where are you originally from?

Phoenix, Arizona

What do you like to do in your spare time? (Hobbies, sports, etc.)

Hanging out with my family and friends.

What’s something about you that most people don’t know?

Most people do not know that I have my medical degree because I have always worked in accounting.

Anything else you feel like telling the GlobalTranz world?

I am excited to see how much GlobalTranz will grow and all the opportunities that will be available.

 

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Name: Evie Verdugo
Title at GlobalTranz: Senior Carrier Representative
Time with GlobalTranz: 1 year 5 months
“Evie constantly finds ways to help the sales team and the brokers around her.  She leads accounts such as US Foods, Henkel, HEB and Anheuser Busch.  Instead of looking for loads that will make her more money personally, Evie thrives off building a positive reputation for GTZ by covering the toughest loads for the largest accounts while still assisting our new employees in their overall development and success.  She has the intangibles that can’t be taught and she always looks to set the bar at a new high each and every day.” – Reggie Relf | Manager of Operations – Midwest Van
EMPLOYEE Q & A

Tell us a little about your education.

I went to ASU for Fine Arts with minor in Psychology.

Where were you working before finding GTZ?

For a non-profit Outpatient Clinic.

What exactly do your job duties entail?

In the simplest terms, building and maintaining carrier relationships to book freight at competitive rates for our customers.

What makes you successful at what you do?

I feel like my organization skills really help keep me successful at what I do as well as my experience in customer service, which helps me develop strong relationships with reliable carriers.

What do you like most about working for GTZ?

“ The people I get to work with, my team and managers are extremely supportive and really help motivate and push for bettering myself as a broker and for the company as a whole.”

What are some of your past accomplishments while working here?

-Mentoring Carrier Representatives in training.

-Leading an upside down National Enterprise (HEB) account into positive margin for Global Tranz.

Do you have a most memorable moment at GTZ?

2014 Halloween would be the most memorable so far, good community vibes from the whole floor that day.

What are your career goals?

I would like to continue to help GlobalTranz grow as a company by either working my way up to a management position or by helping train incoming brokers and sales agents.

 

Where are you originally from?

Phoenix, Arizona

What do you like to do in your spare time? (Hobbies, sports, etc.)

I like to go hiking, wild crafting, do yoga and am also in school full time when I am not at GlobalTranz.

What’s something about you that most people don’t know?

I am an herbalist.

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Name: Brett Prechel
Title at GlobalTranz: Pricing Administrator
Time with GlobalTranz: 1 year 3 months
“Brett has been a quintessential asset to the pricing department.  He is always willing to go the extra mile, staying after hours on the weekends and evenings, and continually takes tremendous pride in his work.  His drive for accuracy and process improvement are a clear reflection of his dedication to ensure all projects are accomplished to the highest standards.  His quickly advancing skills foreshadow more to be seen from Brett within the company.” – Chris Scheid | Vice President of Pricing
EMPLOYEE Q & A

Tell us a little about your education.

Graduated from Arizona State University with a BS in Supply Chain Management and a BA in Business Sustainability.

Where were you working before finding GTZ?

I worked for a direct sales company in the warehouse. Then moved my way into an IT role where I helped design, maintain, and improve the company’s website.

What exactly do your job duties entail?

I oversee our pricing department’s projects, duties, and communications with sales agents and internal departments. Assuring that our tariffs get updated accurately and on time is a crucial part of my responsibilities.

What makes you successful at what you do?

Being organized and detail oriented is a must for my position. I cannot take all the credit though, being surrounded by a talented team helps.

What do you like most about working for GTZ?

“The company culture and vision set forth by the management team. Everyone is very collaborative and easy to get along with, and I feel that the outlook is bright for GlobalTranz.”

What are your career goals?

To continue to learn and grow as logistics professional, which will hopefully lead to more responsibility within the company.

Where are you originally from?

Phoenix, Arizona

What do you like to do in your spare time? (Hobbies, sports, etc.)

I love to watch the Arizona Cardinals play. Besides that, I like to golf with my dad and brother, spend time with my dog, and go fishing.

What’s something about you that most people don’t know?

I played college hockey

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Name: Briana Preston
Title at GlobalTranz: Account Analyst
Time with GlobalTranz: 6 Months
Briana possesses so many of the qualities I look for in a great Employee; teamwork, positive attitude, initiative, and a work ethic that is impressive.  When she is looking into improving current processes to make them more efficient she looks at how it will affect all sides, from the Agents all the way to when payment is applied.  In June she took on the Enterprise Team Accounts and has excelled!  She has implemented strategies that has helped in account reconciliation and highlight issues that will cause payment delay.    Briana has a gift when it comes to building relationships which really makes an impact on our internal and external customers.  I know that Briana’s future with GlobalTranz will be extremely successful! –Angie Lannefeld Account Analyst Manager 
EMPLOYEE Q & A

Tell us a little about your education.

I started my degree in Business Communications at ASU after graduating from High School a semester early.

Where were you working before finding GTZ?

Before working at GTZ, I was actually a General Manager of a Sonic Drive-In. I started working there when I was 15 and became an Assistant Manager within a year, and a General Manager within 3 years.

What exactly do your job duties entail?

As an account analyst, I create relationships with our customers and I also monitor the accounts in my portfolio by generating agings to send to our customers in order to reduce any past due and maintain the status of the accounts in my name.

What makes you successful at what you do?

My background in management has helped me tremendously, in both learning a new field of work and progressing as quickly as I have. I pride myself on my organization and work ethic, which I always felt was a valuable trait in my employees. Transitioning from employer to employee, I knew what I was looking for and it was easy to create goals for myself in that sense.

What do you like most about working for GTZ?

I thoroughly enjoy the work atmosphere. Everyone is willing to lend a hand whenever you need it. Also the support I receive from both my manager, and the leads in my department create a positive work environment, and make it a fun place to be.

What are some of your past accomplishments while working here?

Since I started working here, I have taken over the Enterprise Accounts and it has been a huge success so far. I have drastically improved the aging of these accounts and created quality relationships with the customers.

Do you have a most memorable moment at GTZ?

I think the first employee engagement meeting, I remember thinking there was no way that work could be so much fun. It was awesome to see how much it brought all the different departments together.

What are your career goals?

I have always pictured myself in management. GlobalTranz is a company that I can see myself growing and having a future with.

Where are you originally from?

I was born in California, and moved to Arizona right before high school. My parents eventually moved back to California, but I have been here ever since.

What do you like to do in your spare time? (Hobbies, sports, etc.)

My boyfriend and I have 2 dogs, and we take them everywhere we can. We enjoy traveling, and head to California to see my family as often as we can.

What’s something about you that most people don’t know?

I think that I am pretty open and don’t have much to hide!

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