In true Old Dominion fashion, delivery and pickup driver Harold Hyde took “putting others first” to a new level when he risked his own life to save a 4-year-old boy wandering on the road in August of 2019. Using his own truck as a barricade to block off traffic on both sides, Hyde decided to act quickly when he noticed cars swerving to avoid hitting the nonverbal and autistic boy who unlocked his home and wandered onto the road.
This brave act represents one of two from Hyde, as he saved a pregnant woman from an overturned SUV in September before first responders could arrive, not long after saving the 4-year-old boy from a potentially disastrous situation. Both instances occurred while Hyde was en route for customer deliveries. These actions and Hyde’s unwavering willingness to help others positioned him as this year’s recipient of the distinguished John Yowell OD Family Spirit Award.
“I am humbled to be recognized with the John Yowell award,” said Harold Hyde. “It’s inspiring to be associated with the legacy of Mr. Yowell and past recipients of the award. My job allows me to interact with the great people of Nashville and beyond, and I will continue to strive for excellence in my work while serving my community. I’m just thankful for the chance to do something positive for someone else.”
The OD Spirit Family Award encompasses the family-focused culture Old Dominion puts at the forefront of its LTL businessoperations. Named after John Yowell – former executive vice president who passed away in 2011, the award is dedicated to showcasing exemplary dedication to helping others, and that’s exactly what Mr. Hyde has done.
“Harold’s continued commitment to going above and beyond for his community and OldDominion customers naturally sets him apart,” said Greg Gantt, president and CEO of OldDominion Freight Line. “His uncanny ability to be in the right place at the right time and humble heroism make him the true picture of a John Yowell OD Family Spirit Award winner.”
Mr. Hyde has been with Old Dominion since 2007 and received a $1,000 donation from ODFL towards the charity of his choice. Hyde selected True Joy Community Progam to support healthy meals and snacks for children in low-income areas. This organization works to combat hunger and obesity while promoting health and nutrition.
As capacity and customer demands continue to grow, leading LTL carrier Old Dominion Freight Line (OD) prepares to meet these industry needs by expanding its facilities across the country from Texas and Ohio to Idaho and Arkansas while adding more facilities to growing markets. The announces expansions include innovative technology allowing for increased shipping paces and seamless shipment transfers while reducing shipping time and adding more room for capacity and flexibility options.
“As our customers adjust to growing e-commerce demands, they rely on us to not only accommodate the additional shipments but to also help them keep their promises to their customers with fast, on-time delivery with no product damage,” said Terry Hutchins, Vice President of Real Estate. “We are excited about these new and renovated service center openings. OD will continue to invest in new capacity to welcome the growing demand and exceed our customers’ expectations.”
Among the regions now boasting renovated and improved facilities in El Paso and Lubbock, TX, Columbus, OH, and Chicago. The facility expansions and additions ultimately strengthen the LTL carrier’s market presence while maintaining customer satisfaction through upgrades and more bodies for support.
In addition to facility expansions, remodeling, and employee additions, OD will celebrate the opening of new facilities recently opened in Oregon, Idaho, Arkansas, and Georgia throughout the month of October.
“Our long term strategic plan includes continual investment in our network to improve efficiencies and increase capacity so when our customers grow, we can serve them. The end goal of helping our customers keep their promises is solidified by our continued investment in new technology and service center expansion,” said Hutchins.
Old Dominion Freight Line amped up its efforts to support the vision of the American Red Cross with a pledge of $250,000 through the Disaster Responder Program in addition to launching the redcross.org/odfl platform to streamline additional donations from its employees and customers. These donations help the nonprofit organization further efforts to respond to more than 62,000 annual natural disasters each year.
“Every day in the face of disasters, the generosity of Disaster Responder members like Old Dominion Freight Line ensures the Red Cross can provide comfort and care to people in their darkest hours,” said Don Herring, chief development officer at the American Red Cross. “We are extremely grateful for these contributions before disasters strike because it enables us to respond to disasters immediately and compassionately, when help and hope are needed most.”
The American Red Cross reports house fires are the most common type of disaster they respond to annually, topping hurricanes, tornadoes, and floods. The funds donated to the organization enable opportunities to educate communities – including Old Dominion’s employees, on disaster preparation and recovery.
“From hurricanes and flooding to wildfires, we’ve seen the impact that the American Red Cross has on our communities. We’re dedicated to helping Red Cross keep their promises by assisting with disaster preparation and response. This partnership will help many communities around the country, communities where our OD Family lives and works every day,” said Chip Overbey, Senior Vice President of Strategic Planning at Old Dominion Freight Line. “This announcement is a way to formalize the work we’ve done and the work we will continue to do with the American Red Cross. Our goal is to help these communities not only monetarily, but also through our OD Family support.”
When it comes to exemplary leadership, Old Dominion – a leading provider in LTL
and transportation logistics, takes implementing its core values of integrity
and greatness to the next level. Through its strong relationships both
externally with its customers and internally with each individual working for the
company, these values are what keep its employees working towards the Old
Dominion vision. With her passion for mentoring and leadership, Kim Maready, Vice
President of Accounting and Finance for the company, is a prime example of the
way Old Dominion takes her position in leadership one step further by shaping
employees through a fresh, unique approach. It was this very approach combined
with the culture at Old Dominion that ultimately peaked her interest to join
the team in 2014.
“I think the Old Dominion culture places a tremendous amount
of value on its people. It is a family-oriented culture and once you join the
family, you really feel that. I felt that as an outside service provider. They
not only cared about their own success, but they cared about my success as a
provider,” she said. “A lot of other large public companies haven’t found that
magic really. It’s all about the business and I think that comes through the
profitability, or lack thereof, of some companies because ODFL recognizes that
it’s profitable because of its people and the amount that they give to our
customers every single day.”
Kim has served Old Dominion for five years, bringing with her over 20 years of experience in the middle market Fortune 1,000 space. Prior to her onboarding with Old Dominion, she worked as a partner. It was through her time serving the company that convinced her the Old Dominion culture was different.
“They were a client of mine for six years, so I knew the
company well, the leadership team well, their environment, and core values. I spent
time serving a lot of different companies across a lot of different industries
from banking to manufacturing, to retail, consumer products, technology, and
other transportation companies,” she said. “What interested me in Old Dominion
was the culture – the leadership team, the value they place on their people,
and the integrity that’s here at the company.”
In her role as VP of Accounting and Finance, she does a lot more than oversee the financials. Mrs. Maready takes her passion for mentorship and aims to create a strong team that feels valued and respected by challenging them to take their ideas and concerns to the leadership team. Old Dominion prides itself in its “Open-Door” Policy that gives every person at the company a voice. This approach bolsters the company’s vision to create the next generation of employees that carry on the core values of integrity, honesty, and transparency while managing risks. This policy serves as another differentiator among competitors.
“If you’re trying to innovate and get processes that aren’t
working anymore to change, and you’re having roadblocks with those changes or
don’t know where to take your ideas, you can come in to any of these 20 or so
people and have a discussion and get action around that discussion while having
someone that can champion it with their authority or help remove those
roadblocks. I think that really mitigates a lot of our risk and it really is
unique to this organization. I’ve seen a lot of companies and I haven’t heard
of other companies embracing that quite like we do,” she adds.
Beyond the company’s robust customer base and successful operations, Old Dominion boasts a large organization of employees that value excellence day in and out. It’s through these valued employees that Old Dominion serves its customers while creating competitive advantage. The value Old Dominion places in its employees follows the wise saying from Richard Branson: “Whatever industry a company is in, its employees are its biggest competitive advantage.”
“In the short term it’s my responsibility and my team’s
responsibility to really grow the next generation of leaders and to help them
understand our culture, our core values of integrity, and ensure that we have
the right leaders in place two decades down the road from now to maintain the
culture and the unique environment that we have. It’s beyond just looking at
the debits and the credits that some expect us to be talking about and thinking
about every day,” she added.
Kimberly S. Maready
currently serves as Principal Accounting Officer for Old Dominion Freight Line,
Inc., a position she has held since May of 2017. Mrs. Maready joined ODFL in
February of 2014 as the Vice President – Accounting and Finance and is
responsible for directing ODFL’s accounting operations, financial reporting,
payroll, tax and financial planning. Prior to joining ODFL, Mrs. Maready spent
21 years with Ernst & Young LLP, including 9 years as partner in the
Assurance and Advisory Services practice. Her finance and accounting experience
spans across multiple sectors including banking, retail, technology and
transportation. Mrs. Maready holds an accounting degree from North Carolina
State University and is a licensed CPA in the state of North Carolina. She has
served as an active board member of Goodwill of Central North Carolina and the
Winston-Salem Children’s Museum and the advisory boards of N.C. State’s Poole
College of Management and Appalachian State University’s Walker School of
Old Dominion announced its success during the first half of 2019 following the opening of six service centers across the nation. Reduced shipping times, increased daily volumes and enhanced delivery flexibility are key benefits the service centers offer for customers.
Locations for the new center upgrades include: Mobile, Ala., Pompano Beach, Fla., Houston, Texas, Otay Mesa (San Diego), Calif., Texarkana, Ark., and Anaheim, Calif.
“Our 2018 results confirm that strategically opening new and renovating existing service centers to accommodate customer demand is helping to grow our business,” said Terry Hutchins, Vice President of Real Estate. “We will continue that strategy of searching for new sites to increase capacity and grow our network to continue to deliver premium service that exceeds customers’ expectations.”
The implementation of new service centers are carefully considered in terms of location, network capacity opportunities, and access to the highest quality workers. Each center is equipped with the highest quality technology in anticipation of increased customer demand.
“We search for locations in growing markets where we have access to quality workers to expand our network capacity. Expanding our network allows us to immediately accommodate customer needs, and is critical to maintaining our award-winning low claims ratio and guaranteed on-time delivery,” said Hutchins.
The company announced scheduled open houses for each of the new locations to celebrate their success:
The American Trucking Association selected Old Dominion Freight Linehaul driver, Bill Goins to join “America’s Road Team” consisting of a carefully selected group of drivers demonstrating advanced driving skills paired with an exemplary safety record. Out of the 34 finalists, Goins boasts an impressive 2.8 million accident-free miles on the road from the past 31 years. Goins started driving for Old Dominion in 2014.
“Bill consistently impresses us with his dedication to safe driving, helping others and representing Old Dominion’s values,” said Sam Faucette, vice president of safety and compliance at Old Dominion Freight Line. “We are proud to have him represent OD as a member of the 2019-2020 America’s Road Team and know he will have a positive impact on the future of this industry.”
Additionally, Goins was awarded with the Grand Champion of the Indiana Motor Truck Association Truck Driving Championship in the 5-axel class in 2015 as well as the John Yowell “OD Family Spirit award” in 2016 from Old Dominion.
“These drivers represent the diverse experiences of the 3.5 million professional drivers across the country and will be able to bring their unique stories to new, critical audiences as part of America’s Road Team,” said ATA President and CEO Chris Spear. “ATA is very excited to begin working with this group of professional, respected drivers and see them continue spreading the positive image of the trucking industry. We are extremely proud of them, as are their companies and families.”
Friday marked day one for Old Dominion Freight Line‘s journey to support and assist this year’s Spring Training send-offs by delivering team exercise equipment, baseball bats and balls, and sports drinks to the Spring Training locations. The official Freight Carrier of Major League Baseball (MLB) will set out on a cross-country excursion starting with traditional send-off events this week.
Old Dominion partnered with the Chicago White Sox, Los Angeles Angels, Kansas City Royals, New York Mets and Philadelphia Phillies to begin transporting the equipment to the Hilton Chicago in preparation for the 27th annual SoxFest this week before the trucks head for their final destinations.
“These MLB clubs understand the value of Old Dominion’s premium service, ensuring its transportation to Spring Training goes as planned,” said Dick Podiak, vice president of marketing and communication at Old Dominion Freight Line. “We’re excited to move clubs again this year and help kick off the 2019 baseball season.”
Those that come across the trucks are encouraged to share a picture with the companies (@Phillies and @ODFL_Inc) using the signature hashtag #RingTheBell.