October at J&M

Mike Russell Trucking Image Award

The American Trucking Association presented J&M Tank Lines, Inc. with the Mike Russell Trucking Image Award, for a motor carrier, during this year’s virtual Management Conference & Exhibition on Oct. 26, 2020.

This award is given to one motor carrier, one state association and one professional driver who has gone above and beyond to improve the image of the trucking industry.

“Involvement in our industry’s associations is crucial whether it is at the local or national levels,” said Harold Sumerford, Jr. CEO of J&M Tank Lines. “This award is for all of the hard-working people at J&M Tank Lines and the efforts that go into treating each other how we would like to be treated.”

First awarded in 2007, the Mike Russell Trucking Image Award is given to an individual, motor carrier, trucking organization and industry supplier who each demonstrate excellence in illustrating the industry’s essentiality, professionalism, and commitment to safety on and off the highways. Since 2014, the award has been sponsored by HireRight. 

“It is not enough to just simply exist in this industry, you have to be active in this industry,” said Peter Sumerford, President of J&M Tank Lines. “My father taught Harold and me at a young to give of our time and our resources, to give back to an industry that has been so good to us and to our people that have worked so hard for us.” 

J&M Tank Lines is recognized for promoting the industry on social media and in the community, working to improve drivers’ morale while providing important health and safety information during the Pandemic. 

“Technology and the rise of social media is an extremely powerful tool,” said Sabrina Williams, J&M Tank Lines’ Social Media Coordinator. “In an industry like ours where a company’s workforce is so wide-spread, social media provides a platform to connect employees to one another and the organization they work with. We take concrete steps to involve our entire workforce in our online culture and promote engagement through our various platforms.”

NTTC Competitive Safety Contest

We are proud to have won our mileage class for the for the National Tank Truck Carriers, NTTC, Competitive Safety Contest. This award is based on our safety record from 2019 for 31.5 – 40 Million Miles driven.

The attention to detail and safety-focused mindset that our professional drivers have, allows for J & M to receive recognition for programs such as this. Each safe mile that our drivers put in each day, accumulates toward our goal of getting every driver home safely.

Costume Contest

In the spirit of Halloween, J & M hosted a Costume Contest on Friday, Oct. 30 for all employees. Employees were allowed to dress in a work appropriate costume of their choosing for a chance to win one of three prizes. First place received a $50 VISA gift card, second place a $25 VISA gift card and third place a $10 Walmart gift card.

1st Place: Maleficent; 2nd Place: Wilson (Home Improvement); 3rd Place: Chicken

We had a great turn out of costumes. Those at J & M’s corporate office who chose not to participate were eligible to vote on the best costume. Votes were tallied and placings awarded based on the total amount of votes. A fun way to celebrate Halloween and bring some excitement to the office! Congratulations to our three winners!