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Inside The Triangle

Inside The Triangle

By Decker Truck Line, Inc.
Our exciting new podcast from Decker Truck Line, hosted by Darin Ladlie, Driver Liaison and Retention & Lease Purchase Manager, will explore everything from trucking industry news and DTL updates, to more personal Professional Driver & employee interviews.
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44: Equipment & Maintenance with Matt Lynch
Matt Lynch joins host Darin Ladlie in this episode of Inside the Triangle. Matt has been with Decker for 15 years and has grown tremendously in his career, starting as a body shop tech to now being the Director of Maintenance Operations, overseeing each of Decker’s body shops. In this episode, Matt and Darin talk about all the new equipment Decker Truck Line is getting this year, and the challenges Matt has had to face in acquiring new equipment during Covid. Although Covid has had a major effect on manufacturers and production this year, Matt is excited to share that Decker is getting over 300 new trucks and over 100 new trailers this year! Matt and Darin also give a brief overview of each of our body shops, and provide some details about our brand new shop in Des Moines, IA! Matt also takes time to give a special “thank you” message to our mechanics. Listen closely to hear Darin’s fun trivia question! The first person to answer correctly wins a Pilot Flying J gift card! WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU!  If you have any topic suggestions or questions you want answered or discussed on an upcoming podcast, e-mail them to podcast@deckermail.com.  Or, you can create a voice memo on your smart phone and e-mail it to podcast@deckermail.com
34:07
April 30, 2021
43: Driver Spotlight - Chad Hazelton with Special Guest Alan Henderson
Decker Driver Spotlight! Professional Driver Chad Hazelton, with special guest Alan Henderson, join host Darin Ladlie in this episode of Inside the Triangle. Chad talks about his strategy to getting a perfect 1,000 Scorecard and says it’s takes a bit of determination but it’s really not that difficult. Chad also talks about how he got into the trucking industry and why he picked Decker Truck Line. Darin and Chad go on to chat about Chad’s hobbies, which include working on things in his shop and watching all things sci-fi! Listen closely to hear Kati’s fun trivia question! The first person to answer correctly wins a Pilot Flying J gift card from Darin! Stick around as Darin names our March Drivers of the Month and talks about our Drivers’ amazing Scorecard accomplishments this month! WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU!  If you have any topic suggestions or questions you want answered or discussed on an upcoming podcast, e-mail them to podcast@deckermail.com.  Or, you can create a voice memo on your smart phone and e-mail it to podcast@deckermail.com
39:17
April 22, 2021
42: Bessemer Operations with Jeremy Foster
Jeremy Foster, Director of Operations – Southern Flatbed Division, joins host Darin Ladlie over the phone in this episode of Inside the Triangle! Jeremy talks about how he ended up in the trucking industry and shares his priorities pertaining to his role at Decker: being a leader to the Bessemer Operations Team, supporting their Drivers, while staying profitable and efficient. Jeremy has seen a lot of growth in his 5 years at DTL, and says it’s because of the Driver-first mentality here at Decker. Then, Darin and Jeremy congratulate the 2020 Grand Champion Driver of the Year, Anthony Vasquez, who was the Southern Flatbed Driver of the Year for 3 years in a row. Jeremy says Anthony is an example of how Professional Drivers can succeed as long as they do the hard things right and put safety first. Stick around as Darin asks a fun trivia question. The first person to answer correctly wins a Pilot Flying J gift card from Darin! WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU!  If you have any topic suggestions or questions you want answered or discussed on an upcoming podcast, e-mail them to podcast@deckermail.com.  Or, you can create a voice memo on your smart phone and e-mail it to podcast@deckermail.com
24:35
April 15, 2021
41: Fleet Manager Spotlight - Cynthia Seagren
Fleet Manager, Cynthia Seagren, joins host Darin Ladlie to talk about what being a Fleet Manager at Decker Truck Line is all about!  Cynthia and Darin discuss what a day in the life of a Fleet Manager looks like, from the moment she walks in the door to the moment she leaves. There is a lot of creativity that  goes on behind the scenes that our Drivers may not be aware of. Cynthia also talks about being a military wife and raising her two boys while her husband, Nate, is overseas serving our country. Cynthia is able to hold it all together while juggling her home life and work life! Stick around as Darin asks a fun trivia question. The first person to answer correctly wins a Pilot Flying J gift card from Darin! WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU!  If you have any topic suggestions or questions you want answered or discussed on an upcoming podcast, e-mail them to podcast@deckermail.com.  Or, you can create a voice memo on your smart phone and e-mail it to podcast@deckermail.com
15:34
April 9, 2021
40: Driver Onboarding with Katy McFarland
Katy McFarland, Driver Onboarding Coordinator, joins host Darin Ladlie in this week’s podcast. This episode is jam packed with lots of great info and news! Darin announces Anthony Vasquez as our Grand Champion Driver of the Year! Congratulations to Anthony and to all of our 2020 Division Drivers of the Year: Tom Melton, Todd Ouverson, Chad Hazelton, Tim Olden, and Cyndi & Todd Hopes. Darin also names our Million Mile Drivers for 2020: Martin Blanker, Arthur Clubb, Chad Hazelton, Garry Howard, Shawn Landfear, Adan Lugo-Baez, Tim Olden, David Starrett, Ronald Burken, Ed Woodley, and Allen Chapman. Way to go, congratulations and thank you all for your hard work and dedication to safety! Next, Katy talks about her new role she has stepped into at Decker: Driver Onboarding Coordinator. Her goal for this new position is to streamline Driver Orientation and help make Orientation a great process for our Drivers. From the moment a Driver walks through the door until the moment they step into their truck, Katy’s goal is to make every step of the way a seamless process for our Drivers! Katy also talks about her experience as Sherriff’s Reserve for Boone County. She has some crazy experiences while working in law enforcement that she chats about! Then, Katy and Kati go head-to-head in Trucker lingo trivia! Stick around as Darin asks a fun trivia question. The first person to answer correctly wins a Pilot gift card from Darin! WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU!  If you have any topic suggestions or questions you want answered or discussed on an upcoming podcast, e-mail them to podcast@deckermail.com.  Or, you can create a voice memo on your smart phone and e-mail it to podcast@deckermail.com
23:04
April 1, 2021
39: Driver Spotlight - Cyndi & Todd Hopes
Decker Driver Spotlight! Professional Drivers, Cyndi & Todd Hopes, join host Darin Ladlie in this special episode of Inside the Triangle. Cyndi & Todd are our 2020 Team Drivers of the Year and are now in the running for Grand Champion Driver of the Year for 2020! The Hopes were also our winners of the Take Pride in Your Ride drawing for receiving a Level 4 during their appearance inspection and talk about why they like to keep their truck in mint condition. In this episode, The Hopes talk about their experience coming from being solo drivers to now being a Team Driver at Decker. They both have long driving careers and chat with Darin about what it was like to be a driver back in the good ol’ days. The Hopes have great advice to help other drivers achieve a high scorecard, and Cyndi also gives excellent advice to women who want to enter the driving industry. Stick around as Darin asks a fun trivia question. The first person to answer correctly wins a Pilot gift card from Darin! WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU!  If you have any topic suggestions or questions you want answered or discussed on an upcoming podcast, e-mail them to podcast@deckermail.com.  Or, you can create a voice memo on your smart phone and e-mail it to podcast@deckermail.com
36:11
March 25, 2021
38: Driver Spotlight - Thomas Remington
Decker Driver Spotlight! Professional Driver, Thomas Remington, joins host Darin Ladlie to talk about – you guessed it – all  the different ways he has learned to cook in his truck! Thomas was recently featured in our local Fort Dodge Messenger newspaper and Overdrive Magazine because of his love for cooking, and he is now a freelance food writer for Overdrive! Thomas and Darin chat about ways Drivers can cook great meals while on the road and all of the different supplies Thomas keeps on hand. Stick around as Darin asks a fun trivia question. The first person to answer correctly wins a special prize from Darin! Lastly, Darin names our February Drivers of the Month and talks about the February Scorecard Bonus payout. WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU!  If you have any topic suggestions or questions you want answered or discussed on an upcoming podcast, e-mail them to podcast@deckermail.com.  Or, you can create a voice memo on your smart phone and e-mail it to podcast@deckermail.com
33:43
March 18, 2021
37: Meet Lysa and Jen from the Safety Department
Lysa Bockoven, Compliance & Work Comp Specialist, and Jen McCuddin, Cargo & Compliance Specialist, join host Darin Ladlie to talk about what their roles are in the Safety Department and what they do on a daily basis to take care of all of our Decker Drivers.  Lysa discusses CSA points and what a Driver should do if they get a violation while Jen discusses how Drivers can protect themselves against cargo claims by using load locks, keeping updated seal records, etc.  Lysa and Jen then wrap it up with their “words of wisdom” to all Drivers - - the Safety Department is there to help you, so don’t be afraid to give them a call! WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU!  If you have any topic suggestions or questions you want answered or discussed on an upcoming podcast, e-mail them to podcast@deckermail.com.  Or, you can create a voice memo on your smart phone and e-mail it to podcast@deckermail.com DECKER RETENTION COMMUNICATIONS ACTION TEAM
21:12
March 11, 2021
36: Recruiting Department Updates with Abbie Reed
Director of Recruiting, Abbie Reed, joins host Darin Ladlie to update us about what’s going on in the Recruiting Department! Abbie talks about the Driver Referral Program and all new incentives for the program this year. Abbie also challenges our Professional Drivers to refer 5 Drivers by the end of 2021 for a chance to win the extra bonus at the end of the year! Darin and Abbie then discuss the new minimum and guarantee pay and explain how this could help a Driver if something out of their control happens over the road. Darin gives us an update on Workhound and gives a special “thank you” to those who have submitted comments in the survey. We love hearing your thoughts and we are working hard to implement your ideas and look forward to hearing more and more suggestions! Stick around to hear Darin announce the Division Drivers of the Year! WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU! If you have topic suggestions or questions you want answered on the podcast, you can email them to podcast@deckermail.com. Or you can create a voice memo on your smartphone and email it to podcast@deckermail.com
19:03
March 5, 2021
35: Driver Awards Ceremony with Tammy O'Tool
Hey, this is Tammy O’Tool, I was lucky enough to join our host, Darin Ladlie, on this week’s podcast!  We’re very excited to share some information about our upcoming Driver Awards Ceremony!  Darin kicks off this episode with announcing Decker’s January 2021 Drivers of the Month and the January Scorecard Bonus updates. He then explains how the Scorecard Bonus Program rolls into our Driver of the Month/Driver of the Year Program.  As we prepare for this year’s Awards Ceremony, we look forward to featuring any new Million Mile Team Drivers,  our 2020 Division Drivers of the Year, and ultimately the unveiling of our Grand Champion Driver of the Year. Darin and I also talk about how earning the honor of Driver of the Month can lead to much bigger things.  For Professional Driver Steve Alliger, being selected as Decker’s Grand Champion Driver of the Year has opened the door for him to be nominated as the American Trucking Association’s National Driver of the Year!
17:26
February 25, 2021
34: Driver Spotlight - Lisa Ohrmundt
Decker Driver Spotlight! Professional Driver, Lisa “Selfie Queen” Ohrmundt joins our host, Darin Ladlie to chat about everything trucking! Lisa has been with Decker for a little over a year and has already made a lasting impact, including being selected for Driver of the Month in June 2020 and January 2021! Get to know Lisa as she talks about how she got into the industry, why she loves social media, and what her big dreams are after she retires. Darin and Lisa also give advice to new Drivers and talk about what they wish they knew when they were first starting out. WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU!  If you have any topic suggestions or questions you want answered or discussed on an upcoming podcast, e-mail them to podcast@deckermail.com.  Or, you can create a voice memo on your smart phone and e-mail it to podcast@deckermail.com
33:52
February 18, 2021
33: All About Geotab pt. 2 with Jason Sorlien
Jason Sorlien, Retention Manager & Safety Coordinator at our Missoula, MT terminal, joins host Darin Ladlie over the phone for Part 2 of our Geotab series!  Jason teamed up with several departments here at Decker to create a very detailed resource manual to help our Professional Drivers with the transition to Geotab.  This manual was designed to not only train Drivers on their new tablet, but also to help any Driver who may just have a simple question regarding this new ELD system.  Jason and Darin explain where to find the manual, what you’ll find inside, and discuss common Geotab questions or issues that Drivers are experiencing. Darin and Jason also give a friendly reminder to treat your fuel and how to protect yourself in this dangerously cold winter weather! WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU!  If you have any topic suggestions or questions you want answered or discussed on an upcoming podcast, e-mail them to podcast@deckermail.com.  Or, you can create a voice memo on your smart phone and e-mail it to podcast@deckermail.com
16:52
February 11, 2021
32: All About Geotab pt. 1 with Ashley Pettus
Ashley Pettus, Compliance Specialist, joins host Darin Ladlie to talk all things Geotab! Ashley has been working on the Geotab project since the very beginning so she has lots of valuable information to share, including some exciting news that you don't want to miss! Ashley and Darin run through all the steps a Driver needs to take when first getting their Geotab, and talk about how it makes a Driver's job so much easier! WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU!  If you have any topic suggestions or questions you want answered or discussed on an upcoming podcast, e-mail them to podcast@deckermail.com.  Or, you can create a voice memo on your smart phone and e-mail it to podcast@deckermail.com
17:53
February 5, 2021
31: Health & Wellness with Jesse Butler
Recruiter, Jesse Butler, joins host Darin Ladlie over the phone from Montana to talk about our Health & Wellness month here at Decker Truck Line. Throughout the episode, Jesse and Darin discuss three important aspects of health & wellness: sleep/mental health, nutrition, and fitness! Listen as they chat about easy stretches and exercises you can do from inside your truck, provide you with tips on how to choose healthy food on the road, and why it’s so important to start your day after a good night’s rest. DISCLAIMER: as always, remember to consult your doctor before making any major changes, and before starting a new diet or exercise regimen. Please check out our EAP resources provided to all Decker Professional Drivers as well as office and shop employees by visiting www.unum.com/lifebalance. WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU!  If you have any topic suggestions or questions you want answered or discussed on an upcoming podcast, e-mail them to podcast@deckermail.com.  Or, you can create a voice memo on your smart phone and e-mail it to podcast@deckermail.com
40:06
January 28, 2021
30: Important Reminders and Tips for all Drivers from All Departments
In this week’s episode, our host, Darin Ladlie, relays a few messages from different departments here at Decker Truck Line.  Darin talks about WorkHound and all the great feedback and suggestions we’ve already gotten from our Professional Drivers and how we look forward to implementing your ideas and can’t wait to receive more!  Other topics Darin covers in this episode are FREE Wi-Fi in our Decker trucks with GeoTab, how to prevent overweight tickets, and he also gives some great winter weather driving tips! Stick around to hear Darin announce the December Drivers of the Month and the December Scorecard Bonuses! WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU! If you have topic suggestions or questions you want answered on the podcast, you can email them to podcast@deckermail.com. Or you can create a voice memo on your smartphone and email it to podcast@deckermail.com
22:28
January 21, 2021
29: Iowa D.O.T. Sgt. Robert Wittkowski
In this week’s special episode, Sgt. Robert Wittkowski from the Iowa D.O.T. joins host Darin Ladlie over the phone from Ankeny, IA to answer YOUR Driver questions. Sgt. Wittkowski goes in depth about what is a D.O.T. inspection and all the different levels there are. He and Darin discuss how a Driver can best prepare for an inspection from an officer (spoiler alert—it’s by doing a pre-trip inspection) and Sgt. Wittkowski even talks about what the most common violations are. WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU! If you have topic suggestions or questions you want answered on the podcast, you can email them to podcast@deckermail.com. Or you can create a voice memo on your smartphone and email it to podcast@deckermail.com
32:05
January 14, 2021
28: Winter Weather with Matt McConaughey
Fleet Manager, Matt McConaughey, joins host Darin Ladlie over the phone from Missoula to discuss the current winter season and how to stay safe through the difficult conditions by chaining your tires and treating your fuel with anti-gel. Matt and Darin tell us about how the different climate patterns from all across the country can affect our freight. They also take time to chat about the recent Fiesta Bowl game between the Iowa State Cyclones (Darin’s team) and the Oregon Ducks (Matt’s team). WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU! If you have topic suggestions or questions you want answered on the podcast, you can email them to podcast@deckermail.com. Or you can create a voice memo on your smartphone and email it to podcast@deckermail.com
25:47
January 7, 2021
27: Driver Spotlight - Tim Olden
Driver Decker Spotlight! In this episode of Inside the Triangle, Professional Driver, Tim Olden, joins our host, Darin Ladlie, to talk about everything trucking! Tim has been in the trucking industry for over 30 years and chats about his excitement for trucking – he even owns 2 trucks! Darin and Tim talk about transitioning to a Lease Purchase and Owner/Operator Driver and how to be successful by treating it like a business! Stick around as Darin names our November Drivers of the Month! WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU!  If you have any topic suggestions or questions you want answered or discussed on an upcoming podcast, e-mail them to podcast@deckermail.com.  Or, you can create a voice memo on your smart phone and e-mail it to podcast@deckermail.com
23:11
December 31, 2020
26: Happy Holidays from Darin and Kati
Communications Coordinator, Kati Frahm, joins host Darin Ladlie to talk about the holiday spirit here at Decker Truck Line! Some pretty special traditions have been formed over the years and this year is no exception. Even through this crazy pandemic, the spirit of giving is still a very important part of this holiday season here at DTL.  Listen in as they share the many things that Decker and all of our amazing employees are participating in this year - - from sponsoring special families and local organizations, to sharing through giving trees, to showcasing our Decker light display at “Lights at Kennedy”, which is a huge fund raiser for our community! Listen to the end as Don Decker adds his holiday wishes, the November Scorecard Bonuses are revealed and Kati and Darin remind all Drivers to submit their questions for our upcoming guest, a DOT Officer. Sending our warmest wishes this holiday season from everyone here at Decker Truck Line, Inc.  It is the best time of the year to say Thank You and to wish you a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU!  If you have any topic suggestions or questions you want answered or discussed on an upcoming podcast, e-mail them to podcast@deckermail.com.  Or, you can create a voice memo on your smart phone and e-mail it to podcast@deckermail.com
16:10
December 17, 2020
25: Fleet Manager Spotlight - Gary Northrop
Fleet Manager Spotlight! Fleet Manager Gary Northrup joins host Darin Ladlie to talk about what it was like growing up in the trucking industry.  Darin and Gary both started driving with their fathers so they have a lot to say about what the equipment was like and what they think the future holds for the industry.  They also reminisce over their favorite stops from back in the day and driving to the many Iowa State football games and bowl games! As humble as Gary is, they never even touch on the fact that in Gary’s many years of driving, before becoming a Fleet Manager, in 1990 he was selected by the Iowa Council of Safety Management as Iowa’s Driver of the Year!  What an honor that was for Gary and for Decker Truck Line.  Gary’s many miles driven and accomplishments certainly attribute to his success as a Fleet Manager! WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU!  If you have any topic suggestions or questions you want answered or discussed on an upcoming podcast, e-mail them to podcast@deckermail.com.  Or, you can create a voice memo on your smart phone and e-mail it to podcast@deckermail.com
30:21
December 10, 2020
24: Driver Spotlight - Steve Alliger
Decker Driver Spotlight! Professional Driver Steve Alliger joins host Darin Ladlie to share some exciting news! In 2018, Steve was selected as Decker’s Midwest Reefer/Van Division Driver of the Year as well as our Grand Champion Driver of the Year.  Then in 2019 he was nominated for and selected as the Iowa Motor Truck Association’s Driver of the Year.  And now, because of his professionalism and superior driving record, Steve has been selected as one of the 5 finalists for the American Trucking Association, the ATA’s Safety Management Council and the SMC Awards & Recognition Committee’s 2020 National Driver of the Year!  What an honor!  We are very proud of Steve’s accomplishments and know he will represent Decker Truck Line with flying colors!  Listen in as Steve shares a little bit of his history and a few driving tips. Also, stick around as Darin updates us on the Decker Driver Referral Bonus payouts for the month of November. Don’t forget, on an upcoming episode we will be featuring a special guest, a DOT Officer.  Please submit any questions you may have that you’d like shared with the Officer.  Send your questions to podcast@deckermail.com. WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU! If you have topic suggestions or questions you want answered on the podcast, you can email them to podcast@deckermail.com. Or you can create a voice memo on your smartphone and email it to podcast@deckermail.com
30:11
December 4, 2020
23: Driver Orientation with Elaine Schlick
Meet Elaine Schlick, Driver Trainer and Orientation Instructor, on this week’s episode of Inside the Triangle.  Elaine joins host, Darin Ladlie, to explore Driver Orientation at Decker Truck Line.  They walk through, day by day, the first week that Drivers join the Decker Team and how they help to prepare them to get out on the road.  And, once seated in a truck, the connection doesn’t end; Elaine and the Driver Orientation Team are always willing and able to help, answer questions and give guidance to ensure a successful career here at DTL! Don’t forget, on an upcoming podcast we will be featuring a special guest, a DOT Officer.  Please submit any questions you may have that you’d like shared with the Officer.  Send your questions to podcast@deckermail.com.
23:33
November 30, 2020
22: Winter Truck Driving Tips with Rick George and Tyson Vance
Rick George (Vice President of Safety) and Tyson Vance (Director of Maintenance Support) join host Darin Ladlie to discuss ways to stay safe while driving through winter weather. Darin, Rick, and Tyson provide well-rounded advice and guidance from the perspectives of Safety, Maintenance, and Drivers. Darin also makes a special announcement about an upcoming guest we will have on the podcast. Stick around to hear about the Scorecard Bonus and October Drivers of the Month! WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU! If you have topic suggestions or questions you want answered on the podcast, you can email them to podcast@deckermail.com. Or you can create a voice memo on your smartphone and email it to podcast@deckermail.com
19:10
November 19, 2020
21: Open Enrollment with Andrea Kloberdanz
Health & Benefits Manager, Andrea Kloberdanz, joins host Darin Ladlie to talk about Open Enrollment and all things Decker Benefits! Andrea goes over all the different insurance options that Drivers and Office/Shop employees have available to them and how to sign up. You can make changes on at online at http://employeenavigator.com/benefits/Account/Login, or over the phone by calling SISCO at 855-447-4726 ext. 6413. If you have any questions, please contact Andrea at ext. 2530. Stick around until the end to hear a message from Darin regarding this month’s scorecard and a special announcement about an upcoming guest. WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU! If you have topic suggestions or questions you want answered on the podcast, you can email them to podcast@deckermail.com. Or you can create a voice memo on your smartphone and email it to podcast@deckermail.com
12:04
November 12, 2020
20: Referral Bonus and Minimum Pay with Jesse Butler
Driver Recruiter, Jesse Butler, joins host Darin Ladlie over the phone to talk about the Driver Referral Bonus Program and the Minimum Pay Program.  Jesse and Darin explain how referring other Professional Drivers to join the Decker Team can be a very lucrative way to make extra money. The more Drivers you refer, the better the incentives get!  They also talk about the new Driver Minimum Pay Program and why they’re so excited about this opportunity for Drivers.  Jesse and Darin go over the requirements needed to get the minimum pay; and how Drivers can enjoy quality home time and still maintain a steady paycheck. WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU! If you have topic suggestions or questions you want answered on the podcast, you can email them to podcast@deckermail.com. Or you can create a voice memo on your smartphone and email it to podcast@deckermail.com
21:18
November 5, 2020
19: Driver Spotlight - Crystal Haun
Decker Driver Spotlight! Professional Driver Crystal Haun joins host Darin Ladlie to chat about why she took the leap to join the trucking industry, and who inspired her to start her career as a Professional Driver after having a desk job her whole life. Crystal talks about how SmartDrive, Transflo, and her Driver Manager Drew Cardy have all helped her along the way to help her reach her goals, and she also shares great tips for Drivers who are new in the industry. WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU! If you have topic suggestions or questions you want answered on the podcast, you can email them to podcast@deckermail.com. Or you can create a voice memo on your smartphone and email it to podcast@deckermail.com.
28:14
October 29, 2020
18: HAPPY FLEET MANAGER APPRECIATION WEEK with Michael Erritt and Drivers Charles Ghan, Greg Narciso, and Joseph Parris
Vice President of Operations, Michael Erritt, joins host Darin Ladlie to wish Fleet Managers a happy "Fleet Manager Appreciation Week." Michael shares why Decker came up with a special week to celebrate our Fleet Managers and talks about everything that our FMs do on a weekly and daily basis  to make sure their Drivers are taken care of on the road.  Then, Darin talks to three Drivers: Charles Ghan, Greg Narciso, and Joseph Parris about their Fleet Managers Zac Bax, Jerry Chapman, and Josh Killingsworth. These Drivers share fun stories and talk about why they are thankful for their Fleet Managers.  WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU! If you have topic suggestions or questions you want answered on the podcast, you can email them to podcast@deckermail.com. Or you can create a voice memo on your smartphone and email it to podcast@deckermail.com
27:47
October 22, 2020
17: Fleet Manager Spotlight - Zac Bax
Fleet Manager Spotlight! Fleet Manager Zac Bax joins host Darin Ladie in this week’s Fleet Manager Spotlight episode. Zac and Darin chat about what it was like growing up in Texas, Zac’s favorite sports to play, and of course lots of hunting and fishing talk! WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU! If you have topic suggestions or questions you want answered on the podcast, you can email them to podcast@deckermail.com. Or you can create a voice memo on your smartphone and email it to podcast@deckermail.com
33:38
October 15, 2020
16: Driver Spotlight - Jerry Arthur
Decker Driver Spotlight! Professional Driver Jerry Arthur joins host Darin Ladlie to chat about what it was like in 2006 when Jerry first started at Decker compared to now! Jerry and Darin also talk about transitioning to a Lease Purchase Driver and how to overcome any obstacle that may come your way. WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU! If you have topic suggestions or questions you want answered on the podcast, you can email them to podcast@deckermail.com. Or you can create a voice memo on your smartphone and email it to podcast@deckermail.com.
25:45
October 8, 2020
15: Fleet Manager Spotlight - Demisha Hubbard
Fleet Manager Demisha Hubbard joins host Darin Ladlie over the phone to chat about what a day in the life of a Fleet Manager looks like at our Bessemer, AL terminal. She talks about why it’s important to have open communication between Drivers and Fleet Managers and provides guidance on making truck driving a lucrative career. Demisha also touches on important topics such as college football and 80s hair metal bands. WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU! If you have topic suggestions or questions you want answered on the podcast, you can email them to podcast@deckermail.com. Or you can create a voice memo on your smartphone and email it to podcast@deckermail.com.
35:31
October 1, 2020
14: SmartDrive and ART Program with Patrice Fourtina
Patrice Fourtina, Director of Driver Development, joins host Darin Ladlie to discuss SmartDrive and how this safety technology has helped DTL Drivers improve their skills on the road (and make them more money!). Darin and Patrice also talk about the new Ambassador and Resource Team (ART) Program we have at Decker and how it will make our Drivers even more successful.  Stick around until the end to hear about the Scorecard & SmartDrive bonus payout this month and find out who our August Drivers of the month are! WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU! If you have topic suggestions or questions you want answered on the podcast, you can email them to podcast@deckermail.com. Or you can create a voice memo on your smartphone and email it to podcast@deckermail.com.
29:24
September 24, 2020
13: HAPPY DRIVER APPRECIATION WEEK with Tammy O'Tool and Maintenance with Tyson Vance
Host Darin Ladlie and Tammy O’Tool wish all Drivers “Happy Driver Appreciation Week” and they share all the special things that DTL is doing this week in honor of all Professional Drivers.  And then, Tyson Vance, Director of Maintenance Support, joins Darin as they talk about common maintenance issues Drivers should look out for and how to prevent them and/or what to do if they need maintenance support when they are out on the road. WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU! If you have topic suggestions or questions you want answered on the podcast, you can email them to podcast@deckermail.com. Or you can create a voice memo on your smartphone and email it to podcast@deckermail.com
40:53
September 17, 2020
12: Fleet Manager Spotlight - Matt McConaughey
Fleet Manager Spotlight! Decker Fleet Manager, Matt McConaughey, joins host Darin Ladlie over the phone from Missoula, MT in this week’s Fleet Manager Spotlight episode.  Learn everything you ever wanted to know about Matt including ways he keeps a good relationship with his Drivers, how he combines his storm-chasing hobby with working at Decker, and if he really thinks his co-worker Jason Sorlien is a good fisherman! WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU! If you have topic suggestions or questions you want answered on the podcast, you can email them to podcast@deckermail.com. Or you can create a voice memo on your smartphone and email it to podcast@deckermail.com
35:30
September 10, 2020
11: New Guaranteed Minimum Pay for Drivers with Abbie Reed
Abbie Reed, Director of Recruiting, joins host Darin Ladlie over the phone to talk about the brand new guaranteed pay for our Drivers! Abbie gives a detailed breakdown of the new payout and also discusses our Driver Referral Bonus program and orientation pay. WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU! If you have topic suggestions or questions you want answered on the podcast, you can email them to podcast@deckermail.com. Or you can create a voice memo on your smartphone and email it to podcast@deckermail.com
29:17
September 3, 2020
10: Driver Spotlight - Shawn Swallows
Decker Driver Spotlight! Professional Driver Shawn Swallows joins host Darin Ladlie to chat about the lease purchase program, tips on keeping a high scorecard, and how Shawn has achieved Driver of the Month every year he’s been at Decker. Stick around to hear “Words of Wisdom from the Office Staff.” This week, Driver Recruiter Anna Randazzo calls in to tell us a funny story about trucking vocabulary for beginners. WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU! If you have topic suggestions or questions you want answered on the podcast, you can email them to podcast@deckermail.com. Or you can create a voice memo on your smartphone and email it to podcast@deckermail.com.
22:43
August 27, 2020
09: Scorecard Breakdown with Jason Sorlien
Jason Sorlien, Retention Manager & Safety Coordinator, joins host Darin Ladlie over the phone to discuss the Scorecard and SmartDrive Bonus Program. Jason gives a detailed breakdown on the 7 KPI’s that go into the score, and tips to help Drivers increase their scores each month. Jason and Darin also chat about what goes into the Lease/Purchase and Owner/Operator programs. Stick around until the end to hear about the bonus payout this month and the Drivers of the Month for July. WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU! If you have topic suggestions or questions you want answered on the podcast, you can email them to podcast@deckermail.com. Or you can create a voice memo on your smartphone and email it to podcast@deckermail.com
45:10
August 20, 2020
08: Night Operations with Willie Edgerton & Juan Rodriguez
Director of Night Operations, Willie Edgerton and Juan Rodriguez, 2nd shift Night Operations join host Darin Ladlie to talk about what goes on behind the scenes after hours at Decker Truck Line.  Darin gets the inside scoop as they share their favorite memories with Drivers and tips for those just starting at DTL. WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU! If you have topic suggestions or questions you want answered on the podcast, you can email them to podcast@deckermail.com. Or you can create a voice memo on your smartphone and email it to podcast@deckermail.com.
32:23
August 13, 2020
07: Operations with Michael Erritt & Dale Decker
Executive Vice President, Dale Decker, and Vice President of Operations, Michael Erritt, join host Darin Ladlie as they talk about what goes on behind the scenes at Decker Truck Line to keep our Drivers moving. WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU! If you have topic suggestions or questions you want answered on the podcast, you can email them to podcast@deckermail.com. Or you can create a voice memo on your smartphone and email it to podcast@deckermail.com.
36:02
August 6, 2020
06: GeoTab/Transflo Announcement with Tiffany Giekes and Anna Randazzo
Tiffany Giekes, Vice President of Business Process and Technology joins host, Darin Ladlie, over the phone to discuss the new GeoTab/Transflo tablet that is coming soon for all Decker Professional Drivers!  Tiffany talks all about what this new communication and logging device can do and how this latest technology is so Driver-friendly and will be much easier and more convenient for all Drivers to use. Stick around to hear our new segment, “Words of Wisdom from the Office Staff.” This week, Driver Recruiter Anna Randazzo calls in to tell us a funny story about trucking vocabulary for beginners. WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU! If you have topic suggestions or questions you want answered on the podcast, you can email them to podcast@deckermail.com. Or you can create a voice memo on your smartphone and email it to podcast@deckermail.com.
32:21
July 30, 2020
05: Driver Spotlight - Keith Andrews
Decker Driver Spotlight! On his 30th anniversary at Decker, Professional Driver Keith Andrews joins host Darin Ladlie as they talk about all the industry and company changes that have happened over the years. And of course, lots of trucking talk! Stick around until the end to hear about the Scorecard and SmartDrive Bonus Program and June Drivers of the Month. WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU! If you have topic suggestions or questions you want answered on the podcast, you can email them to podcast@deckermail.com. Or you can create a voice memo on your smartphone and email it to podcast@deckermail.com
01:02:52
July 23, 2020
04: Customer Service Spotlight - AC Cook from Bessemer, AL
CSR Spotlight: AC Cook Customer Service Representative from Bessemer, Alabama, AC Cook, joins host Darin Ladlie over the phone as our special guest this week.  Listen in as they chat about why he got started in the trucking industry, what his work life is like on a daily basis and AC offers some pretty uplifting advice for our Professional Drivers.  AC also gives some great insight of Decker’s Alabama location and shares why he loves working at Decker in Bessemer. WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU! If you have topic suggestions or questions you want answered on the podcast, you can email them to podcast@deckermail.com. Or you can create a voice memo on your smartphone and email it to podcast@deckermail.com.
42:38
July 16, 2020
03: Health, Wellness, and Benefits with Andrea Kloberdanz & Dale Leman
Special Guests Dale Leman & Andrea Kloberdanz Health & Benefits Manager, Andrea Kloberdanz,  joins host Darin Ladlie as they talk about Covid-19, how Drivers can stay healthy during these times, and the types of benefits that Decker Truck Line has to offer. Professional Driver, Dale Leman, calls in with a special story about his time as a Driver during the pandemic.  WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU! If you have topic suggestions or questions you want answered on the podcast, you can email them to podcast@deckermail.com. Or you can create a voice memo on your smartphone and email it to podcast@deckermail.com.
37:08
July 9, 2020
02: Driver Spotlight - Dean Soucek
Decker Driver Spotlight! Professional Driver Dean Soucek joins host Darin Ladlie as they talk about the bonus program, truck amenities, advice for new Drivers, and lots more trucking talk! Stick around until the end to hear more about the Scorecard and SmartDrive Bonus Program and May Drivers of the Month. WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU! If you have topic suggestions or questions you want answered on the podcast, you can email them to podcast@deckermail.com. Or you can create a voice memo on your smartphone and email it to podcast@deckermail.com.
35:19
July 2, 2020
01: History of Decker
Have you always wondered how Decker Truck Line, Inc. came to be? Don Decker, Joe Fell, and Marv Heinze sit down with Inside the Triangle in this very special episode to discuss the history of Decker and how it became the company it is today.  WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU! If you have topic suggestions or questions you want answered on the podcast, you can email them to podcast@deckermail.com. Or you can create a voice memo on your smartphone and email it to podcast@deckermail.com.
53:04
June 25, 2020
Trailer
Inside the Triangle is an exciting new podcast from Decker Truck Line that explores everything from trucking industry news and DTL company updates, to more personal Professional Driver & employee interviews. Every Thursday, join our host Darin Ladlie (Driver Liaison and Retention & Lease Purchase Manager at DTL) as he talks about the trucking industry and Decker Truck Line.  Dale Decker, Vice President of Decker Truck Line, joins our host to discuss the motivation behind starting the podcast and what is to come in future episodes of Inside the Triangle. WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU! If you have questions you want answered on the podcast, the best way to submit them is to create a voice memo on your smart phone! Email your message to podcast@deckermail.com
10:14
June 18, 2020