Associates Network at Bridging the Gap

Werner associates recently attended U.S. Senator Deb Fischer’s Bridging The Gap event at the Field Club of Omaha. Bridging the Gap’s mission is to inspire women to engage in their communities at the local, state and national level.

A panel including Emily Brummund, life and leadership coach, Laurie Smith Camp, chief U.S. district judge, and Dr. Courtney McCashland, chief executive officer-Strengths Research, discussed leadership, networking and mentoring. Bridging The Gap encourages women to join forces to strengthen families and communities.

From left: Jennifer Petersen, associate corporate counsel-Legal; Kaylee Cornick, associate director-International Operations; Jackie Bratty, human resources manager-Administration; Kara Stieneke, operations manager-Specialized Services Division; Sarah McDonald, government affairs representative-Legal; Senator Deb Fischer; Jafi Roskey, government hiring specialist-Recruiting; Julia Hoult, associate director-Pricing; Kendra Kripal, project manager-Corporate Communications; Ann Schow, vice president and controller-Accounting and Finances, and Tiffany Riggs, copywriter/editor-Corporate Communications.

National Stop On Red Week

Jim Kochenderfer, director of Safety, discusses National Stop On Red Week and the importance of stopping at red lights.

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Blue Brigade: PB&J Sandwich Making Event

The Blue Brigade helped make peanut butter and jelly sandwiches to donate to Youth Emergency Services and the Open Door Mission. These sandwiches will be used in outreach bags for homeless adults and youth.

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Werner Logistics Named 2016 Top 100 3PL Provider

Werner Logistics was named a 2016 Top 100 3PL Provider by Inbound Logistics magazine for its leadership in innovative solutions that produces logistics and supply chain excellence.

“As market innovators in all our logistics services, Werner Logistics is proud to be named a 2016 Top 100 3PL Provider,” said Matt Parry, senior vice president of Werner Logistics. “We believe this reflects our commitment to offering world-class logistics solutions to address many of the challenges our customers face.”

Each year, Inbound Logistics conducts personal interviews and online research to select the best third-party logistics providers, demonstrating excellence in optimizing transportation and logistics operations, and transformative solutions that drive integration across internal and external business processes.

This year’s selection of Top 100 3PL Providers was chosen among several hundred companies. The service providers selected offer the diverse operational capabilities and experience to meet readers’ unique supply chain and logistics needs. The complete list can be found in the July issue of Inbound Logistics and at

Werner Enterprises Recognized with Extraordinary Employer Support Award

Werner Enterprises recently received the Extraordinary Employer Support Award, recognizing its sustained support to the Reserve components of the United States Armed Forces.

“Receiving this award is an honor that reflects our company’s commitment to veterans, and those currently serving in the National Guard and Reserves,” said Associate Vice President of Student and Government Recruiting Jim Morbach. “Employers are critical to fostering cultures of support and value for service members transitioning between military and civilian roles.”

Presented by the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), this prestigious award is only attainable by prior recipients of the Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award or the Pro Patria Award after demonstrating sustained support for three years.

Werner was recognized twice with the Pro Patria Award, the highest recognition bestowed by a state ESGR committee. Recipients demonstrate support to National Guard and Reserve members through leadership and practices, including adopting policies to make it easier for associates to participate in the National Guard and Reserves.

Recognizing supportive employers is vital to ESGR’s mission to strengthen relationships between service members and employers. As a military friendly employer, Werner has hired more than 7,800 veterans since 2011, and more than 400 veteran spouses.

Apprenticeship Program Celebrates 5,000th Veteran Enrollment

Ten years ago, Werner Enterprises partnered with the Department of Labor and the Department of Veterans Affairs to start the industry’s first Professional Truck Driver Apprenticeship Program. The innovative work-based learning program allows veteran enrollees to use their GI Bill education benefits to invest in a future with Werner.

On July 6, 2016, Werner’s apprenticeship program celebrated its 5,000th veteran enrollee, Charles Doster, from Cordele, Georgia. Doster currently serves in the Georgia Army National Guard as a truck driver/supply specialist. He attended Roadmaster Drivers School in Jacksonville, Florida, before joining Werner.

“I spoke to a Werner recruiter at a job fair and when he told me about all the benefits that Werner has to offer, I was convinced it was the right company for me,” said Doster.

This apprenticeship is available for any driver with less than 24 months of experience and who is not a trainer or an owner operator. Eligible veterans, veteran spouses and veteran dependents can receive up to $22,555.20 tax-free of their GI Bill education benefits in addition to their normal pay for two years. Applicants do not have to be a veteran to participate in the program. Those who successfully complete the program receive a nationally recognized certification from the U.S. Department of Labor.