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IN-SITE Miniseries Featuring Lease-To-Own Program From ES & Panther Continues With December 13 Webinar Event

December 5, 2022

On Tuesday, December 13th at 2pm EST, ES will be presenting 2022, It’s All About You: How Panther & ES Make a Better Path to Successful Truck Ownership.

Through this edition of the IN-SITE 2022 series, we will continue our mini-series of webinars exploring various aspects of the non-traditional lease-purchase program that Panther Premium Logistics (a service of ArcBest) has developed in collaboration with ES.

Register to watch the live presentation or view the webinar replay on demand after the event.

This webinar will highlight the support systems that have been set up within ES and at Panther to assist program participants in getting started and how the non-traditional lease-purchase program is designed to position participants to realize their success in trucking.

Our panel will feature Jeff Tacker, who serves as the Chief Operating Officer, Chief Commercial Officer and Executive Vice President for ES. Jeff has been involved with the design and the development of the non-traditional lease-purchase program that ES has created with Panther.

The webinar panel will also include Patrick Bertrand, Senior Service Coordinator at ES for this program. As you will hear during the webinar, the Service Coordinators at ES serve as a central point of contact for the owner-operators and independent contractors within the ES Community. ES Service Coordinators work to assist participants as they get started in the program, answering questions, directing them to the right resources and offering other general support.

Frank Tufano, Director of Owner-Operator Recruiting at Panther Premium Logistics, will also be joining the panel to share opportunities available at Panther and how the two teams work together to deliver a non-traditional lease purchase program that provides support and guidance so participants can take charge of their driving career and build a profitable business. RSVP now to gain access to the free webinar.

This edition of the IN-SITE 2022 Webinar Series will be moderated by Leah Shaver, the President and CEO of the National Transportation Institute (NTI), a leader in the trucking industry for tracking company driver and owner-operator compensation history, changes and benchmarks. Leah, who also serves as a host on SiriusXM’s Road Dog Trucking Radio Channel 146, is one of the foremost experts in the trucking industry on topics related to compensation, driver recruiting and driver retention.

If you are interested in finding out more about the programs ES has available, including the Lease-To-Own Program developed in collaboration with Panther, or, if you would like to learn more about how ES can support your existing trucking business, please call us at (877) 349-9303, option 4 or connect with us online and a representative will follow up with you soon.


Expert Panel
Leah Shaver
Leah Shaver
President & CEO
National Transportation Institute
Jeff Tacker
Jeff Tacker
Chief Operating Officer, Chief Commercial Officer, Executive Vice President
Expediter Services
Patrick Bertrand
Patrick Bertrand
Senior Service Coordinator
Expediter Services
Frank Tufano
Frank Tufano
Director, Owner-Operator Recruiting
Panther Premium Logistics (a service of ArcBest)

NOVEMBER 15th IN-SITE WEBINAR REPLAY

Our miniseries highlighting the non-traditional lease-to-own program created by ES and Panther began with a live presentation on November 15th. Leah Shaver also served as the moderator for “2022, It’s All About You – And Panther!” The panelists from Panther were Frank Tufano, the company’s Director of Owner-Operator Recruiting, and Cory Robertson, Driver Recruiting Manager. The panelists from ES for the November edition of the IN-SITE Webinar Series were David Withers, Senior Director of Operations & Recruiting, and Danny Vernon, the Director of Truck Sales & Finance.

As you will see through this replay, the topics covered in this webinar included:

  • Non-traditional lease-purchase opportunities available through Panther Premium Logistics (a service of ArcBest) and ES
  • How the Panther Lease-Purchase Program Powered by ES stands apart from traditional lease-purchase programs
  • Requirements and process of applying for available opportunities
  • Truck availability for solos and teams
  • Service and support available to ES Community members

Each of the webinar and podcast releases in the IN-SITE 2022 series feature topics of interest for owner-operators, independent contract drivers, fleet owners and any aspiring entrepreneurs within trucking. To access previous releases and to stay up to date on the latest from the IN-SITE 2022 Online Series, please visit https://essuccessintrucking.com/insite2022/.

ES is proud to have Stoops Freightliner serve as the Title Sponsor for the IN-SITE 2022 Series.

A Time for Thanks

November 22, 2022

During this season of Thanksgiving, ES would like to give thanks to YOU, the independent contractors, owner-operators, fleet owners, motor carriers and vendors, who are the backbone of everything we do as a community. We are grateful for the opportunity to serve your business and the ES Community.

You are the reason ES continues to invest in support services, programs, technologies, people and office space in order serve you better by providing opportunities for business generation — through good freight and bad.

Happy Thanksgiving from Expediter Services

We have much to be thankful for in 2022, and we’re looking forward to 2023 to serve you even better.

Please Note Office Closures: ES offices will be closed Thursday, November 24th and Friday, November 25th in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. Our normal hours will resume Monday, November 28th.

Proclamation of Thanksgiving

“The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added…

No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy.

It has seemed to me fit and proper that they should be solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged as with one heart and one voice by the whole American People,  I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens. And I recommend to them that while offering up the ascriptions justly due to Him for such singular deliverances and blessings, they do also, with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience, commend to His tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in which we are unavoidably engaged, and fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty Hand to heal the wounds of the nation and to restore it as soon as may be consistent with the Divine purposes to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquility and Union.”
President Abraham Lincoln

ES Announces Expansion of Women-Owned Business Initiative

November 17, 2022

ES is excited to announce that the company has met its goal of creating and growing 150 women-owned businesses and is expanding the initiative to continue to finance and support women-owned businesses in the transportation industry. ES Co-Founder & CEO Jason Williams shared the news during the Women In Trucking Association’s annual Accelerate! Conference being held in Dallas.

Women-Owned Business, Women In Trucking
ES Co-Founder & CEO on the main stage at the Accelerate Conference with Ellen Voie, the President & CEO of the Women In Trucking Association.

First announced at the 2017 Accelerate! Conference as a collaborative initiative between ES and the Women In Trucking Association (WIT), the 150 Business Challenge became a proven platform for the creation and expansion of women-owned businesses in trucking by utilizing the ES Path To Ownership program model as well as the support and resources available to members of the ES Community.

“From the time that we launched Expediter Services in 2006, part of our mission has always been to work with professional drivers who want to pursue the American Dream of owning their own business. Over the years, we have worked to create programs and support systems through our ES Community that are designed to level the playing field for anyone who has the desire and the commitment to start and operate their own trucking business,” said Williams.

“From the first time I met with the team at ES, it was clear to me that promoting diversity is in the DNA of ES. Creating opportunities that can empower women to become truck owners and start businesses in the trucking industry is part of what ES does, and that commitment is great for our industry,” said Ellen Voie, President & CEO of the Women In Trucking Association.

As part of the program, ES offers participants competitive market-rate financing via the relationship lending model established through ES Equipment Finance. ES is excited to announce that the company has met its goal of creating and growing 150 women-owned businesses in partnership with the Women In Trucking Association and is expanding the initiative to continue to finance and support women-owned businesses in the transportation industry with a commitment of $40 million to the program!

The program is designed to have the participants run under the authority of the motor carriers participating in the program through the ES Community. Truck ownership is achieved with an affordable payment plan and with program participants receiving consistent miles from the participating carriers as well as business support from the ES Team. Forward Air, FedEx Custom Critical and Panther Premium Logistics (a service of ArcBest) were the first carriers within the ES Community to utilize the non-asset capacity being generated by the 150 Business Challenge.

“We know there is more work to be done in opening the doors of business ownership for women in the trucking industry. This is why we are continuing the important work started through the 150 Business Challenge under our new ES Women-Owned Business Initiative. As always, we want to continue to be a trusted resource for making truck ownership and business creation opportunities for trucking professionals and for those people who are thinking about entering the industry,” said Williams.

ES has a landing page with more information on our commitment to assist in the creation of women-owned businesses available through the following link: https://essuccessintrucking.com/women-in-trucking/.

If you or someone you know is interested in starting or expanding their women-owned business, call our recruiting team at (877) 349-9303, option 4 or connect with us online.

Expediter Services To Host Webinar Highlighting Non-Traditional Lease-To-Own Program From Panther Premium Logistics, a Service of ArcBest

November 3, 2022

WEBINAR REPLAY –
2022, It’s All About You – And Panther!

ES is excited to announce the sixth webinar of the company’s IN-SITE 2022 Online Series. This free webinar is entitled 2022, It’s All About You – And Panther!

This IN-SITE Webinar will highlight the latest happenings and opportunities available through Panther Premium Logistics, a Service of ArcBest, including the revolutionary non-traditional lease-to-own program that ES developed in collaboration with Panther. Click here to watch the webinar replay.

The panel for this edition of the IN-SITE 2022 Webinar Series will feature two of the key people overseeing the recruiting process at Panther Premium Logistics. Frank Tufano, the company’s Director of Owner-Operator Recruiting, and Cory Robertson, Driver Recruiting Manager, will be sharing perspective on the state of the industry and opportunities with Panther.

ES will also have two members of the company’s management team as part of the webinar’s expert panel. David Withers, Senior Director of Operations & Recruiting for ES, and Danny Vernon, the Director of Truck Sales & Finance at ES, will be part of the conversation during this webinar. In addition to discussing the strong working relationship between ES and Panther as well as how this non-traditional lease-to-own program has performed and grown during the past year, the panelists will also explore other topics, including the current conditions for purchasing trucks and starting a trucking business in today’s market.

This edition of the IN-SITE 2022 Webinar Series will be moderated by Leah Shaver, the President and CEO of the National Transportation Institute (NTI). Founded in 1995, NTI has earned the reputation as a leader in the trucking industry for tracking company driver and owner-operator compensation history, changes and benchmarks. Leah, who also serves as a host on SiriusXM’s Road Dog Trucking Radio Channel 146, is one of the foremost experts in the trucking industry on topics related to compensation, driver recruiting and driver retention.

The November 15th webinar event is part of the overall IN-SITE 2022 Online Series, which also includes podcast releases from ES. Each of the webinar and podcast releases in the series feature topics of interest for owner-operators, independent contract drivers, fleet owners and any aspiring entrepreneurs within trucking. To access previous releases and to stay up to date on the latest from the IN-SITE 2022 Online Series, please visit: essuccessintrucking.com/insite2022/.

If you’re ready to take the first step in starting your own trucking business with the support and guidance of the ES team, please call us at 866-811-3033, option 4 or connect with us here.


Expert Panel
Leah Shaver
Leah Shaver
President & CEO
National Transportation Institute
Frank Tufano
Frank Tufano
Director, Owner-Operator Recruiting
Panther Premium Logistics, A Service of ArcBest
Cory Robertson
Cory Robertson
Driver Recruiting Manager
Panther Premium Logistics, A Service of ArcBest
David Withers
David Withers
Senior Director of Operations & Recruiting
Expediter Services
Danny Vernon
Danny Vernon
Director of Truck Sales & Finance
Expediter Services

ES is proud to have Stoops Freightliner serve as the Title Sponsor for the IN-SITE 2022 Series.

Colleen Umbehant Achieving New Levels Of Success With Women-Owned Business Initiative From ES

October 27, 2022

After years of working with used and refurbished equipment, Colleen Umbehant had been searching for an answer that would position her trucking business for a greater level of success. She had already established her independence, running under the motor carrier authority of Panther Premium Logistics, a Service of ArcBest. A veteran of the trucking industry who started driving in 1996 to support her family, Colleen had found a home with Panther and she has always been open to the new opportunities that Panther presented to the fleet.

When ES announced in November of 2017 the launch of the company’s Women-Owned Business initiative to assist in the creation and growth of women-owned businesses in trucking, Panther, as a partner motor carrier in the ES Community, moved forward to participate in the program. One of the first steps that Panther took was to share the news of the program across the fleet.

“I always knew that having a new truck could make a huge difference for me, and, one day, a friend of mine with Panther asked me if I had seen the email about the new program from ES,” Colleen recalled. “I looked into the program and then I contacted ES.”

By February of 2018, Colleen was climbing aboard her new Class 8 tractor. ES had lined Colleen up with her chosen, make and model of truck, which only had a handful miles in coming fresh off the factory line to the dealership. Colleen utilized ES Equipment Finance to obtain competitive market-rate financing with a truck payment that worked perfectly with her business plan.

“She’s been the best truck that we’ve ever had, and ES made it so easy for us. We came to their offices, signed the paperwork, got the truck and started rolling,” Colleen explained. “That truck is exactly what we needed for our business. We’ve really been able to put our truck to work and I can’t say enough about the support that we have received from Panther and ES.”

Trucking is a family business for Colleen. A mother of five, Colleen was encouraged to consider entering the trucking industry 26 years ago by her oldest daughter. Watching Colleen drive for some over-the-road carriers early in her career, Colleen’s son, James, was inspired to explore opportunities as a professional driver. James earned his CDL, and Colleen assisted in finishing his training at a truckload carrier before finding her way to Panther about 10 years ago. Currently, Colleen and James are team drivers aboard the truck that she now owns.

“I made my final payment in May, and it’s amazing to think that I now own this truck,” said Colleen. “It has served us well and we do everything we can to take good care of it. One of things that has made a difference for me is that ES has always treated me like a business partner. They laid everything out for me from the beginning. Everything they told me was true and they have always stood behind what they said.

“Panther has also treated me like a business partner, and they are the best company that I have ever driven for. I plan to stay here until I retire,” Colleen added. “Looking back on my experience with ES and their truck ownership program, I would highly recommend it for any woman or man who wants to start out on their own with their own truck. It was definitely the right move for me and my business.”

Are you inspired by Colleen’s story and want to grow your trucking business? Contact the ES team or call (877) 349-9303 and let us help support your company with expertise in financial services and technology, relationship lending, and general business support.

Growth of ES Community & Programs Offered By ES Highlighted In North American Outlook Magazine

October 18, 2022

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Expediter Services and the ES Community earned national recognition through an extensive feature article in the current issue of North American Outlook Magazine. The publication specializes in profiles that showcase success stories across North America with exclusive, in-depth interviews with executives at prominent companies across a full spectrum of industries. North American Outlook strives to provide its readers with the kind of knowledge and insights that detail how industry leaders and their businesses are responding to the latest trends in their sector.

Jason Williams, the CEO and co-founder of Expediter Services, participated in a question-and-answer session that served as the foundation for the feature presentation in North American Outlook. The article, which covered six pages in the magazine, explores the core business values of ES as well as new initiatives from the company.

The North American Outlook feature also discusses the history and future of ES and how ES is well positioned to help our ES Community members to shine in times of uncertainty. One of the many highlights of the expansive interview with Jason spotlights the work that ES has done to champion the growth of women-owned businesses in transportation as well as the importance of partnerships to the success of ES and the ES Community in the transportation industry.

If you’re interested in a partnership that can take your business to the next level, click here to connect with us or reach out to the ES team at (877) 349-9303. ES is a one-stop support company with expertise in financial services and technology, relationship lending, and general business support.

Fleet Owners Joe & Carol Shelton: An Inspiring Example Of Success Within The ES Community

October 5, 2022

When you consider where they started and how far they have moved their business forward in just over a decade, fleet owners Joe and Carol Shelton truly do stand as an inspiration within the ES Community.

The journey toward success in trucking for the Sheltons began 12 years ago when Joe lost his job as part of the fallout from the 2008 economic crisis. In surveying his possible options, Joe decided to explore what could be possible within the trucking industry. Joe convinced his wife, Carol, to join him on what became their first steps into trucking’s expedited sector.

Immediately following trucking school and securing their commercial licenses, Joe and Carol got connected with the team at Expediter Services. The Sheltons began their trucking careers by driving an ES truck that was running under the authority of one of the carriers in the ES Community. With the comprehensive support from ES in hand and the world of opportunity found in the miles in front of them, the Sheltons began the path to ownership of their first truck as independent contract team drivers within the ES Community.

Not long after becoming owner-operators with their first truck, the Sheltons had an opportunity to expand their operation and become fleet owners within the ES Community. Today, Joe and Carol are the proud owners of R2R Associates LLC – a company with an expedited fleet of 11 trucks all operating within the ES Community. Visit their website: r2rtrucking.com.

As we begin the launch of a video series that will spotlight a variety of members within the ES Community, we thought the Sheltons’ story of success and growth in the trucking industry over the past decade would serve as an ideal place to start our profiles. We would like to invite you to watch Joe and Carol’s personal story and how they have been able to utilize the comprehensive services and the support available from ES over their years in the trucking industry.

Are you interested in a partnership that can help grow your business to the next level? Reach out to the ES team at (877) 349-9303. ES is a one-stop support company with expertise in financial services and technology, relationship lending, and general business support.

Appreciation For the ES Community Placed in The National Spotlight On RadioNemo

September 27, 2022

Podcast: Jason Williams Shares Insights On RadioNemo

Courtesy of SiriusXM and Dave Nemo Entertainment, the Success In Trucking Podcast is able to share a replay of a recent Dave Nemo Show interview with Jason Williams, the Co-Founder & CEO of Expediter Services. As you’ll hear, Jason shares how the team at ES makes the effort each day to express their appreciation for professional truck drivers in the work that they do.

The owner-operators, independent contractors and all the trucking professionals who are part of the ES Community were placed in the spotlight when Jason Williams was recently interviewed on the Dave Nemo Show, which is nationally broadcast on SiriusXM’s Road Dog Trucking Radio Channel.

Jason, the CEO and Co-Founder of ES, was one of the featured guests on RadioNemo during the program’s celebration of National Truck Driver Appreciation Week.

In an interview conducted by RadioNemo’s Jimmy Mac, Jason, capturing the spirit of the week, used the national platform that reaches 1.5 million listeners daily to note the value of owner-operators, independent contractors, small trucking businesses and all professional drivers to the transportation industry and the supply chain.

Jason shared that one of the ways ES has shown the organization’s commitment to professional drivers is through helping them realize the dream of ownership by working to remove barriers and by providing support services that are focused on placing ES Community members in the best position to succeed. 

During the interview, you’ll get a glimpse into how Jason thinks about the importance of drivers in moving the country and how the success of ES comes from focusing on the industry from the truck level upwards. As Jason shares with Jimmy Mac and the RadioNemo audience, ES only succeeds if the people behind the wheel succeed. In addition, ES has aligned the organization in the manner so the company never loses appreciation for and understanding of the value that professional truck drivers have in the transportation industry and to ensure they a platform and the support necessary to become true truck owners and launch their own businesses.

Jason notes during the interview that someone running a business with their own truck has the same obstacles and hurdles to overcome as larger carriers do. However, unlike a large motor carrier, most small trucking operations have a steep hill to climb because they lack the resources to run their business as efficiently as large fleets. This is where ES serves as a champion for trucking entrepreneurs. Through the approach taken by ES, owner-operators, independent contractors and fleet owners, as members of the ES Community, have the resources and support to overcome the hurdles small operations encounter.

Partnership is the foundation to Success in Trucking for professional drivers. As Jason shares during his interview, ES recognizes that finding the road to success in trucking is not a one-size-fits-all solution. It must be tailored to each member of the ES Community. Owners need to have partnerships that encourage and assist with operational matters, but also that challenge how they’re thinking about their business based on their expertise. At the end of the day, ES is here to provide opportunities and support for those who are interested in making the commitment to owning a truck or running their own small fleet.

If you’re interested in a partnership that can take your trucking business to the next level, reach out to the ES team at (877) 349-9303. ES is a one-stop support company with expertise in financial services and technology, relationship lending, and general business support.

Webinar Replay – 2022, It’s All About You: Spotlighting Success Within the ES Community

September 21, 2022

Thinking about owning your own truck? Watch this webinar to hear first-hand from owner-operators and independent contractors how ES can help you be a Success in Trucking.

This edition of the IN-SITE 2022 Webinar Series entitled “2022, It’s All About You: Spotlighting Success Within the ES Community” is moderated by Leah Shaver, the President and CEO of the National Transportation Institute (NTI) alongside ES Sr Director of Operations & Recruiting, David Withers. Leah, who also serves as a host on SiriusXM’s Road Dog Trucking Radio Channel 146, is one of the foremost experts in the trucking industry on topics related to compensation, driver recruiting and driver retention.

During this webinar you will hear:

  • Personal stories from professional drivers who achieved truck ownership by utilizing the programs and support services available within the ES Community
  • How ES programs & support services work together to benefit the members of the ES Community
  • How the ES Path To Ownership (PTO) program works

As you will hear through the webinar replay, the Path To Ownership (PTO) program stands as one of the most unique and successful programs in the industry that offers professional drivers the opportunity to realize their dream of truck ownership and running their own business.

In addition to our panelists, you’ll hear from husband-and-wife team Dominic & Ashley Peace, who are owner-operators in the FedEx Custom Critical fleet, about the support they received from ES when they decided to enter the trucking industry, seeking a path to new opportunities and growth after deciding to make career changes. They also enlighten viewers about what it’s like living as a couple on-the-road.

You’ll also hear the experiences of veteran truckload driver Bobby Meredith, who run as part of the Forward Air fleet with his business partner Clayton Phelps. You’ll hear how Bobby got connected with ES after nearly giving up on his dream of truck ownership because of his difficult experience within a traditional lease-purchase program at his previous carrier. 

If you’re inspired by this webinar to take the next step in your Success in Trucking, reach out to the ES team at (877) 349-9303.

Leah Shaver, President and CEO of the National Transportation Institute
David Withers, Senior Director of Operations and Recruiting for ES

Want to learn more about how we can help you succeed in trucking, click to watch our previous webinars.

ES is proud to have Stoops Freightliner serve as the Title Sponsor for the IN-SITE 2022 Series.

Thank you to all the hard-working truck drivers who go the extra mile every day!

September 8, 2022

This year, National Truck Driver Appreciation Week is September 11-17, but at ES, our commitment to Driver Appreciation and to Success In Trucking for the owner-operators and independent contract drivers in the ES Community is seen through the dedication to service and support that happens every day of the year. When it comes to Driver Appreciation, the ES Team always strives to take steps with actions that back up their words.

Success in Trucking Podcast: David Withers Discusses Driver Appreciation

David Withers, Senior Director of Operations & Recruiting at ES, is our featured guest on this edition of the Success In Trucking Podcast Powered By ES. As you will hear on the podcast, David’s appreciation for America’s Professional Truck Drivers dates back when he was a kid and his father was behind the wheel of a big rig. In this episode, David will discuss what Driver Appreciation means to him and the ES team as well as the importance of backing up your words with actions when it comes to working with professional drivers.

Webinar Replay: Spotlighting Success Within the ES Community

David is part of the webinar panel spotlighting success in our own ES Community entitled “2022, It’s All About You: Spotlighting Success Within the ES Community.” If you have friends or family that are interested in a Path to Ownership, please share this webinar replay so they can see what is possible in truck ownership when they Never Stand Alone with ES.

This edition of the IN-SITE 2022 Webinar Series is moderated by Leah Shaver, the President and CEO of the National Transportation Institute (NTI). Leah, who also serves as a host on SiriusXM’s Road Dog Trucking Radio Channel 146, is one of the foremost experts in the trucking industry on topics related to compensation, driver recruiting and driver retention.

During this webinar you’ll hear personal stories from professional drivers who achieved truck ownership by utilizing the programs and support services available within the ES Community and how ES programs and support services work together.

We highly recommend that you watch the webinar to learn about the ES Path To Ownership (PTO) program, which stand as one of the most unique and successful programs in the industry offering professional drivers the opportunity for truck ownership and running their own trucking business. Connect with ES to learn more.

Thank you again for everything you do as truck drivers!

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