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Congratulations to Tnatu Saw, latest to complete the Hil Bros. Driver Finishing Program! Good job, Tnatu! Enjoy your new career at the hill!
Please you this link to apply: https://recruiting.paylocity.com/Recruiting/jobs/Apply/859467
Director of Business Development
Director position to lead customer facing activities for a 200+ truck operation working closely with the President and General Manager. Responsibilities to maximize freight hauling capacity and rates while helping reduce deadhead and open trucks. Develop pricing strategies with the goal of maximizing Hill Brothers profits while ensuring Hill Brothers customers are satisfied. Requires continual development of relationships of potential customers in key markets. Present to the marketplace Hill Bros. Transportation services and effectively cross sell the service offerings of sister company Hill Bros Logistics.
- Formulate, direct and coordinate marketing and sales activities to promote services provided by Hill Bros Transportation.
- Develop and maintain business relationships with established customers and potential new customers in all key truck line markets. Be able to solicit freight quickly to fill open lanes.
- Meet regularly with truck-line management in order to have thorough knowledge of present freight needs.
- Continual improvement of Hill Bros freight mix. Seek driver friendly business. Continual review of rates and implementing rate increases. This may include walking away from less than optimal business while attempting to convert the business to a Logistics opportunity.
- Administer incoming RFP’s. Complete RFI’s, monitor progress and insure responses are sent to meet due times. Coordinate process with internal stakeholders. Follow up with customer.
- Liaison between customer and operations, serving as escalation point of contact to address service and or operations issues.
- Use sales forecasting and strategic planning to ensure the sale and profitability of services, analyzing business developments and monitoring market trends.
- Attend industry related conferences to professionally represent the Hill Bros franchise
- Evaluate the financial aspects of service development, such as budgets, expenditures, and return-on-investment and profit-loss projections.
- Be a team player – interact well with all departments of the company.
- Abundance of interaction with Director of Pricing in developing and executing our strategic plan.
- Negotiate contracts and rates with customers to manage freight volume and pricing
- Actively promote service offerings of sister company Hill Bros Logistics.
- Comply with company policies and procedures.
Reasonable Accommodations Statement
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Reasonable Accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
- Accountability – This position is critical to the success of the Hill Bros Transportation. Revenue for the truck-line must exceed $50 million annually to feed the current need. Every truck-line account must hear the service offerings of Hill Bros Logistics. Regular interaction with VP of Logistics to continue the aggressive growth of Logistics.
- Assertiveness – Ability to act in a self-confident manner to facilitate completion of a work assignment or to defend a position or idea.
- Business Acumen – Ability to grasp and understand business concepts and issues. Demonstrate the Hill Bros Way.
- Communication, Oral – Ability to communicate effectively with others using the spoken word.
- Communication, Written – Ability to communicate in writing clearly and concisely.
- Competitiveness – Willingness to strive to get ahead or to finish projects.
- Conceptual Thinking – Ability to think in terms of abstract ideas.
- Enthusiastic – Ability to bring energy to the performance of a task.
- Job Knowledge – The familiarity gained by sight, experience, or training.
- Presentation Skills – Ability to effectively present information publicly.
- Problem Solving – Ability to find a solution for or to deal proactively with work-related problems.
- Project Management – Ability to organize and direct a project to completion.
SKILLS & ABILITIES
Education: Bachelor’s Degree (four year college or technical school) or industry experience in a similar role.
Experience: 3 plus years of experience
Computer Skills: Experience with Microsoft Excel, Word and Outlook. Experience with TMW Suite helpful.
Please use this link to apply: https://recruiting.paylocity.com/Recruiting/jobs/Apply/859467
Hill Bros would like to remind our drivers, and all drivers, to be safe at all times.
With the high winds expected today it is important to remember that no load is worth your life or that of others! When in doubt, park your truck! Here are some tips to help you stay safe in uncertain conditions:
Wind speeds that are near 60 mph is enough to overturn a trailer. A large trailer is especially dangerous because it has a lot of surface area that is a recipe for disaster in the wind. All that surface area catches a lot of wind. Your tractor trailer is at a greater risk of overturning compared to cars, pickup trucks, small box trucks, and flatbeds. If you are not carrying a load the danger only increases because you don’t have the added weight to prevent you from overturning. There is no hard fast rule that says a specific wind speed is most dangerous but many professional drivers agree that anything over 60mph is too dangerous. Wind speeds between 40mph and 59 mph can be risky depending on your load weight and direction of the wind. Use caution and check out the tips below. Driving a semi in high winds is risky and you have to know what to do when you encounter strong winds. This article gives you 12 tips that will help you drive your tractor trailer (safely) in high winds.
1. Check The Wind Speed When Planning A Trip
Before you even get on the road you should be checking weather while you are planning your trip. Make sure to check what you are driving into. Don’t just check to see if there is going to be snow or rain, make sure you take a look at wind speeds as well.
A lot of truck drivers overlook this or underestimate wind speed dangers. A good rule of thumb to know is that winds that are 60mph+ are dangerous for trailers. If the wind speed is under 60 mph you should be okay but still be cautious if the wind speed is in the 40mph to 59mph range.
Also, be sure to consider your load weight before you head into an area that has or is expecting high winds. A load weight of 70,000 lbs. is obviously going to be more difficult to tip over than a tractor with a load weight of 35,000 lbs.
Don’t let strong winds take you by surprise. Good planning and awareness can prevent a disaster. If you need a good app for you smart phone take a look at this one, it’s the NOAA (National Oceanic And Atmospheric Administration) official app for iPhone and Android phones. Actually, this is a great app to have to receive all kinds of weather related alerts, not just wind speeds. For some more free apps for truck drivers read this article.
2. Try An Alternate Route
Trying an alternate route might be an option to avoid high winds. Check out what your options are using a good GPS for trucking. If it is viable then you should take it. Sure, the drive time might be longer but it beats parking your tractor trailer and not moving at all. Listen to the weather reports and talk to other drivers to find out what your alternate route options are and make sure they are safe too.
3. Stop Driving And Park
If wind conditions are so bad that you simply cannot drive anymore you need to park and wait it out. You are the only person that can make this decision. If you feel it is no longer save to drive then find a place to park.
When looking for a parking place try to find a building that you can park next to so that it cuts down the wind a little.
Another trick is to try and park so that your tractor trailer is facing the wind. This will minimize the amount of wind hitting your trailer.
Waiting it out isn’t the greatest option but sometimes you just have to do it. Take care of yourself first and then worry about the load and dispatchers.
4. Don’t Cave In To Pressure (dispatch)
You know that your dispatch is going to pressure you into driving regardless of wind speeds. They don’t care. They aren’t the ones driving the truck. Don’t give in to pressure from anyone, if you feel like the wind is too strong be prepared to stop or take an alternate route.
Don’t ever let someone else (dispatch) determine your safety. Don’t do it.
5. Slow Down
If you do have to drive when it’s windy make sure that you slow down. As a matter of fact you should use the same caution as you would if it were snowing or raining. There will be times when the winds will be a little stronger than usual but it’s okay to keep driving. When this happens you should adjust your speed accordingly.
You know your truck, listen to what it is telling you and you will be okay.
6. Know Your Trailer
An empty trailer is at a greater risk in high winds than a trailer that is carrying a 30,000 lb load. It’s common sense that more force is needed to turn over an object with more mass. If you are running empty you need to keep this in mind before it’s too late.
7. Sometimes Wind Can Be An Advantage!
If the wind is blowing from the rear (I’m not talking about farting here) then it might actually be an advantage. The added force from the wind can reduce the amount of fuel you use thus saving you money. See, there is a positive to driving in windy conditions. Caution: wind direction can change quickly so be careful with this one.
8. Drive At Night
Sometimes wind speeds will be less at night which gives you an opportunity to get on the road safer. Wait it out until the night, check wind speeds, plan your stops, and get moving. Tough one though, driving at night has it’s own unique challenges.
9. Take The Wind Seriously
Wind is weather. Just like snow, ice, fog, and rain you need to respect mother nature and drive with more caution and awareness when turning, backing, and driving.
10. Read The Signs
If there are warning signs (actual signs) posted over/along the route warning drivers of high winds please don’t ignore them. It’s your responsibility! Don’t blame dispatch. They will run for the hills as soon as you crash.
11. Drive A Flatbed
Flatbed drivers are at an advantage because they don’t have a trailer (high surface area) that catches the winds and tips them over. If you are willing to put up with tarping and could lose some weight then flatbedding is for you.
12. Myth: You Can ”Outrun” The Wind
This is a myth that truck drivers talk about all the time when driving in windy conditions. There is no truth to it all. If a strong crosswind hits the side of your trailer the wind is going to tip it over. It doesn’t matter how fast you are going. If you do get tipped over by the wind it’s probably better to get tipped over when going slow, not fast – tip at 30 mph instead of 63 mph.
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See the original full article at: https://cdltrainingspot.com/12-tips-for-driving-a-truck-in-windy-conditions/
Jacob Suhr is the newest graduate of the Hill Bros Driver Finishing Program!
Good job and enjoy your new life on the road, Jacob!
Pictured with Dave Carnaby of the Hill Bros. Safety Office.
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Samuel Harris is the newest graduate of the Hill Bros Driver Finishing Program!
Good job and enjoy your new life on the road, Samuel!
Pictured with Dave Carnaby of the Hill Bros. Safety Office.