At Nussbaum, our people are important to us. It brings joy to everyone to see each other’s success as we work together. Every now and then someone does something so great that we just have to tell the world about it.
When drivers arrive at the Nussbaum campus in Hudson, Illinois, the first thing they are likely to appreciate is the parking lot: it’s paved, well-lit and a short walk to our maintenance facilities. Parking lots don’t usually come with bragging rights, but we gave ours careful attention, knowing first impressions count, especially at the end of a long highway.
“Young man…” Jim Noe (rhymes with boy) starts, “what d’ya say?” Age and maturity really have no bearing on Jim’s use of “young man” as he’s been heard saying it to persons much younger as well as many years his senior. He may say, “Young man… where are you headed?” or “Young man… how’s your little boy doing?” It’s just his friendly way of engaging the driver on the other end of the line or the co-worker across the office.
When Brendon Nussbaum joined the operations team in 2012, he needed very little introduction. He practically grew up with the company. There’s the obvious last name thing, but even from the time he was a young teenager, Brendon could be found cleaning up trucks, sweeping the shop, or as he put it, “making more trouble than doing good!” However, his journey to Operations is not so simply told.
When he was a little boy growing up in Bloomington, IL, all Garrie Atkins ever wanted to do was drive a truck. He would ride his bicycle, pretending it was a tractor-trailer, and practice making turns in the parking lot. Garrie’s face lights up as he remembers one Christmas when he received a remote controlled semi. To him, there could have been no better toy. As he saw it then, “A truck was a big piece of machinery that took a ‘real man’ to drive.” So, when he became a professional truck driver, Garrie was truly living his dream job.