Tara Rayl, driver experience team manager at JRayl Transport Inc., received the Patriot Award from the Employer Support of the National Guard and Reserve program.
Rayl was nominated by Matthew Gravius, JRayl’s lead driver trainer. Gravius currently is an active reservist with the U.S. Army.
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JRAYL TRANSPORT, INC. ------ Proud to announce, Driver Experience Team Manager, Tara Rayl, is the honored recipient of the Patriot Award from the Employer Support of the National Guard and Reserve (ESGR). Tara Rayl was nominated by JRayl’s Lead Driver Trainer, Matthew Gravius. Matt is currently an active reservist with the United States Army.
The Patriot Award reflects the efforts made to support citizen warriors through a wide-range of measures including flexible schedules, time off prior to and after deployment, caring for families, and granting leaves of absence if required by the reservist. Lieutenant Colonel, USAF (Retired) Chaker Fadel, Ohio ESGR Volunteer said, “Matthew, who like the citizen soldiers before him, have answered his nation’s call to serve. Supportive supervisors, like Tara, are critical partners to help in maintaining the strength and readiness of the nation’s Guard and Reserve units. Nearly half of our nation’s defense is in the National Guard and Reserves today.”
JRayl has a long history of offering programs to support veterans and those who are currently serving in the Armed Forces. “Tara is a great representation of our JRayl Family culture where we create a welcoming and supportive environment for service men and women and their families. We are proud of her efforts. We are especially appreciative of Matthew and his family and all those who have served and are serving in our nation’s Armed Forces.” said Kevin Dietrich, JRayl SVP of Operations.
JRayl Transport, Inc. is an Akron, Ohio based, family owned and operated logistics solution provider. JRayl has experienced tremendous growth over the last decade while maintaining a close family atmosphere. Currently employing over 400 employees in multiple strategic locations, JRayl builds family relationships that allows people to find loads, ship freight, and welcomes drivers home weekly!
ESGR seeks to foster a culture where all employers support and value the employment and military service of National Guard and Reserve members. ESGR promotes a cooperative culture of employer support for National Guard and Reserve services by developing mutually beneficial initiatives, recognizing outstanding employer support, increasing awareness of applicable laws and policies, resolving potential conflicts between employers and their service members, and acting as employers’ principal advocate within the Department of Defense.
For more information about ESGR, its outreach programs or volunteer opportunities, call 800-336-4590 or visit www.ESGR.mil.
Akron, OH. - Are you ready for some FOOTBALL?!?! - The Fall air is crisper, the excitement grows, and the Blue and Gold colors are everywhere. Akron Zips Football season is about to begin! From the tailgates to the team rushing onto InfoCision Stadium-Summa Field, the students, alumni, and fans are ready for some Zips Football!
A lot goes on behind the scenes for the Akron University team on game day. The field must be prepared, tickets sold, and the equipment in the locker room for the players. Game day equipment needs to be transported, sometimes across country, overnight. That’s where JRayl Transport begins the football season.
JRayl is a large, asset-based logistics company that has been family owned and operated Since 1987. JRayl provides reliable transportation and logistics solutions. With more than 400 employees and various strategically placed locations, the trucking business can meet the needs of a growing number of shippers, carriers and drivers throughout the U.S. and internationally. “It’s that Family and HOMETOWN Pride that gets JRayl Transport excited transporting Akron Zips Football equipment. It’s an honor for JRayl to partner with The University of Akron’s Football program each season” said Kevin Dietrich, Senior Vice President for JRayl Transport.
Each year, JRayl Transport selects a driver to transport Akron Zips Football to each of their games. The equipment will start in Akron Ohio each week. Depending on the game day location, the driver will travel all over the country to ensure the team is ready to tackle their next opponent. Akron Zips Football Team will be ready for all their games thanks to the hometown support of JRayl Transport. When you see the Akron Zips Equipment truck drive by in your area, know that JRayl Transport is proud to be who keeps the Akron Blue and Gold moving!
When J. Rayl Transport’s CEO, Jeremy Rayl, died suddenly last July at the age of 39, the Akron-based trucking company lost “more than just a boss,” in the words of COO and close friend Ryan Richards. Nothing can prepare a company for such an unexpected loss, but in this case, no one wondered what would happen next. Because Rayl had put a plan and the people in place to carry on his vision, operations continued without missing a beat as the team grieved his passing.
“The biggest challenge wasn’t really business; it was waking up and realizing that he was gone,” says Richards, who had known Jeremy for 30 years and worked with him for the last nine. Rayl took over the family-owned freight business in 2008 from his father, Tim, who co-founded the company in 1987 with a fleet of five trucks. Under his’s leadership, the company grew from about 100 employees to more than 400, with 350 tractors and 800 trailers – achieving a compound annual growth rate of more than 13 percent over the last decade.
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