Florida Rock & Tank Lines Career Day at FSCJ

Florida Rock & Tank lines held its first career day and luncheon at the Florida State College at Jacksonville (FSCJ) commercial driving school on April 21, 2017. This event marked the first collaboration between Florida Rock Tanks Lines, CareerSource Northeast Florida and FSCJ. On hand for the career day were the company’s CEO Rob Sandlin, Jim Anderson, VP of Safety and Risk Management, a company driver and supervisor.  Students received lunch courtesy of Florida Rock & Tank Line and were able to engage the company’s CEO with questions about the company and its expectation for commercial drivers.

Florida Rock - 2Following the luncheon students received a 30-minute company presentation from Mr. Anderson that included the history of the company, its safety history and benefits package. CEO Rob Sandlin advised students, “Whoever you drive for, the key is safety. You should always strive to be a safe and prepared driver.”

Following the presentation, the students observed a static display of one of the company’s dry load trucks that had been driven to the campus for the event. The driver went over operation of the truck and gave the students an example of a typical day as a dry load driver for Florida Rock & Tank lines. The dry load truck is the model new commercial drivers will start with at Florida Rock & Tank Lines.

In partnership with CareerSource Northeast Florida and FSCJ, Florida Rock & Tank Lines is developing a new career pathway that would allow graduates from FSCJ to start with the company in a work experience program. This 6-week program would allow students to be hired without the usual requirement of three years of driving experience normally required, helping to alleviate the company’s driver shortage.  Students will start driving the dry loads and eventually move up to driving volatile loads. FSCJ’s commercial driving school program director Joe Lackey was pleased that students got the chance to connect directly with company representatives, commenting:  “When companies come to the school in person, students are more likely to consider them for employment.”

Jacksonville ‘s 40 Under 40

In less than 10 years with the Jacksonville Port Authority, Aisha Eccleston has worked her way up from entry-level administrative secretary to an essential leadership role at the Port Authority, handling the accounts of several Fortune 500 companies and generating new business while simultaneously volunteering her time to local startups interested in expanding their businesses to the global marketplace. Rather than looking back at her time fulfilling entry-level tasks as forgetful stepping-stones, Eccleston said she feels the lessons learned during those early years continue to bear fruit as she tends to a vast array of responsibilities today.

schleicher-2844387-aishaecclestonbiopic_750xx576-768-19-0“Starting from the ground level gave me an added advantage as I moved up,” Eccleston said. “I still today know things about things work within the company that maybe someone higher up doesn’t quite understand.”

For a short time, Eccleston served in a secretarial role under JAXPORT Executive Vice President Roy Schleicher and credits him with providing her the earliest opportunities to advance her career. Since then, Eccleston has impressed at every step of the way, as she was recognized by her colleagues for the prestigious “Golden Sail Award” – which honors Jaxport employees who exhibit consistent dependability, community involvement, willingness to take initiative, and go above and beyond in their daily work — and she was selected by port leadership to collaborate directly with White House staff to organize George W. Bush and Barack Obama’s presidential visits to Jaxport. Today, through organizations like the UNF Small Business Development Center, Eccleston volunteers her knowledge and expertise in service of lifting up dreamers like herself.

What inspired your success? A person that works here that has been really special has been Roy Sleicher (executive vice president.) I was his executive assistant. As much as he liked the work I was doing for him, he pushed me out of there rather quickly so that I could keep moving up. Every opportunity I’ve been afforded has been because of him. I can’t say enough good things about him as far as what he’s done to provide me opportunities for growth.

How do you inspire others? Just being a regular person. Nothing was given to me. I didn’t even know how I would pay for college, but I worked three jobs at a certain point. It was hard, but I just worked at it. Hard work does pay off. If you haven’t dug all the way in to make something out of your life, then you can go deeper

Suddath has formed a new business unit focused solely on the hospitality market

The Suddath Companies, a global provider of relocation, transportation and logistics services, announced the company has expanded their hospitality business and formed Suddath Hospitality Solutions. Suddath has been in the hospitality service for years, but now the new unit will have a leader and a more focused vision.

Suddath Hospitality Solutions will work with hotel owners and representatives worldwide to receive, store and consolidate everything from furniture to electronics that will be installed in new and renovated hotels

“It’s a good time in the hospitality market right now. Global business travel spending hit an all-time record in 2015 with $1.2 trillion and we are seeing a lot of hotel renovation and construction across the country,” said Mark Scullion, president of Suddath’s workplace and commercial business. “It’s a perfect opportunity for us to put our foot on the gas and build this business on a national scale.

Currently the hospitality shipping business functions with one market working with one provider and for companies with multiple locations across the globe, it can lend itself to a lack of continuity for hotels with a large network of locations. Suddath will now provide services that allow buyers to work with the same company across different markets providing consistency and predictability to their service, the company said.

“With our new business, Suddath can get really get good with working for one hotel brand or one hotel investor group to where we become an extension of them everywhere they have a project,” Scullion said.

Suddath Hospitality Solutions is also using technology to help this project work and provide one-of-a-kind service to their customers.

“We are leveraging technology in a way that hasn’t been seen before in the hospitality business. When you envision an interconnected network with 26 worldwide locations that can look at their inventory live, there is tremendous benefit in that for our customers.”

The leader of Suddath Hospitality Solutions is Tony Little. Little brings nearly 30 years in the relocation and transportation industry, most recently serving as managing director of hospitality services for the Kane Company in Washington, D.C., where he helped grow annual revenues exceeding the $13 million mark.

“He’s got tremendous experience, knowledge, and connections in the hospitality business and when you add our resources and financial strength to that, you can imagine the potential of him and the team here,” Scullion said.

Little will be working with a team of at least 30 people, when in the past Suddath had about 5 employees actively engaged in their hospitality services. Suddath Hospitality Solutions is already working on a 900-room full scale hospitality installation in Los Angeles. Suddath cannot reveal the name of the hotel due to contractual obligations, but the project is the largest in the state of California.