Meet The Dispatchers 2017-08-22T16:37:23+00:00

Meet The Dispatchers

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Pat Pollard
Dispatcher
What year did you start working for Johnsrud? December 1989. What’s your favorite thing about your job? All the moving parts of a dispatch office. What do you like most about working for Johnsrud?  The small company environment. What is your favorite thing about the trucking industry? The logistics, I just like watching America move. What positions have you held at Johnsrud? Wash bay attendant, wash bay manager, night dispatch, dispatch. What do you like most about our drivers? Getting to know them, we have a great group of guys and I believe we really get the opportunity to know the guys. Where did you grow up?  Southern Iowa. What is your favorite state and why? Iowa -- it’s home, and there is no place like home. What is your favorite football team? Iowa State Cyclones. What are your hobbies? Camping and camping.
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Joe Hadley
Dispatcher
What year did you start working for Johnsrud? 1991. What’s your favorite thing about your job? The people. What do you like most about working for Johnsrud? Keeping drivers and customers happy. What is your favorite thing about the trucking industry? There is never a shortage of work. What positions have you held at Johnsrud? Wash bay manager, shop office, night dispatch, and operations manager. What do you like most about our drivers? Helping them to do the best job possible. Where did you grow up? Kansas. What is your favorite state and why? Kansas, because I grew up there. Kansas will always be home. What is your favorite football team? Dallas Cowboys. What are your hobbies? I like fishing, Nascar, and football.
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Don Brandon
Dispatcher
What year did you start working for Johnsrud?June 13th 2003 (I started on Friday the 13th). What’s your favorite thing about your job? It’s fast paced, there are always things happening (I’m a make things happen kind of person). What do you like most about working for Johnsrud? The family atmosphere. I am big on being appreciated, that means a lot to me. What is your favorite thing about the trucking industry? I’m not sure I have a favorite thing. I’ve been around trucking all my life and it’s just in my blood. What positions have you held at Johnsrud? Night dispatch, weekend dispatch, daytime operations. What do you like most about our drivers? We have great drivers and I appreciate someone that cares about the work they do. It’s not just a job. Where did you grow up? I grew up in Ankeny, Iowa, but now live in southern Iowa. What is your favorite state and why? Iowa of course, it’s my home state. What is your favorite football team? I generally just like all football, but I am a HUGE Chicago Cubs fan. What are your hobbies? I like to fish and I also have several fish tanks with assorted kinds of fish in them.
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Scott Darr
Dispatcher
What year did you start working for Johnsrud? I started in September of 2012. What’s your favorite thing about your job? The daily challenges that come with dispatching and the great group of people I get to work with. What do you like most about working for Johnsrud? The closeness of the employees. What is your favorite thing about the trucking industry? The constant change and challenges and working with our customers to make things work for them. What positions have you held at Johnsrud? I originally started in the wash bay back in 1984 and since coming back, I now work in the dispatch office. What do you like most about our drivers? Their professionalism and their good work ethics. I really think we have a great bunch of drivers here at Johnsrud. Where did you grow up? I grew up in Iowa. I have lived in Alaska, Kansas, and South Carolina. What is your favorite state and why? Alaska. I got to live there for a while and really enjoyed it. I hope to get back to visit there again. What is your favorite football team? Minnesota Vikings. What are your hobbies? I love to ride motorcycles, do outside activities, and spend time with the family.
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Jim Bane
Dispatcher
What year did you start working for Johnsrud? Started part time in 2011. What’s your favorite thing about your job? There is always something happening. Never a dull moment. What do you like most about working for Johnsrud? The family atmosphere. What is your favorite thing about the trucking industry? The impact that it has on the economy and the satisfaction of being a part of it. What positions have you held at Johnsrud?Dispatcher. What do you like most about our drivers? They are hardworking and willing to do what needs to be done. Where did you grow up?  Mitchellville, Iowa. What is your favorite state and why? IOWA. I enjoy the changing seasons and the fact that I can commute to work in less than 30 minutes. What is your favorite football team? I do not have a favorite, but normally cheer for the underdog. What are your hobbies? Playing with my grandson, grilling, yardwork, and gardening.

Joe Hadley 

What year did you start working for Johnsrud? 1991.
What’s your favorite thing about your job? The people.
What do you like most about working for Johnsrud? Keeping drivers and customers happy.
What is your favorite thing about the trucking industry? There is never a shortage of work.
What positions have you held at Johnsrud? Wash bay manager, shop office, night dispatch, and operations manager.
What do you like most about our drivers? Helping them to do the best job possible.
Where did you grow up? Kansas.
What is your favorite state and why? Kansas, because I grew up there. Kansas will always be home.
What is your favorite football team? Dallas Cowboys.
What are your hobbies? I like fishing, Nascar, and football.

Jim Bane

What year did you start working for Johnsrud? Started part time in 2011.
What’s your favorite thing about your job? There is always something happening. Never a dull moment.
What do you like most about working for Johnsrud? The family atmosphere.
What is your favorite thing about the trucking industry? The impact that it has on the economy and the satisfaction of being a part of it.
What positions have you held at Johnsrud?Dispatcher.
What do you like most about our drivers? They are hardworking and willing to do what needs to be done.
Where did you grow up?  Mitchellville, Iowa.
What is your favorite state and why? IOWA. I enjoy the changing seasons and the fact that I can commute to work in less than 30 minutes.
What is your favorite football team? I do not have a favorite, but normally cheer for the underdog.
What are your hobbies? Playing with my grandson, grilling, yardwork, and gardening.

Don Brandon

What year did you start working for Johnsrud?June 13th 2003 (I started on Friday the 13th).
What’s your favorite thing about your job? It’s fast paced, there are always things happening (I’m a make things happen kind of person).
What do you like most about working for Johnsrud? The family atmosphere. I am big on being appreciated, that means a lot to me.
What is your favorite thing about the trucking industry? I’m not sure I have a favorite thing. I’ve been around trucking all my life and it’s just in my blood.
What positions have you held at Johnsrud? Night dispatch, weekend dispatch, daytime operations.
What do you like most about our drivers? We have great drivers and I appreciate someone that cares about the work they do. It’s not just a job.
Where did you grow up? I grew up in Ankeny, Iowa, but now live in southern Iowa.
What is your favorite state and why? Iowa of course, it’s my home state.
What is your favorite football team? I generally just like all football, but I am a HUGE Chicago Cubs fan.
What are your hobbies? I like to fish and I also have several fish tanks with assorted kinds of fish in them.

Scott Darr

What year did you start working for Johnsrud? I started in September of 2012.
What’s your favorite thing about your job? The daily challenges that come with dispatching and the great group of people I get to work with.
What do you like most about working for Johnsrud? The closeness of the employees.
What is your favorite thing about the trucking industry? The constant change and challenges and working with our customers to make things work for them.
What positions have you held at Johnsrud? I originally started in the wash bay back in 1984 and since coming back, I now work in the dispatch office.
What do you like most about our drivers? Their professionalism and their good work ethics. I really think we have a great bunch of drivers here at Johnsrud.
Where did you grow up? I grew up in Iowa. I have lived in Alaska, Kansas, and South Carolina.
What is your favorite state and why? Alaska. I got to live there for a while and really enjoyed it. I hope to get back to visit there again.
What is your favorite football team? Minnesota Vikings.
What are your hobbies? I love to ride motorcycles, do outside activities, and spend time with the family.

Pat Pollard

What year did you start working for Johnsrud? December 1989.
What’s your favorite thing about your job? All the moving parts of a dispatch office.
What do you like most about working for Johnsrud?  The small company environment.
What is your favorite thing about the trucking industry? The logistics, I just like watching America move.
What positions have you held at Johnsrud? Wash bay attendant, wash bay manager, night dispatch, dispatch.
What do you like most about our drivers? Getting to know them, we have a great group of guys and I believe we really get the opportunity to know the guys.
Where did you grow up?  Southern Iowa.
What is your favorite state and why? Iowa — it’s home, and there is no place like home.
What is your favorite football team? Iowa State Cyclones.
What are your hobbies? Camping and camping.