Ginger Ravella, a Folds of Honor recipient, recently posed with a JASPER® remanufactured Chevy 350 engine, and the JASPER Associates who produced it at our Willow Springs, MO facility.
This is their story...
Major Troy “Trojan” Gilbert, U.S. Air Force, age 34, was killed in action while flying a combat mission in Anbar Province, Iraq, on Nov. 27, 2006, in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Major Gilbert saved 22 Special Forces soldiers the day he lost his life. He left behind a wife and five young children.
Since 2007, Folds of Honor has carried forth this singular, noble mission: To provide educational scholarships to the spouses and children of America’s fallen and disabled service-members. Our motto says it best "Honor their Sacrifice. Educate their Legacy." Major Gilbert’s children were some of the first recipients to receive scholarships. Ten years after his death, they are all thriving in a private Christian school in San Antonio. The oldest attends Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX.
Major Gilbert’s widow, Ginger, is an international motivational speaker. She shares her family’s testimony of loss, faith and patriotism. Through Folds of Honor, she and her family met award-winning country music artist, Lee Brice. They connected over his number-one chart hit “I Drive Your Truck”.
Through Lee Brice, his manager, friends and Ginger’s new husband, Colonel Jim Ravella (a widower himself), Major Gilbert’s old pick-up truck was found in Arizona, and brought back to the family after 10 years. It was given to Ginger and her children live last year at the ACM’s (Academy of Country Music) Party for a Cause in Las Vegas. Iron Cross Automotive out of Tulsa, OK worked to restore, refurbish and transform the old truck. Jasper Engines and Transmissions and Seymour’s Garage of San Antonio and have teamed up to fully restore the drivetrain for the family.
Major Gilbert’s children will enjoy the third-generation 1992 Chevy Silverado 1500 for many many years to come thanks to patriotic Americans who are thankful for the sacrifice the Gilbert family has made in defense of this great nation.
Jasper Engines & Transmissions is sponsoring the Town Hall Academy, hosted by Carm Capriotto of Remarkable Results Radio; a program to help automotive aftermarket professionals improve their business – one lesson at a time. One great aspect of Town Hall Academy allows service professionals to learn from their industry colleagues in a round table forum. There are new ideas and perspectives shared from aftermarket professionals who have a passion for the topic of discussion. The following topic, with respect to providing exceptional customer service, has been provided by Carm himself. Please read and 'click' on the link for access to the podcast... enjoy!
Carm Capriotto for JASPER (Blog 1 of 6)
Finding differentiation is easy if you commit to doing something better than anyone in your market. It is just good business to have a strong business culture (code of conduct), documented processes, great systems, strong customer relationships, quality workmanship and controls, a training culture, cleanliness and the biggest of them all customer service.
Have you ever felt the extra special treatment at a luxury hotel when you’ve asked the hotel concierge for help with something? Haven’t you always felt like a dignitary; as if you were the most important customer at the hotel?
Conceptually, luxury hotel level concierge service is the basis of this discussion with your industry colleagues; shop owners Bruce Howes, Jeremy O’Neal and Dave Kusa. Together, this panel remarks not only the value of top level customer service and what it means to your business but what they are doing to go above and beyond the standard.
“True Concierge Service is not a company policy. It is a code of conduct that everyone in your company adopts.” When customers experience a higher level of customer service, exceptional treatment and follow through, they remember it more than the service you performed.
In this enlightening Town Hall Academy, you will hear about business culture, quality controls, cleanliness, loaner cars, and creating a more loyal customer. The discussion continues with ‘one free thing’, a token gift, and how deep should a concierge level of service go.
We are always so time challenged to attend or participate in great seminars, so dig into these Academy sessions. Set aside your own time to engage with your industry colleges as they pay it forward. Go here to listen or watch the lesson. Enjoy it like a documentary, learn like a seminar.
(Pictured left to right): Bob Pickett, Rich Mehling, Brian Kuhs and Denny Schepers.
For the second consecutive year, four over-the-road drivers from Jasper Engines & Transmissions' transportation division, JET Transit, brought home the Team Championship trophy from the Indiana Motor Truck Association (IMTA) 2017 Truck Driving and Technician Championships, held June 3rd in Indianapolis.
Drivers competing for JET Transit were Bob Pickett, Rich Mehling, Brian Kuhs and Denny Schepers. The IMTA Championships allow some of Indiana's finest driving professionals to compete against each other.
The competition consisted of a written examination, a pre-trip inspection and a driving skills test. JET Transit's four drivers outscored the competition for the coveted Team Championship Award.
"Our drivers take this competition very seriously by practicing multiple weekends on their personal time," said Kevin Broughton, JET Transit Division Manager. "The results speak for themselves."
Individually, Brian Kuhs placed 3rd in 5-Axle Sleeper Berth Tractor, Dennis Schepers placed 2nd in Straight Truck, Bob Pickett placed 6th in Tanker Truck and Richard Mehling placed 5th in 4-Axle Tractor.
"Thank you for showing all of Indiana what we at JASPER® already know," added Luke Bawel, JASPER Vice President of Integrated Logistics/JIS. "We have the Best Professional Drivers in the business!"
Recently, one of our customers spent a day with us touring our Indiana facilities. Here's what he had to say...
I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for a very enjoyable and informative tour of the JASPER remanufacturing facilities. My entire experience was extremely well organized and pleasant from beginning to end. Touring the facilities allowed me to appreciate exactly how much expertise and quality goes into remanufacturing a JASPER product. Along with learning more about specific JASPER products, the tour allowed me to ask questions regarding the entire remanufacturing process. Thank you again for a unique insight into Jasper Engines & Transmissions and for providing your customers with complete access to the JASPER facilities. I would also like to personally thank our JASPER Representative, Joe Tomlinson, for the exceptional job he does all year long.
Michael Cole, Owner
Michael Cole Enterprises, Inc.
West Grove, Pennsylvania