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Our Core Values

As we embrace our future at Holman, we hold to our values to help us be successful.

Team Anniversaries

We love celebrating our Team! Join us in congratulating Team Members with anniversaries from April through June 2023.

Living Our Core Values

The Holman Team is committed to our Core Values in all aspects of life.


We need to take forklift safety seriously every day!

Holman Logistics Warehouses

New Spanaway, Washington Location is Up and Running

The Holman Team has worked hard to fill racking at the Spanaway, WA location. The Team moved around 20 loads per week day and 30 loads per Saturday during the peak of the transition. Spanaway replaces the Kent, WA public warehouses.


Brien Downie, President

Our Values Guide Us

We Focus on Operational Safety
We Help Each Other to be Better
We Show Respect to All
We Serve Others
We Deliver an Extraordinary Service Experience

Values. Like the bumpers kids use at a bowling alley to keep the ball from going in the gutter, values keep us on the narrow path toward our goal. Values are what guide us when we approach the unknown. As the outgoing President of Holman, my dad couldn’t prepare me for every situation I was going to face, but he could instill in me a set of core values that I could reference and apply when faced with the unknown.

We all have values as individuals: a set of standards, beliefs, or principles that define who we are and how we will live our lives.

While the Holman Core Values have only recently been written down, the basic principles they represent have been around since our company’s founding back in 1864. History has shown the importance of solidifying sincerely held beliefs and principles. Doing so creates a foundation for culture and society, creating a unified direction and purpose.

A good example of this is the Hebrew people in the Bible who were wandering in the desert. When their leader brought written principles to them on tablets of stone, those principles provided direction for the way their culture and society would move forward in both certain and uncertain times. Our Holman Core Values provide our company with a similar foundation and source of direction.

Our Core Values guide us in how we view ourselves, how we interact with one another, and how we serve our customers. They take into consideration the vast and diverse group of individuals that make up the sum of experience and talents we bring to work each day. They are inclusive of all Holman Team Members at every level of the organization. They are the cornerstones of our culture.

When we come to work each day, we are choosing to support the values that uphold this culture. We all benefit in an environment where we know we are supported, and there is a cost when even one of us does not play their part. We are never going to be perfect, nor do we claim to be, but that shouldn’t keep us from the pursuit of getting better.

So, I challenge all of us to ask this question: “What can I do in my role to better live our values of focusing on safety, helping each other to be better, respecting one another, serving one another, and creating an Extraordinary Service Experience?”

Four possible actions come to mind:

      1. Take ownership of ourselves, our own positions, our own actions, and our own contributions. This starts with each of us focusing on what we can control, not blaming others.
      2. Bring our best selves to work each day. This means performing at our best, asking for help when needed, seeking training to increase our understanding, and collaborating and listening to the input of others.
      3.  Treat each decision and action we take as if we are the founders of the company. Take each task we do and look for ways to make it more efficient and more effective for ourselves, our peers, and all of Holman, and then take those ideas to our managers.
      4. Take good care of our personal needs. None of us can bring our best selves to work if we are not healthy physically, mentally, and emotionally. We need to ensure we are taking care of our health, which means taking full advantage of our health benefits, Employee Assistance Program, and paid time off.

Remember, each day we show up to work, we are making a choice to live the values that define Holman as a company. We are putting on a pair of glasses we might call “Holman Values” and looking through those lenses at what keeps us all safe and fulfilled at work.

      • We are listening and looking for ways to encourage other Team Members to be better.
      • We are showing respect for ourselves and showing respect for each member of the Holman Team.

We aren’t going to be perfect at living our values, but it is up to every member of the Team to speak up whenever there is an opportunity to improve at living them.


A Message from Brien

When people join the Holman organization, they learn that Holman is more than a Team – it is a family. It is a privilege to honor Team Members who have recently celebrated their first year with Holman. We also applaud those who’ve been with us for 5, 10, 15, 20, and even 30 years! In this issue, we recognize Team Members with anniversaries from April through June 2023. Thank you for your hard work and dedication.

30 years

My greatest challenge was training on the floor and going to other facilities to train new hires. When Atlanta opened up, I had to learn to work with many people I didn’t know. I learned who I was through training others. I have also made close friends over the years. Holman is a wonderful place to work.

Burnill Jones


20 years

Over the past 20 years, I have had the privilege of working with great managers and leaders who have given me the experience I needed and have helped me get where I am today as an Operations Manager. I’m very thankful. The sky is the limit for anyone willing to put in the time and effort with Holman.

Jose Orozco

I enjoy being a member of the Holman Team because I get to meet and train a lot of people.

Brian F. Schuler

My greatest challenge while working at Holman has been learning how to load trailers, but I mastered it simply by doing it every day.

Louis A. Nearhood


15 years

I really enjoy the great family atmosphere that we experience at Holman with management and Team Members alike.

Alexander L. Bowen

I have really enjoyed the people I’ve gotten to know over the years.  The Holman Team is a great group of people.

Roy J. Cleary

I really believe Holman Logistics has created an environment in which people genuinely care about each other, and it starts with Management at the Support Center.  I have been blessed to receive such care from everyone I have worked with at Holman. I’m now in a role where I can help guide future leaders following the Holman Core Values.

Salvador Haro


10 years

Juan Estrada
Emporia DC

5 years

  • Fasoli, Vickie M. 4/2/2018
  • Martinez, Octavio 4/15/2018
  • Joseph, Remes 4/16/2018
  • Marrero, Wilfredo 4/22/2018
  • Diaz, Saul A. 4/29/2018
  • Wampler, Shawn R. 4/29/2018
  • Williams, Lea L. 5/14/2018
  • Brooks, Anthony R. 5/14/2018
  • Rubio, Samuel 5/21/2018
  • Ho, Matthew T. 5/30/2018
  • Carrillo, Ivan 6/3/2018
  • McQueen Jr., Danny D. 6/3/2018
  • Williams, Charles A. 6/3/2018
  • McKay, Christina A. 6/11/2018
  • Corliss, Zachary M. 6/18/2018
  • Chan, Rasmey 6/18/2018
  • Christiansen, Nicholas J. 6/25/2018
  • Dawn, Demanuel L. 6/25/2018
  • Vdovenko, Sergey N. 6/25/2018

1 year

  • Smiley, Keon C. 4/3/2022
  • Lott, Nova 4/3/2022
  • Masters, Hayden G. 4/3/2022
  • Lewallen, Cody B. 4/4/2022
  • Shirley, Nasiere 4/4/2022
  • Freeman, Annie G. 4/5/2022
  • Knight Sr., Dustin C. 4/6/2022
  • Daniels Sr., Anton C. 4/7/2022
  • Hunter, Iesha 4/7/2022
  • Dean, Donald W. 4/9/2022
  • Torres, Jorge 4/10/2022
  • Hughes, Shannon 4/10/2022
  • Allen, Selwyn L. 4/11/2022
  • Suh, James 4/13/2022
  • Pham, Thanh 4/14/2022
  • Weatherman, Edward 4/18/2022
  • Luffman I, Trent 4/18/2022
  • Guajardo Jr, Rene 4/21/2022
  • Jenkins, David C. 4/24/2022
  • Gaines, Ollie 4/25/2022
  • Turcios, David 4/27/2022
  • Green, William W. 5/1/2022
  • Evans I, Douglas 5/2/2022
  • Chandler, Lindsey A. 5/2/2022
  • Thompson, William W. 5/2/2022
  • Espree, Xavier D. 5/2/2022
  • Hongvilay, Noudeng 5/2/2022
  • Colony, Sarah M. 5/3/2022
  • Davis, Jasma A. 5/4/2022
  • Moore, Juwan D. 5/5/2022
  • Herrera, Peter N. 5/6/2022
  • Moreno, Crystal 5/6/2022
  • Marcum, Ryan 5/8/2022
  • McCammon, Terance 5/8/2022
  • Jackson, Jamian 5/9/2022
  • Hoffman, Christina 5/13/2022
  • Gribble, Jessica 5/16/2022
  • McDaniel, Arsby B. 5/17/2022
  • Gomez, Enmy 5/26/2022
  • Ortiz, Emily A. 5/31/2022
  • Aloot, Augusto L. 5/31/2022
  • Hernandez, Juan P. 6/1/2022
  • Flores, Andrea 6/1/2022
  • Horton, Christina 6/1/2022
  • Pettit, Jason W. 6/5/2022
  • Derilus, Manasse 6/6/2022
  • McCarty, Jamelia 6/6/2022
  • Raufi, Samim 6/6/2022
  • Sediqi, Khwaja J. 6/6/2022
  • Skaff, Joseph C. 6/6/2022
  • Torrealba, Rafael M. 6/6/2022
  • Jeremia-Reed, Davie 6/6/2022
  • Johnson Jr., Nathaniel 6/6/2022
  • Phan, Vu A. 6/6/2022
  • Granado, Rene 6/8/2022
  • Gomez Jr., Jose 6/9/2022
  • McDaniel, Darryl D. 6/11/2022
  • Sims, Eugene 6/13/2022
  • Jimenez Garcia, Melchor 6/15/2022
  • Mahbobi, Abdul H. 6/20/2022
  • Lawrence, Marcellus R. 6/20/2022
  • Mack, Tanesshia R. 6/20/2022
  • Segars, Vernon W. 6/25/2022
  • Sharafat Sr., Barekzai 6/25/2022
  • Kessler, Marlene L. 6/26/2022
  • Corona, Antonio 6/26/2022
  • Joseph, Mike 6/27/2022
  • Lamb, Joseph M. 6/27/2022
  • McGhee, Deaundre 6/27/2022
  • Perez Martinez, Yuneida 6/27/2022
  • Strianese, Shalyn 6/28/2022
  • Warren, Gregory D. 6/28/2022


We Focus on Operational Safety
We Help Each Other to Be Better
We Show Respect to All
We Serve Others
We Deliver an Extraordinary Service Experience

Behavior Observations


1st place – Nicole Daye (Commerce)
2nd place – Michael Pennington (Richmond)
3rd place – Heath Leuschel (Perryville)


1st place – Mike Bostic (MidSouth)
2nd place – Ruth Armstrong (AR Transportation)
3rd place – Joseph Channel (Commerce)


1st place – Chuck Chrnalogar (Auburn 1)
2nd place – Jenavieve New (Emporia)
3rd place – Fillmon Haile (Kent 3)

Joseph Channel (center) receives his award from GM Ed Weatherman (left) and Carl Taves (right).
Nicole Daye holds her 1st Place Behavior Observations award for February.
January winner Anthony Bennett receives his award from Curt Carlson. Anthony's name was noted in the previous edition of the newsletter.

Additional Recognitions and Awards

Kent 3:

The Kent 3 Team celebrated 3 Safe Years in April 2023.  The K3 Team has tackled a start-up, being overcapacity, and an ever-changing workload. In short, they’ve worked through a variety of safety pressures successfully. Congratulations to the Team!


The Team at Pooler is proud to have overcome a variety of challenges to celebrate One Safe Year on June 19.  Congratulations to all who contributed to this important milestone for one of our newest locations!

Renton 1:

The public warehousing facility, Renton 1, celebrated Two Safe Years on June 1, 2023. Congratulations to the R1 Team!

Sumner 1:

The public warehousing facility, Sumner 1, achieved Two Safe Years on May 1, 2023. Congratulations to the Team there!

New Kansas City, Kansas Facility Celebrates Being Open for Business!

Everyone on the Holman Team is excited by the opening of the new Hill’s Pet Nutrition facility in Kansas City, Kansas. Inbound and outbound shipments began in the Spring at the 325,000 sq. ft. facility. To celebrate the hard work of getting things up and running, the Team celebrated with a barbecue lunch provided by Hill’s management.

Pallets of product are stacked neatly in the new Kansas City, Kansas Hill's location.
The Hill's Holman Team celebrates a successful start with a BBQ lunch.

Jacksonville Team Celebrates Diversity

The Jacksonville Team includes Team Members from many countries.  To celebrate, they held a special Diversity and Inclusion event on May 25.  Flags from Team Members’ home countries decorated the lunch room, and the Team enjoyed treats from many nations.

Flags from around the world decorate the Jacksonville lunchroom for Diversity and Inclusion Day.
Jacksonville Team Members Eric Robinson and Elijah Jackson sample foods from around the world.
Elmahir Bahor and Burnill Jones enjoy the Diversity and Inclusion Day in Jacksonville.
Jacksonville Team Member Doug Whitley gets himself a plate of international treats.

Maumelle Town Hall Meeting

Maumelle held its Quarterly Townhall meeting in May. Adiel and Laura Brasov from the life and leadership coaching company Clarivol spoke to the group about life strategy. Each quarter, Maumelle holds four of these meetings (2 hours each) across two days to be able to include all A and B shift groups. The leadership, including GM Adrian Conley, discuss company highlights, last quarter wins, focus opportunities, recognitions, and general updates. The session also includes icebreaker games and other fun activities.

The Clarivol Team provide coaching to Holman Team Members at the Maumelle quarterly meeting. From left to right: Laura Brasov (Clarivol), John Fitzgerald (Holman), Adiel Brasov (Clarivol), and Maumelle GM Adrian Conley.

Thomas Hudson Retires after over 25 Years

Jacksonville Team Members Thomas Hudson retires after 25.5 years with Holman. During his tenure, he worked as a forklift driver and dispatcher, retiring as Lead Dispatch Operator. The Jacksonville Team presented him with a signed photo. Left to Right: Elmahir Bahor, Thomas Hudson, Altin Frashni.

Maumelle Shift Group 4 Enjoys Breakfast

Safety Coordinator Shonta Dobbins (left) and Converting Supervisor Ja'Shala Robinson (right) provide a McDonalds breakfast and donuts for Shift Group 4 to celebrate them for having no PPE or safety issues for a whole shift on May 4.


Matt Ireland, Director of EHS

Think Seriously about Forklift Safety

Between June 1st, 2022, and June 6th, 2023, a total of 26 people lost their lives on the job while working on or near lift trucks in the United States. The average age at the time of their deaths was 49 years old. Three of the twenty-six killed were female. Every one of them had family and friends that they suddenly and tragically left behind. They all had one thing in common – each of the 26 persons killed by lift trucks in the past 12 months went to work that day not knowing that it would be their last.

If you read that first paragraph and are now thinking, “Wow, Matt sure is being overly dramatic!” please listen to me closely – the equipment that we operate every single day can seriously injure us, and we cannot ever allow ourselves to become complacent with it. SAFETY FOCUS isn’t a catchy slogan that we use here at Holman; it is one of our Core Values. This means that if we cannot complete a task safely, we won’t complete the task, period. Ensuring that all of our Holman family is able to go home unharmed each day is our #1 task, and if we can’t do that…well, no amount of unloads that we do that day really matters at that point.

Please take a moment to remember that the equipment we operate is dangerous. I know it’s easy to be around lift trucks all day, every day, and forget just how quickly they can injure us. Let’s re-discover that cautiousness that we all had when we first started operating equipment and use that feeling to help keep everyone around us free from harm. Let’s make sure that we’re performing thorough pre-use inspections so that we aren’t operating equipment with defects. And let’s all go home unharmed to our families and friends when our work day is finished. National Forklift Safety Day may be the second Tuesday in June each year, but we can – and SHOULD – do our best to make sure that every day is Forklift Safety Day. Our families and coworkers are depending on us.

Congratulations to Brandon Reier (Richmond) for receiving his OSHA 30 Hour Certificate.
Congratulations to Martin Reta (Richmond) for earning his OSHA 30 Hour General Certification. The is the second recent certification at the Richmond location.
Maumelle Safety Coordinator Shonta Dobbins (right) receives a Safety Behavior Observation coin from GM Adrian Conley.