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Fast Forward

The Holman Team celebrates a past full of good memories and looks forward to a future of new opportunities.

Team Anniversaries

Team anniversaries mark important milestones in careers at Holman. Join us in celebrating our Team Members!

Celebrating National Logistics Day

The Teams at Jacksonville, Florida and Perryville, Maryland show their appreciation for one another at their National Logistics Day celebrations.


The most important safety metric for Holman might not be what you think it is. Let’s remind ourselves of what really counts.


Brien Downie, President

Good Memories / Great Opportunities

A Great History

If you’ve been around Holman for any length of time, you might know that we’re a family-owned company and have been a family-owned company for a LONG time. While Holman first started in 1864, my Great-Grandfather bought Holman in 1929, and my Great Uncle Herb and Grandfather Leonard took over after World War II. My dad, Bob, took the helm in the mid-1980s.

Growing up with my dad as President, “The Office” will always mean the northwest corner of the building we at Holman called, “K1” in Kent, Washington. As a kid, we moved houses about every 3-4 years (my folks loved real estate), so the only constant place in my life up until now has been the K1 and K2 buildings.

A Continuing Legacy

In an effort to modernize and provide better space for our Team and our customers, we recently sold those buildings in Kent and, earlier in the summer, moved our Public operations into an incredible state-of-the-art building in Spanaway, Washington. So, while it’s incredibly exciting to have a brand-new building, it feels weird to not be able to visit my dad’s old office. I can’t help but feel like I’ve lost a point of connection to the memory of my dad.

As we lose one connection to the past, though, it opens an opportunity to forge a new connection. After all, the best memorial to anyone is to further their dreams and values, and we do that every day here at Holman.

My dad loved a clean, well-run warehouse, and our facilities are the cleanest and best in the business. Our customers often remark on how clean and organized our warehouses look, and it’s no accident. Our Teams spend a great deal of time ensuring our facilities are in top shape.

He championed safety. At Holman, we strive every day to live our Core Value of Safety Focus and keep all of our Team Members safe. Lately, we’ve added and/or re-emphasized programs and technologies to do just that.

He also emphasized other actions that have become part of our Core Values: Helping Each Other to be Better, Showing Respect to All, and Serving Others. Each day, our Teams live these values at work and in their communities.

A New Opportunity – Your Strategy for Life

One exciting new way to live those values is by taking advantage of the free Life Strategy Session Program Holman offers to all Team Members. I completed the

program and identified several opportunities to better align how I spend my time with my priorities. If you’ve already completed a session, remember to review and update your session document from time to time to keep that vision fresh. If you haven’t, I encourage you to watch one of my videos about the program (below) and consider taking advantage of this opportunity yourself by clicking on one of these links: OR You can also scan the QR code.

Ultimately, the way we live our Core Values adds up to an Extraordinary Service Experience, both for the people inside Holman and for those outside. I may not be able to visit my dad’s old office, but I can see his vision lived out at Holman every day, and in seeing his vision live on, my connection with him grows stronger, even though he has passed on to Glory. I love this company and what it stands for, and I love that I get to work with all of you to make sure it continues!

Holman LLS Program Intro - English

Holman LLS Program Intro - Spanish


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, and 20 years! In this issue, we recognize Team Members with anniversaries from July through September 2023. Thank you for your hard work and dedication.

20 years

I enjoy working with the Team and helping where I can with new people and the people that have been here for a while. I also like being a team player for the Holman Team.

Robert D. Vernon

Perryville, MD

15 years

The change from the former 3PL
company was a very big challenge.
With a lot of team work and training,
everything is operating very well. We
have a great Team!!!

Ramona G. Gay

Pooler, GA

10 years

Brianna McMillan
Public Ops, WA
Dana Brame
Kent Trans, WA
Melissa Buckridge
Emporia, KS
Jon Shaw
Mid-South, AR
Jordan Lehman
Richmond, IN

5 years

  • Erive, Jesse 07/02/2018
  • Rivas, Anthony 07/02/2018
  • Nitz, Ashley N. 07/15/2018
  • Morales, Margaro 07/23/2018
  • Flores, Mari J. 07/23/2018
  • Grady, Robert 07/30/2018
  • Aquino-Morales, Emilio 08/06/2018
  • Hamilton, Larry 08/06/2018
  • Contreras, Agel D. 08/06/2018
  • Tellez, Guillermo 08/06/2018
  • Jim, Bolyndon 08/13/2018
  • Medina Cavizuela, Samuel 08/13/2018
  • Robison, Ronald 08/20/2018
  • Weyandt, Tyler R. 09/06/2018
  • Monroy, Brandon 09/10/2018
  • Kennedy, Johnnie I. 09/10/2018
  • Vallas, Jared 09/23/2018
  • Bodie, Derrick R. 09/24/2018
  • Dednam, Tequilla L. 09/30/2018
  • Gutierrez, Carlos R. 09/30/2018
  • Williams, Thalia C. 09/30/2018

1 year

  • Holmes, Jamail 07/05/2022
  • Johnson, Ann M. 07/11/2022
  • Espinoza, Jesus 07/11/2022
  • Mildward, Jamie J. 07/13/2022
  • Naeemi, Samiullah 07/18/2022
  • Epps, Phillip 07/18/2022
  • Mitchell Jr., Carlyle 07/18/2022
  • Wilson, Terrell 07/18/2022
  • Brock, Serina M. 07/19/2022
  • Winstead, Joshua R. 07/21/2022
  • Phillip, Winston 07/25/2022
  • Mcpherson III, Henry E. 07/25/2022
  • Barton, Omar 07/26/2022
  • Freddy, Guedero L. 07/28/2022
  • Babcock, Kenneth 07/28/2022
  • Cooper Jr., Charles J. 08/01/2022
  • King, Jazmire 08/01/2022
  • Toney, Makayla K. 08/01/2022
  • Huston, Chet R. 08/06/2022
  • Crump, Lavaughn 08/07/2022
  • Verbeck, Lakin G. 08/07/2022
  • Crumley, Danelle 08/08/2022
  • Hyzer, Joseph 08/08/2022
  • Casquete, Brandon E. 08/08/2022
  • Heil, Jeremy W. 08/08/2022
  • Evans, Emily 08/11/2022
  • Brown, Matthew J. 08/14/2022
  • Armstrong, Alice D. 08/14/2022
  • Saintermon, Joseph R. 08/15/2022
  • Zabala, Christian 08/15/2022
  • Lard Sr., Ernie C. 08/15/2022
  • Rodecap, Brianna 08/17/2022
  • Bryant, Tracy L. 08/21/2022
  • Hayes Jr., Joseph 08/22/2022
  • Jalali, Safiullah 08/22/2022
  • Harle, Joseph I. 08/24/2022
  • Meyers Jr., Larry 08/24/2022
  • Panelo, John Patrick D. 08/24/2022
  • Dualan, Edzel Kevin N. 08/29/2022
  • Lau, Eric 08/29/2022
  • New, Jenavieve R. 08/31/2022
  • Whitmire, Kenneth 09/01/2022
  • Adams, Vincent R. 09/04/2022
  • Jacobo, Crystal 09/05/2022
  • Heinze, Stephen 09/06/2022
  • Moore, Nathanial C. 09/06/2022
  • Oxner, Madison P. 09/06/2022
  • Beattie, George W. 09/06/2022
  • Davis, Jasma A. 09/11/2022
  • Moore, Juwan 09/11/2022
  • Schneider, Gregory A. 09/11/2022
  • Herrera, Jose L. 09/12/2022
  • Lee, JerQuale 09/12/2022
  • Fuentes Jr., Rafael 09/12/2022
  • Gwinn, Matson M. 09/12/2022
  • Pennell, Michael S. 09/12/2022
  • Brooks Jr., Anthony 09/12/2022
  • Bush Jr., George 09/12/2022
  • Mung, Khen Z. 09/14/2022
  • Prichard, Michele 09/14/2022
  • Davis, Antonio 09/18/2022
  • Casteel, Emma R. 09/18/2022
  • Escobedo, Joel 09/18/2022
  • Medina Alvarez Sr., Raul 09/18/2022
  • Cruz Barahona, Jose V. 09/19/2022
  • Richey, Adam G. 09/26/2022
  • Hazen, Andrew 09/27/2022


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

The Holman Team excels at putting our Core Values into action in the workplace. Congratulations to recent B2B Savings and Behavior Observations drawing winners!

B2 Savings Ideas

February – Johnathan Baker (Emporia, KS)
March – Jonathon McClure (Commerce, GA)
April – Carlyle Mitchell (Perryville, MD)
May – Paul Heaslet (Mid-South, AR)
June – Phillip Wall (Commerce, GA)
July – Erik Stephens (Jacksonville, FL)
August – Marek Easton (Perryville, MD)
September – Kristy Cox (Maumelle, AR)

General Manager Ed Weatherman and winner Jon McClure from Commerce, Georgia.
General Manager Bob Gains and winner Erik Stephens from Jacksonville, Florida.
Winner Carlyle Mitchell from Perryville, Maryland.
Marek Easton (2nd from right) of Perryville, Maryland accepts his B2 award from his teammates. Left to right: Alex Bowen, George Bush, Marek Easton, and Mark Miller.
GM Adrian Conley of Maumelle, Arkansas with September B2 winner Kristy Cox.

Behavior Observations


1st place – Travis Eull (Maumelle, AR)
2nd place – Waymon Lewis (Jacksonville, FL)
3rd place – Tim Tasse (DuPont, WA)


1st place – Poslene Duvelcint (Perryville, MD)
2nd place – Veronica Caro (Ontario, CA)
3rd place – Tommy Moore (Conway, AR)


1st place – John Bush (DuPont, WA)
2nd place – Bradley Wooldridge (Sumner, WA)
3rd place – Francisco Navarro (Ontario, CA)


1st place – Carlos Contreras (Ontario, CA)
2nd place – Erick Turcios (Renton, WA)
3rd place – Alejandro Marquez (Richmond, IN)


1st place – Doug Swanson (Kent, WA)
2nd place – Mark Miller (Perryville, MD)
3rd place – Steven Maschari (Auburn, WA)

June 1st place winner Poslene Duvelcint (2nd from left), celebrates with General Manager Ron Ortolona, HR Representative Davie Reed, and OM Mike Griffin in Perryville, Maryland.
Brad Wooldridge, July 2nd place winner at Sumner, Washington, with General Manager Curt Carlson.
May 2nd place winner Waymon Lewis of Jacksonville, Florida and Supervisor Erik Stephens.
May 1st place winner Travis Eull and General Manager Adrian Conley from Maumelle, Arkansas.
July 3rd place winner and Ontario, California Team Member Francisco Navarro.
September 1st place winner Doug Swanson from Kent 3 Public (Washington) poses with GM Curt Carlson.

Holman Named Both a Green Supply Chain Partner and a Top 100 3PL Provider

Holman was recognized as a Green Supply Chain Partner for the first time and a Top 100 3PL Provider for the eighth time by Inbound Logistics Magazine, a leading industry publication.

President Brien Downie praised the Holman Team: “Having Holman included in the Top 100 list for the past eight years and now also as a Green Supply Chain Partner is a testament to our Team Members. Our Team strives to provide Extraordinary Service in an ongoing effort to help our customers solve logistics challenges and maximize their business growth.”

Team Member Battles Cancer with Help from Holman Family

Veteran Team Member Brenda Gaddis was recently diagnosed with breast cancer, and the Team at the Richmond, Indiana location is doing all it can to support her.

Brenda has worked at Richmond for 26 years, eight years with the former 3PL company and 18 years with Holman. Brenda started in the pick line, moved to cycle counts, and most recently has been the Inventory Control CSR. She has been married to her husband, John, for an impressive 52 years and has two sons and three grandchildren.

Everyone at Holman wishes Brenda the best!

The Richmond, Indiana Team prepared a special parking spot featuring a pink flower and pink paint for when Brenda returns to work.
Richmond, Indiana office staff Team Members wear “Support Squad” shirts with pink ribbons on them in support of their teammate Brenda Gaddis (front row, second from left). Back row: Jordan Lehman and Chris Dance. Front row: Terri Toney, Brenda, Regina Dance, and Tim Trent.

Maumelle, Arkansas September Team Member and Supervisor of the Month

Maumelle, Arkansas GM Adrian Conley and September Warehouse Team Member of the Month Mel Pinard.
The Maumelle, Arkansas Rework Team congratulates Supervisor Octavia Redd on her Supervisor of the Month award.

National Logistics Day 2023

Several Holman Teams celebrated National Logistics Day on June 28th. The Jacksonville, Florida location provided Outshine fruit pops and Gatorade to Team Members to combat the summer heat. In Perryville, Maryland, Team Members won prizes and enjoyed a hamburger lunch together.

Joy Wilkerson and Patricia Castro help themselves to some treats in Jacksonville, Florida.
Operations Manager Mike Griffin from Perryville, Maryland grills a bunch of burgers for the Team celebration lunch.
Perryville, Maryland Supervisor Mark Miller serves burgers to the Team.
Jacksonville, Florida Team Members Erik Stephens and Joel Parvilus enjoy some fruit pops.
Brian Schuler poses with his prize at the Perryville, Maryland event.
Clinton Cohen, Joseph Lamb, Torriano Alvores, Ann Johnson, and Akeem Matthews enjoy the Jacksonville, Florida celebration.

Maumelle, Arkansas Team Participates in Golf Tournament for Charity

The Holman Maumelle, Arkansas Team participated this year at the Kimberly-Clark Golf Tournament to raise money for the Children’s Protection Center in Little Rock, Arkansas. Above: John Fitzgerald, Libby Nixon, Trever Sigrist, Adrian Conley, James Fitzgerald, Brittany Dunn, and Melyne Pinard.
Libby Nixon, James Fitzgerald, John Fitzgerald, Logan Jessup, Trever Sigrist, and Shonta Dobbins.

Jacksonville, Florida Team Prepares for Storms

Team Members Joseph Ackerman and Aubrey Crockett help with the windows in Jacksonville, Florida.
In Jacksonville, Florida, Goran Borovnica and Aubrey Crocket cover windows to prevent damage during storms.


Matt Ireland, Director of EHS

The Most Important Safety Metric

Recordable injuries are preventable.

Nothing we do requires a person to be injured. Over the years, we have turned down or eliminated tasks with a high probability of injury and told the customer we couldn’t perform that task because it was unsafe. I am proud of the leaders who had those conversations. They weren’t easy, but they were necessary.

Keeping the injury rate down can be a challenge for any organization. When we analyze the causes of injuries in our facilities, we always look to see if an injury could have been prevented by simply doing things differently.

I wish I could prevent every injury I see here at Holman. But, of course, I cannot do it by myself. Our leaders don’t have that power either. Certainly, leaders can do all the things we know prevent injuries, and we will have limited success, but we won’t eliminate injuries with vigilant leadership alone.

Thankfully, we have Holman sites that have achieved impressive Safe Days streaks. We have sites that achieved 2183 Safe Days – that’s 5 Years, 11 Months, and 23 Days. We’ve had a site that had 2128 Safe Days. Right now, we have sites with 451, 570, 831, 863, 932, and even 1260 Safe Days!

How do sites go 5+ years without a recordable injury when they do the same tasks other sites perform? The answer is simple – everyone actively participated in the site’s safety, every day. Each task was performed safely by every Team Member that attempted it. When I ask sites how they accomplished a significant Safe Days streak, I often get this answer: “We hold each other accountable for our safety.”

We can prevent recordable Injuries by living our Core Values:

Maintaining our Safety Focus

Don’t allow people to take shortcuts. Perform only those tasks you’ve been trained to do. Wear appropriate PPE. Leaders – don’t overlook safety violations.

Helping Each Other to Be Better

Looking out for each other is also important. Leaders – take reports of unsafe actions/conditions seriously and correct them quickly. Team Members will stop coming to you with concerns if you don’t act.

Showing Respect to Everyone

Sometimes, we must have honest conversations, but these don’t have to be difficult. Showing respect is a good way to demonstrate care, and when people know we care, they know we have their best interests at heart.

Serving Others

We also prevent injuries when we help someone restack a fallen pallet or sweep the floor to remove tripping hazards. Serving others is taking care of them and thinking of ways to help.

Providing Extraordinary Service

When we live our Core Values, we can’t help but provide Extraordinary Service. Unfortunately, at many companies, people don’t care or help. They aren’t respectful and they don’t serve. Why is Holman special? – Our values are more important than the jobs we do.

So, what’s the most important safety metric? One Safe Day. Going home, unharmed. That’s it – nothing else matters if we can’t do it without being injured. And after we have one safe day, let’s try our best to achieve two, three, four, and so on. After all, nothing we do is worth being injured.

Veronica Caro, Safety Coordinator at Ontario, California, is the 6th Team Member to complete the OSHA 30-Hour General Industry Course.
MHE Operator Andrew Stringer from Pooler, Georgia is another recent OSHA 30-Hour General Industry course graduate.
Amy Fehd, Inventory Control Coordinator in Spanaway, Washington, is the 8th Team Member to receive the OSHA 30-Hour General Industry Course certificate.
Maumelle, Arkansas Safety Coordinator Shonta Dobbins also received her OSHA 30-Hour General Industry certificate this fall.
Team Member Emilio Morales from Pooler, Georgia holds his OSHA 10-Hour General Industry certificate.