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Associate Spotlight: Gary Meredith

By: HFMadmin July 23, 2024

GARY MEREDITH
OPERATIONS MANAGER OF MAINTENANCE
ACCOUNT: KROGER – LOUISVILLE, KY

Gary Meredith first learned to drive and discovered his knack for maintenance on his family’s farm south of Elizabethtown Kentucky in Hart County. He loved driving the family vehicles and farm tractors around the property as a young boy. When he was about 3 years old, his dad included him working on their ‘68 Plymouth packing grease into the ball bearings. From there he was hooked on maintenance and it was a wonderful way to bond with his Dad. A few years later, he began helping out working on the farm equipment.

Gary enjoyed working on the equipment so much that when he came of age he went into military service with the Air Force as a heavy equipment operator. During his 4 years there he was stationed in several places out of the country, such as Germany and Turkey, with his civil engineering squadron, and even helped build landing zones for helicopters.

When Gary returned home from the Air Force he worked at a variety of small shops, operating and maintaining heavy equipment for farms. For one of his employers, Turner Excavating, he prepared the ground and laid concrete for business parking lots.

From there he moved into the realm of self-employment, still doing similar work as well as working on cars and trucks from his garage. He enjoyed being able to negotiate prices for his customers and the more personal interactions. He even did landscaping for a Congressman while he was self-employed.

Eventually he became tired of the business side of things and decided to get back to just being a mechanic. At Midwest Transportation, he rediscovered his joy in training the new employees and management noticed he showed strong supervisory traits. Nearly 5 years later, he was promoted to Shop Foreman. This began his journey back into the management side of business.

From there Gary moved on to Jack Cooper as the full time 2nd shift supervisor. He had applied for Transervice around the same time so when Transervice called him six months later for an interview, he decided the company was the best fit for his expertise.

Gary started at Transervice in September 2021 as the second shift supervisor. Five months later he was moved to first shift and he received a promotion as the Assistant Operation’s Manager, helping oversee the Kroger fleet.

In January 2023, the current operations manager moved to be closer to his family. Gary then received his second promotion within two years of employment at Transervice and became the sites Maintenance Operations Manager. In this new position, he is in charge of all garage operations and maintenance for a fleet of 70 diesel trucks and 497 trailers and reefers.

He also oversees the maintenance of the warehouse fleet that consists of about 300 pieces of material handling equipment. He and the Transportation Operation Manager are proud to serve their customer in delivering America’s groceries.