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Accountability

While watching the news this week, I was amazed by the lack of accountability in so many of the headlines. Perhaps the most striking example came from the Costa Concordia cruise ship captain Francesco Schettino, who when accused of abandoning ship too soon after the liner struck rocks off the Tuscan coast, told Italian investigators that he “tripped” into one of the lifeboats while aiding in the evacuation. We all make mistakes; we are human, and they are unavoidable. But what matters is how we handle them. Earlier this week we had a missed

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Life Lessons From Football

Like many offices across North America, the “water cooler chat” at Matchmaker Logistics often turns to football. I’m a Giants fan, but our Carrier Services Rep, Mary Nicholas, roots for the Steelers. This week, when I spoke to Mary, I couldn’t resist a little good-natured teasing! No matter which team you root for, I’m sure you will agree that football is a lot like life. Nobody illustrated this better than the legendary Vince Lombardi who was a fountain of quotes that applied to both success in the game and success in life. For example:

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Adjusting to Change

“It may be hard for an egg to turn into a bird: it would be a jolly sight harder for it to learn to fly while remaining an egg. We are like eggs at present. And you cannot go on indefinitely being just an ordinary, decent egg. We must be hatched or go bad.” ~ C. S. Lewis “Nothing is permanent, but change.” ~ Heraclitus, Philosopher, 535-475 BC Last week, we announced our name change to Matchmaker Logistics,which meant this week we’ve worked on making changes to our website, our letterhead, our business cards,

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New Year, New Name

“Youth is when you’re allowed to stay up late on New Year’s Eve. Middle age is when you’re forced to.” ~ Bill Vaughn “New year, same goal.” ~Joe King “New year, new name, same goal.” ~Bob Skane Notice anything new? We’ve got a new name! To ring in the New Year and to better reflect our evolving role in the industry, Matchmaker Transportation is now Matchmaker Logistics.  It may be a New Year; we may have a new name; but, as always, Matchmaker remains fully committed to the same goal we’ve had for the

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Merry Christmas!

“Christmas! The very word brings joy to our hearts. No matter how we may dread the rush, the long Christmas lists for gifts and cards to be bought and given, when Christmas Day comes there is still the same warm feeling we had as children, the same warmth that enfolds our hearts and our homes.”  ~ Joan Winmill Brown “Were I a philosopher, I should write a philosophy of toys, showing that nothing else in life need to be taken seriously, and that Christmas Day in the company of children is one of the few

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Holiday Elves

Everywhere we go these days, we hear holiday music. One local radio station plays nothing but Christmas tunes 24/7 from Thanksgiving through Christmas Day! We couldn’t resist getting in on the action. Click here, wait for the video to load, and enjoy a rockin’ holiday classic as performed by the Matchmaker Elves!

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Holiday Humor

“This weekend, “Put Up Christmas Lights” and “Start Holiday Shopping” are on my “To Do” list. Have fun with whatever holiday preparations are on your “To Do” list, and think of these quotes!” ~Bob “No matter how carefully you stored the lights last year, they will be snarled again this Christmas.”  ~Robert Kirby “Once again we find ourselves enmeshed in the Holiday Season, that very special time of year when we join with our loved ones in sharing centuries-old traditions such as trying to find a parking space at the mall. We traditionally do this

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Travel Truisms

Because I’ve spent this week traveling to meet with customers, I was inspired to share a few of my favorite travel-inspired quotes.  Enjoy! ~Bob “When preparing to travel, lay out all your clothes and all your money. Then take half the clothes and twice the money.” ~Susan Heller “If God had really intended men to fly, he’d make it easier to get to the airport.” ~George Winters “The most important trip you may take in life is meeting people halfway.” ~ Henry Boye

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Gratitude

“Thanksgiving Day comes, by statute, once a year; to the honest man it comes as frequently as the heart of gratitude will allow.” ~Edward Sandford Martin “Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of our thanksgiving.” ~W.T. Purkiser The team at Matchmaker wishes you a safe and happy Thanksgiving holiday!

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A Historical Year at the NASTC Conference

Where were you on 11.11.11? Mary Nicholas was at the NASTC Annual Conference in Nashville, Tennessee. This year’s slogan was “It’s All About the Driver.” And, for the first time in NASTC history, a female driver was selected as Driver of the Year. This honor was awarded to Sarah Barnes of Williams Express, Inc. in Hickory Flats, MS.  And, since Williams Express is one of our trusted carriers, we couldn’t be more proud!  This photo features (left to right) Driver of the Year Sarah Barnes, Billy Barnes, Darlene Otts, and Bobby Otts.  Darlene and

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