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Local Veterans Honored by International Logistics Company, World Shipping, Inc.

CLEVELAND, OH (November 11th, 2015) – World Shipping, Inc. honored local veterans during a ceremony and celebration on Wednesday, November 11th, 2015 at 11:00am. U.S Air Force veteran, Chris Castell, presented World Shipping, Inc. with the U.S flag he earned while serving oversees as Director of Supply Chain, Logistics & Operations. Castell served in the U.S Air Force for over 15 years before entering into a successful career in supply chain management and logistics, as a civilian. Castell now works for the Rocky River-based company as Director of Operations, North America at NewPort Tank Containers (A World Group Company).

“I am so proud to work for a company that is passionate about recognizing employees that have honorably served our country. Not all employers take the time to celebrate their teams. The fact that the World Shipping, Inc. does take the time to acknowledge our employee milestones, shows that we are a company that operates with integrity.”

John Hunger, Chief Financial Officer & Treasurer for World Shipping, Inc. emphasized the importance of taking the time to honor employee veterans; “We as a company believe in the importance of showcasing the achievements of our employees. One of the greatest achievements that we’ve been able to identify, are the 27 individuals within our organization that are United States Veterans. These men and women have stood up for our country and have allowed us to enjoy the freedoms that we have today. The very minimum of what we can do is recognize them for their service.”


The veterans honored during the ceremony included:

  1. Russ Graef, ContainerPort Group, President
  2. Stephen Peters, ContainerPort Group, Recruiting Coordinator
  3. Randy Ross, ContainerPort Group, Network Engineer
  4. Fabian Negron, NewPort Tank Container, Customer Service Representative
  5. Scott Globokar, ContainerPort Group, Inspector
  6. Betty Knight, NewPort Tank Container, Customer Service Representative
  7. Robin Nelsen, UWL, Customer Service Representative

Not in attendance:

  • Shane Stoneburner, World Distribution Service, Supervisor
  • David Hertvik, UWL, Vice President, Finance

The timing of the ceremony was significant, as it represented the historical events that transpired causing Veterans Day to come into existence on the eleventh hour, of the eleventh day, of the month of 1918. Each employee veteran was given a Veterans Day pin so they could be visibly recognized for their dedication to their country and their company. Following the ceremony complimentary refreshments from The Manna food truck were provided for employees to enjoy.

About World Shipping, Inc.

Since 1960, World Shipping has been active in serving shippers and receivers of international cargo operating in multiple segments, including vessel agency operations, freight forwarding, ocean freight, trucking, rail operations, warehousing and distribution, bulk liquid international logistics, and customs clearance. Headquartered in Cleveland, OH, The World Group companies include World Shipping, Inc., ContainerPort Group, UWL, World Distribution Services, and NewPort Tank Containers.

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An Interview with Dave Pycraft of UWL

Dave Pycraft, Business Development Manager, UWL North America

When did you begin working at UWL and how did you progress to where you are today?

I joined the team in Fall of 2012 in Procurement & Inside Sales. I helped to build the tool that houses rates, even up until today. It was exciting create the platform that ensures effective, global supply chain visibility on the behalf of our customers. It helped me gain relationships with ocean carriers, which presented me with an opportunity to think about how to better reach customers. I had the opportunity to be involved with Jane and Fred in re-branding and ideating on better ways to introduce our company to clients. Recently I moved to Outside Sales to better support Jane – it’s been great.

What attracted you to the company?

I was really attracted to the idea of being a part of a start-up within a larger company. In this case, the opportunity to grow an NVO into a much larger player in the industry. There was a lot of mystery and unwritten processes.

What projects are you most proud of?

I’m still really proud of the Rate Tool that I helped to create, which has been used from 2012 through today. The single-view functionality is really nice. I’m also extremely proud of the work we did in the past year with the UWL rebrand – helping to define our purpose, what are we trying to do and how we best problem-solve on behalf of our customers.

What do you love about your industry?

I’m always doing something different – there is never a shortage of challenges to solve using the skills I’ve learned. I’ve talked to a lot of people that have worked in this area for much longer than I have and they say that no matter how long you’re in the industry, you’re always learning something new. I like learning so that is appealing to me. Additionally, what we do is somewhat “underground” – people don’t know much about shipping/logistics. It makes me feel like an insider in an industry that is the backbone of not just America, but the world (freight).

What are your career goals?

I really enjoy what I’m doing now in sales. It’s all about building relationships which allows me to understand customer needs first-hand. One day it would be exciting to help manage a sales team. I’m passionate about mentorship – it’s fun to teach others. For example, Mark came on to fill my former position and I was able to help him learn on the job. It was my first time mentoring and it was extremely fulfilling – growing talent is important to our organization.

Do you have a mentor? Tell me about him or her?

Duncan has impacted me greatly. I’ve been able to see how he works on sales trips. He’s taught me a lot about how to anticipate customer needs and challenged me to be prepared on a new level. I wasn’t as prepared as I could be – I’ve been able to grow as a result. He’s also taught me how to prospect.

I’ve also learned a lot recently from Eric Gilmore. He came from Expeditors, which is very structured and ridged. He has taught me about why procedures are important. For example, it’s helped me to think through steps in between points A and B.

What would you say to someone thinking of getting into your field?

It’s not for everyone but it is very rewarding. You have to be able to multi-task and you don’t get a lot of thanks but you’re making a difference in customers’ business first-hand. Everything from the customers’ supply chain down to the end customer being able to purchase goods. At the end of the day, it’s all about the people – it’s not just transactional like outsiders think – you need to build trust & confidence through relationships. That takes time and hard work.

How would you describe the corporate culture?

Especially this year – with all of the growth across the company – leadership has encouraged innovative thinking from everyone (it’s truly part of our culture). I’m also a part of the Buzz Group. Buzz is there to reward employees. Everyone is working really hard – we want to give back to employees – it all goes back to people.

What are 3 words that co-workers would use to describe you?

  • Vegetarian (but don’t let me cook – and I love Taco Bell!)
  • (A little) Crazy
  • Social

What do you do for fun?

I love doing things w/ other people. I also love NFL football, playing volleyball and having friends over for bonfires.

Give us a fun fact or something your co-workers wouldn’t know about you:

I recently went skydiving. It was terrifying & super fun…and I’d probably go again if invited, but might not elect to seek it out again myself!

I’m also a Youth Group Leader, part time for middle schoolers at my church. They’re really good kids. It’s very rewarding – you’re building relationships & mentoring them through their youth. Sometimes they ask silly questions; sometimes it’s serious.

I’m always there for them to turn to if they need anything.