Monthly Archives: April 2017

Challenge accepted! Getting our industry in shape


The management of Polaris Transportation is excited about participating in the industry wide Healthy Fleet Challenge. It runs for 2 months starting May 1, 2017. The challenge is powered by Healthy Trucker, a corporate health and wellness program designed for the trucking industry. A nutritionist and certified health coach are available through a mobile APP to get staff on the right road to a healthier lifestyle with ongoing education, support and motivation. We are 100% behind the Healthy Fleet Challenge and encourage all Polaris staff to be part of it!

The results of the last Healthy Fleet Challenge saw over 90% of participants eating better, exercising more and being happy they participated. Over 70% reported feeling better and sleeping better as well.

Each member of our team is encouraged to participate from accounting to dispatch, from dock worker to driver…owner operators too! We can all benefit from living a healthier lifestyle.

The challenge also offers up incentives, Member Rewards and prizes to further encourage participants to give it their all.

As a ramp up to the challenge, Polaris management has led head office staff in 15- minute healthy break walks. Recent potluck lunches have also been based on healthier eating choices.

Our President, Larry Cox, is one of the biggest supporters of the Healthy Fleet Challenge and has appointed champions within the company to lead the charge. Charlene Davidson, Director of Training and Development and Kevin Wartman, Director of Risk Management are heading up the challenge at Polaris.

Making healthier lifestyle choices today is a step in the right direction for healthier lifestyle choices tomorrow. There is a friendly competition between fleets involved and Polaris definitely wants to make a good showing in overall results. Go Team Polaris!

Our people move freight. These are their stories: John Florentine

John Florentine Polaris

John Florentine – Willoughby, Ohio

John keeps the rubber on the road in more ways than one!

John joined our team in June of 2016 and manages the daytime highway and city dispatch at our U.S. headquarters in Ohio. Reporting to terminal manager Tim Erich, John is very comfortable combining his planning and technology skillsets to keep communications in the forefront and our Polaris trucks running on schedule.

John has an interesting background. He served in the U.S. Navy out of ports in San Diego and Pearl Harbor. He held the rank of 3rd Class Petty Officer and was the helmsman on a submarine. That means he maneuvered in restricted waters and other conditions requiring precise steering. He did his duty with 130 crew members on board during the Gulf War. After serving 4 years in the Navy, John received his Associate of Business from Lakeland Community College. His career in Transportation started with Polaris and he is quickly approaching his one year anniversary.

John is an Ohio native and is married to Kelley, his wife of 12 years. John is an avid runner and is doing his part to raise funds for the American Legion in the upcoming Cleveland Marathon (26.2 miles) May 21, 2017. According to John, “I love the fast-paced environment, being on the Polaris team and part of a great company.”