David Gauthier has worked for nearly every Total Transportation Services (TTSI) division in only two years. His can-do attitude, keen analysis, and critical thinking skills make him a great asset to the company. He is always available as a helping hand for whoever needs it, and this philosophy has served him well.
David gained his internship at TTSI through Best Buddies, an organization specializing in the integrative employment of persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). Job placement graduation is a unique feature program of their organization, and David graduated after only a year of work.
Best Buddies also offers a leadership program that encourages individuals to become leaders, public speakers, and advocates. David is a gifted speaker and has attended several fundraisers as the guest speaker.
David began working at TTSI as a human resources intern, helping organize personnel files but quickly outgrew the job. His responsibilities expanded to tracking equipment and then to safety compliance for West Group Logistics (WGL), TTSI's regional trucking division.
As WGL's Equipment Controller, David makes sure the equipment is properly maintained and roadworthy, wherever that equipment is located - any time, day, or night.
"Maintaining the equipment is a part of the job I never take lightly. For me, it's deadly serious.” says David about his favorite part of the job. “Our equipment carries the name of West Group Logistics on it and we at West Group are committed to safety, first & foremost."
Key aspects of the job are building relationships, identifying trustworthy vendors, coordinating with drivers and other divisions, and ensuring the equipment is maintained correctly and within budget. His success opened the door to assist in chassis compliance for the Safety department and assist in the Dispatch department. TTSI maintains excellent compliance in safety overall in part to David's outstanding efforts.
"I am grateful management believed in me and gave me a chance to expand my job duties," says David.
"We are extremely proud of David's accomplishments and contributions to TTSI. David makes everyone's day a little brighter. Keep it up, David!" says Vic La Rosa, CEO, President, and CoFounder of TTSI.
If you'd like to learn more or support Best Buddies, join the virtual challenge walk SoCal - Best Buddies Friendship Walk! The Best Buddies Friendship Walk is the leading walk in the country supporting inclusion for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (also known as IDD).