Veteran Bill Ryan – Traits And Characteristics Needed For Success

Dayton Freight Lines  |  Work Ethic, People Skills, and Problem Solving  | 

Published in the July/August 2013 issue of print Search & Employ®  | 

Bill Ryan manages the Dayton Freight Lines Service Center in South Bend, Indiana. He has been with the company for 12 years. He spent four years in the Air Force before separating as a sergeant. He served for two of those years at the National Security Agency in Fort Meade, Maryland, where he was given responsibilities usually designated for higher ranks.

“I think the military was great,” Ryan said. “They give you the tools to understand some very important things to help you grow. Basic training turned out to be just what I needed to understand what life was about and what was expected of me. The Air Force was the start of building me into what I am today.”

He believes that the military instills the traits and characteristics people need to succeed in all walks of life. “Character, discipline, integrity, and loyalty are some of the things that you apply every day,” Ryan said. “If you are committed while you serve, the better off you become in the long run. Not everyone becomes a leader while in the military, but they do teach and give you the tools to lead.”

Veterans have distinct advantages when it comes to finding employment in the civilian world, according to Ryan. “I feel that someone who serves in the military has the upper hand,” he said. “You have already been trained in work ethic, chain of command, people skills, and problem solving. These are all relevant in the business arena.”

Ryan reports that the atmosphere at Dayton Freight feels a lot like the camaraderie he experienced in the military. “I feel as if Dayton Freight is like a unit in the Air Force,” he said. “You always feel that people around you care about what you do and want to see you succeed. The support you receive working at Dayton Freight is the same, everyone is always willing to assist and help when needed. Dayton Freight promotes teamwork in many of the same ways.”

The training is also similar. “The training to lead others and learn new skills is the same at Dayton Freight,” Ryan said. “I was not in the logistics field while serving, but I didn’t have any problem changing career fields.”

Founded in 1981, Dayton Freight Lines is a privately owned less-than-truckload (LTL) freight carrier headquartered in Dayton, Ohio. With 44 Service Centers in the Midwest, Dayton Freight offers shippers one- or two-day service to thousands of points throughout an 11-state area. And via a network of strategic partners, the company can serve all of the United States, Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico, and Guam.


About the Author

This article was written by Jay Myers