Eagle Transport is thrilled to celebrate that our very own Joe Phillips has been announced as North Carolina Trucking Association’s Maintenance Professional of the Year. This award honors Phillips for his outstanding accomplishments in maintenance and maintenance supervision at Eagle Transport.
“Maintaining a large, dynamic, and high utilization fleet presents unique challenges, especially during the past three years," President and COO Lance Collette said. "Joe has dedicated himself to best-in-class maintenance practices and leads his team with character and professionalism. We are blessed to have Joe lead our maintenance efforts and proud that our state association has honored him with this deserved recognition.”
Before joining the Eagle team, Joe served in the Marine Corps for four years on active duty and four years in the Reserves. While in the Reserves, Joe attended Nashville Auto Diesel College, which led him to his career path today. He began his career with Eagle 29 years ago as a technician and has held many different positions, including Shop Foreman and Field Maintenance Manager. Joe's extensive history in the field of mechanics has given him a significant amount of credibility in his current position as Vice President of Maintenance at Eagle.
As VP of Maintenance, Joe’s responsibilities are centered around Eagle’s fleet of trucks and facilities. He oversees the maintenance of the truck and trailer fleet, purchasing new equipment, and disposing of old equipment from the fleet. Joe also helps with managing the shops and terminal buildings and constructing new Eagle facilities as they are being built. He particularly enjoys interacting with other maintenance team members at various terminals, providing specifications for equipment, and working with the many great people in this field.
“I am extremely honored by this award, but the real recognition should go to our great team of Field Maintenance Managers, Shop Foremen, and Technicians," Joe said. "They do an incredible job of keeping Eagle’s fleet operating safely and efficiently. We have faced some incredible challenges over the past couple of years, but our team always finds a way to get the job done. I’m blessed to have the opportunity to work with such a great group of people.”
Ronnie McCoy, Field Safety Manager, and Rena Cater, Vice President of Human Resources, accepted the award on Joe's behalf.
Joe’s humility is one of the many things that makes him a strong leader in his field and deserving of this award, and Eagle Transport is proud to call Joe a team member. We are excited to see his efforts recognized as the North Carolina Trucking Association’s Maintenance Professional of the Year. You can hear more about Joe in a recent episode of our SOAR with Eagle Podcast.