October 04, 2012

With 22 years of experience in the motorsports industry, Senior Manager of Special Projects Terry Hodges has learned to overcome obstacles.

Most recently, Hodges has been charged with being the one to create the obstacles. Coordinating the Freightliner Challenge, Hodges and his team face tremendous tests in staging and executing the race. He must keep the challenges exciting and fresh while maintaining a level of difficulty. Hodges continues to execute the Freightliner Challenge, along with other industry projects, successfully while exceeding clients’ expectations.

Before joining JHE six years ago, Hodges worked with companies including Dale Earnhardt Inc., Racing Radios, NASCAR and Toyota Racing. He graduated from Radford University with a major in Business Management.

Q: What is your role at JHE?

To help anyone that comes to me and asks for help.

Q: What’s been your proudest moment at JHE?

The 2007 Sprint Experience Experiential Display in Daytona. We spent hundreds of hours building it and worked through many nights to be sure it was ready to open on time.

Q: What is your role in the Freightliner Challenge?

I serve as the client liaison and event manager during the challenge. I coordinate the course design and point system and then work with a group of six employees to make sure everything goes as planned. I also work directly with the client to ensure they get the most media coverage possible for participants.

Q: What’s the biggest obstacle of the Freightliner Challenge?

The coordination of the event, especially scheduling. We have to make sure that schedule accommodates everyone involved.

Q: What makes you good at your job?

A lot of years of doing things right and wrong.

Q: What’s your favorite sport?


Q: What’s your favorite quote?

"Life's tough…it's even tougher if you're stupid." – John Wayne

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