Category Archives: Driver Appreciation

Paxton Cottrell Named Trainer of the Month for April 2019

DES MOINES, Iowa, May 29, 2019 – Paxton joined TMC in the second half of June 2015. After driving for six months at another employer and not getting the home time he was looking for, he started to look for other options. “TMC could give me everything I was looking for, so I applied and have loved it here ever since,” Paxton says.

After being a part of the Black and Chrome team for about two years, someone suggested to Paxton that they thought he would be a good trainer. “I decided to give it a shot,” he says. “I found that it was fun to teach new drivers how to do things the right way.”

When it comes to his training style, Paxton takes on an instructional, hands-on approach. “Everyone learns differently, but I like to be working right alongside my trainees and walking through instruction whenever needed.” He also adds that it is important to remember where he once started. “I try not to forget how far I’ve come in the industry and all of the questions I used to have; that’s my motto when training.”

The teaching aspect of training is Paxton’s favorite part of the job. “Securement is my favorite thing to teach,” he says. “I also enjoy the camaraderie that drivers share out on the road, along with continuing to meet new people and forming new relationships.”

As for advice for new trainees, the most important thing is to take things slow. “Flatbed trucking has an on-going learning curve, and you won’t become an expert overnight,” Paxton says. “There are a lot of people out there who have helped me along the way, and still continue to do so. Never be afraid to lean on others and ask for advice, even when you’ve been on the job or a while.”

Driver trainers are vital to the TMC training department, and each month a trainer is chosen who demonstrates the outstanding qualities TMC looks for in a trainer. The Trainer of the Month recipient is chosen based on their safety record and the safety performance of their trainees, the number of drivers trained and the retention percentage of those drivers. Congratulations to our April 2019 Trainer of the Month, Paxton Cottrell!

About TMC
TMC Transportation is the nation’s largest employee-owned flatbed transportation company. TMC provides expert transportation services and supply-chain management solutions throughout the 48 contiguous states. Founded in 1972, TMC is headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa, and is known for its integrity, innovation, superior safety record and dedication to quality and customer service. The company’s claim-free, on-time delivery record is the best in the business and is consistently recognized by its customers.

You can visit their website at www.tmctrans.com, or click here to see TMC’s jobs on SmartPhoneTrucker.

Sean Wilson Named TMC Trainer of the Month for March 2019

DES MOINES, Iowa, May 6, 2019 – Sean’s journey with TMC began 10 years ago when he started Orientation in June 2009. Over-the-road truck driving wasn’t exactly the career path he had in mind for himself, but it has turned into a lifestyle that works well for him and his family.

“Before starting at TMC, the economy was bad and I was unemployed,” Sean says. “I couldn’t find a job in my field, which was accounting, so I decided to do what I never saw myself doing.”

While attending a local driving school, the Hudson, NC, native started researching different companies to see what was out there. “I heard TMC had really good training, and I wanted to be home on the weekends with my family,” he says. “TMC sounded like a good fit right away.”

After driving on his own for a year, Sean decided to take on the role of a Driver Trainer. “I’ve trained at other jobs before, and I always enjoyed showing people the ropes.”

Sean takes a very hands-on approach to training. “I try to get them behind the wheel as much as possible to work on their driving and backing skills,” he says. “With securement, I show them how I like things to be done and let them do one side of the load while I do the other, checking on them periodically.”

This approach has proven to work well for him. “I try not to overwhelm them with too much information. Once they get a feel for how things are done, I let them do the job and give any tips along the way if I notice anything.”

For both him and his trainees, Sean says that having patience is most important. “New drivers can’t be in too much of a hurry; this is where mistakes happen,” he says. “For me as a trainer, I have to remember that this is a learning experience for them and it’s different for everyone.”

As for his favorite part of the job, Sean had a quick answer for that. “I enjoy hearing from my former trainees about their accomplishments. It’s nice knowing that I helped them get their start and they are doing well.”

Driver trainers are vital to the TMC training department, and each month a trainer is chosen who demonstrates the outstanding qualities TMC looks for in a trainer. The Trainer of the Month recipient is chosen based on their safety record and the safety performance of their trainees, the number of drivers trained and the retention percentage of those drivers. Congratulations to our March 2019 Trainer of the Month, Sean Wilson!

About TMC
TMC Transportation is the nation’s largest employee-owned flatbed transportation company. TMC provides expert transportation services and supply-chain management solutions throughout the 48 contiguous states. Founded in 1972, TMC is headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa, and is known for its integrity, innovation, superior safety record and dedication to quality and customer service. The company’s claim-free, on-time delivery record is the best in the business and is consistently recognized by its customers.

You can visit their website at www.tmctrans.com, or click here to see TMC’s jobs on SmartPhoneTrucker.

Jeff Kelley Named Trainer of the Month for February 2019

DES MOINES, Iowa, March 28, 2019 – Jeff has always viewed trucking as a respectable position, as his dad was a truck driver. In fact, when he came to crossroads in his career, his dad encouraged him to pursue a job in the industry. “I used to be a preacher and when the economy went south, congregations were downsized,” Jeff says. “I wanted a new job to support my family and my dad had heard great things about TMC.”

While it wasn’t an easy decision to leave preaching, Jeff feels that he made the right choice. This is just one reason why he wanted to start training. “A lot of drivers are in the same place I was when I started: leaving home and doing something completely new and different,” Jeff says. “I want them to recognize that they made a tough decision, but that is was also the right one.”

When it comes to his training style, the Thomasville, NC, native says he takes a hands-on, laid-back approach. He mentioned that most of his trainees are already good drivers, and they just need to fine-tune their skills.

“I like the relationships I am able to develop with each person,” he says. “The best part of my job is when past trainees call me to tell me about their positive experiences, whether those be on the job or something in their personal life.”

After they leave his truck, Jeff encourages his trainees to come up with goals they would like to accomplish at TMC, and share those with their Fleet Managers. “Establishing positive relationships from the beginning is a great first step to success here, and if Fleet Managers are aware of personal goals, they are able to work better to help drivers reach them.”

At the end of the day, it all goes back to where he started with TMC that keeps Jeff motivated. “I’m thankful for my trainer, Jerry Hinson, for putting me on a good path at TMC when I was totally new to the industry. My Fleet Manager, Glenda Miller, is also awesome and I hope I can meet her in person someday.”

Driver trainers are vital to the TMC training department, and each month a trainer is chosen who demonstrates the outstanding qualities TMC looks for in a trainer. The Trainer of the Month recipient is chosen based on their safety record and the safety performance of their trainees, the number of drivers trained and the retention percentage of those drivers. Congratulations to our February 2019 Trainer of the Month, Jeff Kelley!

 

About TMC

TMC Transportation is the nation’s largest employee-owned flatbed transportation company. TMC provides expert transportation services and supply-chain management solutions throughout the 48 contiguous states. Founded in 1972, TMC is headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa, and is known for its integrity, innovation, superior safety record and dedication to quality and customer service. The company’s claim-free, on-time delivery record is the best in the business and is consistently recognized by its customers. Visit them at www.tmctrans.com, or see their jobs on SmartPhoneTrucker here.

TMC Transportation Designates David Perfect as Driver of the Fourth Quarter for 2018

DES MOINES, Iowa, March 14, 2019 – In life, perfection isn’t easy to come by, but for TMC’s 2018 Driver of the Fourth Quarter, perfect is his last name… literally! David Perfect has been a professional driver for TMC for eight years, and during his time on the Black and Chrome fleet, he has certainly been living up to his namesake.

A Chicago native, David came into the trucking industry a bit later in life, and quickly found it to be a perfect fit. David spent over two decades working for the Forest Preserve District of Cook County before he decided it was time for a change in scenery. He packed up and headed south to Manila, AR, where he had a brief stint in a steel mill before he figured it was time to retire. For David, however, retirement wasn’t all it was cracked up to be. Feeling restless, he remembered the one thing that could provide with him a new adventure; his CDL.

“My dad once told me that as long as you have your CDL, you’ll have a job, so I had always renewed and maintained mine that I acquired many years ago,” David says. “He drove an 18-wheeler locally in Chicago for 38 years, so I figured I would give truck driving a shot, and I never looked back. I love this country, and I am so thankful that I get paid to be able to see it.”

David is just about as proud as they come to be driving down the road with those three unmistakable orange and gold letters on the side of his shiny black Peterbilt, but it is the four words just underneath the logo that is what really drives him to put in 100% each day. Those words are: “An Employee-Owned Company”.

“TMC’s ESOP is incredible. Our owner is giving his company to us not only to ensure that TMC’s values and standards are upheld, but also to reward his hard working employees,” explains David. “I don’t have to drive any extra miles, secure any extra loads, but my ESOP account continues to grow year over year. I also do my best to keep an eye on the bottom line in my day-to-day, and encourage other to do so as well because there are things that we as drivers can control that affect those ESOP dollars; watching idle time and fuel usage, practicing efficient time management and preventing accidents no matter how small, because those things add up, and when all is said and done, we can all share in those savings.”

ESOP aside, David’s favorite aspect that comes with working for TMC is the people.

“I work with a bunch of incredible people and earning the designation of Driver of the Quarter is a great honor that I want to share with everyone,” he says. “We are a team here, all the behind the scenes people make my job fun and rewarding, which I think is imperative to being successful. Of course there are ups and downs, but I like to look at the big picture. I’m not in it for the load today or tomorrow, I’m in it for what’s to come in the next month or next year.”

Having just accomplished one million consecutive safe driving miles, success is something that David knows well. He has also recently decided to share his wealth of knowledge with future generations of TMC drivers by becoming a driver trainer. While he is showing his trainees the ropes to being a flatbedder, he is sure to teach them not just how to do the job, and do it right, but also what the benefits of the job down the road can be.

“David’s work ethic, attitude and teamwork are unmatched,” says Steven Fagg, TMC Customer Service Manager and David’s former Fleet Manager “He’s maintained a meticulous safety record, and is always there to help even in undesirable situations. He cares genuinely about TMC’s future, and represents Destination: Excellence in every way possible. I can’t thank David enough for his continued efforts of going above and beyond every single day.”

David looks forward to continue achieving his goals here at TMC, with the next ones being his 10-year safe driving award, hitting two million safe miles, and one day he hopes to be named a TMC Wheel Master, the most prestigious title the company holds.

When he’s not behind the wheel, David enjoys spending time with his six grandchildren and taking them on yearly trips to the Wisconsin Dells and Disneyland. It is this job, however, that affords him these opportunities.

“My family is spread out a bit, so I feel lucky that I can travel to see them while doing my job,” he says. “TMC’s family oriented structure makes it easy to always feel at home.”

Criteria for Driver of the Quarter recognition includes years of service with the company, safe driving record, excellent customer service, professionalism and overall quality performance. Once a driver is recognized as a Driver of the Quarter they are eligible to receive the prestigious Wheel Master Award.

Congratulations, David, on this well-deserved distinction!

 

About TMC
TMC Transportation is the nation’s largest employee-owned open deck transportation company. TMC provides expert transportation services and supply-chain management solutions throughout the 48 contiguous states. Founded in 1972, TMC is headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa, and is known for its integrity, innovation, superior safety record and dedication to quality and customer service. The company’s claim-free, on-time delivery record is the best in the business and is consistently recognized by its customers.

You can visit their website here, or see all their jobs on SmartPhoneTrucker here.

Rance Moon Named Trainer of the Month for January 2019

DES MOINES, Iowa, March 8, 2019– After driving a van for a few years, Rance Moon was looking for a change of pace; something that would keep him productive out on the road, but also give him the home time he was wanting. Upon joining the Black and Chrome fleet in October 2016, Rance was reintroduced to the trucking industry “the TMC way.”

After getting his footing in the open deck industry, he was approached about becoming a driver trainer, but his interest wasn’t there initially. “I kind of keep to myself,” Rance says. “After speaking to my trainer, Mikel Whitehead, I decided to give it a try.”

Now in his second year of training, Rance is thankful that he took the leap of faith. “I’ve learned a lot while doing this job, and my ‘book of secrets’ has filled up quickly,” he says.

When Rance is on the job, his goal is to work efficiently, while keeping safety at the forefront. “I always tell my trainees to keep in contact with me if they need help, but I do my best to teach them how to be independent out on the road.”

Training has even taught Rance some things about himself. “I didn’t realize how much patience I had until I started, and I enjoy it a lot more than I expected to. I’ve also learned to speak up and deal with different situations.”

Finally, the Fortson, GA native says the whole experience has been extremely worthwhile. “I’ve met a lot of great guys along the way,” Rance says. “I want to be able to hear from my trainees down the road that they retained what I taught them. That’s how I know I did something right.”

Driver trainers are vital to the TMC training department, and each month a trainer is chosen who demonstrates the outstanding qualities TMC looks for in a trainer. The Trainer of the Month recipient is chosen based on their safety record and the safety performance of their trainees, the number of drivers trained and the retention percentage of those drivers. Congratulations to our January 2019 Trainer of the Month, Rance Moon!

 

About TMC
TMC Transportation is the nation’s largest employee-owned flatbed transportation company. TMC provides expert transportation services and supply-chain management solutions throughout the 48 contiguous states. Founded in 1972, TMC is headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa, and is known for its integrity, innovation, superior safety record and dedication to quality and customer service. The company’s claim-free, on-time delivery record is the best in the business and is consistently recognized by its customers. You can visit their website here, or see all their jobs on SmartPhoneTrucker here.

Doug McNeel Named as TMC’s Trainer of the Year for 2018

DES MOINES, Iowa, February 21, 2019– Congratulations to Doug McNeel, TMC’s Trainer of the Year for 2018! Doug has been a professional truck driver with TMC for a little over six years, four and a half of which he has been training. He received the Trainer of the Month award back in July 2017.

After having a conversation with Doug, one can’t help but think he was destined to work at TMC. After serving in the Navy for 28 years, the Nebraska native retired to Spring, TX, where he currently resides. During his time in the Navy, he worked as a Torpedo Man Chief, and his given nickname was “TMC.” Driving for TMC was Doug’s first job after his military retirement, and it has turned out to be a great fit.

“TMC’s structure is similar to the military’s. They have the best equipment and a very family oriented feel,” he says. Doug also had training experience while in the Navy and always knew it was something he wanted to pick up again in the future.

To Doug, truck driving is more than a career; it’s a lifestyle. He strives to instill in his trainees to love their job and to make every day enjoyable.

“With the right mindset and good time management, there are plenty of ways to make driving something you can incorporate into your daily life,” he says. Doug suggests picking a place to layover during the weekend to take in different sights, or taking the opportunity to visit family who might live in other places around the country.

“Doug is just the kind of driver we want building the future of TMC,” says Jeff Geist, Training Coordinator Manager. “His detailed training and leadership ensures we continue to grow our fleet with the best prepared and safest drivers in the industry.”

When looking to the future, Doug just wants to keep doing what he’s doing. He says his Fleet Manager, Amanda Torres, is especially great to work with, and she plays a factor in his success as well.

“I want to do the best I can and do what’s best for the company,” he says. “It’s easy with the team I’m on; everyone makes the job enjoyable and I want to keep coming back each week.”

At the end of the day, Doug is grateful for where truck driving and driver training have brought him.

“The people I get to meet, train and become friends with are what I enjoy most,” he says. “The friendships I’ve made are priceless, and it’s great to see guys that you’ve trained see success as well.”

If Doug isn’t out on the road, you can most likely find him back in Texas spending time with his six grandchildren.

“Most Fridays when I get home, I’m off to the skating rink, and I always look forward to that.”

Driver trainers are vital to TMC’s fleet and an important part of maintaining the company’s excellent customer service and safety record. Congratulations, Doug, and thank you for helping to shape the future of TMC!

About TMC
TMC Transportation is the nation’s largest employee-owned flatbed transportation company. TMC provides expert transportation services and supply-chain management solutions throughout the 48 contiguous states. Founded in 1972, TMC is headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa, and is known for its integrity, innovation, superior safety record and dedication to quality and customer service. The company’s claim-free, on-time delivery record is the best in the business and is consistently recognized by its customers. Visit their website at www.tmctrans.com or check out their jobs on SmartPhoneTrucker here .

 

Joshua Deeds Named TMC Trainer of the Month for December 2018

DES MOINES, Iowa, January 17, 2019– In the 10 years that Josh has been with TMC, he has made quite the reputation for himself. As some may recall, this is not the first time he has received recognition for the great work he does at TMC. After he first started training in 2010, Josh was named Trainer of the Month about a year later in 2011. Shortly after, he took a break from training to help with family matters back home.

His most recent recognition was being named a Driver of the Third Quarter in 2017. Also in 2017, Josh decided it was time to pick up training again, and he hasn’t turned back since. This second recognition goes to show he hasn’t skipped a beat!

While he is working with trainees, Josh focuses on the most basic, yet essential, parts of the job. “Being safe and practicing good time management are two of the most important aspects of this job,” he says. “To instill those values, I encourage drivers to get out and look (G.O.A.L.) and to always communicate with their Fleet Managers.”

Josh considers himself to be laid back when it comes to training. “When trainees first get in the truck, I’m more hands-on in teaching to make sure they are doing things correctly,” he says. “Once they are more comfortable, I stand back and let them take the lead.”

In the long run, Josh just wants to see his trainees succeed and keep seeing success. “I want to help them better themselves while doing this job so they can meet their personal goals, such as home time and providing for their families.”

He gives credit to recruiter Todd Cooper for bringing him to TMC. “He’s a great and truthful guy,” says Josh. “He really sold me on working here and TMC has come through on everything he promised me.”

Driver trainers are vital to the TMC training department, and each month a trainer is chosen who demonstrates the outstanding qualities TMC looks for in a trainer. The Trainer of the Month recipient is chosen based on their safety record and the safety performance of their trainees, the number of drivers trained and the retention percentage of those drivers. Congratulations to our December 2018 Trainer of the Month, Joshua Deeds!

 About TMC

TMC Transportation is the nation’s largest employee-owned flatbed transportation company. TMC provides expert transportation services and supply-chain management solutions throughout the 48 contiguous states. Founded in 1972, TMC is headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa, and is known for its integrity, innovation, superior safety record and dedication to quality and customer service. The company’s claim-free, on-time delivery record is the best in the business and is consistently recognized by its customers. Visit us at www.tmctrans.com.

You can see TMC’s jobs on SmartPhoneTrucker here.

TMC Transportation Names Randy Buhs Driver of the Third Quarter for 2018

DES MOINES, Iowa, December 4, 2018– TMC Transportation, the nation’s largest employee-owned open deck carrier, is proud to present Randy Buhs as the recipient of the distinguished Driver of the Quarter award for the third quarter of 2018. With 18 years and nearly two million safe driving miles, both consecutively with TMC, Randy Buhs is the epitome of a TMC Driver of the Quarter. The Peoria, IL native and Army veteran came to TMC at the turn of the century and immediately made a name for himself.

Randy has experienced just about every opportunity the truck driving industry has to offer. Before he came to TMC, Randy drove reefer regionally for 11 years. Seeking a change of scenery and a more challenging routine, Randy decided he wanted to drive flatbed, and was drawn to TMC because of its sparkling reputation.

Upon onboarding with TMC, Randy enjoyed seeing all that the United States has to offer while driving on the over-the-road linehaul division. He was even was a driver trainer for several years before he joined the elite TMC Specialized Division, hauling heavy equipment until a local dedicated position opened up near his hometown, where he continues to be a shining representative of TMC.

“From the very beginning I was very pleased with my choice to drive for TMC,” says Randy. “The quality of this company is evident with the top-notch equipment, and having my name on my door makes me feel like I am not just a number. TMC values their drivers and gives you all the tools to be your own boss and be successful.”

Driving two million miles while maintaining a spotless safety record is no accident (no pun intended). Randy’s number one goal is to give 100% effort to his job each and every day, and to do so with a safety conscious work ethic.

“In this industry, it is so important to be alert, aware and do everything you can to keep yourself and motorists safe out on the road,” Randy explains. “To achieve this goal, I make sure to do everything with a deliberate, easy pace and not get in a rush. At the end of the week when I park my truck I look back, review and ask myself what I could have to be more safe and efficient. I strive to always do better than I did the day before.”

Not only does Randy find pride in the job he does, he is grateful to work for a company that gives back to their employees. Randy experienced the implementation of TMC’s employee-ownership program in 2013, and found that it gave him even more motivation to work harder and smarter.

“It is amazing that our owner thinks so much of his drivers and employees that he chose to keep TMC’s core values and turn his company over to us,” says Randy. “It lights a fire under you. The better you do your job, the more successful the company is and all TMC employees get to share in those benefits. In the five years since we’ve been employee-owned, the growth and success has been tremendous, and I couldn’t be happier in my choice of companies to work for.”

Most are familiar with TMC’s signature motto, “Destination: Excellence”. When Randy first began driving with TMC, he always thought it was a nice expression, but couldn’t fully understand what it meant at first.

“After 18 years, that motto has resonated with me and really made an impact on my goals for the future,” he says. “At the end of your driving career when you step out of that truck, did you really achieve that destination of excellence? When I retire, I want to be able to say that I did.”

“Randy does an excellent job on the Arconic dedicated account,” says Brent Funk, Randy’s Fleet Manager. “He is a driver that I can consistently count on to get the job done right and on time. Randy has a phenomenal work ethic and is very deserving of this award. I look forward to seeing Randy continue to succeed at TMC.”

Randy resides in East Peoria, IL with his wife of 37 years. He has two grown children and is a proud grandfather to two young grandchildren. We are blessed to have Randy as a part of the Black and Chrome family, and we greatly appreciate the hard work he puts in each day. Congratulations, Randy!

Criteria for Driver of the Quarter recognition includes years of service with the company, safe driving record, excellent customer service, professionalism and overall quality performance. Once a driver is recognized as a Driver of the Quarter they are eligible to receive the prestigious Wheel Master Award.

About TMC
TMC Transportation is the nation’s largest employee-owned open deck transportation company. TMC provides expert transportation services and supply-chain management solutions throughout the 48 contiguous states. Founded in 1972, TMC is headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa, and is known for its integrity, innovation, superior safety record and dedication to quality and customer service. The company’s claim-free, on-time delivery record is the best in the business and is consistently recognized by its customers. Visit our website here, or see the TMC jobs on SmartPhoneTrucker by clicking  here.

 

Joseph Ingram Named TMC Trainer of the Month for July 2018

DES MOINES, Iowa, September 5, 2018– Joe came to TMC looking for a new work environment with a familiar setting: the open road. After doing his research, he discovered the Black and Chrome and decided it would be the perfect place for him. After officially joining the team in May 2010, Joe quickly discovered that he found the right place. “I have always felt at home here, and it’s been a great fit from the very beginning,” he says.

In August 2015, he felt it was time for him to take on the training role. “I believed that I had a lot of good knowledge to bring to the table,” Joe says. “I wanted to do my part and make sure new drivers are learning what they need to do.”

“Joe is a hard worker and a diligent trainer,” says Jeff Geist, Training Coordinator Manager. “His main goal is to see his trainees succeed and he makes sure they are prepared for the job ahead.”

The Jacksonville, Fla., native considers himself a hands-on trainer. “This job is all about repetition,” he says. “My job is to make sure that I understand how each individual learns and cater to both their strengths and also areas that need more coaching.”

One thing that Joe emphasizes to his trainees is the importance of lending a hand out on the road. “I never stray away from helping out other drivers.” He also stresses the importance of seeking help if it you need it. “Never try to be in too big of a rush, and never be afraid to ask questions.”

For professional drivers who are interested in training, Joe encourages patience and persistence. “You have to be patient and realize that you will always be learning new things as well,” he says. “You always have to grow in your skills while teaching others to do the same.”

Driver trainers are vital to the TMC training department, and each month a trainer is chosen who demonstrates the outstanding qualities TMC looks for in a trainer. The Trainer of the Month recipient is chosen based on their safety record and the safety performance of their trainees, the number of drivers trained and the retention percentage of those drivers. Congratulations to our July 2018 Trainer of the Month, Joseph Ingram!

 About TMC

TMC Transportation is the nation’s largest employee-owned flatbed transportation company. TMC provides expert transportation services and supply-chain management solutions throughout the 48 contiguous states. Founded in 1972, TMC is headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa, and is known for its integrity, innovation, superior safety record and dedication to quality and customer service. The company’s claim-free, on-time delivery record is the best in the business and is consistently recognized by its customers. Visit us at www.tmctrans.com or see the TMC jobs on SmartPhoneTrucker here.

TMC Transportation Names John Strickland Jr. as Driver of the Second Quarter for 2018

DES MOINES, Iowa, August 8, 2018– TMC Transportation, the nation’s largest employee-owned open deck carrier, is proud to present John Strickland Jr. as the recipient of the distinguished Driver of the Quarter award for the second quarter of 2018. A professional truck driver with the company for more than seven years, John has steered his career with pride and perseverance.

John was drawn to the trucking industry for the exciting challenges it entails and the comfortable living it provides. He enjoys the journey of the open road and the variance of the day-to-day over-the-road lifestyle.

“I love working hard, it’s in my blood,” says John. “This job takes a deep sense of dedication, and I take pride in giving 100% effort every day.”

John obtained his CDL several years before joining the Black and Chrome fleet while working at a small local operation. He didn’t see much driving time, and was hungry for adventure and the opportunity to further his career. John chose to sign on with TMC because of the diversity and physicality of flatbed, the industry leading home time and performance based pay package.

After a successful first few years at TMC, John chose to become a driver trainer and help provide new drivers with the tools to succeed in their own careers. Then in 2013, upon TMC’s implementation of the Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP), John’s job as a truck driver and trainer took a whole new meaning.

“From the beginning I knew I wanted to retire here, but being an employee-owner gives you something more to reach for,” John explains. “Everything you do contributes toward your future, and training gives you the opportunity to teach new drivers the right way to do things to keep the company successful. It gives you a whole new goal.”

John has been so successful as both a driver and driver trainer that he was named TMC’s “Trainer of the Month” in March of this year, and he is well on his way to reaching his first million safe driving miles, an accomplishment he has long been determined to achieve. Being a safe driver is of utmost importance to John, and he takes active steps every day to ensure the safety of himself, his trainees and other motorists.

“Tolerance and patience is key,” he says. “Always execute thorough pre-trips and be prepared to adapt to new situations. And of course, always get plenty of rest!”

“John is outstanding in every category,” says Sam Bricker, John’s Fleet Manager. “I have worked with john for several years now and he takes a lot of pride in his job and working for TMC. He is one of the hardest working drivers I have and always strives to do things correctly and safely. John is extremely reliable, easy going and will do whatever it takes to get the job done.”

John is a native of Camden, Arkansas, but currently resides in northeast Texas. He is a proud father, and recently became a grandfather. TMC is proud to have John as a fantastic representation of the company and trucking industry as a whole, and we look forward to his future successes.

Criteria for Driver of the Quarter recognition includes years of service with the company, safe driving record, excellent customer service, professionalism and overall quality performance. Once a driver is recognized as a Driver of the Quarter they are eligible to receive the prestigious Wheel Master Award.

About TMC

TMC Transportation is the nation’s largest employee-owned open deck transportation company. TMC provides expert transportation services and supply-chain management solutions throughout the 48 contiguous states. Founded in 1972, TMC is headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa, and is known for its integrity, innovation, superior safety record and dedication to quality and customer service. The company’s claim-free, on-time delivery record is the best in the business and is consistently recognized by its customers. Visit us at www.tmctrans.com.

You can also see TMC’s jobs on SmartPhoneTrucker by clicking here.

Jeff Sharp Named Trainer of the Month for May 2018

DES MOINES, Iowa, June 27, 2018– Flatbed trucking was not a job that Jeff ever expected himself to be doing, but when the opportunity for a career change arose, he decided that it was time to step out of his comfort zone. Now that he is here and working in the training role, there is no place he would rather be. “I kind of just fell into the flatbed industry,” Jeff says. He joined the TMC family in December 2015 and became a driver trainer in October 2017. “I always heard about the principles and policies that TMC had, and I really liked that,” he says.

Jeff’s goal is that his drivers walk away from training feeling confident about the job they need to do. He also suggests this as a primary objective for those who are considering becoming a trainer themselves. “Success from this job comes from following the standards that TMC has in place,” he says. “They set the bar very high, and my own trainer instilled in me the importance of doing the job right.”

The Bossier City, La. native works to teach his drivers how to do the job as efficiently as possible, while always keeping safety at the forefront. He does this by keeping his training environment laid back and positive. “I know drivers are already nervous when they start training,” Jeff says. “They don’t need the extra pressure.”

“The safety record of the drivers he has trained is impeccable,” says Jeff Geist, Training Coordinator Manager. “This attributes to the quality training that he provides.”

Jeff is grateful for where his journey in the trucking industry has taken him. “It has taught me to be more patient and understanding, and I’m always learning new things from my trainees,” he says. “It makes me really proud to do this job, and it’s great to keep meeting new people and showing them the ropes.”

Driver trainers are vital to the TMC training department, and each month a trainer is chosen who demonstrates the outstanding qualities TMC looks for in a trainer. The Trainer of the Month recipient is chosen based on their safety record and the safety performance of their trainees, the number of drivers trained and the retention percentage of those drivers. Congratulations to our May 2018 Trainer of the Month, Jeff Sharp!

About TMC

TMC Transportation is the nation’s largest employee-owned flatbed transportation company. TMC provides expert transportation services and supply-chain management solutions throughout the 48 contiguous states. Founded in 1972, TMC is headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa, and is known for its integrity, innovation, superior safety record and dedication to quality and customer service. The company’s claim-free, on-time delivery record is the best in the business and is consistently recognized by its customers. Visit us at www.tmctrans.com.

You can also see TMC’s jobs on SmartPhoneTrucker by clicking here.

Covenant driving teams collect $368,000 in bonuses in May under $40,000 Teaming Bonus program.

Launched Feb. 1, nearly $500,000 paid out under program by mid-year point!

Chattanooga, Tenn. — Leaders at Covenant Transport were excited about April’s teaming bonus pay out of $88,000.

Then the good news got even better – in May, the expedited shipping specialist paid out $368,000 to 184 driving teams who eclipsed 60,000 paid miles together, resulting in each team getting a $2,000 bonus, or $1,000 bonus per driver.

“We knew for months May was going to be a breakout month,” said Joey Hogan, president. “We just didn’t know exactly how big it would be.”

Since the $40,000 Teaming Bonus program launched Feb. 1, Covenant has paid out nearly $500,000 in bonuses to professional driving teams.

“It’s been exciting for us to be able to reward drivers who are committed to teaming,” Hogan said.

And Rob Hatchett, vice president of recruiting, pointed out that for many teams, the payouts will keep coming.

“Of course the great news is this isn’t a one-time payout,” Hatchett said. “The way we structured the teaming bonus, these 368 team drivers will hit the payout again in another three to four months.”

In other words, “it’s going to be a continual celebration around here,” he said.

For more information about Covenant Transport, visit http://www.covenanttransport.com. You can also see Covenant’s ads on SmartPhoneTrucker here.

TMC Transportation Announces Recipient of Prestigious Wheel Master Award

TMC Transportation has announced that Herb House is their 2017 Wheel Master. The annual Wheel Master award is the highest driver honor given at TMC, and Herb’s hard work and dedication to his Black and Chrome family over the past 25 years has earned him this notable distinction.

Herb left his factory job in 1982 to chase his sense of adventure. He decided to go to truck driving school, and shortly after he found his niche in the flatbed industry. He spent some time with other carriers, but there was only one company he really wanted to work for. Finally in 1993, Herb took the chance and officially signed on with TMC. Two and a half decades and 2.5 million safe driving miles later, Herb will be joining a small group of prestigious drivers that call themselves TMC Wheel Masters.

“I feel like I’ve grown both as a driver and as a person during my time with TMC. I’ve learned a lot about patience,” says Herb. “But it is easy to work hard for a company that goes out of their way to treat you like TMC does. The people I work with are great, top-notch equipment, pay and home time. It doesn’t get much better.”

Herb currently drives for TMC’s Specialized Division, one that yields some of the best and safest drivers in the fleet. ‘Safe’ is a concept Herb knows well, however, as he has collected nearly every safe driving award TMC has to offer. He was also named Driver of the Quarter in 2010.

“I don’t think there really is a secret to being a safe driver,” Herb explains. “Pay attention to detail and don’t be afraid to ask questions. But above all, just keep your wheels on the ground.”

Herb resides in Morrison, Illinois with his wife Teri. He is a valued asset to TMC, and we are proud to bestow this prestigious award upon him. Herb will be honored at the annual Wheel Master Meeting that will take place at TMC’s headquarters in Des Moines, Iowa in March. Each spring, former Wheel Masters, some retired, many still active drivers, gather for a luncheon to catch up and induct the newest Wheel Master.

“I have just been going about doing my job the best way I know how, so receiving this award was something I was not expecting,” Herb says. “I am honored and humbled.”

About TMC
TMC Transportation is the nation’s largest employee-owned open deck transportation company. TMC provides expert transportation services and supply-chain management solutions throughout the 48 contiguous states. Founded in 1972, TMC is headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa, and is known for its integrity, innovation, superior safety record and dedication to quality and customer service. The company’s claim-free, on-time delivery record is the best in the business and is consistently recognized by its customers. Visit us at www.tmctrans.com. You can also see TMC JOBS on SmartPhoneTrucker by clicking here.

TMC Names Dennis Kinzler Trainer of the Month for December 2017

DES MOINES, IA-based TMC has named Dennis Kinzler Trainer of the Month for December. Dennis has been driving for TMC for just over three years and has already proved himself a valuable asset in the training department. He had training experience from a previous employer, so the interest to move into the role was always there.

“The underlying motivation was that I always appreciated that somebody was able to train me,” says Dennis. “I saw what they were doing in helping new drivers come about and I wanted to be a part of that.”

Like many others in the industry, Dennis enjoys the shared camaraderie between drivers out on the road. “I think the relationships you gain out here are invaluable,” he says. “Even the ones you build with drivers from other companies.”

Dennis applies the relationship building approach in his training. “I’m always helping my guys out and reassuring them that I have their best interest in mind,” he says. He believes this hands-on teaching helps his trainees the most. “I’m really patient and I try to teach little things along the way, and I think they appreciate that.”

Dennis is aware of the challenges that new drivers face, such as being away from their families thing and the obstacles of being in a new work environment. “My job is to make sure these guys have a career they enjoy,” Dennis says. “Helping them gain experience and learn to grow is the way to do that.”

For those who are interested in training, Dennis says to give it a shot. “I encourage it because it is rewarding to see people grow in the industry,” he says. “Take each day as a small challenge and hold true to what you know.”

Finally, Dennis is appreciative of the opportunities at TMC, and training has turned out to be one of the most rewarding for him. “It’s a blessing when you find out some of the guys you trained are now trainers themselves,” he says. “It feels like you really had an impact on somebody.”

Driver trainers are vital to the TMC training department, and each month a trainer is chosen who demonstrates the outstanding qualities TMC looks for in a trainer. The Trainer of the Month recipient is chosen based on their safety record and the safety performance of their trainees, the number of drivers trained and the retention percentage of those drivers. Congratulations to our December 2017 Trainer of the Month, Dennis Kinzler!

About TMC
TMC Transportation is the nation’s largest employee-owned flatbed transportation company. TMC provides expert transportation services and supply-chain management solutions throughout the 48 contiguous states. Founded in 1972, TMC is headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa, and is known for its integrity, innovation, superior safety record and dedication to quality and customer service. The company’s claim-free, on-time delivery record is the best in the business and is consistently recognized by its customers. You can see their openings here or visit their website here.

Nine Truckers Win Big in the Chance to Win $1 Million Contest!

Red Eye Radio, Target Media Partners, Women In Trucking, and SmartPhoneTrucker team up to end the year on a very happy note for these nine drivers.

Nine truckers are having very happy holidays this year after being finalists in SmartPhoneTrucker’s Chance to Win $1 Million Contest. And the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund has received a $1,000 donation on behalf of Boyd Bros., Celadon, Forward Air, Marten Transport, Maverick Transportation, Melton Truck Lines, Mercer Transportation, and USA Truck, all motor carrier sponsors of the contest.

“This contest was a big success for SmartPhoneTrucker,” said John Carter, publisher of SmartPhoneTrucker. “I’d like to thank Red Eye Radio, Target Media Partners, and Women In Trucking for being wonderful co-sponsors. We had a lot of fun, interacted with fantastic drivers, and we were able to make a nice donation to the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund and give some drivers really nice prizes.”

Those prizes included NASCAR packages, laptops, big screen TVs, Playstations, and cash. Carter adds, “We were hoping one of the finalists would hit the lucky number and win the grand prize of one million dollars plus $100,000 for our veterans, but we’re happy that everyone won a nice consolation prize.”

The drivers chosen at random as finalists were Edward O’Donnell (50-inch 1080p LED High Definition TV), Jessica Garza (PlayStation 4 Slim 1TB Console), Joyce Gilliland ($500 cash), Sky Hanstein (PlayStation 4 Slim 1TB Console), Talmadge Mitchell (NASCAR package), Donald Putnam (NASCAR package), Orison Rollins (50-inch 1080p LED High Definition TV), Jamison Smith (Samsung Galaxy 18.4-inch 32GB Wifi Tablet), and Sean Tripoli (Samsung Galaxy 18.4-inch 32GB Wifi Tablet).

Red Eye Radio Network, hosted by Eric Harley and Gary McNamara, can be heard on over 240 AM/FM stations nationwide.  Owned and operated by Westwood One Broadcasting, Red Eye Radio is a five hour nightly program airing Monday – Sunday between 1a-6a EST.  Eric and Gary focus on the news of the day with a spin on how it affects the trucking industry.  Drivers call in and participate with topics pertaining to their business, life and interests.  In 2019, Red Eye Radio will celebrate its 50th Anniversary in entertaining drivers while keeping them safe and alert along the highways. You can tune into Red Eye live or on-demand through their AM/FM affiliates, podcasts, streaming, or free app through iTunes or Google Play.

Target Media Partners offers digital and print solutions to help recruit professional drivers. Their print publications are distributed in top truck stop locations and travel centers nationwide.

The Women In Trucking Association is a non-profit organization with the mission to encourage the employment of women in the trucking industry, promote their accomplishments, and minimize obstacles faced by women working in the industry.

SmartPhoneTrucker.com offers drivers a fast, easy, and mobile-friendly way to find the best jobs where they live.

 

Drivers at Millis Transfer Recognized for Safe Driving Practices

Millis Transfer Inc. is pleased to announce the addition of twelve new drivers to their One Million Mile Safe Driver Club. Along with the impressive driving accomplishments of these outstanding industry professionals, the company is extremely proud to recognize two additional drivers for their achievement in being named to the Millis Transfer Two Million Mile Safe Driver Club.

“Safety has always been a top priority for Millis Transfer. The diligence of these drivers is part of what makes Millis Transfer not only one of the best carriers in the industry, but one of the safest fleets on the road,” Dan Millis, Safety Director of Millis Transfer, said. “Our drivers demonstrate remarkable skill and precision, setting a standard that few ever accomplish. We extend our congratulations to each of these professionals. They are an exemplary part of our team and we are pleased to recognize this milestone in their careers.”

According to the American Trucking Association, the trucking industry moves more than 10.4 billion tons of freight annually. As that freight is transported, driving practices of professional drivers are tracked and reported on by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and the Federal Highway Administration.

“Achieving one or two million safe miles makes a tremendous difference, not only for the safety of those on the highway, but for the consumers who rely on the trucking industry to deliver the goods they depend on in their daily lives,” Millis said. “Please join us in thanking each of these drivers for all that they do.”

The following drivers are the new members of the Millis Transfer fleet to successfully achieve one and two million safe mile status:

One Million Mile Safe Driver Club

  • Paul Buckwald
  • Kieran Chew
  • Jon Cox
  • Oscar Cummings
  • William Dula
  • Bernard Jankowski
  • Larry Lacharite
  • Douglas Niedfeldt
  • Carl Roscoe
  • Wade Slagle
  • Gregory Waycott
  • Michael Wheelock

Two Million Mile Safe Driver Club

  • Andy Carrington
  • Charles Taylor

About Millis Transfer
Millis Transfer, Getting It There Since 1936, has an impressive service record earning dozens of “Carrier of the Year” awards. Headquartered in Black River Falls, Wis., the company is also a Certified Top Pay Carrier with some of the best equipment on the road. Maintenance facilities and drop yards are strategically located throughout the company’s operating area. Its sister company, Millis Training Institute, offers five school locations that provide students with quality training in order to earn their CDL-A license.

For more information, please visit www.millistransfer.com, www.mtidriving.com or call 1-800-937-0880. You can also click here to visit the Millis Transfer page on SmartPhoneTrucker.

TMC Names Ed Dolsen Trainer of the Month for April 2017

Des Moines, Iowa-based TMC has named Ed Dolsen Trainer of the Month for April 2017. Ed started with TMC back in 2009 after coming back from deployment. He found TMC by doing some research and decided to apply. After starting to work for TMC, Ed was injured during another deployment and had to take a break from work. He decided to take a job locally when he was able to work again, but shortly came back to TMC.

“The money, respect, and equipment of the other company I was at were subpar, which brought me back to TMC,” said Ed.

He became a trainer in 2010 and has been a valuable asset to the training team ever since. “I wanted to do my part to get new drivers trained the right way,” said Ed.

Ed values the relationships that he forms with his trainees. In fact, that is one of his favorite parts about being a trainer. “Most of my trainees have maintained contact with me since they got their own truck,” he says. “I really like building these new relationships, since it’s hard to meet people out on the road sometimes.”

“Ed goes the extra mile to make sure his guys are well prepared to handle this new career,” says Jeff Geist, Training Coordinator Manager. “He ensures they know he is there for help and support if they need it.”

Ed is no stranger to the stresses that over-the-road trucking can bring, especially for new drivers with families back home. “I try to keep a pattern when I train, and I try to make it as low-stress as possible,” he says. “I do my best to keep things light when it’s appropriate, while also maintaining instruction.”

Building strong friendships with his trainees, keeping things light, and being patient have been the keys to Ed’s success. “You don’t always get along with your trainees, but you can’t let that get in the way,” he says. “As long as I teach them how to do the job right and they walk away with that knowledge, then I’ve done my job.”

Driver trainers are vital to the TMC training department, and each month a trainer is chosen who demonstrates the outstanding qualities TMC looks for in a trainer. The Trainer of the Month recipient is chosen based on their safety record and the safety performance of their trainees, the number of drivers trained and the retention percentage of those drivers.

Congratulations to TMC’s April 2017 Trainer of the Month, Ed Dolsen!

About TMC
TMC Transportation is the nation’s largest employee-owned flatbed transportation company. TMC provides expert transportation services and supply-chain management solutions throughout the 48 contiguous states. Founded in 1972, TMC is headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa, and is known for its integrity, innovation, superior safety record and dedication to quality and customer service. The company’s claim-free, on-time delivery record is the best in the business and is consistently recognized by its customers.

Visit their webpage at www.tmctrans.com or see their profile on SmartPhoneTrucker by clicking here.

Forward Air Kicks Off Driver Appreciation Events Nationwide!

Forward Air Driver Appreciation Events are kicking off on September 2nd, and the company is holding events all over the U.S.

Join them as they show how much they appreciate their Fleet Partners, Company Drivers & all the wonderful men and women who make it possible for Forward Air Transportation Services to be the industry leading carrier of choice!

DATE LOCATION(S) TIME / NOTES

  • September 2nd Salt Lake City, UT / Denver, CO Donuts & Pizza
  • September 6th – 9th Tulsa, OK Bagged Lunch on Outbound Routes
  • September 6th – 9th Oklahoma City, OK Bagged Lunch on Outbound Routes
  • September 6th – 9th Laredo, TX Coffee & Donuts in the AM and Refreshments & Appetizers throughout the week
  • September 7th Harrisburg, PA Cookout Dinner 11 PM – 3 AM
  • September 7th * *Kansas City, MO * * Lunch
  • September 9th & 12th McAllen, TX Donuts on the 9th / Cookout on the 12th
  • September 9th Phoenix, AZ Donuts & Pizza
  • September 9th Chicago, IL (ORD) Nighttime Dinner
  • September 11th – 12th Portland, OR Pizza on the 11th (PM) / Donuts on the 12th (AM)
  • September 11th – 17th All Solutions Locations Lunch Cook-out – Burgers & Hot Dogs
  • September 12th San Diego, CA / Las Vegas, NV Donuts & Pizza / Breakfast
  • September 12th – 16th All CST Locations Cook-Out
  • September 13th – 15th * * Columbus, OH * * Breakfast & Lunch Cook-Out
  • September 13th Des Moines, IA Breakfast
  • September 14th Cedar Rapids, IA See Manager for Details
  • September 14th Jacksonville, FL Breakfast Sandwiches & Pizza for Lunch
  • September 15th Detroit, MI / Cleveland, OH / Houston, TX Donuts & Pizza / Cookout / Cookout
  • September 15th Miami, FL Pizza & Snacks 5 PM – 7 PM
  • September 15th Austin, TX Donuts & Coffee in the AM
  • September 15th – 16th New Orleans, LA Donuts & Pizza
  • September 16th San Antonio, TX BBQ Dinner
  • September 19th * * Los Angeles, CA * * / Moline, IL Lunch / Donuts & Sandwiches
  • September 20th Charlotte, NC / Indianapolis, IN Breakfast / Late Dinner, Early Breakfast 11 PM – 4 AM
  • September 21st Evansville, IN Lunch & Dinner
  • September 21st * * Sacramento, CA * * Lunch 11 AM – 4 PM
  • September 22nd Rock Tavern, NY Dinner 11 PM – 3 AM
  • September 23rd Memphis, TN Lunch & Dinner
  • September 23rd El Paso, TX Lunch & Dinner
  • Septmeber 26th – 27th * * Atlanta, GA * * Lunch & Dinner
  • October 4th – 5th Dallas, TX Lunch