Owner-Operator of the Month: Bob Stewart

Elizabeth Manning | September 12, 2012

It’s important to find a niche and stick with it, he says, and to stay loyal to a company if possible.

Stewart’s high-value hauls have included varied products, from the world’s largest Gameboy to two Dale Chahouli glass chandeliers.

He’s worked with charities, as well. He was one of the original Trucker Buddies and participates in the Washington Special Olympics convoy annually, to name a few.

Parsons says Stewart is absolutely the mold of what a professional driver should be. “He goes above and beyond expectations by taking care of customers, participating in community service activities, and always bringing a great work ethic to the job,” Parsons says.

It took him quite a while to find the niche he wanted, but now that he has, the road runs pretty smoothly for him.

Bob Stewart

1954: Born in Olympia, Wash.

1973: Joined the U.S. Job Corps and began driver training

1984: Bought first truck, a 1978 International cabover

1988: Began working for Interstate

1992: Married wife Janet

1993: Became a heavy-haul trainer for Interstate

2008: Bought 2007 Freightliner Columbia

 

Bob Stewart is a finalist for the 2012 Owner-Operator of the Year award, which is sponsored by Overdrive and the Truckload Carriers Association. The winner will be announced at TCA’s annual convention, March 3-6, 2013, in Las Vegas.