Owner-Operator of the Month: Bob Stewart
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.
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.