Owner-Operator of the Month

Katharine Martin | July 01, 2011

Master builder

Before he became an independent contractor as a trucker, 13 years ago Jeff Ledbetter became a licensed building contractor. He built and sold a house and has handled major improvements to his own house.

He added a larger family room, with a 1950s-style counter, and a deck. He added an upstairs hallway, remodeled his master bedroom with a 6- by 24-foot walk-in closet, turned the basement to an office and second family room, and remodeled a bathroom. The oak cradle his children slept in as infants was built by Ledbetter, a self-taught carpenter.

“When you start with something that needs work and completely change it to something nice, people are surprised that you’ve done it all by yourself,” he says.

Jeff Ledbetter

1960: Born July 9 in Battle Creek, Mich.

1981: Purchased first truck

1983: Married Karen Louise Roche

1986: Daughter Morgan born

1988: Started Ledbetter Trucking Co.

1989: Son Dylan born

2008: Leased to Hogan Transport

Jeff Ledbetter is a finalist in the 2011 Owner-Operator of the Year contest sponsored by Cummins Engines and RAM Truck, and produced by Overdrive and the Truckload Carriers Association. The winner will be announced at TCA’s annual convention March 4-7, 2012, in Orlando, Fla., and will win a Cummins-powered RAM pickup.


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