Trucker of the Month

Lanier Norville | June 01, 2010

Phil says using the converted bank building was one of Carol’s good ideas. She had always loved the building, so when it was scheduled to be torn down for scrap, she convinced Phil they should buy it and make something of it. “She always has these visions of how she wants things and generally they turn out absolutely beautiful,” he says.

In the two years since the businesses opened, the Raboins have begun to recoup their initial investment. They plan to live on the income those businesses bring after Phil retires from trucking.

Still, his business aspirations are far from fulfilled. In the near future, he and Carol plan to open an ice cream shop and bakery in what little empty space there is left in the bank building. And Phil’s dream is to own and operate his own small fleet. He plans to build its headquarters on the 12-acre lot where he lives and model it after Roehl.

“You don’t get anything in reality if you don’t have a dream,” he says. n


Trucker trivia

THE RABOINS’ HOME was built in the 1970s by an oil speculator, when Hill City was an oil boom town. Legend has it that the speculator earned and lost his fortune seven times before Phil Raboin got the house for a steal. Phil’s best friend Ken Medlin says, “It’s like something out of Better Homes and Gardens.” The sprawling house sits on 12 acres and has a billiard room.

PHIL RABOIN in 1998 received the Automotive Service Excellence certification, which covers all areas of automotive and heavy-duty truck maintenance. It took him seven years to complete the rigorous program. His goal? “To prove that I was the best,” Raboin says.

Raboin bought his first truck, a 2000 Kenworth W900L, in 2005.





Phil Raboin

Sept. 8, 1954: Born in Superior, Wis.

1988 As a mechanic, received Automotive Service Excellence certification

1996 Earned CDL and began driving for Roehl Transport.

1999 Married Carol Scott

2004 Awarded 1 million-mile safe driving certificate

2005 Leased to Roehl as an owner-operator

2008 Bought an old bank building in Hill City, Kan., and opened businesses inside

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