They talked when he announced he was walking away from the cab of a truck after more than 20 years.
“He’ll be back in a truck in two weeks.”
“He’s a good guy, I love him, but he’s crazy as hell. A video business? Ha.”
“I hope his wife don’t kill him for it.”
Fast-forward a little more than a year later and ol’ Tex Crowley is definitely not dead (shout out to the beautiful and patient wife) or driving a truck again. He’s still crazy, but that’s why he’s survived the first year in a brand-new, self-started video business. Sheer determination, coupled with great work and a great sense of humor, have propelled Tex into a well-known name in the industry.
His uniquely personal style of video production was solidified with the “Life of a Trucker” series, produced while he was still trucking for a living.
When he made the decision to hang up the keys and pick up the camera full-time, he immersed himself in learning all he could about his new venture — he invested in good tools, and he kept at it until he was able to perfect more than the personal-interest video. His work has spilled over into the marketing, training and paid productions trucking companies want, and need.
I don’t know about y’all, but we’re super-happy to watch our friends succeed. I was the one who said, “I hope his wife don’t kill him for it,” and I’m really glad she didn’t.
This past Sunday, Tex embarked on a cross-country, loop-dee-loop route from Joplin, Mo., on across to Georgia, where he’s attending the NACV show in Atlanta this week. He’s letting fortune guide the trip home, like a video pirate in search of treasure, and intends to roll home through the Southern end of the map. I’ve had a ball following the progress on the Texomatic Facebook page — you can too, if you’re so inclined.
Fair winds, friend. We’re proud of you, and thank you for promoting a positive image of the industry.
Affected tractors are equipped with an automated Eaton UltraShift Plus or Eaton Advantage Transmission with right hand stalk shifter. In the affected trucks, the display on the instrument panel can indicate “N” when the shifter is set into “D” or “R,” causing the truck not to move.