How did you get into trucking?

Cedric Steele
Dallas
FedEx
“It was something I always wanted to do. I could drive a car; I could drive a motorcycle, but I couldn’t drive a big truck, so my curiosity got the best of me. I got my CDL and the rest is history.”

Clif Easter
Washington, N.C.
BWM
“I was fascinated by it all my life. I lived two doors down from a truck stop and watched the guys go in and out. I did 22 years in the Coast Guard and already had my CDL, so I went into trucking.”

Joe Mason
Wagoner, Okla.
Interstate Express
“I like trucks and I like traveling, so I figured why not get paid to do it. But I didn’t figure all the mess I’d be getting into – being away from home and the hours of service and all that.”

Cecil Demery
Mobile, Ala.
Shelton
“I had an uncle that drove and his brother, another uncle of mine, suggested that I go into it, too, after high school. So here I am trucking.”

Bruce Head
Des Moines, Iowa
BTI
“I’ve done everything else in the trucking industry, so I decided to give driving a try. I was in shipping, the dock and dispatch.”

Norris Wallace
Natchez, Miss.
Holmes
“My Dad did it for 36 years, and I used to ride with him when I was a kid. I went to college and all that and still became a truck driver.”

Derryl Miner
Conyers, Ga.
Averitt Express
“I’m retired military, so when I retired I kind of fit right into trucking because I’m used to traveling. I make good money, so I can’t complain.”

Dennis Cannon
Bethlehem, N.C
Celadon
“My cousin drove, and that’s what got me into it.”

Calvin Washington
Camp Legune, N.C.
R&R Transportation
“It was my childhood dream.”

Marcus Peterson
Chicago
Huebner & Sons
“It’s just something I wanted to do. I’ve been doing it for two and a half years.”

Bill McCarthy
Claremore, Okla.
Interstate Express
“My Dad did it for 35 years, and I fell into it second generation. He told me to go to college, but I didn’t listen to him. I wish I had.”

Angelo Sanders
Tuscaloosa, Ala.
Werner
“I got a job living in Perth Australia, and I decided to start driving then. Then I moved back to the States in 1993 due to family illness and stuck with it.”

Percy Thurman
Selma, Ala.
Holmes
“My Dad has been driving for 30 some years and I used to ride with him in the summer time.”

Derek Blakeney
Kannapolis, N.C.
Warner
“I was unemployed. Where I’m from there are no jobs and the largest company in town closed and we lost 5,000 jobs, so I decided to go into trucking.”

James L. Spencer
Adel, Ga.
Express Freight Systems
“I needed to change jobs. I wanted to try something else and I knew a little about trucking so I decided to try that.”

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