How did you get started in trucking?

STEVE PLANK
Birmingham, Ala.
Landstar
“I was a diesel mechanic and didn’t want to do it anymore. So, I saved money and bought a truck.”

ALONZO DUNCAN
La Place, La.
Quality Carriers
“My friends and my family are all truck drivers. I’ve been a truck driver for 10 years.”

EARZIE GAMMAGE
Fontana, Ca.
UPS Freight
“I was doing heavy equipment right after high school, and I decided to start driving.”

DAVID MCDONALD
Springfield, Mo.
Erickson Transport
“As a kid, everybody asked me what I was going to be, and that’s what I told them.”

RUBEN SHAPA
El Paso, Texas
Integrated Transport Logistics
“My grandfather and dad were truck drivers.”

DAVID CHARLES
Coal Hill, Ark.
Dart Transportation
“My uncle drove for Tri-State for years, and my dad was a bull hauler.”

FREDDY SELBY
McGehee, Ark.
Western Express
“I started in farming – driving grain trucks at the age of 12.”

QUITMAN SLEDGE
Des Moines, Iowa
Terminal Transport
“I worked for a company running local, and it was just a natural decision to go out on the road. I liked the freedom.”

JOHN BARTHOLOMEW
Bonham, Texas
Frazier Trucking
“It’s a family business. My grandfather and father both drove for Firestone. I started in 1980 and have been at it ever since.”

JOHNNY CATES
Natchitoches, La.
Circle T Trucking
“I got laid off from working in the oilfield. I had always worked around trucks in the oilfield, so I started driving.”

BRIAN HOSTETLER
Bedford, Pa.
Covenant Transport
“We have a real poor industry for work where I’m from. You’re either a carpenter or a truck driver. I chose trucking. For money’s sake, it’s a good business to go into.”

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