Being talented at what we do, does not just happen. For those who want to be the best at what they do it takes effort. Every company wants to have the best of the best in their organization but I see very few companies in my travels that only have top notch performers from the top down.
When it comes to drivers or those in the driving community (trainers), over my 30 years of being involved with company drivers all across North America, I have seen my share of the good, the bad and the ugly. Actually I have seen many great drivers but what makes them great is not the ability of their driving skills, it is who they are, and it’s their DNA. The way they dress, communicate, take care of their paperwork, how they deal with the customer(s), interact with other company associates, the pride they take in their truck, and yes, the way they handle themselves on the road. Every move is thought out with careful planning and extreme patience. Ah yes, the “blue chip” driver. They do so much more than drive and that is why I love the handle “Mobile Profit Centre Operator”. That is truly what they are. They are mobile and they make profit.
So how do the good get great – “Experience, great mentorship, being surrounded by the best, a commitment to being the best and education”. The “Mobile Profit Centre Operator” loves to learn and grow, is like a sponge when it comes to the trucking industry. They read the trade magazines, they ask questions, they learn from others. That is why I am so excited about this article. I am excited to share with all of my readers, followers on twitter, my LinkedIn pals and Facebook buddies that there is something very exciting being worked on, led by our team at KRTS, TRVM and Transrep. We are in the process of developing an outstanding new event that will allow Professional Drivers and Owner Operators to be educated and socialize in an environment geared only to them in a one day educational and professional summit that is being branded “For Drivers Only”.
This will be an event where the Professional Driver and Owner Operator will have an opportunity to meet with Carriers and Industry professionals to see how they can become better drivers. The vision is for those who attend to see new equipment, visit with carriers who are hiring, be introduced to the newest technology and listen to their peers in educational forums geared specifically for the drivers. At the end of the day it will have been all about the driver. Is it not about time? The best part – It will be free! 6 jam-packed hours of education and opportunity to become the best of the best. Stay tuned – I will continue to update you on a regular basis.
In closing, one of the industry’s leaders has stepped down as President of the Truckload Carriers Association. Chris Burris, for personal reasons, is no longer the leader of TCA. While it saddened me to hear the news, I will tell you that he will land somewhere else and wherever he does, those around him will be the benefactors. Chris is a dynamic individual who cut his teeth as a very young man watching and learning from his great mentor, his dad. He has always been involved in trucking from day one, and most of that time was spent with associations. I truly admire this guy – he is the ultimate professional, the epitome of a true leader, an excellent communicator and most importantly he is a really good person. Good luck my friend, I know we will see you soon and thank you for all you have done, and all you will do in the future for the trucking industry.
About the Author
Kim Richardson is a husband, proud dad, friend, loves Caledonia, and is involved in a couple of businesses, KRTS, Transrep, The Rear View Mirror. Currently the Chairman of the Board OTA Allied Trade Division. Executive Director, PTDI and TTSAO. Anyone who knows Kim knows he has been in the industry and transportation runs in his blood. Kim can be reached through his business websites at KRTS Inc, and Transrep Inc, Kim Richardson on Linkedln, email@example.com