Has been to MATS at least 25 times.
Years in the Industry
How did you get started in the Trucking Industry?
My father owned a trucking company. I started out cleaning tractors and tanks. My dad’s drivers taught me how to drive. My career has taken me all across the US. I’ve driven trucks, taught drivers, recruited drivers, worked in safety and purchasing - a little bit of everything.
What about MATS is most valuable to you?
The face-to-face meetings and the networking. The relationships I have developed over the years have only been solidified by the personal aspect of meeting at MATS. No other transportation show (and I have attended them all) has been able to come close to what I get out of MATS. I have initiated or finalized multiple business endeavors as a result of meetings during MATS.
What advice do you have for other trucking professionals?
Though each transportation company has its unique issues, overall we face the same challenges. Listen to others and see what they are doing and how they are addressing their issues. Often you’ll learn something you can apply to your own situation.
What are the reasons you would recommend MATS?
MATS is the simplest way that I can get caught up on everything going on in trucking. I make it a point to talk to a lot of people at the show to see how their businesses are doing and what I might be able to take back to my business.
I recommend that you attend more than 1 day. Take it all in. If possible, set-up meetings with people you have only talked with over the phone or via email. The face-to-face meeting is so important and MATS is where you can get it done.
What accomplishment(s) are you most proud of in your career in trucking?
Making a living for my family while providing a service that is needed in an industry that I love.