I get a lot of my work ethic and drive from my grandfather— he always said ‘No one’s going to give you anything, you’ve got to go out there and earn it yourself.’ He was in the Navy, and was always a scheduled man. Me and him had a lot in common. I will go over my trip planning 6, 7, 8 times even when I’m on the road and go ‘Okay, where am I stopping tonight, what am I doing?’ Everything has to be planned.
I lost my grandpa two weeks before I was supposed to start at First Choice. I was working for another company, and I called Bruno in Safety and said “Hey, my grandpa is sick. I hate to push back my hire date but I need to.” And that was my first glimpse at First Choice, that they really care about family. Bruno said “Hey look, take care of your family, do what you’ve got to do. The job’s waiting for you when you get here.” “I’d been driving for 13-14 years at the time and I thought “Are you serious?” It really throws you through a loop, even to this day— I’ve worked for megacarriers, I’ve worked for 5 truck mom and pop companies, you don’t get that anywhere else.