This is the third in a three-part series by Schneider All-Star Lucas Karcher. Since publishing his All-Star profile about two years ago, Lucas has been a shining example of continued career progress. In part one of this series, he walked us through his incredible journey. In part two , he shared what he wished he knew as a new driver. In part three, he’ll describe life as a Schneider All-Star, including a story about the difference he made in someone’s life.
I could not have imagined the different opportunities I would have as a result of becoming a Schneider Tanker driver in 2012. One of the biggest is the chance to be featured as a Schneider All-Star. The All-Star program is a series of profiles that highlight Schneider company drivers. Those stories are shared across Schneider’s social media platforms and featured across recruiting efforts. Participating in the program has been incredible. I never thought my story would reach as many people as it has. What I really didn’t expect was to become sort of a celebrity.
What It’s Like to Be Recognized
Throughout the past 18 months, I received numerous messages from drivers who read my story or saw my picture on a poster. I would receive messages from drivers saying, “Hey man, check this out. You’re in this truck stop!” While I was driving from Green Bay, Wis. to Gary, Ind., I saw myself on a Schneider billboard north of Milwaukee. I even met a girl while I was up in Green Bay who said, “You’re the billboard guy.” She didn’t think it was a real driver up there.
When they told me they would use my picture in recruiting collateral, I definitely wasn’t expecting to see myself on a billboard – or in a newspaper. I was recently featured in an article of a Pittsburgh-area newspaper.
Helping Drivers See Their Potential
That said, the many conversations I have had with new drivers who read my story before coming to work for Schneider have been the most rewarding outcomes of participating in the All-Star program. One of the drivers I trained in Houston told me my story was one of the reasons why he chose to come work with Schneider instead of another carrier. He said I made it sound like a good company to work for.
It is critical for people considering a driving career with Schneider to hear firsthand experiences from real drivers. It has been an honor to share my stories and experiences with these people.
Now as a Bulk Driver Safety Leader, I get to tell drivers everyday how crucial their role is to the company and in keeping the country moving.
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