Twenty-three years later, Rod has driven more than 2 million miles, is considered a Schneider All-Star and even has a daughter, Meagan, who also works for Schneider as an Area Planner. Rod was also inducted into the Haul of Fame in 2018 - an accomplishment he is proud of.
“When I first started driving, I thought it was impossible to become a million-mile driver, but I’ve never been one to settle for average,” Rod said. “When I’m on the road, my goal is to deliver the loads safely, so I can get back home.”
Rod’s advice for others interested in becoming truck drivers or making the switch to Schneider is simple: talk to people currently driving for Schneider.
“Find out as much as you can about the company,” Rod said. “Get support and build relationships. When you come to Schneider, don’t be afraid to talk to the other guys. If you have questions, 98% of drivers will be willing to help.”
Having time to cultivate his passion
The aspect of his driving career that Rod likes most, though, is the fact that it allows him plenty of time to pursue his passion: working on his hobby farm. There, he raises beef cattle and sheep and tends to a huge garden.
“I have around four weeks of vacation each year,” Rod said. “I rely on those extra days to spend time on the farm bailing hay, planting crops – whatever needs to be done.”
Home is where the heart is