After working a few different jobs as a young adult, Tim began applying to every trucking company he could get an application for. He grew discouraged when each company turned him down because he was only 21 years old.
“They said people my age had wrecks, were irresponsible and quit,” Tim said. “When I put in my application for Schneider, I didn’t think I would get a call back. But 20 minutes later, a recruiter called me to set me up with a training academy.”
Tim’s early doubters only motivated him to try harder.
“It drove me to prove them wrong!” Tim said.
Thriving in his career
Tim has indeed proven the people who doubted him wrong. In almost a decade and a half, he’s driven over 1.2 million miles (while taking nearly a year off with his injury), first as an Over-the-Road driver and now as a Dedicated driver for MillerCoors out of Albany, Ga.
He gives credit to the orientation program Schneider requires all drivers to attend. He said the help he received when he was new to the company was second-to-none.
“The Schneider trainers are willing to bend over backwards to help you with whatever you need to learn, even something as simple as adjusting mirrors or as complex as new technology,” Tim said.
Beyond that, he’s appreciative of the support teams.
“Every driver business leader, trip planner and customer service rep I’ve ever met is great,” Tim said. “When I go to Green Bay and see how many people work together to keep us moving, I can’t help but be amazed.”
Looking into the future
Tim loves that he’s able to act as his own boss by trip planning and prioritizing his day, but he doesn’t forget the main task at hand.
“As a driver, I make 10,000 decisions per mile!” Tim said. “There’s satisfaction in reaching my destination with everything in one piece. It’s an obstacle course hundreds of miles long, and I love saying that I made my way through it—safely.”
As for the future, Tim loves being a driver, but he’s keeping his options open.
“Maybe one day I’ll look to get into the office side of things more, provided the right opportunity comes along,” Tim said. “But what I would really love to do is reach 5 million safe miles.”