|Type of driver||Over-the-Road Driver|
|With Schneider||26 years|
|Miles on the road||1,841,323|
|Can't live without||Cell phone, XM Radio and audio books|
Schneider Over-the-Road driver Bill has just about seen it all in more than two decades on the road with the Big Orange. Even with all the industry changes throughout the years, what has stuck with Bill the most is how his actions have the chance to make a difference on someone else’s life.
It wasn’t a surprise that Bill decided to become a truck driver. He grew up in a family full of them.
“My grandpa would tell me his stories from the days of hauling on the two-lane highways,” recalls Bill. “My uncle was a driver for Schneider and would bring his truck home. I would wash it for him when I was 13 or 14 years old.”
Shining up his uncle’s truck ended up shining a light on a long and fulfilling career path.
“Once we picked my uncle up in Dayton, Ohio, and Al Schneider was there. He asked me what I used to wash my uncle’s truck because it always shined.”
From there it was only a matter of time. Bill joined a smaller trucking company immediately out of high school and then transitioned to a small LTL company for a short time before he joined the Big Orange in 1990.
Bill hasn’t looked back.
“I’m not a number at Schneider. I’m a person,” declares Bill. “When you have people that ask how you are or wish you a happy birthday or a happy anniversary, that means a lot.”
A recipient of Schneider’s Consecutive Million Mile Safe Driving award and 15 Consecutive Safe Driving Years award, Bill also enjoys the different opportunities he’s had during his time with Schneider. He has worked as a driving instructor and training engineer. He likes the challenge of setting up new accounts, making sure they have the equipment they need to get off to a smooth start. For the past three years, he and one of his former students work together as a Pop-up Team, providing valuable capacity during the busy holiday season.
Bill also knows Schneider values his input and the input of other drivers when it comes to training.
“Schneider offers some of the best training around,” said Bill. “They listen to us experienced drivers and get ideas for training. They’re always upgrading trucks to make it easier for new drivers to learn.”
Bill isn’t a stranger to receiving accolades and awards for his hard work, but he doesn’t do it for the recognition. Being able to help others through his time, experience and knowledge is its own reward. That’s why he really appreciates passing his knowledge along to younger drivers.
“As an old timer, I’ll share stories of my time on the road with young drivers,” shares Bill. “It gets their attention and makes them more aware when they’re out inspecting their truck.”
He also emphasizes the importance of having family on board with the trucking lifestyle and to always stay in touch. His wife Cindy of three years knew what she was signing on to when she married him, and her support of him being out on the road is one of the reasons their relationship works so well. In addition to her support, Bill never balks at an opportunity to call his wife from the road.
“Call your loved ones at home and tell them you love them,” says Bill.
Wise advice spoken by a safe, seasoned Schneider driver who has nearly two million miles under his belt. Bill has come a long way from washing his uncle’s truck with a sponge 40 years ago, soaking up a lot of valuable knowledge about the industry and what it takes to have a successful career along the way. We can’t wait to find out what you learn next, Bill.
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