|Type of driver||Intermodal Driver|
|With Schneider||15 years|
|Miles on the road||756,000|
|Can't live without||Mobile phone|
Schneider Intermodal driver Chris Luzich is a bit of an outdoorsman, so you might think he would feel a little claustrophobic in the cab of an 18-wheeler. But quite the opposite is true. Chris feels freer than a bird behind the steering wheel of a big orange truck and wouldn’t trade it for anything.
Before Chris joined Schneider, he worked on the loading docks for a local company in his hometown of Milwaukee, Wis. He got to know the Schneider drivers who came through, and they spoke highly of the company and the driving profession.
That experience motivated Chris to attend a Schneider recruiting event near his home. After meeting with the team, he decided to jump in with both feet. He put in his notice and officially joined the Big Orange on July 25, 1999.
When Chris began driving over-the-road with Schneider, he, his wife and two small children were still renting. After a few years on the job, he was able to purchase his family’s first home. Flash-forward to today, and Chris is just as confident in his ability to take care of his family, thanks to consistent paychecks.
The financial freedom is liberating for Chris, but he has stayed with Schneider for more than 15 years because they treat him like a person and allow him to be a husband to his wife and a father to his children, now 22 and 16.
“Schneider is a good company to work for,” he said. “They care about their drivers. It’s never an issue to get home when I need to, and the freight is always available when I want it.”
Chris enjoys driving Intermodal because he can get home for the weekends, and there’s flexibility to switch days when needed.
Navigating traffic in Chicago isn’t for the faint of heart, so being alert at all times is incredibly important. Just like when Chris is hunting out in the woods, he knows he holds the safety of himself and those around him in his own hands. “Driving 12 hours a day in the city, you can’t let someone else involve you in an accident,” said Chris.
Yet he maintains a passion for his job and loves driving. “I enjoy being in the truck. I work hard and do my job,” he said.
“I am the captain of my own ship – that’s what makes me want to climb into the cab every day.”
Even though Schneider is a big company, Chris doesn’t feel like he’s just a number floating in a sea of people.
"Schneider knows I’m a hard worker and willing to do my job, and in return they’ll work with me any way they can.”
Sounds like Chris has a long career with Schneider locked into his scope.
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