Featured Dedicated Driver
|Type of driver||Dedicated Driver|
|With Schneider||12.5 years|
|Miles on the road||1 million|
|Can't live without||My coffee cup|
Being responsible for my own work
Schneider Dedicated Driver Fay wanted a change of pace when she started researching a new career. Coming from a family of drivers, it seemed only natural that she should try on her truck-driving cap.
Putting Burnout in the Rearview Mirror
Fay felt burnt out after spending seven years managing convenience stores and training hundreds of employees.
“As a convenience store manager, I constantly had people requiring my time and attention,” said Fay. “I trained hundreds of people, and I needed a break from that to take care of myself.”
With her children grown and nothing tying her down, Fay set her sights on switching to a career that would help her recharge. She knew from experience that truck driving could help. Fay’s father was active in the teamster’s union, her mom hauled U.S. mail for several years and her three brothers are all owner-operators.
With a love of driving and traveling, Fay started her truck-driving journey in 2000 at a small local company that helped her obtain her CDL. Shortly thereafter, Fay turned to one of her brothers for a new driving opportunity.
She spent three years working for him, hauling loads from auctions. After several years, Fay realized heavy hauling was ultimately not her path and decided to switch to Van Truckload.
“I didn’t want to do this alone,” Fay said. “Plus, I lacked my brother’s mechanical ability.”
Fay searched for an established company with demonstrated tenure and came upon Schneider’s website.
“It’s incredible that Schneider has been in business for 80 years,” noted Fay. “Plus, I could tell from its website that Schneider lives out its core values.”
Fay started out at Schneider in 2003 as an Over-the-Road driver and has been working closely with her team ever since.
“There’s great communication at Schneider,” said Fay. “I’ve been working with the same driver business leader (DBL) for 12 years. If there’s an issue, I can get an instant answer or confirmation.”
In addition to having a supportive team, Fay looks forward to the daily opportunity to get a load delivered on time to a satisfied customer.
“I enjoy the daily feeling of knowing, ‘I’ve done something right.’”
Rediscovering Her Passion
Fay’s tenacity and attention to detail continues to pay off. Recently, a supervisor asked her to make the switch to dedicated and get a new account off and rolling. She jumped at the opportunity, which has unexpectedly rekindled her desire to mentor others.
Although Fay enjoys sharing her experience with other drivers, that’s not why she chose driving as a career.
“I hope to be in this dedicated role about a year and then transition back to over-the-road,” said Fay. “I like going places and getting a change of scenery.”
Fay looks forward to retirement some day but will work as long as she’s able. After all, she has 11 grandchildren looking forward to someday joining her on the road, just as her children once did.
Sounds like Fay may have found her true calling: inspiring future generations of truck drivers.
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