|Type of driver||Dedicated Driver|
|With Schneider||15 years|
|Miles on the road||1 million|
|Can't live without||Mobile communication system|
Career paths are like highways—some are straight and narrow, while others are long and winding. Schneider Dedicated Driver Ruby Langkau’s career path resembles the latter, but once she found trucking, she also found her true calling.
Ruby began her career as a military police officer in the U.S. Army and served overseas in Berlin, Germany from 1974 to 1979. Once her second child was born and her military contract ended, she decided to exit the military to concentrate on raising her family.
When Ruby and her family settled in Florida in 1982, she put her business management degree to use as a paralegal in a real estate attorney’s office. Computers soon became standard office equipment, and Ruby’s boss decided he wanted his firm to write software for lawyers. Ruby jumped at the challenge and was among the first software writers in the country, becoming part of history in the making.
Ruby stayed in the software industry after her company’s buyout in 1996 and worked in customer service at AOL. It was there she met a former Schneider driver. Ruby talked to him about her desire to travel and see the country, and he recommended working for Schneider.
Later that year, Ruby’s youngest son headed off to military basic training and Ruby interviewed with Schneider. Ruby began truck driving the week following her son’s basic training graduation and her husband joined her a couple months later.
Not only has Ruby experienced a variety of careers outside of Schneider, her path inside the company has wound around quite a bit, too. She and her husband started at Schneider as team drivers in 1997. When he retired in 2000, Ruby drove solo for a short time before recruiting her sister to hop in the cab and be by her side.
The women took a break from Schneider in November 2002 to drive off-road dump trucks, building levies and hauling sand for a local mining operation. But they returned as a team in August of 2003 and drove together for a few more years before taking separate paths: Ruby took a solo position in Dedicated, and her sister signed on as a yard spotter (a driver who moves and parks trailers in a terminal yard).
Driving solo on a regional Dedicated account suits Ruby well.
“I like the independence of driving and the security that comes with working for a great company,” Ruby said. “It’s like Schneider is letting me run my own business while keeping me safe under their umbrella.”
It also gives her plenty of time to spend with her family, including her husband, two children, seven grandchildren and one great granddaughter.
Despite her track record for trying new things, Ruby has no plans to hang up her keys any time soon.
“I love driving, and I wouldn’t trade this for any other career in the world. I’ve had more fun and more positive feedback in my driving career than I did in any other career. Plus, I work for the best trucking company out there.”
Ruby is happy that the twists and turns of life’s highway routed her to Schneider. Her career compass is focused on traveling onward and upward with the Big Orange.
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