Featured Dedicated Driver

Shaheen "Shawn" Nilchian

Shaheen "Shawn" Nilchian

Type of driver Dedicated Driver
With Schneider 12 months
Hometown Clovis, CA
Miles on the road 132,000
Can't live without Sirius radio

The view – Beats a cubicle any day

Even though Shawn Nilchian hauled his very first load last year, he’s anything but a newbie. In fact, Shawn has spent most of his 31 years closely connected to the trucking industry. “I come from a family of drivers – my dad, uncle and grandpa – but they encouraged me to explore options such as college because driving would always be there.”

Shawn received a scholarship to the University of Arizona where he played football and earned a degree in teaching. Following graduation, Shawn spent 10 years in a corporate environment working in human resources and training. “I learned a lot throughout my experience and was able to pass along knowledge to others, but I always knew it was only a matter of time before I would return to my roots.”

What pushed Shawn to make the shift to trucking?

“I needed this change – it was time to get out of the office and get moving while still being challenged from an intellectual perspective.”

Better Office View and Commute

Although working in a corporate environment helped to shape the person Shawn is today, he has a very different view from his seat these days. During his time with Schneider, Shawn has driven through all 48 states as an over-the-road driver. “I enjoy seeing all areas of the country. There is really something for everyone – I personally enjoy anything coastal.”

Shawn is currently driving dedicated routes.

“I benefit from the different opportunities that Dedicated provides me such as consistent home time. Even though I currently have a set schedule and routes, my office window is still different every single day.”

Setting the Curve

Shawn has quickly progressed in his career at Schneider and already spends some of his time training others.

“It is a position I have been preparing for my entire life through professional and personal experience. I love being on the road, but I also love teaching – each day there is something new, and I thrive on figuring out different ways to help people.”

Shawn shares that training is also a way to hone his skills. “Technology is constantly changing, so you need to educate yourself to keep up with trends. Constant re-evaluation also helps you continue to build confidence, develop good habits and keeps you on top of your game.”

Training, however, is a lot more than how to shift gears. “Since I was born into a trucking family, I also feel that I can help people deal with the lifestyle and home life adjustments. Being on the road can be tough, and I enjoy sharing my thoughts and experiences on how to keep everything in perspective.”

Big Orange from the Start

Why Schneider? “The first time I encountered a Schneider driver, I was so impressed by the professionalism of his appearance and demeanor. My grandpa and dad felt very strongly about the importance of a pressed shirt and the fact that you are an extension of your company on the road.”

Shawn feels this professionalism filters throughout the company. “One thing I have learned over the years is that first impressions really do matter. Schneider knows this, and it is just one of the things that sets it apart from the rest.”

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