|Type of driver||Dedicated Driver|
|With Schneider||9.5 years|
|Miles on the road||1.1 million|
|Can't live without||Soda and Haribo gummy colas|
With hobbies that range from crafting yard decorations to cooking the best beercan chicken east of the Mississippi, it’s easy to see that Schneider Dedicated Driver Timothy Marino believes variety is the spice of life. He knew early on that driving a big rig would deliver on that expectation every single day.
His stepfather, a former truck driver, exposed Tim to trucking at a young age.
“I knew it could be a tough job, but he always made enough to pay the bills and take care of my mom and me,” reflected Tim.
After working a few odd jobs, Tim began applying to every trucking company he could get an application for. He grew discouraged when each company turned him down because he was only 21.
“They said people my age had wrecks, were irresponsible and quit,” he said. “When I put in my application for Schneider, I didn’t think I would get a call back. But 20 minutes later, a recruiter called me to set me up with a training academy.”
Tim’s early doubters only motivated him to try harder.
“It drove me to prove them wrong!”
Tim has proved the naysayers wrong, and then some. In fewer than 10 years with Schneider, Tim has traveled more than a million miles, first as an Over-the-Road Driver and now as a Regional Dedicated Driver. He enjoys that his account peppers in some over-the-road hauls on occasion.
If that weren’t enough variety, Tim also fills in for dispatch at his small, two-person operating center in Tifton, GA when someone needs to take a day off or fill in elsewhere. It provides him with an assortment of work to keep things interesting and broadens his experience for future career growth.
When Tim reflects on his training, one word comes to mind: awesome.
“The trainers are willing to bend over backwards to help you with whatever you need to learn, even something as simple as adjusting mirrors or as complex as new technology.”
Beyond that, he’s appreciative of the support teams. “Every driver business leader, trip planner and customer service rep that I ever met is great,” he said. “When I go to Green Bay and see how many people work together to keep us moving, I can’t help but be amazed.”
Tim loves that he’s able to act as his own boss by trip planning and prioritizing his day, but he doesn’t forget the main task at hand.
“As a driver, I make 10,000 decisions per mile! There’s satisfaction in reaching my destination with everything in one piece. It’s an obstacle course hundreds of miles long, and I love saying that I made my way through it—safely.”
As for the future, Tim loves being a driver, but he’s keeping his options open. “Maybe one day I’ll look to get into the office side of things more, provided the right opportunity comes along,” he said. “But what I would really love to do is reach 5 million safe miles.”
If variety is the spice of life, then Tim’s enjoying a platter of atomic hot wings.
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