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Author Bio: Lakin joined the CFI team in February 2015 and is Communications Editor. She plays an important role in social media and internal publications like Drive Line to keep drivers engaged and informed. Lakin is a valuable asset to the team and hopes the blog is a useful resource for drivers and inspires them to live a healthier lifestyle. She attained her degree in Mass Communications from Missouri Southern State University located in Joplin, Missouri. She enjoys talking to drivers and sharing their story using all avenues of communication.

July 7th, 2017

Pictured left to right: Driver Advocate Jeff Thurlow, Safety Manager Traci Crane, Director of Safety Jeff Yarnall, Vice President of Maintenance Randy Cornell, Digital Media Designer Dan Allison, Professional Driver Bob Ward, President Tim Staroba, Safety Specialist Shannon Mitchell, Vice President of Logistics Bill Carter and Vice President of Operations Mexico Mike Cervin.

Professional Driver Bob Ward was recently recognized for driving Three Million Miles at our Joplin, Mo., headquarters during a July Safety Meeting.

Ward started with CFI in 1990 after his family moved to Texas.

“I previously operated heavy equipment, ran bulldozers et cetera, in San Jose, California. After my son was born, my wife and I decided that we wanted to live someplace less urban. My dad had a ranch in Texas at the time so we decided to move there,” he said.

After attending truck driving school in Waco, Texas, Ward saw an ad for CFI and decided to give it a go. Nearly 27 years later, he still enjoys being behind the wheel.

“It is a lot of fun for me,” he said. “You just go to work every day and do your job and then one day before you know it, you have [driven] three million miles.”

Ward started as an over-the-road driver and currently runs a dedicated route in Texas saying “for me, that’s the biggest change over the years, being able to be home every night.”

Other than that, not much has changed.

“From day one we have always had the best trailers, the best trucks and the best people. I worked for Werner, pulled for (other companies) and still we have the best,” he said.

Ward urges fellow drivers to be patient advising them that it’s “the most important key in safe driving.”

Ward and his wife of 33 years, Gayle, live in Cameron, Texas. Their son, Kevin, is a special education teacher and a football coach at a local high school.

“He took after my wife in that area,” he said. “My wife was a teacher’s aide for a special education teacher when our son was young.” His hobbies include golfing, yard work and enjoying time with his family at home. He served four years in the United States Air Force during the Vietnam War.

While he has been entertaining the idea of retirement, he says it’s still a few years out.

“I enjoy the solitude of driving,” he said. “It doesn’t feel like three million miles.” 

 Congratulations Bob on this achievement!


June 12th, 2017

We recently held a photo contest asking people to show us what drives them to succeed. Whether it’s family, friends or a personal aspiration, we all have something or someone that inspires us to succeed each day.

Our “What drives you?” contest ran for the month of May and asked people to show us what motivates them. Congratulations to our three lucky winners Mariana Storm, Chris Breen and Kevin Lewis!

The winning entries are below.

Mariana Storm

How did you get into trucking?  “I started driving school [over] two years ago when my youngest son graduated high school. My husband has been with CFI since 1996 and has over two million miles. Once I was done with school, I started driving team with him. He taught me discipline and good business practices.

Explain how your picture motivates you: “To help our business we went to a workshop where I listened to Larry Winget talk about his philosophy about money. I took his book and read it. It helped me to understand how to change my way of thinking about money. I never want to be poor or live pay check to pay check again. I am so grateful for CFI for giving us the opportunity to be financially secure. “You’re Broke Because You Want To Be” by Wingett whipped my but to get to working.”

Advice for others: “It is from the book. ‘Do what you say you are going to do, when you say you are going to do it.”

Chris Breen

How did you get into trucking?  “I’ve been in the trucking industry for 13 years and have been around trucks pretty much my whole life. I had a few uncles that drove and then my little brother started driving and enjoyed it. So, I figured I’d go for it. Also, I come from a military family that traveled a lot, I figured it would be a good fit and it has been.”

Explain how your picture motivates you: “My photo is of my wife and me. She travels with me full time and trucking is what brought us together. It has given us a place to grow together and build our relationship. It also is what provides the means for the life we live.”

Advice for others: “Try and learn something new every day and if you can, pass that knowledge to others. Be patient and remember no matter how stupid the question may seem to you, that person is trying to learn something new and needs your help. We were all rookies at one time. Remember every stone you drop creates a ripple. Try and make that stone constructive and not destructive.”

Kevin Lewis

How did you get into trucking?  “I’ve been driving for 17 years now. Prior to driving, I was working at a cotton mill. I would watch the trucks come up to the loading docks and would talk to the drivers while they waited. There was a rumor going around that they were going to close the mill so I started talking to a friend of mine about driving and ended up going to school. ”

Explain how your picture motivates you: “The picture is of my wife. She had been riding with me and then ended up going to school at Crowder and now we run team together. It’s hard being away from home, but having her with me helps a lot. It’s a good support system for both of us.”

Advice for others: “Don’t hesitate to ask for advice. When I first started, I was hesitant to ask for help and it caused some problems. You’ll avoid jams and mistakes if you just ask and not assume.”


May 5th, 2017

Do you have some health goals you are working on reaching this year? CFI will be participating in the  Healthy Fleet Challenge sponsored by Healthy Trucker. This challenge is app based and will run May 1st – June 30th.

The challenge is free for you to join, all you have to do is download the app in either the Apple App Store or the Android Play Store. It will be available shortly before the challenge begins.

To participate, you’ll post your meals and exercise, and you’ll see what everyone on your team is doing as well, and you’ll be able to interact with each other right within the app. If you prefer, you can keep your posts private but still participate along with your team.

The challenge will run May 1- June 30th.

This new challenge follows the most recent one that took place in January and February of this year, where participants lost a total of 579 pounds. Below is some of the feedback from the last Healthy Fleet Challenge:

  • 96.4% are eating better
  • 93.8% are exercising more
  • 78.1% are feeling better
  • 71.6% are sleeping better
  • 95.2% are happy that their fleet encouraged them to participateThe app features:Coaching Feed: expert tips on nutrition and exercise to help participants live a healthier lifestyle.

    Goal Setting: participants can set goals for themselves, including feeling better, building muscle, weight loss, improving sleep, & more.

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