Archive for the ‘Interview’ Category

October 17th, 2014

FOSTER

What is the farthest distance you have ridden a bicycle? Possibly 10, maybe 20 miles? Even those distances seem like a feat, but for one Con-way Truckload Owner Operator, that is only a fraction of the distance he rides on a regular basis. This year, truck driver and avid biker, David Foster, rode a double century on his bike – that’s 200 miles!

David got into biking 15 years ago when he and his wife decided to purchase bikes so they could ride alongside their kids. Soon, David discovered that biking was not only a wonderful workout but also a fun hobby. “I started riding more and more. It became a challenge,” he said.

In 2002 David completed his first 150-mile weekend ride, riding 100 miles on Saturday and the final 50 on Sunday. He continued to take part in the ride annually for ten years, saying, “It’s a very rewarding thing to be a part of.”

To prepare for the double century, David went riding as much as he could; taking his bike on the road with him and going on rides whenever he got the chance.  David takes his bike everywhere, allowing him to see even more of the country than he would from the inside of his truck. This summer, David spent a day in Pennsylvania riding around Gettysburg battlefields. In Mississippi, he rode alongside the beautiful beaches during a daily break.

“I have been trucking for more than 32 years,” he explained. “Since I have had this bike I have seen more sites than ever.”

Biking is a wonderful way to stay in shape on the road. At 55 years old, David impressed us all by completing his double century ride, but leisurely rides are great for your body as well!

For more information about David Foster, or to share your fitness tips, check us out on Facebook: www.facebook.com/conwaytruckload.

 

 

July 18th, 2014

In his 22 years with Con-way Truckload, Tim Hicks has spent more than one million miles on the road. In addition to driving for us, Tim has been a fleet manager and a customer service representative among other positions. Most recently, he has taken on a new role in the company as a driver advocate.

Tim’s new position at Con-way Truckload will be focused on drivers. As driver advocate, his goal is to improve the experience of professional drivers who are already employed by Con-way Truckload. We want to make our employees feel appreciated by spotlighting drivers for their strengths and positive contributions to our company, and by rewarding non-driver employees for their dedication to our drivers.

Tim Hicks

That’s right, professional drivers. Tim’s position revolves around YOU!

So far, Tim has helped us identify unsafe backing locations and to implement the Trailer Hotline, a phone number that our drivers can call to report trailer issues, such as being left a mess by their peers. We have also added drivers to the Tractor Supply Dedicated fleet, helping reduce the amount of short mile loads by our over-the-road fleet.

“It is important to me to show our drivers that they have our full support,” said Tim. “Not only is it vital to the professional culture at Con-way Truckload, but also to the economy as a whole. Our non-driver employees play an important role in the scheme of the business, and we hope to show them our appreciation as well.”

A special thank you to Tim for his dedication to this initiative. If you have any suggestions as to how we can improve your experience at Con-way Truckload, please let us know by emailing us at communications@conwaytruckload.com or on our Facebook page.

June 13th, 2014

When Barbara Cummins met her husband Richard, truck driving was the last career she ever thought she would end up pursuing. Richard had been driving for Con-way Truckload and Barbara was a teacher. When they fell in love and got married, Barbara’s goals changed.

“I was afraid of driving anything bigger than an SUV,” she said. “But Richard suggested that being a team on the road would be fun, so I gave it a shot.”

Barbara and Richard have been on the road together for nine years, so far.

According to the couple, the best parts of driving together are enjoying the interesting sights and experiences, having someone to share every day with and never having to worry about being lonely. They don’t have to miss one another.

There are challenges to being on the road together as a married couple, however.

“As a team, one of you is usually working,” said Richard. “There can be a lack of free time together. And, there is very little space.”

Richard notes, the fact that his wife is always by his side makes up for the drawbacks, however. “I would never continue to do this without her.”

The Cumminses stressed that the trucking life isn’t for every couple. They made a pact at the beginning of their adventure on the road that they would put their relationship first. If either of them chose not to continue driving, they would both stop. They also stress communication as being a key aspect to enjoying time on the road together.

“When we talk to other couples, most of them can’t spend too much time together if they want their marriage to survive,” said Richard. “If you enjoy spending time together, there is no job better than this. Every day is an adventure.”

Do you have any tips or stories about your time on the road as a team driver with your spouse? Share them on our Facebook page, www.facebook.com/Con-wayTruckload.

Cummins