“Every day safety comes first, second and last in this industry.”
PROFESSIONAL TRUCK DRIVER, YRC FREIGHT
WHAT MADE YOU PURSUE A CAREER IN TRUCKING?
When I was growing up, my father was a truck driver. My father was that big superhero that was driving that big truck, which I totally admired! He let me ride along in the truck with him. He would also let me ride along with him during the summers months while I was out of school which cemented my desire to one day be a professional driver myself.
WHEN DID YOU START DRIVING?
I started in the trucking industry while serving in the U.S. Army. In the Army, I served as a light wheel vehicle mechanic for six years. Once I completed my service, I became a professional truck driver for the company now known as YRC Freight. I’ve been driving for over 27 years.
WHAT DOES SAFETY MEAN TO YOU?
Safety is a priority for me while I am on the road. Every day safety comes first, second and last in this industry. No short cuts!
TELL US ABOUT A MEMORABLE MOMENT.
In 2007 I won the honor of National Truck Driving Grand Champion at the National Truck Driving Championships (NTDC), which is also known as the “Superbowl of Safety.” I made NTDC history as the first African American to earn the title of Grand Champion.