Derrick Whittle

“When I see [people] smile, it is the best reward.”

Professional Truck Driver, Cargo Transporters, Inc.

  • WHAT MADE YOU PURSUE A CAREER IN TRUCKING?

    I served in the U.S. Coast Guard and was fascinated with all the large machinery I got to operate such as ships and aircraft. After job searching a few years, my older brother told me to become a truck driver and he connected me with his driving school instructor. I began classes the following November and graduated in the top 10 of the class. I have been a professional truck driver for over 41 years now and I’ve accumulated more than 3.8 million accident-free miles.

  • WHAT DO YOU LIKE MOST ABOUT YOUR JOB?

    It’s the perfect career for me. It is hard for me to sit still for very long so driving a truck I get to see the country; I am basically a paid tourist! One of the most inspiring parts of being a professional truck driver is the people I get to meet across the country. Along with being a professional driver, I am also an ordained minister.

  • HOW DO YOU HELP OTHERS IN THE INDUSTRY?

    Throughout my career, I have met a lot of people that are lost, and I enjoy helping others get back on track. A person’s self-being is more important to me. In the shape of the world today, this is what I need to do. I see the world differently and enjoy helping my fellow drivers find their purpose of living. When I see them smile, it is the best reward.

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