Trucking Elite 0711
July 1, 2011
Prime Driver Wins National Championship
Prime inc. independent contractor Siphiwe Baleka won his first national championship at the 2011 U.S. Masters Swimming Spring Nationals in Mesa, Ariz., on Friday, April 29. Baleka, who joined Prime three years ago, won first place in both the 50-yard and 100-yard freestyle with the second fastest times of the year. He also placed third in the 100-yard breaststroke, sixth in the 200-yard freestyle and 14th in the 50-yard butterfly.
“I was just hoping to make it into the top ten,” said Baleka. “I still can’t believe I won two national championships.”
Racing at spring nationals was not only a personal goal for Baleka, but it was also the final phase of research for Fitness Trucking Inc., Baleka’s company that provides truck drivers with a series of exercises on DVD. Drivers can perform these exercises while in the truck or just outside the cab in 30 minutes or less.
Baleka was recently featured by Swimming World Magazine, which featured his story as a competitive swimmer and truck driver.
Visit http://tv.swimmingworldmagazine.com/shows/the-morning-swim-show/morning-swim-show-episodes/11085 to see the feature story.
Baleka’s fitness program is inspired by his work at Prime. As a driver, he realized the importance of staying fit and healthy on the road and the struggles drivers have to find ti
me to exercise. Brian Singleton, fleet manager at Prime, helped Baleka set aside time to train and get him to the competition.
“Wherever I am picking up or delivering a load, I use my GPS to find a YMCA,” said Baleka. “I just want to show other truck drivers that you can stay fit even while on the road and compete at a high level if you have the desire to do so.”
Working for Prime, said Baleka, is the best decision he’s ever made and has significantly impacted his life. This Springfield, Mo.-based refrigerated, flatbed, tanker and logistics trucking company offers drivers substantial pay and benefits including high miles, state-of-the-art equipment and generous home time. For more information about the driving opportunities at Prime inc., please visit www.primeinc.com or call 1-877-PRIME-JOB.
Founded in 1970 by Robert Low, Prime inc. is North America’s most successful refrigerated, flatbed, tanker and logistics trucking company. Headquartered in Springfield, Mo., Prime’s personnel, equipment and technology remains on the cutting edge of the transportation industry, and the company’s growth remains steady and well managed.
For more information about Prime,
please visit www.primeinc.com.
Driver Fredrick Rochon Reaches Million-mile Benchmark With Marten
Reaching a million safe miles of driving is a feat that takes drivers years of hard work, commitment and a solid relationship with their company. It also garners the respect of other drivers who learn of the accomplishment. For Marten Transport company driver Fredrick Rochon, it’s the best feeling in the world.
“With all the attention I’ve been getting, it feels like I just won a Superbowl ring,” says 51-year-old Rochon. “Marten does a lot to recognize this achievement and other drivers congratulate me and ask me for advice on how they can achieve the same goal.”
Marten Transport recently held a weekend-long celebration for Rochon and the other million mile achievers. At the awards ceremony, Rochon was presented a company jacket, hat, plaque and a certificate outlining his achievement.
“During the ceremony, many of the speakers were people who really make up the backbone of Marten,” says Rochon. “It meant a lot that they made it a point to be there and it’s nice to know that they’re celebrating right along with me.”
Focus, says the Rayne, La., native, is the most important thing drivers must have in order to be safe on the road. Marten equips its drivers with CSA 2010 training and works with them to remove distractions and focus on safe driving.
Rochon, who has driven for Marten nearly 11 years, always knew that he wanted to work with a competent company. The company’s flexible home time, strong benefits, substantial income and the opportunities to advance within the company have more than satisfied Rochon’s career expectations – to the extent that Rochon says he’s never regretted his decision to drive for Marten.
“There’s no better testimony for me to give than my own story. I always tell other drivers about my home time, how I get home and the miles I’m running per week; the great dispatcher I have; consistency,” says Rochon. “If I were to do it all over again, I’d always choose Marten.”
Headquartered in Mondovi, Wis., Marten Transport specializes in transporting food and other consumer packaged goods that require a time and temperature-sensitive or insulated environment.
For more information on services or opportunities at Marten Transport, call 800-395-3331 or visit
CalArk International Names Drivers of the Year
CalArk International is honored to announce that Charles and Helen Mikus of Yorktown, Texas have been chosen as the company’s 2010 Drivers of the Year.
The husband-and-wife team have driven with CalArk for three years. Charles is a 23-year veteran of trucking who convinced his wife to join him as his team member in 2000. Before driving, Helen stayed at home with the couple’s three children and also worked as a substitute teacher for grades 1 -12. Her teaching ability enabled the Mikuses to later bring their daughter Charlotte on the road with them, since Helen was qualified to meet all her home schooling requirments.
When asked what they had liked most about their years in trucking, Charles and Helen state, “It’s the flexibility trucking gives us to accept dispatches and then be left alone to plan our routes and get the mission accomplished to deliver the load on time.”
As 2010 Drivers of the Year, Charles and Helen Mikus will receive their choice of a $2,500 cash prize or a cruise to the Caribbean.
For more information, please contact CalArk at 888-4-CalArk or visit www.calark.com.
Decker Truck Line Names Drivers of the Month
Decker Truck Line, Inc. is pleased to announce that Chuck Wright and Fay “Ed” Burleson have been chosen as the company’s April 2011 Drivers of the Month.
Chuck Wright was selected as Driver of the Month in the Flatbed Division. Wright was nominated by his dispatcher, Jerry Chapman, who said “Chuck is a very hard worker and is always on time.” Wright has driven for Decker of 9 years. He and his wife Ruth have two daughters, Amanda and Kelly.
Fay “Ed” Burleson was chosen as the Reefer-Van Division’s Driver of the Month. Burleson’s dispatcher, Gene Szwarc said, “Ed is a great guy, always willing to help with swaps and repowers. He never complains!” Burleson enjoys reading science fiction and watching the Green Bay Packers when he’s not driving.
In addition to winning a Decker gift certificate, both of these drivers will now be eligible to compete for Driver/Owner-Operator of the Year. This year-end recognition of one driver from each division brings a 1-cent-per-mile pay increase for twelve months.
Decker’s Drivers of the Month are selected by their dispatchers based on overall performance within all areas of the company, including operational productivity, safety record, maintenance/care of equipment, payroll, billing and customer service.
Founded in 1931, Decker Truck Line, Inc. is a diversified carrier, transporting flatbed, refrigerated and dry van freight to the 48 contiguous states and seven Canadian provinces. For more information, visit www.drivedecker.com.