A Long Haul
Logan Webster, Community Manager, Corporate Communications
How would you like to spend the next 100 hours with the boss of your boss's boss's boss?
Rob Lyall, Vice President of Tyson Foods Transportation, recently spent a week on the road with 15-year commercially licensed driver, and 12-year team member, Bryan Wilson. I followed up with Rob and Bryan about their time on the road.
Bryan: The showers at trucks stops have definitely improved over the last 15 years. In reality, it’s on me to maintain a schedule that can be interrupted. You definitely have to condition yourself for that. I've also learned that I do myself a favor when I take a chance to build a relationship with my manager, all of which have been great to me, and my other contacts. Owning my schedule also means holding those I rely on accountable, but also overcommunicating on my part to insure I achieve my desired miles for a given week. When I'm loaded correctly, the paperwork is right, and the equipment is maintained, a truck is my favorite place to be.
Bryan, when did you decide to get your CDL?
Bryan: I still have the toy trucks I played with as a kid, and that's really where it all started for me. I come from an agriculture family, so the chance to get familiar with operating machinery was more of a convenience for me than most. I actually went to college and got degrees in Wildlife Conservation, Biology, and Animal Science. I'm thankful for that experience, but I got in a truck soon after finishing school. In the last 12 years with Tyson, I've had the chance to drive in nearly every role the company offers, from catch crew, live and feed haul, over the road, and now regional. I do wish more people realized that truckers care when motorists think they don't. We are held to a higher standard on the road, and it's my job to share that road with you as safely as possible. Many safety investments made by companies like Tyson over the past few years give me greater peace of mind than ever, motorists benefit from that as well. With the improvements in equipment and safety, a career in commercial driving is more approachable than ever in my opinion. It shouldn’t be thought of as a last resort; it was my first choice.
Published April 19, 2019.
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