Driver Spotlight: June 26, 2018 - Tammy Newcomer
         Every few weeks at BD Transportation will be spotlighting one of our drivers. Next up this month is Tammy Newcomer. Ms. Newcomer is one of the most passionate and kind drivers I’ve ever worked around. She has been driving with her class A CDL since 2000. She started in this profession because it’s something she has wanted to do since she was a teenager. She wanted to see the country since she had never been out of the state of Ohio. But this dream of hers would have to wait. After high school she got married and got pregnant on her honeymoon! Her dream would soon be realized, however, and now she has been to all 48 states in the continental United States except Maine. Talking to her I discovered that her favorite city she’s been to is El Paso, TX and some of her favorite sights has been the Hoover Dam, Mount Rushmore, and The Archway in St. Louis.

         So what does Tammy do when she’s not at her dream job? Anything that is nice, quiet, and relaxing. She loves puzzles, paint by number, and quilting. Tammy has two children, son and daughter, Tina and Frank, who are big Browns and Bengals fans… I’m sure that makes for a fun couple of Sundays a year. Her son Frank also has his class A CDL and drives for a living.

         When I asked her what are her favorite things about her job she had plenty to say. She loves being outdoors and on the road seeing the country. She also likes the fact that you don’t have your boss looking over your shoulder constantly like she felt was the case when she worked in a factory earlier in her life. She likes the fact that she can feel like her own boss to a certain extent. I asked her what advice she’d give to anyone thinking of starting down this career path she said simply, it’s a great life. She told me it is a great way to earn for your family and that she has been happier doing this for a living than any other job she’s ever had. We just want to say thanks to Tammy and all of our drivers at BD Transportation. It’s because of each and every one of you that this is a great place to come to work everyday. Thanks!
Posted: July 23, 2018

Driver Spotlight: April 30, 2018 - Todd Centers
         Every few weeks at BD Transportation will be spotlighting one of our drivers. Next up this month is Todd Centers. Todd started with us in October. of 2012. When Todd got started trucking he had been working a 40+ hour a week job and his hours got cut. Planning for his and his family’s future he saw an ad for CDL school and decided to try it. He got his CDL back June of 1997 and has been driving ever since. Definitely a wise decision, as class A driving jobs are always in high demand. He did stop twice in the last 21 years and tried to go back into factory work but quickly realized that trucking is just in his blood. He told me he never thought he’d be driving this long and now has been to all over the east coast and the south west doing this line of work.

         We asked Todd about something funny or crazy that’s he’s seen or done while on the road and he told us this pretty funny story. Todd had just got his CDL and was still with his road trainer in Nashville, TN. They were delivering at a grocery warehouse. Todd, being only 22 at the time, hadn’t been to very many large cities at that point in his life. So as they get closer to the warehouse Todd noticed a ton of folks heading towards the truck. Being green and not knowing what a lumper was he thought they were about to pull up smack dab in the middle of a Nashville riot! (A lumper, for those that do not know, is a term used to describe anyone whose job it is to manually unload freight in a warehouse.) So, Todd is freaking out and his road trainer is sitting back laughing his butt off! He told me he felt like an idiot at the time but looking back it couldn’t be funnier.

         Todd is a family man. He likes to hunt and fish and take trips with the family when’s he not at work. He tries to get his family to Disney at least once every couple years and is also a very big Star Wars fan. He can’t wait to get the family to Disney to check out the new Stars Wars section of the park. Also, he likes to take the family the Smokey Mountains and out on the boat. Todd and his wife, Tracy Centers, have been together since 1993 and have two sons, TJ and Daniel.

         Being a family man, Todd loves the fact we have stable, dedicated routes. He used to drive OTR but simply said, “That’s no life for a family.” He really enjoys the fact he can be home every night and plan work around his family. When asked if he had any advice for new or younger drivers he had a few things to say. One, stay out of trouble; no DUIs, no drugs. Two, driving takes a toll on your body… stay away from the fast food. Make sure you get plenty of exercise. Get healthy and stay healthy. I think that’s advice we could all use. We want to say thanks to Todd and all of our drivers, we are truly blessed to have you all and we couldn’t do any of this without you!
Posted: July 23, 2018

Driver Spotlight: April 12, 2018 - Barrie McClellan
         Every few weeks at BD Transportation will be spotlighting one of our drivers. First up this month is Barrie McClellan. Barrie has been with us for almost 4 years, driving with us starting in July 2014. Barrie has been driving around the county for the past 26 years. He got his CDL November 1992. He spent the first 18 years of his trucking career over the road so naturally he’s been to every state in the continental US as well as Canada. Before driving he spent 9 years in the United States Army where he served as a power generator repair shop manager. Barrie served during the Persian Gulf war as well as Desert Storm and Desert Shield. And for that we also thank him. He turned to driving after serving our country as a way to support his family.

         Barrie isn’t just a driver and a military man, he’s also a family man. He’s been married to his wife, Annetta, for 36 years. Together they have two daughters and 5 granddaughters. Barrie loves fishing, boating, and riding motorcycles. One of Barrie’s favorite rides is the Tail of the Dragon, which is very well-known to motorcycle enthusiasts. For those of us who aren’t familiar, it’s an 11 mile stretch on route 129 that starts in Tennessee and ends in North Carolina that has 318 turns and hairpins.

         When I asked Barrie why he chose trucking he said he loved traveling. “Driving, it’s not just a job, it’s a lifestyle.” Barrie says. He used to really love OTR when he was younger but loves the fact we do all home daily, dedicated, automotive routes. He loves the fact he gets to be home daily with his wife. Barrie has also won the Million Miles award, a safe driving award issued by the national trucking association. We would like to say thank you to Barrie first for his service to our country and second for his service and safety with us. Drivers like Barrie McClellan are what makes us the best company we can be.
Posted: July 23, 2018