As a second generation truck driver, my mother would lament “It’s in his blood” as I would play with my Tonka trucks. The youngest of four children, I would be the one to follow in my Father’s footsteps into the trucking industry. Working after school at UPS washing trucks I couldn’t wait to wash the bobtails and hook them up.
After high school graduation and my induction into the Air National Guard, I started my driving career at the age of 20, in state class a, running LTL to Chicago and the Quad cities.
My Dad would pass through Illinois running team with this new private carrier known as “Monfort of Colorado” and their bright yellow and orange billboard KW’s.
John Shupe, CEO of Monfort Transportation, hired me as their youngest driver at the age of 21 after my dad passed away in 1973, as a team driver running two trips from Greeley to the East coast a week and one the following week.
1n 1976, I was offered an opportunity to work for a heavy construction trucking company. Henry Hersh Sr., “Hank” took me under his wing and taught me more about trucks than I could imagine. Hank would say “When you think you know everything about trucks and trucking that’s the day it will kill you! Always try to learn something new every day.”
Drivers were expected to keep a Clean truck, Clean Driver, Clean Speech, and Clean Driving.
In 1985, I hired on with Western Distribution, a fleet consisting of seven trucks. The Western Family expanded to over 200 road trucks and three divisions. I believe I had taken my old school truck teachings and merged with the 21st century trucking industry. In 1994, I was asked to represent Western for Caterpillar’s new electronic field follow engine testing. For the next eight years I worked with engineers on the new computerized engines and learned more about computers and the new generation engines than I thought possible. Over my trucking carrier I have been recognized for
Colorado Motor Carriers Association – Safety Management Council – October 2002 Mileage Driver of the Month
In 2004, Truck Load Carrier Association – Truck Driver of the Year
Colorado Motor Carriers Association – Safety Management Council – February 2006 – Mileage Driver of the Month
Colorado Motor Carriers Association – Safety Management Council – Mileage Driver of the Year – 2006
Brian is humbled by all of these accolades, but would give them back for one more minute with some his fellow drivers that have passed on, stating, “I could go on for hours with driver stories about these men. In life, everyone you meet makes an impact on your life, and these men have made many on mine.”
In early 2004 Western bought out a defunct enclosed car transport company and offer me a chance to transport autos. Already a “ Gear Head “ from high school I where I restored a muscle car, built a Chopper for my Brother before choppers were even the in thing, and was a member of one of the earliest street rod clubs in Peoria, Illinois. In June of 1970, when most graduates were going to beer parties for graduation I was cruising main street of Peoria, Il. in a 1966 Corvette with Jim Bridges the owner, who went on to owning Bridges corvettes for over 30 years.
The two interest I always had, trucking and Cars, finally worked together side by side.
In 2007, after 22 years with Western Distributing I decided I would finish my project truck and go out on my own to transport enclosed vehicles. While finishing my project Truck and enclosed hard sided trailer I reached out to an old friend, Hank Hersh Jr. Hank hired me in 2007&2008 to drive his 8 axle heavy haul T800 Kenworth and Loadking RGN. The experience of transporting heavy equipment is a lesson in attention to securing a load properly and driving with extreme care.
This lesson carried on into enclosed transportation of auto today.