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In 2018, ES partnered with the Women In Trucking Association in announcing the 150 Women-Owned Business Challenge to provide opportunity to help create women-owned businesses in transportation through its proven business model. Since its launch, the 150 initiative has already reached the half-way mark of helping generate 75 new start-ups. 

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Our Path to Ownership Led Straight to ES

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Not everyone takes the same path in life or in business. That’s why it’s important to stay flexible in order to take advantage of the right opportunity when it arises. A perfect example of this principle is the husband and wife expediting team of Bob and Jessie Hodgson who are signed on with Panther Premium Logistics, a service of ArcBest, as their carrier. Until recently, the Hodgson’s business plan focused on being contract drivers. But hard work and knowledge about ES’s PTO (Path to Ownership) and MBA (Much Better Alternative) to truck finance would soon change their lives and pay dividends as truck owners.

How did you and Bob get started in Transportation?
Bob had driven a truck throughout the seventies and eighties. I was a school bus driver for just over fifteen years. My father owned a semi-truck when I was younger and I’ve been around the transportation industry my whole life. It just seemed to come naturally. Due to budget cut backs in my school bus job, I decided to get my CDL Class A and B. That’s where I met Bob. We began driving a truck together as contract drivers in 2013 and in 2015 we got married.

How did you wind up at Panther as your carrier?
We weren’t very happy where we were driving at the time and I submitted an application to Panther — that was in 2014. Their recruiter called me and we had a very frank and straightforward discussion about our business. We interviewed them just as intensely as they interviewed us. Their directness appealed to us and we decided Panther was our kind of carrier. We’re happy here and it’s been very good for our business. We got even happier and our business got even better after we decided to become truck owners!

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Tell us about your Path to Ownership?
Since coming on board with Panther as contract drivers, we spoke with a number of truck owners trying to decide which one we wanted to drive for. Panther even provided us with numbers for each owner to help us decide who we wanted to work with. I had never had that happen before and it was good to be able to have that information in order to make a decision. We decided on an owner and dove right in.

Four years later, Bob and I realized that we had a good handle on our business. A friend of ours at Panther had already become a true truck owner through ES and told us about their PTO and MBA. He encouraged us to look into what ES had to offer. That same friend stepped up and called ES and told them about us and our desire to become owners. We soon got a call from Danny Vernon, Expediter Truck Sales Manager. It’s great to have true friends who look out for you!

Danny explained in detail about the process of buying a truck through ES and found us a sweet 2019 Freightliner Cascadia. It’s a very nice truck with a ThermoKing Tri-Pac APU, which saves on fuel. We also like the large sleeper!

After we settled on our truck, Danny put us in touch with Steve Kochensparger at Expediter Equipment Finance. He took us through the approval process. We submitted our paperwork and the approval was completed quickly. It was so refreshing how ES utilized our work history in getting us financed. Bob and I are extremely hard workers. We’re devoted to our business and each other. We don’t take a lot of time off; we love what we do. Our approach to life and business really paid off when purchasing our truck! I don’t know of any other company that takes your attitude, aptitude and ability into account in order to get financed. ES is truly unique in this respect.


How is your new truck affecting your bottom line?
When we decided to become a truck owner, we looked at all of the numbers and realized that we could make a lot more money, still pay for the truck and put money aside for our future — and all of this has come true. Becoming true truck owners was definitely the right path for us.

If you’re thinking about taking the Path to Ownership, you should call ES and discuss your options. Their approach to finance is unlike anything else out there and they really do take your work history into account in helping to get you financed. You can take their Path To Ownership (PTO) and get an MBA (Much Better Alternative) to truck finance, just like we did!

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A Woman in Expediting’s Point of View

How are you treated as a woman in the transportation field?
Since getting into the business in 2013, I’ve been treated with a great deal of respect. My experience has been good whether dealing with loads, customers or any aspect of the industry. I think if you act as a professional, you’ll be treated like one.
Also, I think it’s important to listen to whomever you’re doing business with. There have been many times that I’ve dealt with dispatchers and even terminal managers and been given special treatment because I actually connected with them on a personal level. People really appreciate someone who can understand and empathize with them. I think women are more inclined to take this approach and it truly pays benefits.

Are your tasks different than Bob’s when it comes to running your business?
Absolutely! I drive six to seven hundred miles a night and get more actual miles due to less traffic. Bob drives days. He’s better at backing and I’m better at the mechanicals and paperwork. But we’re a team and you do what you need to do to be successful.

What advice would you give women who want to get into transportation?
Attitude is so important. I believe women (or anyone) who gets into transportation should always try to have a good attitude, keep a smile on your face and take things in stride. It’s just like the old saying: you can catch more flies with sugar than with salt!

I also encourage women to take advantage of ES and Panther’s 150 Woman-Owned Business Challenge. It’s a great opportunity to own your own business. (Read more about the 150 Women-Owned Business Challenge).

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Out of a Lease Purchase and Into True Ownership

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How many times as a transportation professional have you thought about truly owning your own truck and having the freedom to make your own decisions, control your own destiny and create your own opportunities? Amanda Cox and her husband Clint pondered this question after a few lease purchase experiences left them wanting more for themselves and their business. To satisfy their desire to be truck owners, the Cox’s wound up getting an MBA (Much Better Alternative) to truck finance and taking ES’s PTO (Path to Ownership). Now, they’re sharing their story with Spotlight News to help inform others that there is opportunity and true truck ownership if you know where to drive your business.

How did you get into the transportation industry?
My husband, Clint, has had a Class A CDL for about thirteen years and when our kids were old enough to leave home, I decided that I wanted to go out on the road with him. I went to school and got my Class A CDL three years ago. It just seemed like a great way to be with my husband and get paid to see the country — a pretty good deal.

How did you wind up choosing Panther as your carrier?
I drove for a few different companies as a solo for quite a while and I even looked around at other companies, but nothing really appealed to me. I was in a lease purchase with one of these companies and it didn’t go so well. I had heard good things about Panther and thought I would check them out. After doing some research, I called Panther and it seemed like a good fit. Clint came with me and we’ve been there for about a year now. They’re a good company to work with.  When we first started with them, we were involved with a lease purchase, but then we heard from other drivers about ES’s Path to Ownership, so we decided to explore this opportunity.

Tell us about your lease purchase experience?
Well, my lease purchase experience wasn’t great, to say the least. With every one we were involved with, the true cost of ownership was always way too high and there never was any support. The second you had a problem, we were always told that we were on our own. It’s really disappointing, too, because you go into one of these agreements thinking you’re going to be a real truck owner only to find out there are all of these restrictions. Also, the paperwork is vague, you perform your due diligence only to find out there’s something the lease company didn’t disclose to you. We were looking for a Much Better Alternative.


Tell us about your Much Better Alternative with ES versus your previous lease purchase?
As I said, we had heard about ES’s MBA (Much Better Alternative) to truck finance from a couple of drivers here at Panther. We asked our manager about ES’s Path to Ownership (PTO) and he said the opportunity was real and many Panther teams had already taken the PTO. We got in touch with the people at ES and the ball started rolling quickly.
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The process was much easier than I had expected. We were soon in contact with Danny Vernon, Expediter Truck Sales Manager. He sent us several pictures of trucks that he sourced that were available showing different specifications. He made sure the truck we chose was equipped for the way we do business. We chose a 2019 Volvo 780 with a Tri-Pac APU and a very nice sleeper.
Once we had chosen our truck, Steve Kochensparger at Expediter Equipment Finance stepped up and explained the ins-and-outs of the program. Since we had been burned by lease purchase agreements in the past, we were especially diligent about asking questions. He was upfront and forthright about everything. Once we submitted the paperwork it didn’t take long before we were approved. The entire process was refreshing. ES looked at our work history (and not just our credit) to get us approved.
We absolutely love our new truck! Danny was very helpful even after the sale, reiterating the specifics of the ES Owner Operator Program so we truly understood how everything works together under ES’s umbrella.

What is it like being a true truck owner?
I can tell you that it’s great! Not only is it great being a real owner, the programs offered by ES are awesome as well. We have a great truck and real support that we never had while running under a lease purchase. The new truck and ES truly help our business. We’re seeing greater profits, more freedom and I just love being my own boss!

women-in-epediting-200Tell us a little about your experience being a Woman in Expediting?
Over the past few years, I’ve noticed that more women are coming into trucking as a career. I think there’s plenty of opportunity for women in this business. It’s good to see ES and Panther step up and support the 150 Women-Owned Business Challenge. (Read more about the 150 Women-Owned Business Challenge)
My personal experience has been very positive overall. Sometimes, you run into people inside and outside of the industry who can be negative toward women, but I’ve found this to be very much in the minority. Women are capable of performing tasks as well as men and acting professionally is a big part of it. I do my job and I’m good at it. Having said that, Clint and I are a team and we play to our strengths. I’m very good at preparing paperwork and making sure the business is run efficiently — but I also drive. Clint drives too and does some backing of the truck, but that’s what he likes to do. It’s important to know your strengths and weaknesses when owning your own business. Our relationship works for us and we’re happy with how we run.

Speaking of your business, what are your plans for the future?
The support we receive from ES and the ease of which we were able to finance our truck has gotten us to thinking about maybe building a fleet in the future. This is a move we would never have even considered if not for ES. Now, it’s something we’ve discussed. We’re playing it by ear for now, but that opportunity is definitely in the back of our minds.

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The True Desire to Become a True Owner

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Once again, Spotlight News continues to report stories of contractors who pursued lease purchase agreements in the quest to achieve truck ownership. While easy to get into, lease purchases offer a false hope for true ownership due to their high payments, restrictions and extra fees. Add to this the fact that there’s also virtually no way to beneficially pay off the lease and you have a perfect storm as to why LP’s are considered toxic to most transportation business owners. ES breaks with the lease purchase conundrum and conventional lenders by offering an innovative Path to Ownership (PTO) and a Much Better Alternative (MBA) to truck finance. As you’ll see in this week’s issue, husband and wife driving team Nora and Daren Weston overcame personal challenges to realize their dream of true truck ownership with help from ES.

What led you into transportation?
It was my idea. Our last child graduated from high school and I told Daren that I wanted to do some traveling, but I still wanted to make an income. I enrolled in a trucking school and got my CDL. I also told Daren that one of my greatest desires throughout the process of becoming a driver was to achieve true ownership. I wanted to own my own business and have the freedom that goes along with it. When I decided to go, he jumped in right along with me.
I left my full-time job as a district sales manager with the Clarion Ledger newspaper here in Jackson, Mississippi. That was in 2014. Daren drove as an independent contractor with them. He stayed in that position while I went to trucking school at night.

Tell us about joining Panther Premium Logistics as your motor carrier?
Immediately after graduation from trucking school, we tried a couple of different carriers to see which one would be the best fit for our business goal to become owners. We had heard good things about Panther Premium Logistics and called them. The people at Panther were extremely accommodating and we liked their pay structure, too. We decided to make the switch. They were a great match for us, and a terrific company to work with.
We were on our way to taking our business to the next level, but there was a “problem”. We were involved with a lease purchase agreement that just wasn’t working for us.

Tell us more about your lease purchase problem?
We had been in a lease purchase for about two years and brought that truck with us when we joined Panther. There are just so many drawbacks to an LP. The terms and interest rate on that truck was through the roof, we couldn’t deduct the equipment from our taxes, there’s a maintenance escrow you have to pay and there’s no way to beneficially pay it off. You also have no real control over the full operation of  your business, especially when it comes to repair and maintenance.
On top of all this, there was absolutely no support. If something went wrong with our truck, we were on our own. There were also no discounts associated with it. As a business decision, a lease purchases just doesn’t make good sense in the short or long term. But at the time, a lease purchase was just about the only choice we had — or so we thought.
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How did you get out of your lease purchase and into true truck ownership?
We had been with Panther for about a year and had heard good things from several other owners about ES and their PTO (Path to Ownership) and MBA (Much Better Alternative) to truck finance. Hearing about these programs was great for us because we had finally had our fill of the lease purchase agreement we were in.
We called ES to learn more. Our first contact was with Danny Vernon, Expediter Truck Sales Manager. We told him about our desire to become owners and gave him details about what we were looking for in a new truck. He started to work right away. We were soon referred to Steve Kochensparger at Expediter Equipment Finance to get paperwork started for our loan approval. He was very helpful and walked us through the entire procedure.

There’s something I want Spotlight readers to know about how ES goes about approving loans. 2017 was a challenging year for us. Back in October, Daren had a heart attack and was unable to drive, so I drove solo. Because of this, our business had taken a hit. We also didn’t have the best credit going into the loan process. ES looked at our work history, work ethic, attitude, aptitude and credit history. It wasn’t long before we were approved. That says a lot about ES as a company and their faith in our ability to earn and run a business. I’m still on the road and Daren is making a full recovery and will be back up and running with me within the next month. Expediter Equipment Finance made a stressful and trying time much easier than we would have imagined.

Tell us about your truck?
Danny really hit it out of the park! I explained to him that I wanted a truck that would allow us to have quality rest time with a large sleeper and a nice kitchen so I could prepare meals, since I eat a mostly plant-based diet while on the road. It also had to be large enough to give us room to relax. He sourced a brand new 2018 Volvo 780 with a Thermoking APU, an automatic transmission and a really large refrigerator (not a dorm sized unit), which I really like. The truck is working wonderfully! I can’t wait for Daren to get back to work with me!

Have you seen a difference in your bottom-line since becoming a true truck owner?
Absolutely! With the ES fuel card and discounts, being an owner definitely makes a difference in how much money you get to keep. Compared to the lease purchase we were in, there’s no comparison — this is MUCH better! I recommend ES’s PTO and MBA programs to anyone looking to be a true owner in order to get away from a lease purchase.
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What is it like being a woman business owner in transportation?
For me, it’s great being a woman out here on the road owning my own business. I don’t see any difference in treatment from my male counterparts. I truly love what I do and I wouldn’t want to do anything else. I travel and experience things I’ve always wanted to do, while at the same time earning a really good income. I hope more women seek the opportunities afforded by the ES and Women in Trucking Association’s 150 Women-Owned business challenge. Being a woman business owner is awesome and transportation is a great option for anyone, female or male!

What are the future plans for your business?
I’ve met several different owners who utilized ES’s umbrella of companies to build a fleet. My future goal is to grow my own fleet of between three to five trucks. That will give me the freedom to pursue other opportunities that will filter down to helping not only me, but also my family.

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Opportunity Plus Community Equals Success in Trucking

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As we’ve pointed out in numerous articles, opportunity in the field of transportation has no boundaries. The path to success and ownership is open to anyone with the desire to work hard and take advantage of opportunities such as programs and support from ES. Amy Kain and her husband Wade are business owners who recently took ES’s Path to Ownership (PTO) and Much Better Alternative to truck finance (MBA), in order to say farewell to the lease purchase quagmire to become true truck owners. Amy’s perspective as a woman business owner and a Woman in Expediting tells their story of success.
amywadekain-okAs a woman in transportation, what made you want to get into the business?
First of all, I want to give a shout out to ES, Panther and WIT for supporting the 150 Women-Owned business challenge. I think it’s important that women have the same opportunities as men when it comes to trucking. (Read more about the WIT/ES 150 women-owned business initiative here.)
Back in the day, I was dating someone who was a driver and it seemed like the transportation industry was a real opportunity to make a good income to support my kids. I still feel that way! If you apply yourself and have good support like you get from ES, you can make a good living, support a family and put money away for retirement.
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How did you and Wade get started in transportation together?
My husband started driving for a trucking company quite a few years ago and we’ve been at it ever since with various companies during that time. We decided that we needed a change and chose Expediting as our next career move.
How long have you been in Expediting?
We’ve been in the Expediting for about three years now.  Before we made the switch, we did our research to see what it’s all about and what they say is true: expediting has a much better lifestyle, which suits us very well. It’s also a great opportunity to earn a good living. We chose Panther as our carrier and we’re very happy with them. They are a great company!
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Tell me about your lease purchase experience?
To be honest, it wasn’t great. It’s basically paying a truck note and with a bunch of extra costs and requirements with virtually no way to really pay the truck off. A lease purchase definitely is not true ownership because at the end of the day, you don’t (and probably never will) own that truck. Before hooking up with ES, we were in a couple of lease purchases. Each one was with different companies, but basically it’s the same story: you pick out your used truck from a lot, which really isn’t much of a choice because you don’t know hardly any history about the truck and you’re stuck with whatever selection they have at the time. Each LP was easy to get into, like falling into a hole. There are many other negative issues you have to deal with in a lease purchase, too.
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Can you tell us more about these Lease Purchase issues?
Well, to begin with, there’s the required maintenance escrow. We would pay it every week, but when it came time to have the truck worked on, there were so many strings attached that it was always a hassle trying to get the truck fixed. We had no say so when it came to getting parts for the truck, such as tires and other things. Also, when we left our last lease purchase, the lease company kept our maintenance escrow — that’s money we’ll never see again, that’s for sure! Add to that the fact that there was little to no support from the lease company. They always acted like they were doing us a favor instead of servicing us. It was like we worked for them instead of them working for us. Almost any way you slice it, the entire LP experience is not something I would recommend for anyone looking to actually own a truck and be successful.
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What made you decide to take ES’s Path to Ownership?
We’ve had the desire to be truck owners for a long time. We spoke with some other drivers who told us about the good experience they had with ES and we decided to give them a call and the rest as they say is history.
Tell us about the process of choosing a truck and financing?
The whole process was easier than we thought it would be. Danny Vernon, Expediter Truck Sales Manager, was really helpful in locating a new truck for us at a dealership. He made sure the truck was spec’d the way it should be for our business. We wound up purchasing a new 2018 Volvo 780 with a Thermo King Tri-pack APU, which saves us on diesel and idling the engine when we have down time.
The financing was easy, too. Once we submitted our paperwork, Steve Kochensparger at Expediter Equipment Finance looked at our work history with Panther. He got back with us quickly and the deal was done. The whole thing was much easier and straight forward than going to a traditional bank.
As a true owner, can you tell a difference in your bottom line?
We’ve been in this truck for about 4-months. We love it! We’re making more money than we were in our lease purchases because we’re paying less to the bank and putting more money in our pocket. And It’s just a great feeling to know that the truck is actually ours.
As a woman business owner, what are your tasks when it comes to running your business?
Wade and I both drive, but there is work that I do that is more suited to me, such as I might do more paperwork than him, but in reality, we share everything.
Do you feel you’re treated differently being a woman in what is traditionally a male dominated field?
On occasion, I do experience some negative aspects of being a woman, but for the most part, if you act professionally, you’re treated like a professional. You’ve got to stay focused on your goals and not let anything negative get in the way.
What would you tell women who are looking to get into transportation?
I would tell them it’s all about the opportunity. There’s a lot of opportunity for women in the trucking business with ES and Panther. It takes a community like this to be a Success in Trucking.

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Amy William’s Journey into Ownership

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We continue to shine an investigative spotlight on Lease Purchase agreements with our latest story featuring Amy Williams, and her husband, an Expediting team signed on with Panther. She recently took the Much Better Alternative (MBA) to truck finance after a trying experience with a lease purchase agreement.
amy_kennethOver the years, the trucking industry has offered lease purchase agreements to Contractors looking to become Owner Operators. As a rule, lease purchases are configured to benefit the Leasor featuring little or low down payments veiled to entice you to overlook restrictions and requirements. The final results are high payments and virtually no beneficial way to pay off a truck. The lack of a true ownership option can make it frustrating for entrepreneurial minded contract drivers to become owners. The good news is that the lease purchase has met its match!
A much better option is Expediter Services’ Much Better Alternative (MBA) to truck finance with a rock solid Path to Ownership (PTO) offering true truck ownership. Just ask Amy Williams, business manager, partner and wife. She and her husband Kenneth recently moved out of a lease purchase with help from ES and into true ownership with the purchase of a new 2018 Volvo 780. We also discuss Amy’s experience as a Women in Expediting/Women in Trucking and the dynamic role women play in all aspects of the field of transportation.
SLN: Tell us about your experience as a Woman in Expediting/Women in Trucking?
I’d love to! First of all, I’m pleased to see that the Women in Trucking Association and Expediter Services have challenged carriers to bring more women into the industry because expediting (trucking) can be a great way to earn a living. The opportunity for women is out there if the glass ceiling is removed. I believe this initiative will be very good for the industry. (Read more about the WIT/ES 150 women-owned business initiative here.)
women-in-epediting-200SLN: You’re a great example of how women play different roles in trucking. Tell us more about what you do?

I did drive at one point, but we made the decision that I would take on the role as business manager. The demands of paperwork, dealing with CPA’s, and keeping the books can be a full-time job. By utilizing my strengths in this role it frees up Kenneth to concentrate on the driving and operating the truck. I’m still with him in the truck wherever we go and we operate as a team. This was our choice and we’ve been successful working this way. Each business operates differently. What works for us may not be for everyone.
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It used to be that as a woman in this business, people sometimes would treat you differently because you were in a male-dominated field. But I can certainly see how things are changing. For the most part, people treat me as a professional and I think that’s a positive development for women in this industry. I would tell any woman thinking about getting into the business to do you homework and do what you like and play to your strengths.
SLN: Give us some background about yours and Kenneth’s trucking experience?
Kenneth has been driving a truck since 1994. After exploring some other opportunities outside the trucking industry, we got back into trucking full time in 2010. A couple of years later, we signed on with Panther as our carrier and have been there ever since. Panther is a very good company to work with and has allowed us to meet our business goals!
mba to finance a truckSLN: Tell us about your lease purchase experience?
Since coming onboard at Panther, we’ve been involved with two lease purchase agreements. We had looked at purchasing a truck a while back, but the barriers to entry were too steep for us and the total cost of ownership was very high. The lease purchase option was much easier to get into — and since we wanted to be owners, it seemed like a good choice at the time. But we soon discovered it wasn’t the best path.
SLN: What was it that turned your lease purchase into a not-so-good option?
There were a number of things, actually. The payments were high, the total pay back was horrendous, there was little-to-no support and we were always having problems with getting maintenance and repairs done on our truck; this especially was a real deal breaker for us.
SLN: Can you tell us more about the problems you had with repair and maintenance issues?
The lease purchase maintenance program was definitely one of the worst parts of the deal. We paid about $300 a week that went into a maintenance escrow account. When you needed to get anything fixed, you were at their mercy and they never got in a hurry about anything. On top of that, they would dictate that you had to use certain parts and a lot of times the parts were low quality aftermarket parts that would lead to future maintenance issues. This applied to tires too. It was also such a fiasco getting them to actually pay for the repair.  We got very little support when it came to getting our truck fixed and maintained. They kept our maintenance escrow money when we left the lease purchase as well. The whole lease purchase experience was frustrating because they acted like they were doing you a favor instead of providing a service. They were demeaning, demoralizing and condescending. And you never felt like you owned the truck.

SLN: How did you hear about ES and their Much Better Alternative to finance?
We wanted to be true truck owners and we had discussed this with our representative at Panther. He was very attentive, understanding and compassionate about the predicament we were in and the feelings we had. He told us about several options and we chose to contact Expediter Services about their Path to Ownership and their Much Better Alternative to truck finance. I called Jeff Tacker. He and I spent a LOT of time on the phone discussing our options. I told him about our goals and desires for our business.
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Jeff answered tons of questions about the PTO and MBA and he also explained about the support programs and discounts offered by ES. He never hurried or pushed us to make a decision about financing a truck. As a matter of fact, Kenneth and I took a couple of months to make a final decision about buying a new truck and when we were ready, ES was there for us.
SLN: Can you tell us about the buying process?
Throughout our time thinking about the purchase, we were in touch with ES. When we were ready, we submitted our paperwork to Steve Kochensparger to get an approval through Expediter Equipment Finance. We were so excited about finally being true truck owners. Danny Vernon, Expediter Truck Sales Manager helped us source our truck through a dealership in Memphis. We purchased a brand new 2018 Volvo 780 with a very nice factory sleeper and a ThermoKing TriPac Evolution APU that really helps us save on fuel. We were extremely grateful for Danny’s involvement when sourcing the truck. I believe we got a better equipped truck at a better price because of his expertise. Buying our new truck really put a smile on Kenneth’s face! Just look at our picture. We are so proud of our new truck, and I am so excited about our new business opportunity!
SLN: Is there a difference in your bottom-line since becoming true truck owners?
Yes! We’re increasing revenue by eliminating down time and out of service issues with our new truck. And we’re saving money on operating costs. We’re seeing a real savings in fuel because of the industry leading discounts on the ES fuel card. Insurance is another significant savings. We get outstanding coverage at the lowest cost. These increased earnings and savings go directly to our bottom-line.
Stay tuned for even more true stories of True Truck Ownership in upcoming issues of Spotlight News.

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Tonya Johnson Loves Being an Owner

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When it comes to finding opportunity in the field of transportation, the path can be quite narrow without the right support. But once you find the right road, that opportunity can be as large as your dreams. Balery and Tonya Johnson are a husband and wife Expediting team who found the right truck and the right path to truck ownership to become a Success in Trucking through Expediter Truck Sales and Expediter Equipment Finance

Tonya Tells Her Story

balerytonyajohnson“I can’t tell you how excited I am to be in our very own truck, doing what we love! I know a lot of women who would absolutely love to be in my position. That’s why Women in Trucking and ES’s 150 women-owned business challenge is so important. It helps open opportunities for women in transportation,” said Tonya. (Read more about the WIT/ES 150 women-owned business initiative here.)
“I’ve been in the transportation business for a short time and I’ve already learned so much. Not only do I share driving responsibilities, I also manage the paperwork and help with anything else that needs to be done to make our business a success. Being one-half of an Expediting team is truly team effort and we compliment each other well. But there’s so much more I want to talk about,” said Tonya. I want to tell everyone about the excellent treatment that Balerwomen-in-epediting-200y and I have experienced from Expediter Services. When we left Florida to make the trip to pick up our truck at the ES offices in Southaven, Mississippi, the truck was still being prepped and wasn’t ready to take on the road. This left us in a bit of a bind because we were due to be at orientation in Ohio in just a couple of days (the week before Christmas). But ES recognized our situation and secured two plane tickets so we could make our orientation on time. They also arranged for our hotel room while we were there. ES went ABOVE AND BEYOND helping us to become successful. I mean who else would do something likeWIT-logo New that? Expediter Services, that’s who,” said Tonya!
“Now that we’ve been on the road for several weeks and their support is still just as good. Whenever we have questions, ES is just a phone call away. They truly are a special kind of company, with special people. I never feel uncomfortable asking for their support because I know they will be there. It’s good support with a good attitude to boot.”

Balery Tells His Story

“I’ve been in trucking since 1989,” said Balery Johnson. “I was a bit of a slow starter when it came to becoming a truck owner, when I purchased my first truck in 2006. After driving that truck for a long time, I decided to retire in 2017, but I soon realized I missed the road and wanted to find a better way to fund my retirement.”
Balery began to do research and soon became interested in Expediting. “I had been familiar with Expediting and knew about the great lifestyle and opportunity for a good income. I told my wife Tonya, that we need to do this business together and she was all in. After doing some more research, we chose Panther as our carrier and we were off to the races.”
truck-sales-logoEven though the Johnsons had begun a new career path, Balery still had the desire to own his own truck. “I talked to several traditional banks about getting a loan, but either the down payment was unobtainable or the payments were incredibly high. I even had one banker tell me they just don’t do loans on trucks. To say I was frustrated would be an understatement.” But his persistence would soon pay off after he found the Expediter Truck Sales website. “The moment I spoke with Danny Vernon, Expediter Truck Sales Manager, he started the process of finding us a truck — and getting us financed through Expediter Equipment Finance. The whole process was much easier than I thought. We wound up choosing a low mileage 2014 Freightliner custom dry unit with a 100-inch sleeper right from Expediter Truck Sales’ current inventory. Once we found our truck, Danny put us in touch with Steve Kochensparger at Expediter Equipment Finance. After about two weeks, we got our approval. Not only was I surprised at how expediter equipment finance logoquickly we were approved, I was also surprised to learn that Expediter Equipment Finance relied more on my work history than just a credit score. What other company does this? Only Expediter Services. They truly are a Much Better Alternative to truck finance!”
The Johnsons are truly living the American dream of plotting their own course and making a success of their business. As for the future, Balery is dreaming of even more opportunities. “I can see being a fleet owner some day. With support from Expediter Services, I believe we can be a success at whatever we do,” said Balery

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