Spotlight On Success: DeShawn Henry and Russell JonesMay 23, 2023
“More control and less stress” probably aren’t the first two things that come to mind when someone mentions becoming a first-time owner-operator. However, for DeShawn Henry and Russell Jones, these were the catalysts that have pushed them from day one.
Their story, like so many within the ES community, is one of perseverance and they are proof that you don’t have to have decades of driving experience to be successful as an owner-operator or fleet owner. With the right mindset and a great support system, anyone can flourish.
Spotlight On Success: DeShawn Henry and Russell Jones
Time in the Trucking Industry: Russell 4 years; DeShawn 3 years
Year they Joined ES: 2021
ES Community Carrier: FedEx Custom Critical
Service Coordinator: Patrick Bertrand
Fun Facts: Both DeShawn and Russell became owner-operators after 20+ years in industries outside of trucking.
Some are born into the trucking industry, and others find their place behind the wheel after decades in other industries. For DeShawn it was the medical field, and for Russell, it was managing large teams at Fortune 500 companies.
While these might not be the typical starting points for owner-operators, the knowledge and experience they gained in their respective fields have been invaluable as they launched their business in trucking. As COVID-19 ramped up, both saw the need for a career change that would allow them to maintain control while also reducing stress. The road was calling and they were ready to run.
After spending a couple of years as company drivers, they were introduced to the ES Path To Ownership™ program by a trusted friend. DeShawn describes it as the feeling of “family” when they walked through the door. They knew that having a support system in place as they got started was essential, and for them the choice to join the ES community “just felt right.”
18 months later, they are well on their way to growing their fleet as a shining example of how anything is possible when you have the right tools and a great attitude.
In our most recent Spotlight On Success, DeShawn and Rusell share their story and experience and show that the path to success can take many different roads.
If you’re interested in learning more about DeShawn & Russell’s story, they will be on-site at the Expedite Expo July 21st-22nd with the ES Team at Booth 418 as well as sharing their story at the Trucking 101 workshop at the Expo. Register today for the Expedite Expo and the IN-SITE Dinner at the Expo hosted by ES to discover new career opportunities, make valuable connections, and hear from some of the brightest minds in the industry as well as people like DeShawn & Russell who are part of the ES Community.
We are proud to have DeShawn and Russell as part of the ES Community and are delighted to continue supporting them in their Success in Trucking.
DeShawn Henry and Russell Jones
Our May Spotlight On Success shines on DeShawn Henry and Russell Jones. In this most recent episode, you will hear how there are many roads that can lead someone to a successful career as an owner-operator.
If you’re inspired by DeShawn and Russell’s story and want to grow your trucking business, contact the ES team or call (877) 349-9303, option 4 and let us help support your company with expertise in financial services and technology, relationship lending, and general business support.