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Contractors Doing What They Do Best: Driving!

Getting Started

Everett and Shirley Elder Hooker’s journey to becoming professional Contract Drivers began about the time of the economic down turn in 2008. They had recently moved to Louisiana from Florida, but work was scarce. It was then that they set their sights on Expediting. They signed on with a carrier and began driving for a fleet owner. This opportunity lasted about three years, and according to Shirley, their situation wasn’t ideal, to say the least. “Our carrier began going through some changes at that time and the fleet owner we worked for was very unprofessional. To say he wasn’t a very nice person was an understatement. We knew it was time to make a change.”

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Everett & Shirley Elder Hooker

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The Hookers soon began talking to some friends in the business and they recommended Expediter Services. “At the time, we were really unhappy with our circumstances, so when we heard about ES, it sounded like a good opportunity,” said Shirley. “I made the call and spoke with one of their recruiters. They had a truck available immediately, so Everett and I made arrangements to pick it up — then my father passed away. I had to immediately travel to Canada for the funeral and to settle his affairs. ES was very good about it and understood that family comes first. About three weeks later, when I was ready to get back to work, ES had another truck for us and we’ve been with them ever since. We soon had the opportunity to go to FedEx Custom Critical and it turned out to be a good fit. It’s been a great ride.”

Support, Freedom & Satisfaction

“Our experience with ES has been very good from the start. I often tell other teams about how they operate and about their level of support. I think the most important things ES gets right is the fact that they let us do what makes us happy. We love to drive! And they let us do just that. ES doesn’t tell us what to do or what loads to take. We run our business the way we want to run it. If we need help, ES is there, but they give us the freedom to do things our way. Another thing that sets ES above the pack is that they take care of their equipment. If we have a problem, they are there to help us get it fixed and back on the road quickly,” said Shirley.
“Over the years, ES has approached us about taking the Path to Ownership. But Everett and I are satisfied just where we are. We’ve thought about becoming owners, but honestly, we are much happier being Contractors. All of the maintenance is taken care of by ES and all we have to do is drive and get paid. There’s no judgement on ES’s part, they’re happy to support us no matter what we do, and we like it that way.”

Success that’s Real

“As we travel around the country and talk to people in the business, I’ve run into folks that say Expediter Services is a great place for new drivers, and they’re right! But ES is much more than that. It’s a great place for any team that wants the opportunity to be their best. Our success is a result of working hard, loving what we do, and having a knowledgeable and flexible group of people behind us. At ES, the opportunities are real and our success is real. You just have to take advantage of the offerings available and follow your dream, said Shirley”.

A Woman in Expediting

We also took the opportunity to discuss with Shirley her experience as a Woman in Expediting. She was able to give us some insights into what has made her a success and she was happy to share her story with other women looking to get into the business.
women-in-epediting-200SLN: What is the reaction from people when they learn that you’re a women trucker?
People who aren’t in the industry think being a women in the trucking business is really kind of cool. Many women even mention that it’s something that they may want to do. Within the Industry, it’s a little bit different. For instance, at truck stops, sometimes the cashiers seem to be a little more attentive to the male drivers. Often they will automatically ask them for their fuel card, where with me, I have to start the transaction by presenting my card to them first. But overall, with our customers (shippers & receivers), I’ve never ran into any kind of problems. I’ve never been treated any differently than anyone else. I attribute that to a couple of things: I am a professional and act accordingly; the other factor is that more women are realizing that they can make a living in this business, and people are becoming more and more accustomed to seeing women in these roles.
SLN: Do you see any barriers to women in the Industry?
The way I see it, most women are as capable of succeeding in trucking as well as anyone. My advice for women who are looking to get into the business is to do your homework. If this is something you really want to do, sit down and figure out what you really want out of an Expediting career. For example, do you want to be out on the road, or do you want to be home every week. It’s important to know what you want and what you want out of the business — then start looking for a company that can help you achieve these goals. If you get on with the first company you see and you wind up not liking it, you’re going to wind up quitting. I would recommend that every woman looking to be in Expediting talk to Expediter Services. They have the knowledge and resources to help you decide if this is the right career path for you and tools and services to help you succeed.
We were fortunate to have found Expediter Services when we did. I only wish we had known about them when we first started out. But it doesn’t matter if you’re new in the business or if you’re like us and have an established track record. ES can help you if you want to drive as a career, become an owner or even a fleet owner. If you’re a woman (or a man), I would recommend doing your due diligence and ES should be a part of your research into getting into and succeeding in the industry.

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Spring EGG 2017: Thanks for a GREAT EGG!

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The Spring EGG (Expediter Group Gathering) 2017 was a remarkable success on a number of levels. With this year’s focus being truck sales, an increasing number of drivers became owners, owners became fleet owners, and fleet owners grew their fleets — proving that when you come to The EGG, you truly can bring home the bacon!

Attendees, Speakers, Carriers & Vendor

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Lawrence McCord CEO and Founder, ExpeditersOnline.com

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Donna Sleasman Fedex Custom Critical Fleet Owner

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Ellen Voie President/CEO Women in Trucking

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Mike Welch Founder and President, Magnate Worldwide

The EGG hosted a record number of drivers, owners and fleet owners, while a GRADE A lineup of speakers shared their experience and knowledge. Also in attendance was a new and growing number of Carriers from Expediting and general trucking looking for and providing opportunities. Numerous vendors were also on hand to meet and share information. In addition, ES management and staff was glad to have had the opportunity to meet and get to know everyone on a personal basis.

The Hub Grand Opening

A recap of the Spring EGG 2017 wouldn’t be complete without mentioning the Open House and the Grand Opening of our new Contractors lounge, The Hub, at the newly renovated and expanded ES offices.
The-Hub-Logo-3Jeff Tacker, ES Vice President of Operations, was excited to meet our visitors and to show off The Hub and our new facilities. “It’s always great to meet the folks we know and to get to know those we don’t. Our growth and success is due to your hard work and dedication. The ES office expansion and the addition of The Hub is our way of showing our dedication to helping service and support your efforts. We look forward to providing opportunity at every level. We’d also like to thank everyone who attended this year’s EGG.”

Save the Date: The EGG at the Expo

EGG-EXPO-2017-0516We can’t wait to meet you at the EGG at the Expo 2017!
Expediter Services is once again the title sponsor of the Expedite Expo 2017. We’re also excited to host the third annual EGG at the Expo on July 14th in Lexington Kentucky. It’s another opportunity for Expediters to gather, meet and share information. The EGG at the Expo also helps us to get to know each other on a personal basis. Stay tuned for updates and the agenda. And don’t forget you don’t have to wait for The EGG to buy a truck. It’s what we do every day.

 

Need a truck? Call Danny Vernon, Expediter Truck Sales at 877.349.9303, ext. 120

Please view our slideshow below to see what happened at The EGG

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Thanks for a Great EGG!

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We’d like to thank everyone who attended this year’s EGG (Expediter Group Gathering)! It was a great turnout, with lots of opportunity, fellowship and food. We’ll soon be sharing success stories of our guest speakers, attendees and new truck owners in future issues of Spotlight News.

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Limited Space. Unlimited Opportunity. Register Today!

The EGG (Expediter Group Gathering) is only a few days away! NOW is the time to register to be a part of the industry’s premiere event for Opportunity, Networking and Fellowship.

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We’ve had a tremendous response to the upcoming EGG and lots of people have already registered. There are only  a few seats left — so, if you’re interested in attending, please Register Now to insure your seat. Our speakers are excited to share their knowledge and experience, and the ES team is looking forward to seeing you here!
If you’re a driver looking to become an owner, an owner looking to upgrade, a fleet owner looking to grow your fleet or if you’re someone who is looking to start an Expediting business in a team environment, there’s only one place you can hear and meet top transportation industry leaders. And that place is the Spring EGG (Expediter Group Gathering), May 12 & 13 at the Landers Center in Southaven, Mississippi.
Our GRADE A line up of speakers reaches across the transportation spectrum in order to share information and knowledge to help keep you informed about the latest issues and trends in Expediting.

GRADE A Speakers. GRADE A Knowledge.

SPEAKERS AT THE EGG INCLUDE:
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CEO and Founder, ExpeditersOnline.com
Entrepreneur and business leader in the expedite trucking industry for more than 20 years, Lawrence has launched an industry standard trade show, a network of successful trucking websites, a daily transportation radio news program on Sirius XM Radio, and nationally distributed magazines.


welchMike Welch
Founder and President, Magnate Worldwide
Mike Welch became President and was appointed to the Board of Directors of XPO Logistics in August of 2004. He was appointed CEO of XPO in June 2005. Mike’s primary focus is providing executive leadership and further expanding the footprint within premium transportation and logistics services. Mike has been involved in the transportation industry for over 28 years, with significant expertise in the Expedited industry. In 1989, Mike co-founded Express-1, Inc., a Midwest-based expedited carrier.


sleasman-okDonna Sleasman
Fedex Custom Critical Fleet Owner
Donna Sleasman began her career in trucking while working at a gas station in 1982. She recognized early on that the transportation business was a way for women without a college education could earn a good living and became an owner and long haul trucker. Donna entered Expediting soon after her husband’s retirement in 1999, and as they say, the rest is history! She is now a successful Expediting fleet owner with an inspiring and interesting story to tell. You won’t want to miss it!


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President/CEO Women in Trucking
Ellen Voie founded the Women In Trucking Association in March of 2007. The Women In Trucking Association was formed to promote the employment of women in the trucking industry, remove obstacles that might keep them from succeeding, and to celebrate the successes of its members. As an industry advocate and hands-on manager, Ellen attended Tri-C Truck Driver Academy in Cleveland, OH to earn her Class A Commercial Drivers License (CDL). In July 2012 she was honored by the White House as a Transportation Innovators Champion of Change. Ellen has had long and storied career involved with many aspects of the trucking business. She looks forward to sharing her knowledge and experience at The EGG.


 What is The EGG?

The EGG is an event, hosted by Expediter Services that affords Expediters the opportunity to gather in order to meet others within the industry, and it gives ES the chance to get to know you personally. In addition, the EGG isn’t a “one size fits all” event. Each EGG is different, covering different topics that are important to Expediters, including Truck Sales, Financing, Support Services, and any number of services and products offered by Expediter Services.
In addition to the above speakers, The EGG features a number of carriers, companies and opportunities represented, including but not limited to:
– Women in TruckingEGG-not-for-chickens-GIF
– FedEx
– Panther
– Stoops Freightliner
– Expediters Online
– Red Eye Radio
– Success in Trucking
– deBoer Transportation, Inc.
– Harper’s HS Trucking, LLC
– XPO
– Magnate Worldwide (Premium Transportation Logistics)
– V3 Transportation

There’s More!

Along with a great lineup of GRADE A speakers, ES will feature opportunities for networking, an open house at the newly updated ES offices, a grand opening at The Hub (our NEW Contractor’s Lounge), and great food and fellowship throughout the weekend! ES management and staff will also be on hand throughout the event to get to know you and answer questions.

Register Now, Space is Limited.

Come to The EGG to Bring Home the Bacon, register here — It’s FREE, with food and accommodations provided by ES.

We look forward to seeing you here at the Spring EGG 2017 at the Landers Center in Southaven, Mississippi.

Learn more, watch Danny Vernon, Expediter Truck Sales Manager’s video as he talks about the upcoming Spring EGG 2017. (click video to view)

To learn even more, check out what happened at last year’s Spring EGG 2016.

Register Here for the Spring EGG 2017.

ES is working for You!

Call us at 877.349.9303 and Never Stand Alone.

Please visit us on Facebook.

The EGG Features a GRADE A Line Up of Speakers

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If you’re a driver looking to become an owner, an owner looking to upgrade, a fleet owner looking to grow your fleet or if you’re someone who is looking to start an Expediting business in a team environment, there’s only one place you can hear and meet top transportation industry leaders. And that place is the Spring EGG (Expediter Group Gathering), May 12 & 13 at the Landers Center in Southaven, Mississippi.
Our GRADE A line up of speakers reaches across the transportation spectrum in order to share information and knowledge to help keep you informed about the latest issues and trends in Expediting.

GRADE A Speakers. GRADE A Knowledge.

SPEAKERS AT THE EGG INCLUDE:
lawrenceLawrence McCord
CEO and Founder, ExpeditersOnline.com
Entrepreneur and business leader in the expedite trucking industry for more than 20 years, Lawrence has launched an industry standard trade show, a network of successful trucking websites, a daily transportation radio news program on Sirius XM Radio, and nationally distributed magazines.


welchMike Welch
Founder and President, Magnate Worldwide
Mike Welch became President and was appointed to the Board of Directors of XPO Logistics in August of 2004. He was appointed CEO of XPO in June 2005. Mike’s primary focus is providing executive leadership and further expanding the footprint within premium transportation and logistics services. Mike has been involved in the transportation industry for over 28 years, with significant expertise in the Expedited industry. In 1989, Mike co-founded Express-1, Inc., a Midwest-based expedited carrier.


sleasman-okDonna Sleasman
Fedex Custom Critical Fleet Owner
Donna Sleasman began her career in trucking while working at a gas station in 1982. She recognized early on that the transportation business was a way for women without a college education could earn a good living and became an owner and long haul trucker. Donna entered Expediting soon after her husband’s retirement in 1999, and as they say, the rest is history! She is now a successful Expediting fleet owner with an inspiring and interesting story to tell. You won’t want to miss it!


ellen-voie-okEllen Voie
President/CEO Women in Trucking
Ellen Voie founded the Women In Trucking Association in March of 2007. The Women In Trucking Association was formed to promote the employment of women in the trucking industry, remove obstacles that might keep them from succeeding, and to celebrate the successes of its members. As an industry advocate and hands-on manager, Ellen attended Tri-C Truck Driver Academy in Cleveland, OH to earn her Class A Commercial Drivers License (CDL). In July 2012 she was honored by the White House as a Transportation Innovators Champion of Change. Ellen has had long and storied career involved with many aspects of the trucking business. She looks forward to sharing her knowledge and experience at The EGG.


 What is The EGG?

The EGG is an event, hosted by Expediter Services that affords Expediters the opportunity to gather in order to meet others within the industry, and it gives ES the chance to get to know you personally. In addition, the EGG isn’t a “one size fits all” event. Each EGG is different, covering different topics that are important to Expediters, including Truck Sales, Financing, Support Services, and any number of services and products offered by Expediter Services.
In addition to the above speakers, The EGG features a number of carriers, companies and opportunities represented, including but not limited to:
– Women in Trucking
– FedEx
– Panther
– Stoops Freightliner
– Expediters Online
– Red Eye Radio
– Success in Trucking
– deBoer Transportation, Inc.
– Harper’s HS Trucking, LLC
– XPO
– Magnate Worldwide (Premium Transportation Logistics)
– V3 Transportation

There’s More!

Along with a great lineup of GRADE A speakers, ES will feature opportunities for networking, an open house at the newly updated ES offices, a grand opening at The Hub (our NEW Contractor’s Lounge), and great food and fellowship throughout the weekend! ES management and staff will also be on hand throughout the event to get to know you and answer questions.

Register Now, Space is Limited.

Come to The EGG to Bring Home the Bacon, register here — It’s FREE, with food and accommodations provided by ES.

We look forward to seeing you here at the Spring EGG 2017 at the Landers Center in Southaven, Mississippi.

Learn more, watch Danny Vernon, Expediter Truck Sales Manager’s video as he talks about the upcoming Spring EGG 2017. (click video to view)

To learn even more, check out what happened at last year’s Spring EGG 2016.

Register Here for the Spring EGG 2017.

 

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Call us at 877.349.9303 and Never Stand Alone.

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Women in Expediting: Lilza Gloria


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This week, we take another look at Women in Expediting by visiting with Lilza Gloria, whose husband Ray, was the focus of a recent Spotlight News article. (read story here)
The Gloria’s journey into Expediting began shortly after the economic downturn of 2008. They decided that a change was needed, and they looked for an opportunity to start another career that was far afield from the twenty-plus years they had spent in electrical contracting. As fate would have it, Ray’s brother was into Expediting. They both recognized a great opportunity when they saw it and dove into the business with heart and soul. Today, the Gloria’s have recently purchased a very slightly used Cascadia, financed by Expediter Equipment Finance and their White Glove Expediting business is going strong. We’re proud to bring to you Lilza’s story as a Woman in Expediting.
SLN: Tell us how your Expediting careers began.
women-in-epediting-200When the economy went into a downturn back in 2008, things began to get really bad. Our electrical contracting business was very badly effected. The whole experience was extremely traumatic, especially for Ray. That was such a stressful time for us.
Ray’s brother was driving an Expediting truck for FedEx, and we both became interested in the business. I was onboard with the concept of Expediting from the beginning. It seemed like such a good opportunity. After a short time, I got my license and that’s how I got started. Becoming a driver was challenging at first. I had really never done anything like this before. The first week or so was really tough, but I stuck with it and I got used to driving a truck. Things eventually got better. Just like anything else, the more you do it, the easier it gets. It also helped that Ray was so patient with me. He taught me a lot about what to do as a driver. We’ve been together ever since as partners, now I can’t imagine doing anything else, I really love this business!
eef small logoWhat kind of reaction do you get from people when they find out that you’re a Woman in Expediting?
A lot of times people are surprised that I drive an Expediting truck. I think mainly because I’m very short and petite, It’s hard for them to imagine that I can handle such a big piece of equipment. There’s also a little bit of stereotyping because I’m a women in this business, but for the most part, the reaction is quite positive. You’d be surprised at the number of people who are interested in what I do and they ask lots of questions. They’re genuinely interested in learning about the truck and about the business of Expediting. I always look at it as an opportunity to educate people about what we do and the industry as a whole.
SLN: Tell us about getting your license, what kind of challenges did you face?
I have to say that before starting the process of getting my license, I had never driven anything bigger than a mini-van, and it was quite intimidating. The license I trained for was a Class A, so all I drove at the time was a tractor trailer. I was fortunate that my instructor was very patient and I became qualified. I really never felt any kind of difference in the process because I was a woman.
I studied hard and even did a lot of extra practice. My husband would take our truck with a trailer from our electrical business and take me to the Home Depot parking lot after hours and help me practice. I was fortunate to have someone who was so helpful and patient to help me get time behind the wheel. Now, driving is very much second nature. You just have to apply yourself.

SLN: What do you attribute to Yours and Ray’s success as Expediters?
I know that every couple or team is going to be different, but for us, I believe it’s that we want to be in business together. We also get along great. People often ask, “how can we spend so much time together in a truck?” The answer is that we genuinely like each other. He makes me laugh and he truly is my best friend.
It also helps that we have been able to be successful in our business, and ES and Expediter Management Services are a big part of that. Their support helps us to concentrate on our business, so there’s less we have to worry about, giving us time to set goals and achieve them more easily. It’s true what they say; with ES, you Never Stand Alone.
SLN: What is your advice for women looking to Expediting as a career?
I would advise women to just be patient. Expediting is not easy. It takes work and practice to become proficient at what you do. But once you spend the time to learn the business and develop the skills necessary, it is a very good career. I also say to women, don’t be intimated by the equipment. You can learn how to operate the truck, especially if you have good partners like I do — Ray and Expediter Services!

Thanks Lilza,  for sharing your experience about Women in Expediting with us.
Stay tuned for another edition of Women in Expediting in a future issue of Spotlight News!

Visit our Women in Expediting page to learn about how you can get started today with your new career.

 

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The Spring EGG is the Place for Information & Opportunity

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If you’re a driver looking to become an owner, an owner looking to upgrade, a fleet owner looking to grow your fleet — or if you’re someone who is looking to start an Expediting business in a team environment, the Fourth Annual Spring EGG (Expediter Group Gathering), May 12 & 13 at the Landers Center in Southaven, Mississippi, is the place to be.
The EGG is an event, hosted by Expediter Services that affords Expediters the opportunity to gather in order to meet others within the industry — and it gives ES the chance to get to know you personally. In addition, the EGG isn’t a “one size fits all” event. Each EGG is different, covering different topics that are important to Expediters, including Truck Sales, Financing, Support Services, and any number of services and products offered by Expediter Services.

Industry Experts Featured at The EGG

The EGG features industry experts who will share their knowledge and experience. This year’s speakers include:
– Lawrence McCord – Founder & CEO, OnTime Media
– Donna Sleasman – Fedex Custom Critical Fleet Owner, Her Journey
– Ellen Voie – President/CEO Women in Trucking
– Mike Welch – Founder & President, Magnate Worldwide
In addition to the above speakers, The EGG features a number of companies in attendance, including:
– Women in Trucking
– FedEx
– Stoops Freightliner
– Expediters Online
– Red Eye Radio
– Success in Trucking

There’s More!

EGG-not-for-chickens-GIFAlong with a great lineup of speakers, ES will feature opportunities for networking, an open house at the newly updated ES offices, a grand opening at The Hub (our NEW Contractor’s Lounge), and great food and fellowship throughout the weekend! ES management and staff will also be on hand throughout the event to get to know you and answer questions.

Register Now, Space is Limited.

Come to The EGG to Bring Home the Bacon, register here — It’s FREE.

We look forward to seeing you here at the Spring EGG 2017 at the Landers Center in Southaven, Mississippi.
Learn more, watch Danny Vernon, Expediter Truck Sales Manager’s video as he talks about the upcoming Spring EGG 2017. (click video to view)

To learn even more, check out what happened at last year’s Spring EGG 2016.

Register Here for the Spring EGG 2017 or call 877-349-9303 for more information.

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Welcome David Withers, New Addition to Recruiting

Expediter Services is fortunate to have the best support staff in the business. And we’d like to welcome a new addition to our team — David Withers.
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David is the newest addition to our recruiting department, with over 20 years of experience in transportation focused on HR, Recruiting and Operations. His duties have included supporting LTL, TL, and Tanker Oil and Gas carriers during his tenure at some successful companies, including: United Petroleum Transports, Central Transport, Ozark Motor Lines, and MS Carriers/SWIFT.
A native Texan from the Dallas-Fort Worth area, David is the proud father of a daughter in college. He’s also a former college football player who still enjoys keeping in shape by strength training at the gym and playing golf. He also enjoys attending church and participating in church related activities.
never stand alongPlease help us give David a warm Expedited welcome!
And if you’re in need of ES recruiting services, please contact David Withers at 877-349-9303 or email [email protected], and Never Stand Alone.

 

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Ray Gloria: Speaking Candidly about Upgrading, Finance and Expediting

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You may recall in an earlier edition of Spotlight News we spoke with former Contractors Ed and Susan Petersen about their recent decision to become Owner Operators with their purchase of a used 2015 Cascadia from friends and fellow Expediters Ray and Lilza Gloria. As promised, we’re back to talk with Ray about upgrading and financing equipment, and his take on why now is a good time to purchase a new truck in anticipation of an uptick in freight and the economy in general.

Some Background

We began our career in Expediting, signed on with FedEx as our carrier, shortly after the market crash of 2008. Up to that point I had been in the electrical contracting business for over 20 years. (Read More of their story here) The crash left that segment of the economy pretty well decimated and I was looking for something that was more stable and provided a better quality of life. My brother was already in the business, so I purchased an older truck from him, a 2007 Colombia. Our relationship with Expediter Services also began at that time because we utilized Expediter Equipment Finance to purchase that truck. Lilza and I drove the unit until it had just over 800,000 miles on the clock. The truck had reached the end of it’s lifespan, we knew it was time to upgrade.

Their Next Step

Once we decided to upgrade, we were faced with the dilemma to either purchase another used truck or to buy a new one. We felt that since we had been successful in our business driving an older truck, a brand new 2015 Cascadia reefer unit would help us reach our goals more efficiently, as we would soon be transitioning into FDCC White Glove service with much more earning potential. We reached out to Expediter Services to help with the specifications. ES was helpful in getting the details right and Stoops Freightliner soon began the process of building our truck. ES stood by us throughout the build, even offering to let us drive a truck from their fleet until our new truck was ready. We took them up on the offer for a few months, which helped us maintain a revenue stream until we took possession of our new truck. I don’t know any other company in the industry that would have gone to these lengths to keep us on the road and help make our business a success. With Expediter Services, you truly Never Stand Alone.

Selling Their Truck and Purchasing New Equipment

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Lilza and I have known Ed and Susan Petersen for many years and recently spoke with them about wanting to sell our 2015 Cascadia, as we were looking to relocate out of Florida and take our business in a new direction until we got resettled. They were keen to buy our truck, and I put them in touch with Steve Kochensparger at Expediter Equipment finance who arranged the financing. As usual, Steve was able to help complete the transaction quickly and smoothly. (Read the Petersen’s story here)
After selling our truck, we hadn’t really made plans to purchase another one for at least a little while longer. But my CPA informed me that I needed to purchase another truck to avoid capital gains taxes at the end of the year. I reached out again to Steve Kochensparger about financing a new truck and he told me about a very low mileage 2015 Cascadia (79,000 miles) that another owner was needing to sell. Lilza and I looked at the truck and we both liked it very much, as it was very similar to the one we had just sold to the Petersens but with 300,000 less miles. We decided to buy it and Steve and Expediter Equipment Finance put the deal together. As usual, everything went smoothly!

Ray’s Philosophy on When to Buy a Truck

ets logo smallThere have been some important changes in the industry over the last few years. Teams today put in a lot more miles than they used to. For instance, when I first started in Expediting, we would log around 110 — 120,000 miles per year. Today, that average is 140 — 150,000 miles. New trucks from the factory have a 500,000 mile warranty. As a result, many owners try to sell a truck as it reaches the 400,00 mile mark. This way, the next owner has a little warranty left, and the truck is more desirable when it reaches the market. This makes the turnover for a truck about every three years (four years tops). As an owner, you either get new or newer equipment or pay it off and take a chance — which is something I don’t personally like to do. As trucks reach over the 500,000 mile mark, repairs are more likely and they can get pretty expensive, not to mention the down-time. I prefer to purchase new vehicles for this reason. Having said that, there’s definitely a case for purchasing used equipment. Especially when it’s low mileage or it has extensive maintenance records and remaining factory warranties like vehicles for sale at Expediter Truck Sales.

The Economy — Why Now is The Time to Buy

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I think there are a lot of indicators that the economy is on the upswing. At the moment, I’m not seeing a large uptick in freight. But new FMCSA rules requiring drivers to go to electronic logs is just around the corner. I believe the new rules could cause a disruption, slowing down loads causing freight to get left behind. This situation will make for a very favorable climate for Expediters. Combine this with a growing economy and it will be good for everyone. I’m looking forward to it. Looking at it this way, now is a good time to buy a truck to be ready for the uptick. And anyone looking to finance a new or used truck should definitely talk to Expediter Equipment Finance and Expediter Truck Sales to take advantage of the favorable freight climate. Combine this with the support you get from Expediter Management Services, and I believe you can greatly increase your opportunity for success in practically any economic climate.
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NOW is the Right Time to Own a Truck

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The things in life worth having most often revolve around hard work, opportunity, and timing — and the business of Expediting is no exception. Just ask Ed and Susan Petersen, a husband and wife FDCC White Glove/TVAL team who have recently taken the step of purchasing their own truck in order to fulfill their dream of working for themselves. The transition into truck ownership can be a big step, but according to Ed Petersen, the timing was right for them to become truck owners and take their Expediting business to a new level. Here’s their story in their own words.

The Decision to Own

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We’ve been working for an owner as contract drivers for about three years. Susan and I have worked hard to be successful in this business and after a while, we began to realize that our efforts were paying off. Our earnings were above average, which got us to thinking that if we can generate this kind of revenue for someone else, we can do this for ourselves.
We weren’t sure which direction to go, having never owned a truck before, so I talked to our friends Ray and Lilza Gloria who mentioned that if you can’t get a new truck, how about a used one. I didn’t really feel comfortable doing that, since I wasn’t sure who would have driven just any used truck. Ray then mentioned that they were soon going to sell their 2015 Cascadia and maybe we should consider buying it. I’ve known them the whole time I’ve been in Expediting, and he takes great care of his vehicles — it was just too good of an opportunity to pass up!

Financing Their Truck

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For financing, Ray highly recommended Expediter Equipment Finance. He explained all of the benefits of being under Expediter Management Services’ umbrella, including fuel discounts, insurance, discounts on maintenance & parts, also the fact that if my truck goes down, we can use one of ES’s trucks from their fleet until our truck is fixed. It’s such a win-win. What they say about ES is true, you truly Never Stand Alone.
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I took Ray’s advice and contacted ES and was quickly put in touch with Steve Kochensparger at Expediter Equipment Finance. He was able to handle the whole thing for us. Having never financed a truck before, it was extremely helpful to have someone who can just take the ball and run with it and help complete the transaction quickly and easily. It really saved us a great deal of time, hassle and stress!

The Time to Own is NOW

We’re now on the road with our new truck and driving to pick up our first load. I can’t tell you how excited we are about this new chapter in our Expediting careers. Our journey to being truck owners is due to hard work and opportunity. But TIMING also played a factor in our decision to buy. The economy is showing signs of real growth and freight is growing right along with it. We feel the right time to buy a truck is NOW. We’re looking forward to the future and what it holds for our business.
Stay tuned for an upcoming Spotlight News featuring the Gloria’s new truck purchase!

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