After more than 20 years behind the wheel of a truck, Dayle Bahrs knows that you take the job a day at a time with a commitment to safety but the future can look very different depending on which carrier you choose.
“Safety is constantly on the mind of a driver,” says Dayle, who has over a million safe driving miles. “You have to be very aware of your surroundings, watching what you’re doing as well as everyone else.”
Dayle says he’s thankful that J&R Schugel helps drivers stay safe by implementing new technologies in the truck. “I know some drivers talk about the downfalls [of the technology], but it is a huge advantage.”
With 17 years of driving with Schugel, Dayle still enjoys his career and what he likes best about it. “Being my own boss,” he says. “I am self-aware and I know what needs to be done. When I go to the customers, I consider them ‘my’ customers and want to take care of the business. I like that I am able to build relationships with people all across the U.S. or in my driving areas.”
Dayle says the bestselling points for a career with Schugel come down to the basics of flexible home time, steady miles, and good money. But the company’s employee stock ownership plan (ESOP) may be the one advantage that could change your future.
“I could go to any carrier at any time since I am a safe driver with 20+ years’ experience,” he says, “but the difference is with the ESOP, Schugel is saving for my retirement and there is no reason to go anywhere else.”
ESOP is a qualified retirement plan that provides eligible employees with an ownership interest in the company. That means, Schugel contributes to each employee’s retirement without an investment from the employee beyond their work. Loyal drivers can count on Schugel contributing to their nest egg for the life of their careers, leading to a more secure retirement.
“I consider Schugel home and plan on working here until I retire,” Dayle says. “No company is perfect but my advice for young or new drivers is to stay calm and don’t let the stress get to you. Wherever you go, give it a chance and have realistic expectations.”
If you’re interested in a driving career with a carrier that invests in your future, learn more about J&R Schugel’s ESOP program by connecting with us today!