BAY CITY, MICHIGAN – December 11, 2018. Think back to your first job. Did that job influence the career that you have as an adult? For some of us, probably not, but for Company Driver, Jason, his first job led him to a career in the trucking industry. He’s been with Go-To Transport for five years and in the industry for a total of 13 years. I recently interviewed Jason about life at Go-To and how he spends his time outside of the truck.
Company Driver, Jason A.
Tell me about your first job.
“My first job was working at a full-service truck stop. I would fuel up the trucks, wash the windows, check the oil, and sometimes check the tire pressure if the driver wanted me to,” says Jason. “Working around trucks when I was 16 made me want to become a driver at some point.”
But even before he was working at the truck stop, his interest in driving began. “When I was around 8 years old, I rode around with my cousin in a roll-off garbage truck. I really liked being in the truck,” he remarked. “I’ve had a few different jobs where trucking was the focal point. I used to load trucks for a large furniture company at their main warehouse, and I transported furniture to other states at a different job.”
So how did you find out about Go-To Transport?
“I found out about Go-To one day while driving home from Tennessee,” he starts. “I was driving behind a Go-To driver and noticed that the company was in Michigan, so I started a conversation with him on the radio. I must have asked him 100 questions by the time we hit the Michigan line!”
Well he must have said some great things! Do you remember who the driver was?
“No, it was about 6 or 7 years ago now. Anyway, I came to work for Go-To the following week.”
That’s a really great story. Drivers are often the best representatives of the company. Great drivers and good-looking trucks!
Jason’s truck after making a delivery in downtown Detroit.
Jason is one of our local drivers out of our Romulus terminal. I asked him what his work week is typically like.
“A typical work week for me is getting up early, getting to my truck, and delivering local loads out of Romulus. There are other loads sprinkled in, but local work is the bulk of them. 12 to 14-hour days are the norm. On that note, that takes up most of my week and I don’t really do anything else during the week. The weekends are when I tackle the honey-do list.” Jason is married to his wife, Lori, and they live in the Detroit-area.
Jason with his wife, Lori, at a Detroit Tigers game.
Honey-do list aside, what else keeps you going outside of work?
“Outside of work, my hobbies include boating during the summer. Whenever I get a free minute, you’ll find me out on the water.” Jason purchased a 23-foot boat earlier this past summer. “I live out there all summer long!”
When Jason isn’t floating around in the fresh waters of Michigan, he also enjoys the warm, salty waters of Florida, the Caribbean, and Pacific Ocean as well as another hobby: deep-sea fishing.
“The first time I went deep-sea fishing was about 10 years ago with my cousin and some other friends. We went to Cabo San Lucas and caught a lot of fish. I was hooked immediately!”
He continued, “I’ve gone deep-sea fishing every year since. It’s my favorite thing to be doing, being out on the ocean in an awesome boat trying to land a billfish is a huge thrill. So far, I’ve landed a Blue Marlin (Cabo), a Sailfish (Costa Rica), ten Mahi-Mahi (Cabo and Costa Rica), four Blackfin Tuna (Costa Rica), and some Red Snapper (Florida).”
Jason with some of his big catches.
When he’s not out enjoying the water, he’s a huge sport fan. “I’m a HUGE Detroit Red Wings fan. I try to watch every game. I used to go to a lot of them, but I don’t have the time like I used to. I also am a big fan of the Detroit Lions, Kansas City Chiefs, Detroit Tigers, and of course the Michigan State Spartans.”
Who is your hero? “My grandpa. He has taught me more than any other person. He, along with my mom, raised me with a very strong moral compass which made me the person that I am today.” Grandpa and Mom did a great job, Jason!
What’s the best advice that you’ve ever received?
“The best advice I have received came from the same grandpa. He always said, “Keep your mouth shut and your nose clean,” meaning don’t speak out of turn, stay on the straight and narrow, and work hard.” That’s great advice to follow!
Okay, let’s wrap this up. In closing, if you had a personal motto, what would it be?
“Have courage and be kind.”
I like it. That’s a great way to end. Thank you for taking some time out of your day to chat with me, Jason!