Driver Enjoys the Challenge in Driving Live Haul

Jun 19 2017

Army Veteran and company driver Brent began his three-year J.B Hunt career transporting rail containers and within a few months, he made a big shift to a live haul job moving agricultural equipment. His day now involves moving feed trailers and drop bed trailers stacked with cages filled with poultry or eggs. “You have to think about the welfare of the birds, the stability of the trailers and getting into tricky areas at night,” he said. “Live haul allows you to test your driving skills every day – country, back roads and dirt roads, heavy traffic, in town and at night… It’s never boring. You see what kind of driver you are.”

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Before retiring from the Army in 2014, Brent knew he wanted to stay in the field of logistics and live close to his parents in Arkansas. “I began researching online and seeing what was available and J.B. Hunt seemed to be the best fit,” he said. “J.B. Hunt offers every job that the Army has, there’s a fit for you at J.B. Hunt somewhere – in communications, security, safety, driving… It’s a good organization that has the same branching that the military has.”

Beginning a career at J.B. Hunt as a driver made the most fundamental sense to Brent. “You should know what’s going on on the front lines… You can better come up with a solution,” he said. “The good thing about J.B. Hunt is that they have so many opportunities in so many different areas. All of the positions have to do with the driver.”

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Within a month of transitioning out of the military, Brent entered J.B. Hunt’s newly formed Hunt’s Heroes hiring program. The unique program offers driving opportunities and training to qualified Veterans and transitioning service members, no matter their experience. “I got on board during the program’s early stages… It’s grown so much,” he said.

Brent’s managers quickly noticed the Veteran’s ability to adapt and problem solve and continue to give him more responsibilities outside the cab. “I always want to know more, always asking situational questions… They sat me down and started showing me more. I fill in for my manager when he’s on vacation – build schedules and dispatch,” he said.

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Brent plans to continue to excel within the company and advance into management. “I like to progress, make myself better… Any time an opportunity comes up, I do it. It makes me a better driver, a better employee and an asset to J.B. Hunt,” he said.

And if you’re a Veteran looking for your final civilian career destination, J.B. Hunt comes highly recommended by Brent. “I’d like to applaud J.B. Hunt for recognizing Vets and their sacrifices…J.B. Hunt is a good U.S. company, they get a gold star!”

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Interested in more home time with a local truck driving job or contract opportunity? Give us a call at 1-877-791-9458 or fill out a short form online. Are you a military Veteran wanting to learn more about our Hunt’s Heroes program? Call us at 1-800-207-6097.

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