Driver Moves His J.B. Hunt Career Off the Road

Oct 11 2017

J.B. Hunt employee Ric Carlson has truly done it all. From his time traveling the country as a driver, to now working in the fuel department, Ric knows firsthand what it takes to keep the transportation industry rolling.

Ric moved into the transportation industry after serving in the military, and in 2001, after a stint with a couple trucking companies, Ric made the switch to J.B. Hunt.IMG_9391

“I liked to drive and I liked to travel, and I wasn’t married at the time, so it just seemed like a good way to make a decent living,” he said. “I didn’t have to be home at a certain time. I just went out and saw the country.”

Ric had a plan as soon as he was hired on with the company. “I wanted to be a driver recruiter, but to me, I couldn’t be a recruiter if I didn’t drive here,” he said. “I couldn’t tell them, ‘This is how it’s going to happen,’ because I hadn’t experienced it.”

After about eight months as a driver, Ric was granted the opportunity that he’d been waiting for – he was offered a position as a recruiter.

From there, Ric moved around the company as an operations supervisor, a DCS account manager in New York, and with a few positions in maintenance, where he is at now.

His favorite position of all? Well, he doesn’t have one. “To be honest with you, I’ve really liked them all,” he said. “It’s been the company – I just really like working here.”

What has been consistent across the board, though, is the work environment. “The people are friendly, they’re easy to work with, they’re professional – you can kid around and still get the job done and have a good time,” he said.

It’s safe to say that, after numerous years and a solid grasp on the transportation industry, Ric is here to stay.

IMG_9394“I can’t think of any place I’d rather go,” he said. “They always talk about the green grass on the other side and I don’t think it’s out there. I’ve got nothing but good things to say about J.B. Hunt – I like it here.”

As for other employees, and especially drivers, who are looking to take a similar career path as Ric did, he has one important tip: “Don’t give up on the first no,” he said.

“If you really want to do it, keep in contact with the people you know or the people in that area so that they keep your name fresh,” he said. “Stay professional and just don’t give up.”

And if you don’t get your dream job right away? “Take a different route,” Ric said.

“Just don’t give up, don’t take no for an answer the first time, and don’t take it personal,” he said. “No matter where you’re at in the company, above all things, believe in yourself.”

“A lot of guys will say, ‘I’m just a driver,’” he said. “But, no, you’re not. You’ve got experience and you’ve got knowledge and that’s something that college can’t teach.”


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