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J.B. Hunt Owner-Operator Profile: Chris Riester

J.B. Hunt Owner-Operator Profile: Chris Riester

May 12 2014

~3275391Five days a week, owner-operator Chris Riester is behind the wheel of his truck, hauling loads for J.B. Hunt Transport. And on most weekends, you’ll find him still behind the wheel — drag racing his 1969 Camaro.

Riester, 51, says leasing to J.B. Hunt is ideal, because it gives drivers the freedom to design their schedule to fit their lifestyles and individual goals. For him, that means starting his day at 6 a.m. and working five days a week, totaling between 50-60 hours on his1,000- to 1,200-mile local route. By nightfall, he’s back home in Oak Forest, Ill.

It’s a schedule that works for him, he says, especially since so many of the things he likes to do — like drag racing and riding his Harley-Davidson — are weekend activities.

Riester began his career working on the distribution side, operating a warehouse for many years at a private company. But when he was 32, he decided he needed a change. He was tired of being cooped up inside a building all day. He had always liked driving, so he decided to give it a try.

Nearly two decades later, he’s still going strong, enjoying the freedom of being on the road and being his own boss.

“They supply the work, I supply the truck,” Riester says of his partnership with J.B. Hunt. “A lot of expenses, I don’t have to worry about. They dispatch me as if I worked for them.”

Having the company handle expenses like license plates, permits, tolls and cargo unloaders is a big plus, many drivers say, because they get the benefit of having someone else handle the paperwork. Additionally, they receive discounts on maintenance costs, paid mileage and reduced-rate group health plans.

“J.B. Hunt as a company is probably one of the better companies to start your business with, because they take care of all the filing, licenses and insurances,” Riester says. “And they are so safety-oriented. I’ve never seen a company that dedicated to safety. It takes a lot of your worries off you.”

He says abiding by the Smith System, taught and enforced by J.B. Hunt, is one of the best ways to practice safe driving. The system, developed by Harold Smith in 1948, emphasizes safe, distraction-free driving through five key points: aiming high, or looking at least 15 seconds ahead of your current position; getting the big picture and staying aware of your surroundings to avoid potential hazards; keeping your eyes moving, changing the focal point every two to three seconds; leaving yourself an out, maintaining a safe following distance as well as space on either side to maneuver; and making sure others see you by using turn signals, headlights, eye contact and even hand motions to make your presence and intentions known.

When it comes to the business side of things, he is just as disciplined. He keeps his costs down by driving below 60 miles per hour, and he makes maintenance a top priority, setting aside a separate fund to keep his truck running in top shape.

“You need to have something put away in case that truck breaks down, because that is your livelihood,” Riester says. “Fix as many things on the truck as you can. If you’re not mechanically handy, find a mechanic you can trust. The biggest thing you can do is keep that truck in good working order.”

That, along with keeping good records and keeping receipts for deductions, has helped him remain successful throughout the years and passionate about his career.

“You never know where you’re going to go,” Riester says. “Every day could be a new adventure. (J.B. Hunt has) so many customers that you don’t get in a rut.”

Article Credit: Randall-Reilly

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Find Your Fit at J.B. Hunt

Find Your Fit at J.B. Hunt

Apr 18 2014

DSC_0042What do you want in a driving job?

Do you want to get home daily and eat dinner at home? Or is the open road more your style? Whatever you’re looking for, chances are you can find it with J.B. Hunt.

Our Dedicated, Truckload, Final Mile and Intermodal opportunities provide diverse career paths for truck drivers.

Find your fit with J.B. Hunt today: Call 1-877-791-9458, search jobs near you, or prequalify online!

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New Compensation Plan for Owner Operators

New Compensation Plan for Owner Operators

Mar 27 2014

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We’re excited to announce a new compensation package for our Truckload Owner Operators! Receive 92 CPM loaded pay and 81 CPM unloaded pay along with:

  • Paid plates, tolls, lumpers and permits
  • Fuel and maintenance discounts
  • Gross potential of $161,305 (potential to earn up to $235,300!)
  • Voluntary health plans

There’s never been a better time to partner with J.B. Hunt! Call 1-866-384-7130 or click here to learn more about our owner operator opportunities!

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$2,000 Bonus for Local Driving in Harrisburg!

$2,000 Bonus for Local Driving in Harrisburg!

Oct 10 2013

For a limited time, both Harrisburg-area company drivers and owner operators can enjoy a $2,000 bonus! Drivers will be home daily and enjoy two days off each week. We’re seeking local drivers to run intermodal freight within 150 miles of the Harrisburg railyards.

Company Drivers
Average $50,000 per year
Personal vehicle parking at our new facility
Annual pay increases for first few years
Reach our company driver team at 1-877-791-9458

Owner Operators
Average $142,000 per year
Base plates, permits and tolls paid by J.B. Hunt
Discounts on parts, tires, maintenance & more
Reach our Independent Contractor team at 1-866-384-7130

Our local positions tend to fill very quickly, so call now if you’re ready to get home daily!

 

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How to Maximize Your Referral Bonus

How to Maximize Your Referral Bonus

Jul 18 2013

Last year, one of our truck drivers referred 23 people to come work for J.B. Hunt… and he did it in less than six months! The 12-year truck driver veteran was asked to come on board in the office to tell people about the great truck driving jobs J.B. Hunt offers.

Today, we’re proud to call Richard part of the Corporate Driver Personnel team. He’s providing his step-by-step referral process to our readers and giving you a glimpse into how easy it can be to refer your fellow truck drivers to work for J.B. Hunt. ”

There are so many great jobs here with J.B. Hunt,” Richard said. “The word just needs to get to the drivers! You can help!” Referring a driver is easy!

To submit your referral click here or call 877-318-4491!

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Richard, Corporate Driver Personnel
Former J.B. Hunt Driver

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Harrisburg Intermodal Truck Driving Jobs

Harrisburg Intermodal Truck Driving Jobs

Jun 27 2013

 J.B. Hunt is hiring drivers in the Harrisburg area.

Our intermodal business is bringing great options to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and surrounding areas. Drivers now have even more opportunities when it comes to their careers: local, regional and even lease purchase positions are available now.

Lease Purchase
Only four openings available
Average $139,000 per year
Home daily
Different lease options

Local or Regional jobs
$2,000 bonus
Avg. $50,000 – $54,600 per year
Home daily or weekly

J.B. Hunt Intermodal provides the consistent freight that truck drivers need to support themselves and their loved ones. Get the home time, pay and benefits you deserve with these positions in Harrisburg. Contact our team at 1-877-791-9458 or search jobs here.

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Texas Truck Driving Jobs at J.B. Hunt

Texas Truck Driving Jobs at J.B. Hunt

May 28 2013

J.B. Hunt driving jobs in TexasJ.B. Hunt has multiple job opportunities for truck drivers in the Lone Star state!

Dedicated, intermodal and over-the-road driving jobs abound for drivers in Texas who are looking for truck driving work. We also have owner operator and lease purchase opportunities available.

Right now, we have a variety of bonus opportunities for company drivers in Texas ranging from $750 to $5,000. Bonus amounts vary based on the job, so contact our team of career placement specialists to learn more.

1-877-791-9458

Prequalify for Texas truck driving jobs here.

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J.B. Hunt Driver Spotlight: Geannine

J.B. Hunt Driver Spotlight: Geannine

May 15 2013

Geannine always wanted to drive trucks. In 1992, when J.B. Hunt still offered driving schools, she decided to obtain her CDL. Over the next 20 years, she braved the male-dominated industry while raising a son along the way. Geannine faced one new challenge after another, first as a company driver, then an owner operator, but always found success in her driving career. Now, she’s back at J.B. Hunt after the company acquired the account she worked on. Today, Geannine is a local company driver and enjoys getting home every day to do things she loves, including riding her horses.

Geannine shared her life experiences with us and hopes to inspire other women in the trucking industry through her story.

J.B. Hunt is a proud supporter of Women In Trucking. Being a woman in this industry, how does this affect you?

I’m happy. They gave women a chance even when it wasn’t accepted 20 years ago. People thought that women should be barefoot in the kitchen. There were some guys back then that would be nice and help you out but others just thought you shouldn’t be out there. The fact that J.B. Hunt supports it is something to be proud of. They gave me my start.

What is your experience as a woman in this industry?

I think that it is much more common than it used to be. It’s a job like any other job but there are still people that don’t support us. You have to have a good sense of humor and let stuff roll off your back. There are a lot of jokes; some days are more challenging than others. There are still some companies that don’t support women as drivers.

What advice do you have for other women, or drivers in general, who are looking into a driving career with J.B. Hunt?

I would say that it takes dedication and you have to love what you do. J.B Hunt is a good solid company. They have a good safety rating and updated equipment and there are a lot of companies that don’t offer that. I think it is a good choice. I am home every day and it’s important to have that home time and enjoy life outside of work. Everyone that I have dealt with is very professional and courteous. Everyone seems like they try really hard here. My boss Sue, I can’t say enough. She is always real good to us. 

How would you summarize your experience with J.B. Hunt?

J.B. Hunt has come a long way and so has the equipment. My experience with them has been good. I have always been treated well and with respect from getting my start in the industry to now, where I get to keep my job and do what I like to do.

What else would you like to share with readers?

I think that people have become more independent with technology and less personable. Everyone needs to remember that we are all out here together. No matter what company you work for, we all started somewhere. We need to help each other and support each other when we have the time. Sometimes, someone may need an extra hand that could take 5 minutes out of your day.

Geannine is one of many great individuals that we are proud to have as part of the team. To learn how you can become part of it, too, view our job opportunities at www.jbhunt.jobs or call us at 1-877-791-9458.

Keep an eye out for our next J.B. Hunt Driver Spotlight. 

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Trucking Jobs: J.B. Hunt Intermodal

Trucking Jobs: J.B. Hunt Intermodal

May 08 2013

J.B. Hunt Intermodal Curious about J.B. Hunt intermodal? Hear from our Vice President of Intermodal, Ken Miller as he talks about local, regional and IC opportunities available within our intermodal business unit.

Visit jbhunt.jobs to prequalify now or give us a call at 877-791-9458 to learn more!

 

 

 

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Free Truck Payments: J.B. Hunt Lease Purchase Program

Free Truck Payments: J.B. Hunt Lease Purchase Program

Apr 19 2013

We know becoming an owner operator can be an exciting yet scary experience for truck drivers. That’s why we’re lending you an extra helping hand and are providing free truck payments for you from May through July!

Our Lease Purchase program already offers no money down, no credit check and no upfront cost, but we’re taking things a step further and will make three FREE truck payments for you.

You won’t have to pay a dime on your May 1st, June 1st or July 1st truck payments; that’s on us. All you have to do is come to Lease Purchase orientation the week of April 22 or April 29 to qualify.

Contact our career placement specialists ASAP at 1-866-384-7130 so they can schedule you for orientation quickly, or prequalify with us here.

Don’t miss your chance to save three truck payments worth of money!

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