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J.B. Hunt Ready to Deliver Wreaths Across America

J.B. Hunt Ready to Deliver Wreaths Across America

Dec 04 2017

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J.B. Hunt is proud to participate in the annual Wreaths Across America (WAA) event for a fourth year. Each December, WAA carries out its mission to Remember, Honor and Teach by placing wreaths on the graves of fallen soldiers at over 1,000 locations in all 50 states, at sea and abroad.

Beginning Sunday, December 10th, J.B. Hunt military Veteran drivers will begin delivering a total of eight loads of wreaths from Wreaths Across America’s headquarters in Harrington, Maine to national cemeteries and facilities throughout the country.

The delivery destinations this year are the following:

  • Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va.
  • Fayetteville National Cemetery, Fayetteville, Ark.
  • Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery, Fort Leavenworth, Kan.
  • Fort Snelling National Cemetery, Fort Snelling, Minn.
  • Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery, Fort Rosecrans, Calif.
  • Miramar National Cemetery, Miramar, Calif.
  • Saint Louis Cross-dock, Saint Louis, Mo.

We invite you to follow this week long journey on our J.B. Hunt Drivers FacebookInstagram and Twitter pages. Share your Wreaths Across America experience with us by using #JBHWAA and #WAA2017.

There will be numerous military Veteran J.B. Hunt drivers, who were nominated by their managers, participating in wreath deliveries this year.

Learn more about our drivers:

  • Donald L. is a one-year Army Veteran and Dedicated Contract Services (DCS) driver. He has recently taken on the role of lead driver trainer and has been a great resource for new drivers looking for advice.
  • Chris D. is an eight-year Marine Veteran who served in Iraq. He is an Intermodal driver, a trainer and a Smith System instructor and has driven nearly two million safe miles with J.B. Hunt.
  • Michael “Snake” R. is a six-year Air Force Veteran and DCS He is eager to drive in the convoy and show respect and appreciation for his fallen fellow comrades.
  • Robert F. is a three-year Airforce Veteran who served in Vietnam. He is a DCS driver and has been said to be a reliable asset to J.B. Hunt for the past four years.
  • Edward S. is an Army Veteran who served for 31 years in operations such as Desert Storm, Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. He is a DCS driver who has driven with J.B. Hunt for over two years.
  • Sean D. is an Airforce Veteran who served for four years. He is a DCS driver who is also a trainer and continues to be an incredible resource for other drivers. He’s known to be willing to go outside his comfort zone and assist wherever needed.
  • Mark G. is a four-year Navy Veteran and an Intermodal driver. He’s looking forward to delivering wreaths and giving back to the military.
  • Daniel G. is a four-year Army Veteran and Intermodal driver. He says that driving for J.B. Hunt has helped him reach more of his dreams and this is his way of helping give back to the company and the military.
  • Cheryl S. is a five-year Army Veteran and served in Operation Desert Storm, Operation Desert Shield and Operation Iraqi Freedom. She is an Intermodal driver and ready to represent J.B. Hunt during WAA.
  • Roland P. is an Army Veteran who served for two years and feels honored to drive for WAA and serve once again for his fallen brothers. He is a Truckload driver who is a mentor to other drivers and always looking for ways to improve the driver experience.
  • Burt B. is an Air Force Veteran of four years and an Intermodal driver. He frequently joins his motorcycle group in welcoming Veterans home from overseas and escorts fallen heroes.
  • Paul P. is an Army Veteran who joined J.B. Hunt over a year ago through the Hunt’s Heroes military hiring program. His manager calls him an outstanding employee with a positive attitude and an impressive safety record.
  • James P.is a Marine Veteran who served for 30 years and retired as a Sergeant Major. He received honors such as the Silver Star, Bronze Star and Silver Star with gold cluster. He is a DCS driver and has been with J.B. Hunt for 17 years.
  • Mario R. is a seven-year Army Veteran who is still active in the Reserves. He is an Intermodal driver and despite driving with J.B. Hunt for only eight months, he has an impressive service and safety record and has been elected Driver of the Month and Driver of the Region.
  • Cole R. is a 16-year National Guard Veteran and currently trains soldiers in the military. He is also an Intermodal driver and trainer who is known to go above and beyond for J.B. Hunt.
  • Mike M. is an eight-year Marine Veteran and is described by his manager as the embodiment of selfless service. He is a DCS driver and trainer who is known for taking on difficult loads on a regular basis to ensure the success of J.B. Hunt’s customer. He was named the Northeast Driver of the Month in October 2017.
  • Claude E. is a Navy and National Guard Veteran who served for 23 years. He is also a Truckload driver who his manager calls a top driver.
  • Henry C. is an Army Veteran who served for over 12 years. He is a 2 million mile driver, drives on a DCS account and is known for practicing safety and communicating well with managers.
  • Cliff K. served for over seven years in the Army and participated in two tours in Vietnam. He is an Intermodal driver who has driven with J.B. Hunt for the past 30 years and feels honored to deliver wreaths for the heroes who didn’t make it back.
  • Richard D. served in the Navy as an aviation structural mechanic for three years. He is currently an Intermodal driver and trainer who has driven with J.B. Hunt for the last 15 years. He’s received the August 2016 Driver of the Month and the 2016 Driver of the Year awards.
  • Travis R. has driven for J.B. Hunt intermodal for four years. He was active duty in the Navy from 2000-2004 and served in the Naval Reserve from 2004-2007. He was awarded three Sea Service Deployment ribbons, two Battle “E” medals, a National Defense medal, and a Good Conduct medal.

Are you a Veteran interested in working for a company dedicated to honoring and hiring Veterans? Contact our Hunt’s Heroes military hiring team at 1-800-207-6097 to learn more about a driving career at J.B. Hunt or fill out a short form online.

 

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From Hire To Retire: Intermodal Driver Ben

From Hire To Retire: Intermodal Driver Ben

Nov 20 2017

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Intermodal driver Ben retired from J.B. Hunt this past July and credits Mr. Hunt for his successful career in trucking.  “Thank you, Mr. Hunt, for 24 fantastic years. I tried to do it your way and I’ll encourage anybody else to do it your way because it works,” he said. “You make friends with the customer with a hand shake…If I had a set appointment, I was there early… I’ve always considered that on time is late.”

And doing it Mr. Hunt’s way helped Ben reach three million safe miles, although he may not have taken notice of his miles right away. “My first million, I got a phone call from my fleet manager – call me. My first thought was, now what did I do? And the phone call was congratulations,” he said with a smile. “And basically, it worked out that way with the second million. The third million, I was starting to watch.”

With every million safe miles that he achieved, Ben received safety bonuses that he didn’t hesitate in putting to good use. “The first bonus, I took my wife and myself to Alaska for two weeks. The second bonus, the two million mile bonus, we took our granddaughters to Disney World for a week….My third million, my wife got her wish. She always wanted to take the family on a family cruise… We had eight of us that went on a cruise. We had a riot,” he said.

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Throughout his 24-year driving career, Ben experienced J.B. Hunt’s advancement in innovation, safety and operation diversity. “J.B. has just grown and grown and grown, but our management hasn’t distanced themselves from the drivers. The drivers are still number one and I love it,” he said. ““We have apps for everything on the phone… and there are more apps coming. If the guys knew today how lucky they are! If I was 15 years younger, I wouldn’t be leaving. But I’ll be 70, it’s time to walk away.”

Walking away and retiring leave a bittersweet feeling with Ben. “It’s going to be fun finding out what it’s like,” he said. “I’ll miss the companionship. I’ve had my fleet manager in Kansas City for 18 years. We’ve become very tight, very bonded… Everybody at J.B., they have always been there… It hasn’t hit yet, it will.”

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Are you ready to be a part of the J.B. Hunt family from hire to retire? Call 1-877-791-9458 to discuss over the roadregional and local truck driving jobs or fill out a short form online.

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J.B. Hunt Drivers Give New Company Drivers Advice

J.B. Hunt Drivers Give New Company Drivers Advice

Oct 18 2017

As numerous truck drivers make a shift in their career and join J.B. Hunt’s driving force, many are curious of what to expect – what kind of culture do they have at J.B. Hunt? How can I advance within the company? Do they care about drivers or will I only be another alpha code? We asked seasoned J.B. Hunt drivers to offer some words of wisdom to help new company drivers succeed at one of the largest transportation companies in North America.

Read below to load up on some great advice.

What advice would you give a driver beginning a truck driving job with J.B. Hunt?

  • Welcome. We’re so happy to have you on our team! You’ve made a good choice. It will take a while to get the hang of everything. So, please, give yourself some time. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. There are a lot of good people at JB Hunt. We help each other. – Julia
  • The advantage of J.B. Hunt is there are a variety of accounts, ramps and jobs, if you find yourself in a job that you are not satisfied with for example the amount of home time, work hours, etc., talk with your manager and discuss all of the options you have.  There are endless opportunities to shine within J.B. Hunt. – Mark
  • I wish I would have taken the time to get a more formal education while driving. J.B. Hunt has endless opportunities for drivers, beyond the wheel of a truck. After 25 years working at J.B. Hunt and having a safe career driving, I now know there are opportunities to branch out into other areas like working in the safety department. Talk to your managers and communicate your career goals early on, they will be there to support you and teach you what you need to know. – Wayne
  • Be patient. Communicate with your fleet manager. You have to be very patient when you start with any company and communication is key. – Bob
  • This company truly cares for its most valuable resource, and that is the driver. It will seem difficult at first trying to understand the policies and standard operating procedures but they are in place for your safety. Remember, it’s not personal, it is professional. – Brent
  • J.B. Hunt is not just one person operating a truck, it’s a group of people from drivers to managers to corporate folks who all work together.  To work at J.B. Hunt, you must be a team player and J.B. Hunt is a true team.– Wayne
  • On time pickup and delivery are the most important parts of the job here at J.B. Hunt, alongside safety. When accepting a load, be sure to know that you will have enough hours to safely complete your load legally. Always allot extra time for traffic or any other delays that may cause you to be late… We are a team and a family here at J.B. Hunt and everyone has the same goal at the end of the day – to safely deliver freight in a timely manner. Don’t be afraid to ask and always make sure you do what you can to accomplish this goal. – Edwina
  • Safety, safety, safety… safety is serious at J.B. Hunt.  We strive to be the safest trucking company out there and we mean it! – Jerry
  • J.B. Hunt believes in safety first, ongoing quarterly training to help us drivers stay safe on the road and I’ve never been asked to operate my vehicle in an unsafe manner for a load or during inclement weather. Operations here with load planning, dispatching and our hours is exact, give a good ETA and they will keep us moving that’s because it was started by a driver for drivers! – Andrea
  • Hang in there. There will be good and bad weeks. Don’t give up the first week or month. J.B. Hunt becomes family and you don’t turn your back on family. The grass is not always greener on the other side. Eventually, it will pay off. – Gary

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Have 3 months of truck driving experience and ready to drive with J.B. Hunt? Join us. Call 1-877-791-9458 to discuss over the roadregional and local truck driving jobs or fill out a short form online.

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Straight from a Driver: Why You Should Join Our Team

Straight from a Driver: Why You Should Join Our Team

Oct 13 2017

Any time we interview a driver, we always ask them the question, “What would you say to a driver who was thinking of driving for J.B. Hunt?” When we interviewed Vernon this summer for our quarterly driver feature, we asked him that question. His response? Vernon showed us a list of reasons he had already made that he keeps on his phone.Vernon truck

Here, in his own words, are reasons why Vernon thinks you should join the J.B. Hunt team:

  1. The work environment. It’s nice to work with good quality, friendly people.
  2. Safety is always first, especially in the trucking world, and J.B. Hunt puts it first.
  3. The pay is great! I’m a steady worker…and I make great money!
  4. J.B. Hunt has great benefits, like health insurance and 401k, and a host of great driver appreciation events.
  5. The name. It’s stood tall as a leader in the industry for many years.
  6. There are more people with more than 20 years here than you could ever imagine. That right there should tell you this is a place to call home

So, when can you join the Hunt family, friend?

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Interested in driving and retiring with J.B. Hunt? Visit DriveJBHunt.com or call 1-877-791-9458 to learn about over the roadregional or local truck driving jobs or feel free to fill out our short form online.

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Love at First Drive

Love at First Drive

Oct 10 2017

While truck driving cross-country over 20 years ago, fate brought two amazing people together.

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Debra, who had been driving for a large carrier for only five weeks, and J.B. Hunt driver William crossed paths on a stretch of I70 East. Debra said she remembered passing the J.B. Hunt truck – the old brown cabover – and noticing William’s good looks. Debra and William ended up talking over the CB radio the entire day and enjoying hours of getting to know one another.

Debra remembers the two stopping at a truck stop, and before she knew it, William was there at her truck as her fuel-serviceman in shining armor. The two exchanged phone numbers and went separate ways due to different freight destinations. They stayed in touch, allowing their J.B. Hunt love story to blossom.

After conversing for months, William suggested that Debra join him in driving with J.B. Hunt. Debra agreed, gave notice the same day and began her orientation process with J.B. Hunt shortly after. The two worked as team drivers for a number of years before moving into the Intermodal division.

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Debra remembers meeting Mr. and Mrs. Hunt and recalls Mr. Hunt’s humbleness and gratefulness toward his driving base. J.B. Hunt’s community of appreciation as a company, has made Debra feel as though she is a part of something bigger than being just another driver on another account.

Combined, Debra and William have over 45 years of driving experience with J.B. Hunt and continue to remain passionate about driving. Debra has currently driven 1,789,984 safe miles and William has driven 2,465,668 safe miles – amazing accomplishments!

The two drivers are now happily married and grateful for the day they passed each other on the road!

 

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Are you ready to drive with J.B. Hunt? Visit DriveJBHunt.com or call 1-877-791-9458 to learn about over the roadregional or local truck driving jobs or feel free to fill out our short form online.

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Family Fun in J.B. Hunt’s Junior Driver Training Camp

Family Fun in J.B. Hunt’s Junior Driver Training Camp

Sep 27 2017

J.B. Hunt drivers tend to be routed to Northwest Arkansas for training and various events at J.B. Hunt’s corporate office, but this summer, their families had the opportunity to visit the home office too. Twenty-nine drivers came to the region to compete in the Arkansas Truck Driving Championship and many brought their families for encouragement and support.

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While drivers studied and trained for the competition, their spouses and children enjoyed an afternoon of fun in the Junior Driver Training Camp. The camp gave families a first-hand experience of what it is that their truck driver parents or spouses do every day. As J.B. Hunt drivers huddled over their first championship test, their kids gathered under the trees on the grounds of J.B. Hunt corporate office to hear about the upcoming games and safety challenges. After a brief explanation of the courses, the kids began their tasks. They rolled inflatable tires for their pre-trip and ran through an obstacle course loaded with road directions: low clearance- crawl, find an alternative route around an unsafe driver, use mirrors to find hidden pedestrians and practice communicating with a teammate to get through a challenging route.

Families enjoyed learning about road safety at Junior Driver Training Camp and cheering on their drivers at the Arkansas Truck Driving Championship. We were pleased to entertain our driver families and watch them join in on the fun!

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2017 Truck Driver Appreciation Month Recap

2017 Truck Driver Appreciation Month Recap

Sep 25 2017

Over 140 appreciation events were planned this September to express J.B. Hunt’s gratitude for drivers dedicated to keeping our nation moving. Events included delicious cookouts and catered food, baseball games, amusement parks and fun family activities at local parks, as well as raffles and carnival games. Many drivers enjoyed new J.B. Hunt gear, gift cards, Yeti coolers and more well-deserved gifts.

Below are photos from a variety of driver appreciation events at numerous J.B. Hunt accounts. See more photos by following J.B. Hunt Drivers on Facebook.

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Ready to feel appreciated as a driver? Learn more about driving with J.B. Hunt by calling 1-877-791-9458 or visit DriveJBHunt.com to learn about over the roadregional or local truck driving jobs and contract opportunities  at J.B. Hunt or fill out our short form online.

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J.B. Hunt Driver Witnesses Accident and Saves Life

J.B. Hunt Driver Witnesses Accident and Saves Life

Sep 21 2017

On Saturday, September 2, 2017, Intermodal driver Brian was traveling to one of his regular customers when he witnessed a single vehicle accident. The vehicle had crossed the highway and run into a light pole on the shoulder.

Brian quickly sprang into action and pulled over to help the driver. The vehicle was badly damaged; it was leaking fuel and smoking. Thinking fast, Brian used a sledge hammer stored in his truck to break the window of the damaged vehicle while on the phone with a 911 emergency dispatcher. Moments before the vehicle erupted into flames, he was able to pull the driver out.

After getting the young woman a safe distance away from the wreck, Brian noticed that she had no pulse. Without hesitation, he began performing CPR while waiting for the ambulance to arrive. Soon, the young woman regained her pulse and began to breathe again. Brian had saved her life.

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Since the accident, Brian has gone above and beyond by visiting the young woman in the hospital several times and calling her mother daily to check in.

Thank you, Brian, for being an outstanding representative of J.B. Hunt. You’re a real hero!

 

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