Posted on 05/22/2015 at 04:18 PM by Troy Cummings
I finally got the opportunity to chat with professional driver and Driver Trainer, Marcus Deree. I have been wanting to do an interview with him because he really has some great stories. It never ceases to amaze me the stories you ladies and gentleman in trucking have. Being in this industry has taught me a lot, one thing in particular that confuses me at times, is the stereotype of a truck driver that the general public seems to have. To me that stereotype does not exist, I just don’t see it. What I do see are ladies and gentleman who have fantastic tales to tell about life, love, family, loss and anything else you can think of. Marcus is one of those fascinating individuals who was kind enough to take time out of his day and let us know a bit more about him.
Andrea: So Marcus, where are you from?
Marcus: All over really. I was born in Berlin, Germany. I grew up a military brat so we moved all over. Germany, Kentucky, Illinois, Oklahoma, Colorado, but currently my home is in Waterloo, IA.
Andrea: I know you are a veteran, is there anything you can tell me about your time in the military?
Marcus: I joined the Army in 1991 as a single channel radio operator, following in my dad’s footsteps. I did 8 years active duty and was in the guard for 4 years. I was also a transportation specialist. I spent time in Korea, Ft. Hood, Ft Jackson, Ft Gordon, Germany and the sand box (Iraq and Saudi Arabia).
Andrea: Tell us a bit about your family.
Marcus: (His face lights up) I am engaged to the love of my life, Candida. We are going to be married in July and I couldn’t be happier. We have been together for 3 ½ years and I am so excited to be finally marrying my soul mate. We also have 6 boys and a lovely daughter. My sister and my mother live in Minnesota and the rest of my family is still living in Berlin.
Andrea: What got you into trucking?
Marcus: Oh, most definitely the Army.
Andrea: What other career paths have you taken in life to get you to where you are now?
Marcus: After the Army, I did some trucking and then I decided to switch it up and pick up a career in Mortuary Science AKA a Funeral Director which consisted of embalming, setting up funerals, etc….. I guess you could say “I’m not afraid to get my hands dirty” and that “people were dying to see me!” Sorry, just a bit of my funeral humor. It was important with that job to try and keep a sunny disposition, be respectful and yet keep your sense of humor.
Andrea: How did you find out about Don Hummer Trucking?
Marcus: I found out from Rose at Hawkeye Community College. I was going to school there as a refresher as I was trying to get back into trucking but everyone told me I needed to take a refresher. I picked driving up again kind of like riding a bicycle for the first time in a while and was privileged to graduate early. I was supposed to get to see the presentation you guys had for the school but at that time I was assisting with my father’s funeral in Minnesota. So Rose mentioned to me that she thought we would be a good fit and told me to come down and visit.
Andrea: Why did you choose Don Hummer Trucking?
Marcus: You guys are close to home, have wonderful new equipment that’s is extremely well maintained and it’s a family oriented company and that was important to me. It’s nice here because I get to see different places and be out here driving and essentially you are your own boss as long as you are doing your job right.
Andrea: How long have you been here now?
Marcus: Almost a year and I look forward to many more.
Andrea: Why did you take the opportunity to become a trainer for Don Hummer Trucking?
Marcus: I thought it was important to pass on knowledge. I feel like I’m in my element teaching. I want to help create drivers that I would feel comfortable sharing the road with and that they are doing it right.
Andrea: What do you see for your future?
Marcus: Owning my own truck and being able to lease on with Don Hummer Trucking. Owning my own truck is a dream that I have had for a long time and I’m going to make it happen.
I always have so much fun talking to Marcus. Truly a wonderful and genuine guy and we are so glad to have him. So if you happen to run into the big red 1629, take some time to say hello and introduce yourself! Thank you again Marcus!
Submitted by Andrea Prymek