Posted on 04/19/2016 at 03:52 PM by Dena Boelter
March 24th – Several office employees, including myself, were lucky enough to spend much of the day at Kirkwood with speaker Dan Baker. Dan gives talks about the various relationships involved in the trucking industry, and backs up his points with stories of his childhood in Texas, bull hauler jokes, and marriage quips. He began his career as a Methodist minister, but later became a professional speaker in the trucking industry. It was a joy to visit with Dan and listen to him speak.
Shop mechanic Brad James had this to say: “The day spent with Dan Baker was an amazing experience. I was first introduced to him through the Transportation Specialist Class at Kirkwood. The class had a Dan Baker video series, and all I could think about was being able to pick this guy’s brain about his outlook on the trucking industry. And that’s exactly what we were able to do the day Dan spoke to us, as the class size was small enough.
I love Dan’s philosophy that the trucking industry has very few large problems on a day to day basis, but that it is jam-packed with small issues that get fed with too much attention and can easily turn into something larger. If we can take down the barrier between employees and work to communicate more effectively, I feel we can develop more of an appreciation of the drivers and their experience.”
After all, what it really comes down to is, "Get 'Em Rolling, Get 'Em Paid, and Get 'Em Home" -Dan Baker
Written by Andrea Prymek and Brad James
Photos by Andrea Prymek