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  • Lights. Camera. Action!

    I would describe being a hero as “An ordinary person reacting or responding to an emergency for the greater good of another without consideration for his or her personal safety.” And that is why heroes rarely accept being called heroes.

    It was an ordinary day of trucking on Wednesday May 23rd when my truck “Showtime” - driven by my cousin and full time co-driver Dewayne Bryant pulled into the Pilot truck stop in Youngstown Ohio.

    Pulling into one of the bays farthest from the building I made my exit in a controlled urgent rush to get to the bathroom – thanking Dewayne for picking a bay so far from the building. Upon my exit from Pilot, I broke into a bit of an “Airborne shuffle” in front of the noses of fueling diesel beasts.

    About halfway to the truck, I saw a guy standing in my path in blue shorts and red sleeveless Tee shirt. I saw he was slick headed bald on top and sported a big Abraham Lincoln type of beard that fell to his chest. His left arm had a choke hold on a sack full of McDonald’s, along with a coke and hanging from same arm was a gym bag and held by his fingers were a quart of chocolate milk. In his right hand was a McDonald’s ice cream sundae.

    As I got nearer, I saw he was looking to his left and then he looked at me then back to the island and then he started yelling “Hey! HEY! HEY! YOUR TRUCK IS ROLLING!” I looked and saw a truck rolling backwards from the fuel island. This is where an ordinary guy on an ordinary day reacted to an emergency for the greater good of another. Without a second thought to my personal safety I tore off my shirt revealing my Superman persona and leaped into action.

    I had no idea that at age 60 I could move so fast. The truck was now on the downgrade and moving like a speeding train. In an instant as I ran to catch it I saw a white box truck entering the fuel island area behind the semis. There was nothing I could do to warn the driver. The box truck barley cleared the runaway truck as I grabbed the door handle of the speeding truck. I flung the door open and adrenaline pumping I pulled myself into the unfamiliar truck and slammed the brake pedal hard. My heart was pounding as the truck lurched backwards then forward from the sudden stop.

    I set the brakes and then realized I couldn’t find the door handle, as I looked for release I saw a guy calmly walking up to the door. I just then found the handle and opened the door to his confused questioning eyes that seem to ask, “What are you doing in my truck?” I swung outta his cab and said, “Dude – next time - you should set your brakes!” I walked back up to the guy who had alerted me to the impending disaster and he said “DUDE! I can’t believe you caught that truck!” I replied, “Me neither! Not bad for a 60 year old guy right?”

    By then a small crowd had gathered and everyone was in disbelief that I had caught the truck. I admit I basked in the glow for just a moment. Then the manager from Pilot appeared asking if everyone was ok, yes was the reply and then a guy walked up to me and the other good citizen asking us if he could post the video on Video - What video? I never got his name but he has a FB page “CDL Y B1 En Convoy”.

    We posed for a quick photo and he took my number so I could find the video. It took awhile to come down off the adrenaline and once I did I reviewed the video. I couldn’t believe he was fast enough to have captured what he did. If you look closely at the very beginning of the video at the passenger side rear of the trailer you will see how the white box truck BARLEY cleared the trailer before I stopped the truck. Then if you look behind the trailer after I stopped it - you will see a white parked semi truck that would have completely been totaled had I not stopped runaway truck. Only about 2 seconds and the timing of the universe that put me there at that exact moment separated disaster from what turned out to be a non incident. And I declined the “Hero” status that was being laid upon me because, “I was just an ordinary guy responding to an emergency for the greater good of another.” The driver who failed to set his parking brake did catch up to me before I got to my truck. He thanked me and asked if there were anything he could do. I shook his hand and told him “No, I was just looking out for another trucker brother and no worries it was all good.”

    In conclusion, I always leave some “Food for thought” or moral to the story so here it is...

    I was in Colton, California where I witnessed this one personally. A driver in training and his trainer backed into a door at the “Old Colton” facility. The trainee had not set his tractor brake. He then disconnected the trailer and got back in but before he could react the tractor rolled forward and over a curb and into a chain link fence. The tractor was high centered on the fuel tanks on the curb. Hazmat and tow team had to be called.

    It takes a second to check to make sure your parking brake is set.


    Written by: Karl Wiggins (Prime Driver since 2006)

  • Driver Advisory Board Nominations Open

    Nominations are open for the Prime Inc. Driver Advisory Board! Talk to your Fleet Manager today if you are interested in being nominated for this important role. The Prime Driver Advisory Board (DAB) was created in November 2016 due to feedback from our fleet. Prime has a culture founded on open communication for its driving and non-driving associates.  We have done our best to make the ability to contact anyone within the company easy and straightforward.  That communication avenue has always been informal but very open.  The Prime Driver Advisory Board is a way to formalize that communication stream and bridge any gap that might present itself due to company growth.  As our company grows, we feel it's imperative that we listen even closer to questions or concerns...especially from those that deliver loads on-time and safely.  


    Prime wants to make sure everyone has a voice, and this Advisory Board is yet another way to communicate the things that are on your mind as it relates to your business. The current board members have helped create and facilitate multiple changes for our fleet during their term. We appreciate the efforts of this group so far, and we look forward to even more exciting things in the future from the DAB as we continue to grow and improve the format. Nominations close on June 15, 2018. 

    If you have any questions, contact Andrea Mueller ( or Clayton Brown (

  • Missouri Truck Driving Championships in Branson

    BRANSON, MO. - On June 1 & 2, 2018, the Missouri Trucking Association held the 51st Annual Missouri Truck Driving Championships at the Branson Convention Center.

                 The two-day event, sponsored by the Association's Council of Safety Supervisors, evaluated 166 drivers on a written test of their knowledge of the industry; safety and security; first aid; and fire safety. Another segment of testing included hands-on required pre-trip vehicle inspections. The participants then competed on a point-value-assessed driving skills course of six obstacles completed under actual everyday conditions. In their respective classes, drivers tested their expertise in the driving skills they use daily. The skills course tested drivers' ability to judge distances, maneuver tight spaces, park and position their vehicle exactly over scales, before barriers or around curves.

                 Over 675 on-lookers at the Awards Banquet Saturday evening saw Bruce Brewen of Valles Mines, MO, receive the prestigious "Grand Champion" title as Missouri's best of the best. Bruce, a driver for Hogan Transports, Inc. of Earth City, MO achieved this recognition by achieving the highest point differential above the average within his class in all three elements of skill and knowledge.


     Mr. Brewen was also awarded the top driver in the Four Axle Van Class during the annual safe driving competition. He will be joined by eight other class winners as the Missouri Championships Team travels to Columbus, OH to compete against other state teams in the American Trucking Association's National Truck Driving Championships August 15 - August 18, 2018. During the competition the Missouri Team will compete against 450 other professionals vying for selection as the nation's top professional truck drivers.

                 First, second and third place winners in all nine classes of competition as well as the top "Rookie", the driver with the best Pre-Trip Inspection, the driver with the highest score on the Written Examination and the driver awarded for Professional Excellence were honored at the Awards Banquet Saturday evening.

                 Winners and runners-up in the classes of competition are listed below with the driver name and employer company.

    Straight Truck Class

    1st - James Houghton, Gower, MO- FedEx Express, Kansas City, MO.

    2nd - Alisha Slaughter, El Paso, TX - CFI, Joplin, MO

    3rd - Paul Tyler, Arnold, MO- XPOLogistics, St. Louis, MO

     Three Axle Class

    1st - Robert Roth, Blackwater, MO- FedEx Freight, Columbia, MO

    2nd - Kelley Asher, Republic, MO- FedEx Freight, Springfield, MO

    3rd - William Tibbles, Eureka, MO- FedEx Express, Berkeley, MO

     Four Axle Class

    1st - Bruce Brewen, Valles Mines, MO- Hogan Transports Inc. Bridgeton, MO

    2nd - Michel Boyce, Independence, MO- Holland, Holland, MI

    3rd -David Wiechers, Lee's Summit, MO- ABF Freight, Kansas City, MO

    Five Axle Van Class

    1st - Glen Horack, Elkland, MO- Prime Inc. Springfield, MO

    2nd -Wayne Pierce, Old Monroe, MO- UPS, St. Louis, MO

    3rd - Ben Walker, Carriere, MS- Prime Inc. Springfield, MO

    Flatbed Class

    1st - Scott Fischer, Medford, OR- Prime Inc. Springfield, MO

    2nd - Robert Bramwell, Centerview, MO- ABF Freight, Sedalia, MO

    3rd - Remy Braun, Carthage, MO- D & D Sexton, Carthage, MO

    Tank Truck Class

    1st - Thomas Miller, Bunkee Hill, IL- Prime Inc. Springfield, MO

    2nd - Jon Hume, Saint Peters, MO- FedEx Freight, St Charles, MO

    3rd - Andrew Hunt, Willard, MO- FedEx Freight, Springfield, MO

    Sleeper Berth Class

    1st - Roy Romo, Shelton, WA- Prime Inc. Springfield, MO

    2nd -Bobby Chilcoat, Moore, OK- CFI, Joplin, MO

    3rd - William Chuch, Deland, FL- CFI, Joplin, MO

     Twin Trailers Class

    1st - Michael Chatterton, Rogersville, MO- FedEx Freight, Springfield, MO

    2nd - Steve Fields, Independence, MO- YRC Freight, Kansas City, MO

    3rd - Scott Davis, Kearney, MO- ABF Freight, Kansas City, MO

    Step Van Class

    1st - Grant Garwood, Joplin, MO- FedEx Ground, Joplin, MO

    2nd - Donald Alpers, Ava, MO- FedEx Ground, Stafford, MO

    3rd - Trisha Cordero, Kansas City, MO- FedEx Express, Kansas City, MO

                  Roy Romo, of Shelton, WA a driver for Prime Inc. Springfield, MO was named "Rookie of the Year" for his outstanding well-rounded performance as a first-time contestant.

                 The "Pre-Trip Inspection" award for the highest score in assuring that a vehicle is in safe and efficient operating condition before leaving on a trip went to Trisha Cordero, of Kansas City, MOFedEx Express, Kansas City, MO.

                 Shane Duncan, of Seneca, MO a driver for Certified Express Inc., Neosho, MOreceived the Award for Highest Written Examination Score.  

                 The Recipient of the Professional Excellence Award, the driver who most exemplifies the best attributes of a professional truck driver, was Richard O'Brian, of Maryland Heights, MO a driver for FedEx Freight, Harrison, AR.

                 The "Team Championship" went to FedEx Freight, Inc. based in Harrison, AR for having the highest average team score in the competition.


    Missouri Trucking Association

    102 East High Street / P O Box 1247

    Jefferson City, MO 65101 

    Contact Tom Crawford

    President and CEO

    (573) 634-3388 

  • Prime Inc. Hosts 3rd Annual Highway Diamonds Gala

    Strong. Driven. Women. 

    That's the motto behind the Prime Inc. Highway Diamond program which kicked off in 2016. The mission of this program is to employ and support female drivers at Prime while recognizing and reducing challenges women may face in the transportation industry. Prime is proud to have nearly 12% of its fleet comprised of female drivers whereas the industry average is quoted at 6-7%. On Tuesday, April 10th, the company held its third annual Highway Diamonds Gala at the Oasis Convention Center in Springfield, MO. 

    Click here to view the event photo gallery!

    This year’s Highway Diamond Gala consisted of a variety of speakers, a delicious dinner, and award presentations. The evening was kicked off with Steve Wutke, Vice President of Sales, who educated the audience on the history of women in the transportation industry and the women who blazed the trail for our female drivers today. Following Wutke’s opening, Prime Driver and Trainer Tiffany Hanna captivated the crowd with an awe-inspiring National Anthem for the third year in a row trailed by Prime Driver Dee Sova providing the blessing of the meal and sharing her enthusiasm for Highway Diamonds. 

    Prime Inc.’s President and Founder, Robert Low, shared his gratitude for the Highway Diamonds and all drivers in the company. Brooke Mosley, Female Driver Liaison at Prime Inc., had the honor in announcing the 2018 Highway Diamond award winners. Mosely presented Prime Driver Pamela Wilday with the 2018 Excellence Award and Prime Driver Tiffany Hanna with the 2018 Highway Diamond of the Year Award. 

    Pamela was nominated for the Highway Diamond Excellence Award by her Fleet Manager, Thomas Long, who received an email from a female domestic abuse victim. She was escaping home with her two children, and Pamela approached her with help. She bought the two girls sundresses, showers, and took them for a meal. Situations like this one happen every single day. Prime Drivers are on the front lines all across America offering help to others. Pamela was recognized not only for her excellent customer service skills, driving history, and training abilities, but for offering a helping hand to others.

    Tiffany Hanna won the 2018 Highway Diamond of the Year Award after being nominated by many fellow drivers at Prime. Nominations poured in for her because of her willingness to help other drivers, building and encouraging women in the trucking industry, and excellent motivation techniques. Tiffany is a mother of five, military veteran, and a cancer survivor.

    Highway Diamonds always recognize a non-profit organization every year at their annual gala. This year, Harmony House was in attendance at the Gala, and Prime donated the centerpieces to be taken back to their facility to be used for their rescue rooms. The mission of Harmony House is to provide shelter, advocacy, and education to survivors of domestic violence and promote the principle that all individuals have the right to a life free of abuse.

    The speaking portion of the night was concluded with hearing from Chris Spear, President & CEO of the American Trucking Association. The event attendees then headed to the dance floor as local band called Pearl Nation hit the stage to end the night. 

    Want to join the Highway Diamond program? Find the Prime Inc.Highway Diamond page on Facebook or check out 

  • Prime Inc. Hosts 2018 CDL Instructor and TNT Trainer Banquet

    Prime Inc, North America's most successful refrigerated, flatbed, tanker, and intermodal trucking company, hosted its annual banquet to recognize its top 15 CDL Instructors and top 15 TNT Trainers. The event was held at the Oasis Convention Center in Springfield, MO on May 17th. 

    At Prime Inc., CDL Instructors are responsible for training someone to earn their Class A Commercial Driver's License (CDL). TNT Trainers are responsible for training someone who has obtained their CDL. Both instructors and trainers are vital to the success and safety of Prime's growing fleet and Prime Training Program. If someone is completing the entire Prime Training Program, they will have both a CDL Instructor and TNT Trainer, sometimes the same person.

    “I want to congratulate and thank the instructors and trainers who were invited to the banquet this year. Congratulations on meeting the standards to receive an invite and thank you for your service to Prime and our driver training program. Prime's service to our customers and the motoring public is exemplary due to your dedication to the new drivers, who you train, to become the best in the industry. “Driven by the best” is our motto because of your dedication,” stated Stan Kasterke, Prime Training Program Manager.

    Click here to view the event photo gallery!

    Congratulations to our Top 15 CDL Instructors for 2017: 

    Prime Driver

    Fleet Manager

    At Prime Since


    Christopher Soroka

    Dominic Rogers



    Randy Womack

    Sally Cates



    John Wankel

    Chance Dukewits



    Jay Jesmer

    Cheryl Lane



    Carlos Lazos

    Ryan Sullivan



    Timothy Hicks

    Lance Brightshue



    George Wolf

    Derek Hausman



    Allen Ross

    James Young



    Timothy Wiemer

    Darren Rook



    Justin Humiston

    Jon Murray



    Jeff Creasy

    Jon Murray



    Danny Gibbons

    Zach Teisher



    Tim Taylor

    Zach Teisher



    Scott Fischer

    Dennis Daniels



    David Wilcox

    Jon Murray



    Congratulations to the Top 15 TNT Trainers for 2017: 

    Prime Driver

    Fleet Manager

    At Prime Since


    Michael Dickinson

    Donald Walcher



    Curtis Gutzmer

    Brian Stowell



    Brian Jeffers

    Ken Auman



    Howard Triplett

    Doug Adams



    Timothy Ryan

    Chase Darling



    Shemiah Seewald

    Patricia Brewer



    John Lewis

    Jon Samples



    Chad Hatfield

    Aaron Ward



    Sharon Bailey

    BJ Higdon



    Roger Greenlee

    Chris Martin



    David Burgess

    John Greenlee



    Jason Kendall

    Connor Bacon



    Nanayoofi Boham

    Barry Pahler



    Ray Parker

    Darren Rook



    Howard Thompson

    Justin Walker



    Congratulations to the following award recipients for 2017: 

    • Rookie of the Year: David Wilcox
    • 2nd Runner Up for Instructor of the Year: Tim Weimer
    • 1st Runner Up for Instructor of the Year: Tm Taylor
    • Instructor of the Year: Danny Gibbons
    • Flatbed Trainer of the Year: Brian Jeffers
    • Tanker Trainer of the Year: Timothy Ryan
    • Refrigerated Trainer of the Year: John Lewis

    Prime would also like to take this moment to recognize former Prime Driver Barrie Nadin who was an exceptional CDL Instructor for this company and loved by many. Unfortunately, he passed away in early 2018. May he rest in peace. 

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  • Prime Drivers to Compete in Missouri Truck Driving Championships

    Prime Inc. is proud to be sending 15 of their drivers to represent the company at the 2018 Missouri Truck Driving Championships which will be held in Branson, MO on June 1st and June 2nd. This is the 51st annual TDC event which is hosted by the Missouri Trucking Association and brings together drivers from companies across the state to compete and showcase their professional truck driving skills. Drivers can compete in one of the following nine classes for the event: straight truck, three-axle, four-axle, five-axle, step van, five-axle tank, five-axle flatbed, twin trailers, or sleeper berth. The general public is welcome to attend this event. You can find more information online here:

    These 15 drivers that make up Team Prime have earned their spots through competing in the 2017 Prime Truck Driving Championships. The Prime TDC is hosted in Springfield, MO over Labor Day weekend each year along with the Pride & Polish and company picnic. This event, which is also known as the Rodeo, allows drivers to showcase their driving skills on an obstacle course at the Springfield, MO Headquarters training pad. Any Prime Driver with a CDL can enter to compete against their fellow drivers. Contact the Safety Department if you have any questions about this competition. 

    DriverDivisionPrime Driver SinceFleet Manager
    Glen HorackRefrigerated1996Patricia Brewer
    Thomas MillerRefrigerated1999Steven Wray
    Cliff HumphreyRefrigerated2000Jeff Highley
    George ShuckFlatbed2004Brent Beckley
    Don CookRefrigerated2007John Blomberg
    Anthony EckRefrigerated2008Gage Gillum
    Buddy GrayRefrigerated2009Corey Hendrickson
    Roy RomoRefrigerated2010Steven Wray
    Robert ClevengerRefrigerated2011John Sample
    Ben Walker Jr.Refrigerated2011James Wycoff
    Jack PadillaFlatbed2013Wes Willard
    Scott FischerFlatbed2013Dennis Daniels
    Steve WhittakerFlatbed2014Brent Beckley
    Ricardo MontillaRefrigerated2014Jeff Highley
    Ken BeboutRefrigerated2015Curtis Donnelson

    Good luck to Team Prime! 

  • Prime Inc. Launches New Podcast Series

    We’re always looking for feedback and new ideas for improvement here at Prime. With our drivers being primarily over-the-road and having 15 locations nationwide, it can be easy to feel disconnected. That’s why we are running with an idea from one of our drivers to launch a podcast. Check out our pilot podcast!


  • Prime Inc Recognizes Safe Drivers at the 2018 Night of the Millionaires

    Prime Inc. hosted its fourth annual ‘Night of the Millionaires’ event on March 19, 2018 to recognize drivers who achieved at least one million safe miles driving for the company. The event, held at the Oasis Convention Center in Springfield, MO, honored over 700 Prime drivers who have driven at least one million miles without a preventable accident. The company honored 163 new inductees who earned their one, two, or three million miles level of safe driving in 2017 by recognizing them on stage and providing them with a commemorative plaque to take home. The company also displays a second plaque to celebrate these drivers in the hallways of the Springfield, MO and Pittston, PA terminals. 

    “This is the most special night of the year at Prime. It gives us the chance to honor and recognize our safest drivers. Each of the drivers in attendance has at least 1 million safe miles at Prime. Some of the drivers have in excess of 2 million safe miles and a select few, have in excess of 3 million safe miles. Prime is honored to have over 700 current drivers that now have reached the milestone of at least 1 million safe miles. These drivers are true heroes of our highways," states Steve Field, Director of Safety. 

    Click here to view the event photos!

    Prime would like to congratulate the following drivers for their safe million mile status: 

    Three Million Mile Drivers (21 Years of Safe Driving):

    Julius Bradley
    Daryl Curl
    Thomas Hogan
    Paula Lyke
    Joyce Meeks
    Robert Meigs
    James Saylor
    Ken Yeoumans

    Two Million Mile Drivers (14 Years of Safe Driving):

    Joseph AchtenbergMark Kidwell
    Cristobal AcovcMark Koenig
    James AndersonCalvin Little
    John BodenchakMax Lorentzen
    James BoulandRoger Lyke
    Jerry BrinegarAlexander Malopinsky
    Robert CareyPhillip Matchett
    David ChildressTroy McDonald
    Charity ChubbLarry Otteni
    Alfred CrossLawrence Patterson
    Dirk DartschCharles Plant
    Micheal HawkinsTimothy Ryan
    Jimmy HenleyMike Settle
    James HillAnthony Thompson
    Charles JamesonMelvin Thompson

    One Million Mile Drivers (7 Years of Safe Driving):

    Andy AckermanJames GoldenMichael Owen
    Cristobal AcovicDerek GoughThomas Ozegovich
    Pamela AdamsJamie GrayRobert Pacola
    Jayme AlbregardDennis GregaTimothy Parker
    Issac AldridgeAndrew HardyJerry Parks
    Patrick AnthonyAdam HarperJanie Perry
    Javier AtilanoWalter HazelwoodMichael Perry
    Robert BakerWayne HendsbeeMichael Phillips
    Cathy BeachMichael HickoxJames Pierce
    Gregory BeardenJantsen HightowerRandolph Pipkins
    Robert BeckerAnthony HillJames Pitts
    Terry BemboomEdward HillCharles Plant
    Hal BenderLekeitha HillJoseph Renick
    Todd BeyeaShawn HillMichael Rice
    Danny BiggsJohn HilliardSteve Rice
    Frank BoddyJonathan HiteJose Gonzalez-Rivera
    Roy BowmanKarla HorackBobby Robinson
    Robert BrousseauRico HudsonFelix Guzman Rodriguez
    Robert BuntonAmerico HuertasGregory Rufus
    Timothy BurrisJoel JacksonBruce Schenck
    Trent BusbyGuillermo JuarezBryan Schneider
    Ronald BushWilmot JenningsDonnie Short
    Raymond ButlerJeff JohnsonBradley Smith
    Michael CampbellShawn JohnsonGage Smith
    Tammy CampbellTerry JohnstonRobert Smith
    Cedric ChanceJames KeenMark Snider
    Kevin ConnMatthew KeenJamie Springer
    Michael ConnJeff KnudsenWillis Strong
    Eric CooperRobert KostenRichard Swazer
    Alfred CrossCharles LaneAnthony Szalay
    Curtis CrowleyThomas LaubscherAnthony Thompson
    Jesse DennisRandall LawtonDavid Tillman
    Craig DePueRahshawn LeeEdison Torres
    Doris DewberryRandy LeffingwellTimothy Trammell
    Diego DhaitiJohnnie LewisRobert Vanamburg
    Marcus DorseyGary MacFarlandHenry Vance
    James DowdyJames MallasRobert Wallace
    Robert DryerMichael MarcolyByron Walker
    Russell DurhamLarry MatteraJack Walker
    Robert EatonWilliam McCartyBen Walker
    Darrell EdwardsCharles McKinneyRobert Wallace
    Steven EdwardsDaniel MedvecDarron Watkins
    Donald EllingtonAntonio MejiasLewis Watts
    Zayda EscobarEvelyn MejiasAlexander Welker
    Eric FaustDudley MerrifieldWilliam Wells
    Cherie FrancisMichael MillerDarian White
    Nicholas FrancisChristine MilnerPhillip White
    Arvin FreemanRobert MilnerTorrell White
    Joseph FrisbeeBrian MosesSteve Willcoxen
    James FullerTerry NesbyCharlisha Williams
    Calvin GarnerMark NorcrossJeffery Wilson
    Jared GereCharles NorwoodPatricia Worley
    Charles GhaulJason OslundSusan Worley
    Robert GilleyKimberly OslundRodney Young

    For more information on Prime’s Millionaires Club, visit

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    Prime Ways Volume 3 Issue 1

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    Prime Ways Volume 2 Issue 4

  • Prime Inc., Honored by Department of Defense for Extraordinary Support of Employees who Serve in the National Guard and Reserves

    Springfield MO Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), an agency of the Department of Defense, announced today that Darren Rook, Fleet Manager, Prime Inc., Springfield Terminal and company headquarters, was honored with a Patriot Award in recognition of extraordinary support of its employees and family members of those that serve in the Missouri National Guard and Reserve. 

    At 8:30 a.m. on January 19, 2018 the “Patriot Award” ceremony was conducted during the employee staff and safety meeting at 2740 North Mayfair Ave, Springfield, MO 65803.  Col. (Ret.) Steven Vanderhoof, Area 4 Chairman, ESGR, made opening remarks and thanked the employer for providing jobs for Guard and Reserve members. The official award presentation was conducted by 1LT Jeremy Idleman, S-1, 935th Aviation Support Battalion, 1400 N. Fremont, Springfield, Mo., Missouri Army National Guard. 

    The award presentation was attended by Robert Low, President and Founder, Prime Inc., and several employees.  Low accepted and signed the Statement of Support for the firm. Dennis Davis, Safety Supervisor, coordinated the meeting to include the award presentation ceremony.

    The company was nominated for being highly supportive of its military Reserve Component members by employee Joseph Jacoby. Jacoby is a driver for the firm and a Sergeant with the 1-955H unit, 7901 Nebraska Ave, Building 1350, Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., US Army Reserve. Jacoby wanted his employer recognized because of the support they provide by overcoming the scheduling difficulties of getting an over-the-road truck driver home for drill periods and other military training requirements.  Because of their extraordinary cooperation and support he nominated them for the award and asked it be presented in a formal presentation ceremony.  

    According to Rear Admiral (Ret) Lee Metcalf, ESGR Missouri Chair, "The Patriot Award was created by ESGR to publicly recognize individuals who provide outstanding patriotic support and cooperation to their employees, who like the citizen warriors before them, have answered their nation's call to serve. Supportive supervisors are critical to maintaining the strength and readiness of the nation's National Guard and Reserve units."

    As the 1.3 million members of the National Guard and Reserve continue to perform an increasing number of unique missions with America's borders and beyond, ESGR will continue to be the resource for the employers of citizen warriors. ESGR advocates relevant initiatives, recognizes outstanding support, increases awareness of applicable laws, and resolves conflict between employers and service members. More information about ESGR Employer Outreach Programs and volunteer opportunities is available at, or by calling (James Carver at 816-337-8175).

    Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve

    4800 Mark Center Drive - Suite 03E25, Arlington, VA 22390-1200


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    Prime Ways Volume 2 Issue 3

  • A Trucker's Thanksgiving by Reba Hoffman

    He walked through the grocery store with the list his wife had given him for last minute items for Thanksgiving dinner. He’d only been home an hour and had driven all night just to manage that. But he’d be home at the table surrounded by his family on Thanksgiving and that was worth his fatigue.

    He walked to the dairy isle and picked up the milk, butter and yogurt, marking them off the list. He smiled as he realized he’d delivered them all. He grabbed the brown-and-serve rolls and the sodas and made his way to the checkout. Folks complained about the long lines and how long they had to wait. He chuckled, remembering the two days he’d waited to pick up the load of turkeys they would slice up and devour.

    As he inched closer to the cashier, his last trip played in his mind. The snow that came out of nowhere, forcing him to inch forward on untreated roads. The dreaded blowout he had under the cover of darkness and the long wait for someone to come and replace the tire, every moment chipping away at his fourteen-hour clock. Not to mention the traffic from an accident that had traffic snarled for hours.

    Yet through every obstacle, the driver had inched forward through the darkness, committed to getting the load of turkeys on America’s table for Thanksgiving. But here and now, he was surrounded by many folks stood in line at the checkout, none of whom gave a single thought about how the items they waited to purchase got to the store.

    The driver smiled. He knew all too well. He understands the sacrifice the driver makes to feed America. He knows the mechanic who wallowed in grease under his truck to keep it running properly. And the fleet manager who works as many hours as he does, keeping him running and providing a living for his family. He knows the Road Assist army who is sitting at the phone at 2am and just seems to know who to wake up to change his blown tire in Nowhere, Nebraska in the middle of the night.

    He realizes America doesn’t know. But it’s ok because he does and strangely, at that moment, that seemed like enough. As he made his way to his pickup truck and snaked through town back to his home, he realized the full weight of how important his job is. He is proud to be a trucker, to provide everything America could possibly need or want. Without him, America doesn’t eat. America stops.

    He sat down at the table with his family, pushing back the fatigue that clawed at him. They bowed their heads and he said grace, giving thanks for every person who played a part in keeping him running. He carved the turkey and sat back, taking in the laughter of his children as they retold a calamity at school that week. He looked at his wife with such admiration, knowing the incredible job she does with the kids while he is on the road. The trucker takes it all in, knowing all too soon, he’ll leave it behind and take to the open road again.

    He's proud to be a trucker. He’s thankful for all he has, made possible by the work of his own hands. He’s the heartbeat of America and thanks to him, the heartbeat of America is alive and well.

    To all our drivers, fleet managers and dispatchers, support personnel and those behind the scenes who provide the glue that holds our fleet together, may you experience all the joy and splendor this holiday can bring. As you sit with your family and friends on Thanksgiving, know how much we are thankful for you!

    Written by Reba J. Hoffman

    Reba J. Hoffman joined Prime in 2014 after spending a year riding her bicycle alone around the country helping women victims of violent assault. A therapist by trade, Reba uses her understanding of people and how they tick to help them live their dream of being a trucker by serving as a PSD instructor. When out of her truck, you’ll find her somewhere in the wilds of nature.

  • Prime Inc. Launches New Program for Fathers

    This Fall, Prime Inc. has launched a new program called Prime Good Dads. The initiative was created for the fathers and father-figures in the company and the fleet. Over 80% of Prime drivers are males with a large majority being dads. 

    Many long haul drivers wonder about the impact of their absence on their children.  While over-the-road (OTR) dads may not be physically present with their children as much as they would prefer, it doesn’t mean they are absent fathers.  It may not be easy to be a good dad while also driving over-the-road, but it is possible.  Good Dads provide for their children. Good Dads communicate with their children.  Good Dads take an interest in their children’s activities.  Good Dads model responsible, respectful behavior in caring for themselves and others.

    Prime Inc. cares about its drivers and their families. With the launch of Prime Good Dads, Prime is initiating practical, day-to-day strategies and activities to help dads stay connected to their kids, whether or not they’re driving cross country.

    Learn more about Prime Good Dads and sign up for the newsletter by visiting

  • 2017 Prime Inc. Annual Picnic

    Prime Inc. is happy to host the annual Prime Picnic again this year for our driving and nondriving associates and their families to come together to enjoy fun, food, friendly competition, and more! If you are a driver, please communicate with your Fleet Manager if you would like to be routed to one of these events, and we will do our best to get you to one of them. We really love seeing our  drivers at these events, but we want you to know how much we appreciate  all of our drivers who continue to haul freight during these dates so we can continue to be the best in the industry by providing unmatched  service and meeting the capacity needs of our customers. If you can’t  make it to one of the picnic events, we hope to see you at one of the  Christmas Parties coming at the end of the year (details to come at a  later date).

    Prime Picnics will be held in the following locations:

    • Pittston, PA -Saturday, August 19th from 10 am to 4 pm
    • Springfield, MO-Saturday, September 2nd from 10 am to 6 pm
    • Salt Lake City, UT-Saturday, September 9th from 10 am to 4 pm

    Note: These events are not open to the public.  Please bring your Prime ID Badge for entrance into the Prime Picnic. Immediate family of associates are welcome! 

    Prime Inc Trucking Jobs Picnic

    Drivers are invited to compete in some friendly competition at the following events:

    Prime Truck Driving Championship (Springfield, MO): The  Truck Driving Championships (also known as the Rodeo) allow drivers to  showcase their driving skills on an obstacle course at the Springfield, MO Headquarters training pad. The top 10 finalists have an opportunity to compete on Team Prime at the 2018 Missouri Truck Driving Championships. Any Prime Driver with a CDL can enter! We will be holding this event under the Friday night lights of the training pad. NEW THIS YEAR: To sign up for this event, pre-register using this link. All drivers will need to check in at the main training pad at 5 pm on Friday, September 1st. We will have hot dogs, burgers, brats, cold drinks etc for all who want to come out and compete or watch the event. All event competitors will get a 2017 Prime Commemorative Coin! Any questions, contact Dave White in the Safety Department at 417-521-3830. Winners will be announced on Saturday, Sept 2nd at the picnic. 

    • 1st Place-Trophy & $100 Prime Bucks
    • 2nd Place-Trophy & $75 Prime Bucks
    • 3rd Place-Trophy & $50 Prime Bucks

    Pride and Polish (Springfield, MO and Pittston, PA): The Pride and Polish competition allows drivers to showcase their truck as well as be recognized for  their attention to detail and cleanliness inside and outside of the  truck. The competition will take place in Springfield, MO on Friday, Sept 1st this year alongside the Truck Driving Championships. The competition will take place in Pittston, PA at the annual Prime Picnic on Saturday, August 19th.  To sign up for this event, pre-register using this link. Space is limited! All event participants will get a 2017 Prime Commemorative Coin! If you have any questions, contact Pam Linhart in Safety at 417-521-3916.

    • Best in Show-Owner Operators  
      • Winner gets trophy & $500 cash
    • Best in Show-Lease Drivers  
      • Winner gets trophy & $500 cash
    • Best in Show-Company Drivers  
      • Winner gets trophy & $500 cash
    • Peoples Choice  
      • Winner gets trophy & $500 cash

    We hope to see you this year at the Prime Picnic. Thank you to all of  our associates for your hard work day and night to make Prime the best  in the industry! If you have any questions,  please contact us at

  • Prime Inc. Hosts 2nd Annual Highway Diamonds Gala

    Prime Inc., North America’s most successful refrigerated, tanker, flatbed, and intermodal carrier, held the second annual Highway Diamonds Gala on Monday, May 15th at the Oasis Convention Center in Springfield, MO. In 2016, the company decided to formalize a program called Highway Diamonds to honor, support, and recognize the female drivers in their fleet. Prime is proud to have nearly 12% of its fleet comprised of female drivers whereas the industry average hovers around 5-6%. Last year, the company held its first ever Highway Diamond Gala and decided to continue the event after a large amount of positive feedback and attendance in 2016.

    This year’s Highway Diamond Gala consisted of a variety of speakers, a delicious dinner, and award presentations. The evening was kicked off with Steve Wutke, Vice President of Sales, who set the tone of a night filled with excitement and encouragement. Following Wutke’s opening, Prime Driver and Trainer Tiffany Hanna captivated the crowd with an awe-inspiring National Anthem for the second year in a row trailed by Prime Driver Dee Sova providing the blessing of the meal and sharing her enthusiasm for Highway Diamonds.

    As guests enjoyed their wonderfully prepared ribeye and salmon, Helen Van Dam with Truckers Against Trafficking (TAT) shared about the organization and its mission. Van Dam shared the heroine tale of Beth; a once-victim of human trafficking turned field trainer for the organization. Van Dam educated the audience on the harsh reality that hundreds of thousands of victims currently exist in the United States and the pivotal role the transportation industry plays in reporting suspicious activities every day. The Highway Diamonds Gala is held each year in conjunction with a fundraiser for a charity of choice. Truckers Against Trafficking was the recipient of this year’s fundraising efforts.

    Wutke took the stage once again to welcome keynote speaker, Andrea Turner. Turner is the Vice President of Logistics and Customer Supply Chain for General Mills, one of Prime’s top customers. Turner has spoken at numerous events nationwide including the 2015 Supply Chain Insights Global Summit and the 2016 Twin Cities Women in Leadership Symposium. She shared her testimony of what steps she took to get to where she is today, what inspires her, and what fears she has overcome. Keeping the audience engaged with the catch phrase, “#likeagirl”, Turner inspired the audience to recognize their value and strive for greatness.

    Prime Inc.’s President and Founder, Robert Low, shared impressive statistics and gratitude for the Highway Diamonds in the company. “In 2014, there were around 480 female drivers. In 2016, there were 810 female drivers. That’s a nice growth company right there,” Low proudly exclaimed to the crowd. Low continued by extending his thankfulness for those willing to train, give back, and pay it forward.

    Brooke Mosley concluded the night’s event by announcing the 2017 Highway Diamond award winners. Mosley encouraged the attendees by stating to take what inspires you and let that motivate you to move forward. Mosely presented Prime Driver Amy Thompson with the 2017 Customer Service Award. Thompson is a graduate of the Prime Student Driver Program through which she earned her Class A CDL in 2013. She hauls freight across the country for the Flatbed Division and received the award based on her continual efforts towards customer satisfaction, strong work ethic, service with a smile, and positive attitude.

    Refrigerated Independent Contractor, Dee Sova, took home the 2017 Highway Diamond of the Year Award. Sova has been a professional truck driver for over 27 years and came to Prime from another large carrier in 2015 after being referred and encouraged to take the leap of faith by her now fellow coworker Reba Hoffman, who she met via social media. Sova is well-known across Prime and the industry for the online community she created called Trucking Divas Rock. Sova motivates and inspires female drivers in trucking, from carriers of all kinds, by sharing their stories for others to see. With tears in her eyes, Sova accepted the award and proclaimed, “From the bottom of my heart, I was not expecting this, and I am so blessed right now.” The award recipients received a one year membership to the Women in Trucking Association. 

  • It’s Not About Me | Written by Prime Driver Reba Hoffman

    It’s been three years since my journey began in trucking, and with Prime. I’ve been everywhere our trucks go and have experienced just about everything a trucker can. It’s been good, bad, exciting, boring, frustrating and fulfilling beyond anything I could hope and dream. 

    Since I am fiercely independent, I would love to look back and conclude that I’m the one who got me this far but that could not be farther from the truth. I stand in the place I’ve come to only by standing on the shoulders of an amazing team. On my own, I have the ability to haul sand in a little red wagon being pulled by a tricycle.

    I stood in pitch black darkness in the middle of nowhere the other night with a reefer unit that just stopped running. I was a hundred miles from the nearest mechanic and I had to deliver before they would even roll out of bed. My goose would be cooked if I could not get the unit running again and the chicken in the back began to thaw.

    At midnight, a Road Assist associate talked me through steps to override several functions and got the reefer started again. As I drove into the customer to deliver my still frozen load on time, it would be easy to think I was the hero, but I was not. The Road Assist guy was. He saved MY load.

    As the first quarter of the year ticked by and I passed parked trucks from other companies while on my way to pick up each new load, I realized how connected Prime is in the industry and how hard the Sales team had worked to keep me rolling and making money even when freight was low. The only time I sat was when I told my fleet manager I needed to stop and catch my breath. That’s heroic.

    When I got called into the Wyoming Port of Entry with a command to produce my permits book, I made the walk into the building with confidence knowing the individuals in the permits department had made sure my book contained every item DOT could possibly want. And at the end of our “visit” when the DOT officer uttered the words, “Have a nice day,” I could not take credit for passing DOT scrutiny. Someone I don’t even know ensured my book was put together properly.

    I get compliments from folks all the time. They tell me I’m a good driver or I’m courteous and professional. It makes me chuckle every time and I tell them it’s easy to appear that way when I have an entire arsenal of dedicated folks working around the clock behind the scenes to make me look good, perform at my best and get the job done.

    It’s not about me. It’s about the recruiters, the orientation specialists, the trainers, the support staff, the mechanics, the cooks, the shower cleaners who keep me placing my best foot forward. It’s about my fleet manager who puts up with me, and my Road Assist guy who is patient when I tell him the Thingamabob lost its doololly and caused the widget to fall into the whatchamacallit.

    Every single person at Prime is responsible for my success. By doing their jobs so well, I look good as I roll on down America’s roads delivering the goods. Without them, my truck wouldn’t budge. I salute every person who does their part to ensure my success. Without you, I would be nothing.

    Written by Reba J. Hoffman

    Reba J. Hoffman joined Prime in 2014 after spending a year riding her bicycle alone around the country helping women victims of violent assault. A therapist by trade, Reba uses her understanding of people and how they tick to help them live their dream of being a trucker by serving as a CDL Instructor. When out of her truck, you’ll find her somewhere in the wilds of nature.

    To become a student driver and start your career in the transportation industry, look into Prime, Inc.’s Student Driver Program to learn more. Then, be sure to connect with us on our social media sites to keep up with the latest industry information.

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