Earland Blake Reaches Driver Milestone
Travels With His Trusty Sidekick, Frankenberry
Earland Blake is our latest driver to reach an amazing milestone: two million safe driving miles! “I would not be where I am today without my entire Stevens team,” Earland said. “My Driver Managers, Steve Lewis, and Kenneth Harwell, have been my biggest cheerleaders while I have been out on the road, always calling and checking up on me, and helping me navigate all of the speed bumps that I may encounter. They have truly made my experience at Stevens a memorable one, and I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world!”
Earland’s journey to this point has not been a smooth one. Looking for a career change and already versed in the transportation industry, Earland believed that this career suited him the best. He applied to many companies to begin his training and was almost instantly contacted by Stevens.
“Stevens was the first to respond to me, and I was excited because I was initially impressed by their training program. After speaking to a recruiter, I knew that I was choosing the right company!”
Luckily, I had some great trainers who even taught me some new things that I’ve applied to my driving techniques today!
– Earland Blake, 2 Million Safe Miles Driver
Attended CDL Training in Lexington
Earland then traveled to Lexington, KY to receive training and obtain his CDL from Franklin College. “The training I received at Franklin College was very insightful,” Earland said. “I felt well prepared to continue my journey at Stevens!”
Earland then traveled to Stevens’ headquarters in Dallas, TX to complete his orientation and over-the-road training with his trainers. “Although I already had some experience in the industry, I was a bit rusty, so was very ready to brush up my skills during my over-the-road training. Luckily, I had some great trainers who even taught me some new things that I’ve applied to my driving techniques today!”
Earland has since traveled all over the country with his trusty sidekick, Frankenberry. “Having him on the truck has been such a great experience. I’ve been able to show him so many cool spots across the US, and I can’t wait to show him many more!”
Experienced Driver Learns From Every Trip
Two million miles not only brings about new experiences but also many learning experiences. “I’ve learned to take it one trip at a time. I always tell the new drivers that if they just continue to learn from every trip, and always ask questions, because you will constantly be learning in this industry. No one day is ever the same, and every day is a new adventure!”
When Earland and Frankenberry are not delivering loads across the US, they can be found enjoying time spent with Earland’s daughter and grandson. And catching up on all of the latest movies.
Congrats on all of your success Earland, and we can’t wait to see you reach three million miles!