Chad Dankenbring had always dreamed of driving trucks since he was 18 years old. Due to unforeseen circumstances, Chad had to put this dream on hold, but always held tight to his dream. The perfect opportunity arose in August of 2018, and Chad knew that he could not pass up this opportunity.
Chad then researched different companies where he could begin this new career opportunity, and remembered seeing Stevens Transport’s state-of-the-art equipment that they offered their drivers. “I loved seeing their trucks on the road, and after doing my research, I saw that they were highly rated for their training and approach of driver services. I knew that this would be the company that would become my new home.”
I had no experience in the industry before going to Careers World Wide…I can confidently say that I was well prepared for the next step in this journey.
Contractor Division Driver
Chad attended training at Careers World Wide in Keenesburg, CO, and obtained his CDL by the end of August. “I had no experience in the industry before going to Careers World Wide. The training that I received was very helpful, and I can confidently say that I was well prepared for the next step in this journey.”
Chad then traveled to Stevens’ headquarters in Dallas, TX to complete his orientation and over-the-road training with his trainer. “My trainer, Bob Sporka, was great and I learned a lot from him. I also gained a great of knowledge every day from over-the-road, and credit that experience for my success today.”
Nine months later, Chad has made the decision to become an Independent Contractor with Stevens and open his own Independent Business with the support and assistance of Stevens’ Contractor Division. “I wanted to make that it would be a good fit for myself, and wanted to make sure that I was capable of running the miles. Now that I know that I can, it is the perfect time to make this decision.”
This conversion required Chad to attend the business classes that were created by our Contractor Division to help drivers expand their knowledge on operating their own independent business, as well as understand how to control their expenses while operating on the road. Chad’s wife, Leslie, even joined Chad in these classes to make sure that this was the right career move for him.
“I cannot express how amazing these classes are,” Leslie said. “They really lay everything out for you and answer all of your questions. I’m even going to take the knowledge that I gained from these classes and apply them to my own independent business!”
Contractor Recruiter Will Bryd was very impressed that Leslie was joining Chad in the classes. “It was great to see that Leslie was so supportive and was showing so much interest in Chad’s future endeavors. The family support that Chad is receiving is a big indicator that he will be very successful in this new career move.”
Be as supportive, communicative, and loving as you can. Every day is different for them, and it will all be worth it in the end!
Leslie also offered some sound advice for family members and spouses of Independent Contractors. “Be as supportive, communicative, and loving as you can. Every day is different for them, and it will all be worth it in the end!”
When the couple gets home time together, they can be found spending time on the beach and relaxing at home.