Stevens Transport congratulates Sean Harding, driver and graduate of Stevens Driving Academy at Fort Hood, on being recognized as a Top 10 Finalist for both Transition Trucking and Trucking’s Top Rookie for 2017. We are extremely proud of this huge accomplishment! We sat down with Sean to learn a little more about his life and how he got his start in the trucking industry.
Sean was born in Canton, Ohio only a few miles from the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He graduated from Akron Central Hower High School in 1986 where he met the love his life. In December of 1990, only a few short days before he would ship out in support of Operation Desert Storm, he married Marcey, “the prettiest girl in the world.” Sean and Marcey have 4 daughters: Ashley, Brittney, Courtney and Desteney. During his time in the Army, he and his family traveled and experienced the world.
Sean explains that when he was little he wanted to be 3 things: a solder, Spiderman, and a truck driver. So far, he has managed to accomplish 2 out of the 3!
After joining the Army in 1987, Sean served for over 28 years. Sean mentions that “while I enjoyed the travel, it was the training and interaction with Soldiers that I enjoyed most; the competition and comradery. To put my best up against your best. Whether it be a friendly competition or in combat. The most satisfying assignment I ever had was the 2 years I spent as a Drill Sergeant. It was both the hardest and most rewarding time I spent in the military.”
Although he thoroughly enjoyed his time in the military, he knew that it had come time that he could no longer serve his country with the Army. However, he still wanted to serve the people. He decided to begin CDL training with Stevens Transport. He mentions that through truck driving, “I’ve been able to see all the places and meet some of the people that are in this great country that I defended for so long. Now I am able to help and support them by delivering the clothes they wear and food they eat to stores that the rest of the world is envious of.”
When he began his training at Stevens Driving Academy at Fort Hood, he was pleasantly surprised at the attention to detail of their truck driver training programs. Sean enjoyed that the program was by the numbers. He was thankful to have professional instructors to teach and mentor him, as well as “a solid support system and foundation to launch [his] new career.”
He points out that there are a variety of similarities between trucking and the military. He explains that while you are out on the road and you have your freedom, truck driving is also a team effort. Although it is just one truck and one driver, they still need a strong support system in order for the runs to go smoothly. He also mentions that many of the issues facing the military and truck driving industry are very similar including communication and accountability.
In March of 2017, Sean began team driving with a fellow veteran. They hope to one day start their own company full of veteran drivers that share their same values. He says proudly, “We have been blessed to be in a company where the blueprint to that goal is already there. Now we just have to make the most of our opportunities.”
We send our best wishes and congratulations to Sean Harding for this great accomplishment! We are proud to have you as a part of the Stevens Transport family! We wish you the best of luck in your future endeavors in the truck driving industry!