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2017 Trucking’s Top Rookie Finalist

After 28 years in the army, Sean Harding is still serving his country by moving it forward!

Sean Harding served in the United States Army for 28 years, exploring many countries overseas. After retiring from the army, he wanted to see our country and the people that he protected while overseas, so he chose a career that allowed him to do that – becoming a truck driver.

Sean feels that his service to America didn’t end when he retired from the military and enjoys continuing to serve by delivering the products America relies on.

“By driving these trucks, we still get to make sure that this country – the country that we love – the country that we protected for so long – gets taken care of.”

As a Contractor Division Driver, Sean has now seen many picturesque views of the country while on the road and enjoys meeting the wonderfully diverse people along the way – with Stevens behind him every mile.

“You’re going to feel like part of a family – part of a team. Between the outstanding equipment, the outstanding atmosphere that you get and the top-notch training – you can’t go wrong here at Stevens!”

He recently made top 10 finalist for the Transition Trucking: Driving for Excellence Award and we are so proud of his accomplishment! This award recognizes veterans successfully transitioning out of the military and into the trucking industry.

Congratulations and thank you for moving our nation forward!
We are behind you every mile!

Army Veteran Sean Harding Drives A Second Career As Trucker

The Story of a Stevens Driving Academy Graduate

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.

A Solider, Superhero or Trucker?

sean-harding-wifeSean 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!

Sean Served His Country For Over 28 Years

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.”

Making The Transition From Military Service To Driving A Truck

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!