If you search for the word “perseverance” in the dictionary, you may see a picture of Stevens truck driver Elias Carrillo Rodriguez next to it. Elias is hitting the road for his second time with Stevens Transport and he is making Youtube a part of his travels.
Elias had always wanted to become a truck driver, and found that this past November was the perfect time to do so. Once he obtained his CDL, Elias had no doubt in his mind that he would continue his truck driving career at Stevens. “There were many factors that were appealing to me about Stevens,” Elias said. “First, there were the fantastic reviews about the training program and that Stevens was only two hours away from my hometown of Abilene. You really can’t beat that!”
Elias attended his truck driver orientation at Stevens Transport in early December of 2018 and was quickly paired with a trainer for his 240-hour over-the-road training. However, for personal reasons, Elias returned to Abilene later that month.
During his time away from Stevens, Elias reflected on his decision and was determined to finish what he started. He returned to Stevens in May of 2019, ready to achieve his goal of becoming an Independent Contractor with our Contractor Division. To no one’s surprise, he ended up owning his own fleet with the help of Stevens Transport.
“It’s awesome knowing that I am able to achieve my dream with such a great company,” Elias said. “They have set me up for success, and I excited to see my future plans come to life with Stevens Transport!”
Throughout his truck driving career, Elias has consistently updated the world about his experiences through his YouTube channel. “I saw DRodge post about his experiences, and it inspired me to start my own channel,” Elias said. “My goal with my channel is to share my experiences with those who are thinking about joining the industry and to hopefully pass on some valuable advice to other drivers.”
Elias credits his success as a truck driver to everyone at Stevens. “I get on the road every day knowing that I have a great support system at Stevens,” Elias said. “My trainer, and the instructors at the CDL school, including Kenny James and Edward White, were very instrumental in helping me get where I am today, and I am very thankful for them.”
When Elias not delivering loads across the country, he is spending time with his two children at home. “My children are my world, and this job helps me provide for them in indescribable ways,” Elias said. “I know they are proud of me, and that is all I strive to do every day.”
Follow Elias on his truck driving journey by subscribing to his YouTube channel here!