7 years with Brite Logistics
Driver turnover in the trucking industry is high, 60-97% per year depending on a fleet size, type of trailer, and situation in the market. At the same, there are many loyal drivers that stay with one company for years. Victor Holevov is one of employees who has chosen such truck driver career path.
Victor started his journey with Brite when the company had ten times fewer trucks than now. He has received the truck with number 10. It was bought for him when he came.
Victor started his career in Brite Logistics as a truck driver and moved forward to the position of Fleet Manager. Now he is working as a Shop Manager and helps to keep all Brite trucks well-maintained.
Start of a trucking career
Once Victor finished driving school and got his CDL, the next step was to find a job. One of his schoolmates recommended Brite.
“I know one very good young company named Brite Logistics. There are great terms for drivers and also good people there.”
Victor decided to follow up on that information and he called Brite.
“I have called. We agreed to all terms and conditions. Everything worked out. I waited for a truck and started working.”
Being a truck driver
Then and now
Victor says that being a truck driver was his childhood dream. He began his trucking career in Ukraine and decided to proceed with the occupation after moving to the United States.
“I loved traveling across America. Especially at the beginning. It was so exciting to do what you love and to get money for that at the same time. I was driving OTR for 5 or 6 years.”
Victor has been driving since 2000. He still remembers how hard it was at that time and how much it has changed in the last decade. Many of these changes have made truck driving easier and this profession became more accessible for people of all backgrounds, previous education and work history. These days, almost everyone can become a truck driver if they want to.
“You don’t need to have some special knowledge today to become a truck driver. You need to have some basic understanding of how the truck works and to know how to take a break test.
It doesn’t matter who you are, today you can just sit and drive the truck.”
If a driver needs any help on the road, from getting directions to fixing the problem of a broken truck, they have 24/7 support from our company. Support that was unavailable in the past.
“Today we have all those GPS and applications that help you to find directions. We have mobile phones and can get help any time we need it. It was impossible in the past. We were using telephones at truck stops. Between these stops, you were alone on the road with nobody backing you up. It is much easier now to be a truck driver.”
From Truck Driver to Fleet Manager
When you are a truck driver it’s not easy to change your profession. You get used to being free on the road and managing your time with no boss next to you, and you get used to the truckers salary.
Nevertheless, Victor had the passion to change his profession from the one he loved so much, to a new challenging profession, one that would be able to bring him closer to his family after the birth of his daughter. All while continuing to work for the same company that he started with, now he is now helping to maintain that same fleet with the knowledge he has gained in his trucking career.
“It was really hard, but I wanted it as much as I wanted to be a truck driver. It let me show myself to the best of my ability. I have mastered a new profession and developed myself as a person.”
What do you like about working with Brite Logistics?
“I have been working here for 7 years and I like the work atmosphere and business culture. There is no driver discrimination. Everybody is treated the same. If a driver has some ideas on how to improve something or wants to develop himself, Brite has an open-door policy. You can come and share your ideas or problems. You WILL be heard.”