Dot Transportation is Coming to Your TV

Apr 11, 2022 | 3:18 pm

A nationally televised TV series spotlighting hardworking veterans and the companies for which they work will feature Dot Transportation in one of its episodes this spring.

Hosted by Montel Williams, “Military Makeover: Operation Career” airs on the Lifetime Network and highlights American businesses like DTI that actively recruit and hire those who’ve served in the Armed Forces. Each episode features inspirational, biographical stories told by veterans who’ve found professional success in post-military careers.

The upcoming DTI-specific episode will spotlight Dot drivers Jim Mathews and LaShelle Smith.

Jim served in the Army for 4.5 years and completed a tour in Iraq. He joined DTI in 2017 and recently made the switch to driver trainer out of our Strafford, Missouri terminal location. LaShelle enlisted in the Marines at the age of 17 and served as a hawk missile operator for four years. She joined DTI as a driver out of our Dyersburg, Tennessee location in 2021.

In addition to Jim and LaShelle, DTI’s fleet of drivers includes more than 200 who have served in the Armed Forces.

Crews from Military Makeover made their way to DTI’s Mt. Sterling headquarters in March for the shoot which also included an exclusive interview with Dot Foods CEO (and former President of DTI) Joe Tracy.

The DTI episode of “Military Makeover: Operation Career” debuts on the Lifetime network at 7:30 am (ET/PT) on April 29 with an encore presentation on May 5 at the same time. After its initial airing, the episode will be made available for free streaming on

Inspired by founder Robert Tracy (a WWII veteran himself), DTI aims to provide veterans with every opportunity for professional success and growth in their civilian careers. We offer a Veteran Employee Resource Group and are proud partners of the Army PaYS Program and Illinois Hires Heroes Consortium. In a recent survey, 96% of veteran drivers said they would recommend DTI to fellow veterans.

For more information on the upcoming “Military Makeover: Operation Career” episode, or to learn more about DTI’s involvement with veteran outreach and recruiting, visit

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