Driver Spotlight: Harry Graham
Harry Graham got his first taste of commercial driving while working for a Chicago-based utilities company. But jumping from Chicago suburb to Chicago suburb wasn’t quite the adventure he was hoping for.
A 15-year veteran of the Armed Services, Harry Graham sought a career with a military-friendly company that would let him see the world and grant him the flexibility to remain a member of the Reserves. He also needed to feel a sense of camaraderie with his fellow team members, just as he had throughout his years of military service.
Fortunately, he found exactly what he needed in Dot Transportation thanks to a tip from his nephew, a fellow first-year DTI driver.
“He gave me a call and said DTI was hiring for truck drivers, so I put in an application, listed him as a referral, and now I’m here,” he said. “We’re both truck drivers now.”
Still in one-on-one training, Harry is eager to hit the road solo in the coming weeks. But like any new driver, he expects some nerves to kick in in advance of the big day.
“Having a trainer in the cab with you is kind of like a safe haven, but when the trainer’s gone and you cut loose on your own, all those safety measures are gone,” he said. “Initially I think I’ll be a little bit nervous, but I think I’ll be alright.”
He says he is looking forward to the chance to meet new people, see new sights, and provide for his family.
“I always liked the idea of being a truck driver. I’ve been wanting to do it for years,” he said. “DTI seems like it’s a big family, and that’s what I really like because the military is a big family. That’s what stood out for me.”
Still a proud member of the Reserves, Harry attends the required monthly training sessions and plans to take a few weeks off from DTI each year to attend annual training. He’s grateful for the flexibility that DTI provides and encourages other veterans to seriously consider DTI as a viable career option.
“Truck driving is a good experience. In the military you do a lot of traveling, so you can do that here too. Overall as far as setting yourself up in life moneywise, this is a great opportunity. Go Dot!”
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