Senior Member Tony Martinez, 59, is an owner-operator from New Bergen, N.J. Tony has 40 years of experience in the industry and has had his own authority throughout that time. He currently hauls hazmat pool products directly for a shipper.
In speaking with new drivers while out on the road, Tony believes one of the biggest problems faced by these drivers is a lack of behind-the-wheel training. With experience as a trainer himself, he also thinks that many of the trainers are not qualified to teach new drivers. Four to six weeks is not enough time to train a driver or a trainer. Current industry “standards” are simply not adequate to teach a person all the things he or she needs to know before hitting the highways.
Tony has been successful in trucking over his career. He credits his success to having been consistent in the business, showing up on time for appointments or calling the customer with any schedule changes. He says good customer service is imperative. Prove yourself to be reliable and learn from your mistakes. By providing the customer with what they need, he finds they will do the same for you.
Listen to Land Line Now host Mark Reddig interview Tony Martinez, one of nine candidates running for five positions on the Association’s board.