Life Member Chuck Paar, 61, is a small fleet owner with five owner-operators leased to him. He lives in Mount Jewett, Pa., and has more than 43 years of experience in the trucking industry.
He considers compliance to be one of the most difficult issues facing new drivers. Learning the nuances of regulations and laws that are in place for drivers can be a daunting task and is one that causes many to leave the industry. Chuck hopes he can be helpful by mentoring drivers. His leased operators can glean from his overall experience, and he can look to others for input and advice in becoming a better businessman and person.
The most important factor in being successful in trucking right now is to know your cost of operation and to identify the market you want to serve. Also, it takes attitude, professionalism and quality of service to be successful. Customers won’t look for another carrier, even if that carrier is cheaper, if you provide superior, personalized service.
Chuck believes that he has much to bring to the table as an alternate to the OOIDA Board of Directors as he has extensive experience in various operations across 49 states and much of Canada. He believes his primary responsibility as an alternate would be to represent all the members of OOIDA. Accountability is important to him, and he would be accountable to the people that put him in the position – the members.
When not trucking, Chuck believes in giving back to the community. He is a licensed and certified minister and has made numerous foreign mission trips to Asia and one to Africa. He also served eight years as an elected official in his hometown.
Listen to Land Line Now host Mark Reddig interviews Chuck Parr, one of nine candidates running for five positions on the Association’s board.