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The Road Home is a podcast for the Truckers Service Association members and partners. With more than 12,000 independent professional truck drivers our goal is to reach each member with information, education and resources to improve their life on the road wherever the road may take them. We will leverage this podcast to update members on new services and benefits.

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On this show, you will hear from drivers as we celebrated National Truck Driver Appreciation Week in September. Each driver I sit down with also served their country and is a proud veteran. “Palerider” from CalArk, Gus Corona from Melton Truck Lines, Ronnie Wallett from National Carriers, and Bob Buxton with Western Flyer Take a moment to think of one or two other drivers & share this podcast with them, be safe and enjoy this month's show! This show is sponsored by the Truckers Service Association with over 12,000 members for more information https://tsatruck.org/For comments or suggestions for show guests and topics that concern the professional driver drop a note to john@pipertransportation.com
On the road with Shannon Newton, President of the Arkansas Trucking Association during the annual conference in Hot Springs, ARShannon has been with the Association for 18 years and the President since June 2014. Arkansas leads the way for many trucking industry efforts. https://www.arkansastrucking.com/Dough Schmidt is a full-time RVer and former federal corrections officer. I get his perspective from life on the road the full-time RV lifestyle.This show is sponsored by the Truckers Service Association with over 12,000 members for more information https://tsatruck.org/For comments or suggestions for show guests and topics that concern the professional driver drop a note to john@pipertransportation.com
John Christner Trucking is a fleet of over 700 trucks made up predominately of Independent contractors. Started with humble beginnings by John Christner in 1986 this fleet has grown by taking care of customers, drivers, and their families. Danny Christner started in the wash bay and worked his way up to now lead the company as CEO of this family affair. https://www.johnchristner.com/ "Trucker Talk" is back! I sit down with Swa Grimsley, a new driver to our industry, and she shares what drew her to this great industry and why she is excited about being on the road. Kevin Wilson a former bail bondsman with roots in the industry is starting his career and working to become an owner-operator. He refers to driving as an opportunity that is "pandemic proof"This show is sponsored by the Truckers Service Association with over 12,000 members for more information https://tsatruck.org/For comments or suggestions for show guests and topics that concern the professional driver drop a note to john@pipertransportation.com
Bill Hambrick has been a professional truck driver for over 30 years and has accumulated over 1.5 million accident-free miles. He is a professional driver for Werner Enterprises.Bill is a captain with the Werner Enterprises Road Team, where he has worked for over 18 years. He has been named Team Driver of the Month, Trainer of the Month, and Driver of the Month with Werner. He has also received multiple nominations for the Werner Star Award.As a certified professional driver trainer, Bill has instructed over 150 students, teaching skills such as how to execute a proper pre-trip inspection, close encounter maneuvers, and backing class. He is also the owner/operator of a ranch in Wyoming.To learn more about nominations for the 2022 - 2023 Road Team https://www.trucking.org/news-insights/americas-road-team-seeking-professional-drivers-educate-america-safety-andRV lifestyle has been growing steadily and exploded during the Covid pandemic. I cover the A,B,C's of Recreational Vehicle makes and models, renting vs buying and so much more.If you like what you hear please share this podcast with a fellow trucker, be safe and enjoy this month's show! This show is sponsored by the Truckers Service Association with over 12,000 members for more information https://tsatruck.org/For comments or suggestions for show guests and topics that concern the professional driver drop a note to john@pipertransportation.com
This month I sat down with Nick Kuhle, a health and wellness coach as we break down some simple ideas to feel good by eating cleaner and getting more rest on the road, sound good? I visited Ana Diaz, a woman in trucking with 7 yrs of experience as a team driver, and Jose Roman an Independent contractor. They share their lives from the road in another installment of “Trucker Talk” we keep it raw and real If you like what you hear please share this podcast with a fellow trucker, be safe and enjoy this month's show! This show is sponsored by the Truckers Service Association with over 12,000 members for more information https://tsatruck.org/For comments or suggestions for show guests and topics that concern the professional driver drop a note to john@pipertransportation.com
John Piper visits with Todd Amen to talk about the state of the union for Independent Contractors. Record earnings averaging $68,000 for 2020 and the trend line is continuing up for 2021. Special guests, professional drivers Shelly, a 21 year veteran of the road and former nurse along with Oral Walker with 34 yrs experience still going strong at 70 years young. Mr. Walker has over 6M miles under his belt and never had a speeding ticket. Todd Amen is the Founder, President, and CEO of ATBS. Prior to ATBS, Mr. Amen was Co-President of Trans-Western Express, LTD. (TWX), family-owned trucking operating in the contiguous 48 states and Canada. In addition to his work with ATBS, Mr. Amen is a recognized leader in transportation and finance and is also on the Board of Directors of the Truckload Carriers Association. Mr. Amen is a graduate of Colorado State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Finance and Marketing.https://www.atbs.com/about-usFor more information about the Trucker's Service Association: https://tsatruck.org/If you have suggestions for topics or guests for the podcast you can contact john@pipertransportation.com Thanks for tuning in!
This month I sit down with John Esparza, President and CEO of TXTA. He's a 15 year veteran of the Texas Trucking Association. One of the largest trucking associations in the country to talk about key legislative issues facing trucking companies doing business in Texas. He's a 6th generation Texas with deep roots in the industry. I traveled out and sit down with several professional drivers to get a perspective from the driver called "Trucker Talk" to connect with the show or submit guest ideas send to john@pipertransportation.com TXTA Homepage: https://www.texastrucking.com/TXTA Lawsuit Reform Initiative Webpage: https://www.texastrucking.com/lawsuit-reform-initiative/This page has links to one-pagers and how to contact lawmakersKeep Texas Trucking Coalition Website: https://keeptexastrucking.com/Keep Texas Trucking Coalition Videos: https://keeptexastrucking.com/videos/Keep Texas Trucking Coalition About the Legislation: https://keeptexastrucking.com/legislation/Keep Texas Trucking Coalition One-Pagers: https://keeptexastrucking.com/handouts/John D. Esparza, a graduate of Texas Tech University in Lubbock and a sixth-generation native of West Texas, serves as president and CEO of Texas Trucking Association (TXTA) and Executive Director of Southwest Movers Association (SMA). TXTA, one of the largest trucking associations in the nation, was established in 1932 in Austin, while SMA got its start in 1917.Prior to becoming TXTA president, Esparza worked for both Gov. Rick Perry and Gov. George W. Bush administrations. He has served on the Texas Energy Task Force, the Texas Panama Canal Stakeholder Work Group and the Texas Proposition 1 Special Committee on Transportation Funding. Esparza continues to serve on the Texas Transportation Commission’s State Freight Advisory Committee and the Texas Border Infrastructure Planning Committee. Esparza serves on the executive committee as the immediate past chairman of the PrePass Safety Alliance, an Arizona-based premier non-for-profit, public-private partnership whose mission is to improve highway safety and efficiency through technology. He was appointed by the U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood to the Household Goods Advisory Group. He also serves as chairman of the board of directors of the Texas Tech University Research Park in Lubbock and a former member of the Texas Tech University System Board of Regents. He and his wife Leah reside in Austin and have three sons; Jacob Pecos, a junior at Texas Tech University, Joshua Brazos, a freshman at Texas Tech University and Jack Sabine, a high school junior attending St. Michaels Catholic Academy in west Austin. For more information about the Trucker's Service Association: https://tsatruck.org/If you have suggestions for topics or guests for the podcast you can contact john@pipertransportation.com Thanks for tuning in!
In this episode, I sit down with John Larkin, 40 yr veteran of the trucking industry with tremendous insight on where the industry is headed in the balance of 2021. The Dallas TX-based operating partner with Clarendon Capital, a transportation investment firm with over a century of combined experience. John G. Larkin, CFAOperating PartnerClarendon Capital, LLC2525 North Pearl St., Unit 2003Dallas, TX 75201jlarkin@clarendongrp.comwww.clarendongrp.comJohn Kingston, host of the "Drilling Deep" podcast from freightwaves.com joins the show as well to discuss diesel pricing and what you can expect at the pump for the balance of this year John has an almost 40-year career covering commodities, most of the time at S&P Global Platts. He created the Dated Brent benchmark, now the world’s most important crude oil marker. He was Director of Oil, Director of News, the editor in chief of Platts Oilgram News, and the “talking head” for Platts on numerous media outlets, including CNBC, Fox Business, and Canada’s BNN. He covered metals before joining Platts and then spent a year running Platts’ metals business as well. He was awarded the International Association of Energy Economics Award for Excellence in Written Journalism in 2015. In 2010, he won two Corporate Achievement Awards from McGraw-Hill, an extremely rare accomplishment, one for steering coverage of the BP Deepwater Horizon disaster and the other for the launch of a public affairs television show, Platts Energy Week.You can reach John Kingston on Twitter @johnhkingston check out upcoming events https://live.freightwaves.com/Thanks to the Truckers Service Association for bringing you this episodeFor more information https://tsatruck.org/To be considered as a guest on this show or if you have comments please send us an email at john@pipertransportation.com Thanks for sharing the podcast with your fellow truckers!
On this episode, John Piper reveals some reminders for your business and your personal productivity along with special guest Dee Dee Poteet from "Visit San Antonio" that provides some great ideas for a trip to the Texas Hill country and the San Antonio River Walk For information to plan your visit to San Antonio: https://www.visitsanantonio.com/If you like what we are doing I would appreciate it if you would subscribe to the podcast, share it with a fellow driver, and give us a review on Apple Podcasts! To learn more about the Truckers Service Association and member benefits check out: https://tsatruck.org/To be considered as a guest on an upcoming show or if you have comments, suggestions, or ideas on what you would like us to cover on a future segment you can email john@pipertransportation.com
In this episode we get some great research insights from Rebecca Brewster, President and COO of The American Transportation Research Institute, and some travel insight from Nevein JeffATRI website link: https://truckingresearch.org/ ATRI Description: https://truckingresearch.org/2012/08/20/about-atri/ Rebecca Brewster Bio: https://truckingresearch.org/about-atri/atri-staff/ For a free download of the 2020 Top Industry Issues Report:https://truckingresearch.org/2020/10/27/critical-issues-in-the-trucking-industry-2020/Nevein Jeff, The concierge TravelPhone (757)319-9354www.theconciergetravel.comFollow on:Facebook https://facebook.com/theconciergetravelcoIf you like what we are doing I would appreciate it if you would subscribe to the podcast, share it with a fellow driver, and give us a review on Apple Podcasts! To learn more about the Truckers Service Association and member benefits check out: https://tsatruck.org/To be considered as a guest on an upcoming show or if you have comments, suggestions, or ideas on what you would like us to cover on a future segment you can email john@pipertransportation.com
Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving holiday and if you were out delivering some freight during the break, we certainly appreciate you! On this months podcast we hear from member, Jezebel Sannino a professional driver out of Northern Arizona that shares some insight from the road, I talk with Steve Wilhelms, who shares with us how to potentially avoid a $2,500 fine if you don’t log into the Drug and Alcohol clearing house by January 5th to run your 1st required query due to a new rule that took effect this year. Do it today! https://clearinghouse.fmcsa.dot.gov/And Dan Cook, a 30+ year veteran of the insurance industry discusses “Nuclear Verdicts” and what you can do to reduce your exposure. If you like what we are doing I would appreciate it if you would subscribe to the podcast, share it with a fellow driver, and give us a review on Apple Podcasts! To learn more about the Truckers Service Association and member benefits check out: https://tsatruck.org/To be considered as a guest on an upcoming show or if you have comments, suggestions, or ideas on what you would like us to cover on a future segment you can email john@pipertransportation.com
This month we talk about electric vehicles (EV) specifically the Tesla Semi. Have you dreamed of never stopping for Diesel fuel again? The dream will be a reality in a few short years. For details and more information about the Tesla Semi https://www.tesla.com/semi2. Have you struggled with your health? Would you like to lose 15, 20, or 50 lbs or more? It all starts with a plan and working on the plan one day at a time. Nick Kuhle is passionate about helping others and he shares some ideas here to help get your mind and body right for the new year. Start today! To learn more check out https://kuhlefit.com/ Nick Kuhle is the face of KuhleFit Holistic Lifestyle Coaching. and a certified Chek - Holistic Lifestyle Coach and Exercise Coach. It is his mission as a health and fitness coach to teach his clients the skills necessary to create health in oneself, to foster self-awareness, and to become self-reliant so they can walk away with the ability to heal themselves and anyone close to them!3. Have you ever considered a long weekend in New Orleans? We talk "The Big Easy" and how to make the most out of your trip to the emerald city. Sheree and Leonard Harris have some local knowledge and are in the travel industry to help guide us on our journeyYou may also visit my website at www.OceanBlueTravels.com, to view and book available cruise vacations and view land vacation options.Warm Wishes,Sheree Harris Franchise Co-Owner & Travel PlannerCruise Planners Logo855-462-3269 | 972-232-2280 | sheree@oceanbluetravels.com | smharris@cruiseplanners.com | OceanBlueTravels.com225 W Hickory St, Suite 110, Denton, TX 76201We are a boutique travel agency that offers complimentary travel planning services, with the ability to price match almost any vacation and all-inclusive package you find online. Thank you for shopping for small business!To be considered a guest on a future show send an email to john@pipertransportation.comThanks to the more than 12,000 members of the TSA! To learn more about the association https://tsatruck.org/
John Piper talks with Steve Wilhelms, CEO of NextRisk about the HOS changes and what you can expect. With over 25 years of fleet safety experience, Steve's conversational approach will help you understand what to expect and how to manage the changes. Steve WilhelmsPresident & CEONextRisk, LLC469.338.3301stevew@next-risk.comTSA Members you now have access to a new partner, Advantage Tracking Systems. They are focused on providing turnkey ELD solutions. Click here for specific information https://www.advtracking.net/tsaTo be considered a guest on a future show send email to john@pipertransportation.comThanks to the more than 12,000 members of the TSA! To learn more about the association https://tsatruck.org/
John Piper sits down with Bryan Martin of 4 State Trucks and The Chrome Shop Mafia to talk about their 3rd generation family business serving the trucking industry. The virtual truck show they are hosting and producing on Friday, September 25th, and a whole lot more. You can tune in live on their Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/4statetrucks/Or on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCd_YnexKuRemO8PBFFW-gWwFriday, September 25th starting at 6 pm CDT Thanks to the Truckers Service Association and all the members for all you do! To be considered a guest on the podcast contact John Piper: john@pipertransportation.com or drop us a message on our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/tsatruck To learn more about TSA and become a member https://tsatruck.org/See you down the road!
On this months episode I sit down with Kevin Hamilton, head of service for the Bruckner's Mack Volvo family of dealerships based in Amarillo, TX. Kevin has 30 years of experience in helping truckers keep their big rigs moving. Great tips on how to keep your tractor running to factory condition and lower costs. I have James Garner, a sleep apnea expert and owner of Active Medical break down the causes of sleep apnea and what can be done to get a better night's sleep while on the road. Did you know that being groggy behind the wheel can be just as dangerous as driving while intoxicated? Better sleep leads to all-around better health.To be considered a guest on the podcast or content you are curious about contact John Piper - john@pipertransportation.comThanks to the Truckers Service Association for bringing this podcast to life each and every month. With 12,000+ members, Truckers Service Association (TSA) knows what truckers need. Founded in 1995, TSA is a non-profit association dedicated to improving the profitability of owner-operators and Motor Carriers. Insurance marketing provided by TrueNorth Companies.https://tsatruck.org/
In this episode we get a return visit from Todd Amen, President of ATBS. He has his pulse on the Independent contractor community and the business ahead. He talks about what we can expect the balance of 2020 and how to navigate on the business side of trucking. https://www.atbs.com/Susan Dold from Truckers Against Trafficking provides a candid look inside this issue and how you can help fight this battle of human trafficing. Main website: https://truckersagainsttrafficking.org/TAT materials: https://truckersagainsttrafficking.org/get-our-materials/Donate: https://truckersagainsttrafficking.networkforgood.com/projects/39964-donate-to-tatOther resources:https://truckersagainsttrafficking.org/resource-tools/Rich Luna is the Director of Publishing, Editor in Chief of Meeting Professionals International (MPI)He recently wrote an article about Grapevine, TX and the great travel destination this city just outside of Dallas / Fort Worth is for vacation or business. This podcast is brought to you by the Truckers Service Association (TSA) serving approximately 12,000 Indpendent Contractors in the US. For more information https://tsatruck.org/For feedback, comments or guest suggestions you can reach John Piper john@pipertransportation.com Thanks for tuning in and will see you down the road!
Sleep is a problem that effects 1 in 3 truckers. How would you like to reverse sleep apnea and have more energy? Nick Kuhle is a health and wellness expert focused on changing lives. Justgetflux.com is where individuals can download the app for computers to block out bluelight at night.www.kuhlefit.com/ryv is where people can go to find more information and sign up for the 12-week group health course.Bonus tip, If you want to try cutting back on coffee - try this. If you have whole beans, take out 3 whole beans when you feel an urge for coffee, grind them into a pulp in your mouth and then spit out the grounds. You'll get a homeopathic dose of the coffee taste and caffeine that it literally takes the urge away.Travel Information: All the islands in the Caribbean are basically going day to day with their rules and as we have it here in the states each state has it’s own rules same for the Caribbean, always check before travel and if you haven’t used a travel agent, this is the time to do that 😊 For travel to St Lucia please check daily this link below as it changes all the time for rules of traveling to the islandhttps://www.stlucia.org/en/covid-19/ For Jamaicahttps://jm.usembassy.gov/covid-19-information-jamaica/ As for Destinhttps://www.destinfwb.com/connect/faqs/covid-19-faq/ For sandals (adults only ) for example Antigua openJamaica 5 resorts 2 open and the rest between sept to OctBahamas July 7th and Sept 1stSt Lucia 3 resorts July 7th, July14 and Nov 1st Just to show you that even the same chain and same island still have different opining dates Hope this helps, thank you Nevein JeffThe concierge TravelCell (757)319-9354www.theconciergetravel.comFollow on:Facebook https://facebook.com/theconciergetravelco
This month we sit down with executive director, Bill Webb to discuss the TSA scholarship program and how you can apply. The growth of TSA and how as a group we can accomplish so much more. For more information or questions about TSA you can contact Bill at: bwebb@legacyfem.com to submit for a scholarship you must be a current TSA member and complete the entry but June 26th applications can be found here https://tsatruck.org/benefits/tsa-scholarship/I have a great conversation with Jeremy Kellett, Director of Recruiting for Oakley Trucking located in North Little Rock, AR. Oakley is 100% Independent Contractors and Jeremy shares some of their keys to success. http://bruceoakley.com/oakleytrucking/We apprecate all the members and professional drivers on the road. For any show ideas or to request to be a guest on the show please contact John Piper: john@pipertransportation.com Be safe and thanks for tuning in!
In our lifestyle segment I visit with Eric Gregory, lifetime Kentuckian and President of the Kentuck Distillers Association to talk the ultimate 4 day weekend in Kentucky. A trip through the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, Horse Farm Tours, Fishing and more.... The association has donated 125,000 Gallons of hand sanitizer for Covid-19 relief efforts https://kybourbon.com/kentucky-distillers-association-members-donate-nearly-125000-gallons-of-hand-sanitizer-to-critical-areas/www.kybourbon.comwww.kybourbontrail.comwww.kybourbonaffair.comFacebook - https://www.facebook.com/kybourbontrailInstagram - @kentuckybourbontrailKDA Twitter - @KyDistillersKBT Twitter - @kybourbontrail#KyBourbon #KyBourbonTrail #MakeItMemorable #EnjoyResponsibly NEED HAND SANITIZER? GO TO WWW.KYHANDSANITIZER.COM TO SEND A REQUEST TO OUR DISTILLING FAMILY.Make it memorable. Please drink responsibly. Here is a link to the Kentucky Tourism website: https://www.kentuckytourism.com/I talk with Jeff Cockrell about some techniques and strategies to deal with stress, worry, and how to live a better life.Jeff Cockrell - 20 yrs with DCT and a Master Trainer delivering many of the training programs in North Texas, he’s in the top 1% of all trainers (2700) within DCT , 11 yrs in leadership roles in the Navy, leading as many as 1900 people while consistently winning the “Battle Efficiency Award. His post Navy years have been spent leading organizations in the corporate world and 20+ years delivering Dale Carnegie Training®.In addition to Dale Carnegie’s works (How to Win Friends and Influence People and How to Stop Worrying and Start Living), I recommend the following books:High Performance Habits: How Extraordinary People Become That Way by Brendon BurchardMindset by Carol DweckIn April, he posted a series of videos during April on Facebook and LinkedIn where he briefly examined each of Dale Carnegie’s principles from How to Stop Worrying and Start Living. I’ll repost them to my blog, so if you’re interested in learning about some powerful principles for managing stress and worry. You can access them, for free, at www.JeffCockrell.com And you can follow him on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/JBCockrell) or on LinkedIn (www.LinkedIn.com/in/jeff-cockrell-chpc)
Shortly after the Corona virus stimulus package was sent to congress for approval John Piper had a chance to get some insight from one of the leading experts focused on trucking finance and taxes, Todd Amen President of ATBS. The trucking industry is front and center in the country right now and so many positive stories coming out on professional drivers making a difference. We say "Thank You" be safe as always and we'll see you down the road. For more information about the impact of the stimulus bill and how your taxes may be impacted you can find more information here https://www.atbs.com/knowledge-hub/trucking-blog/common-tax-questions-for-owner-operatorsContact your own tax professional If you have an idea for a future segment or guests you can send us a message on the TSA Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/tsatruck/Or email john@pipertransportation.com
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