Bugni Earns CDL, Distinction as First Female Graduate of Veriha Driving Academy
April 10, 2017
Veriha Trucking is pleased to announce that Connie Bugni of Menasha, Wisconsin, has earned the distinction of being the first female graduate of Veriha Driving Academy. Bugni completed the three week training course and passed her road skills test in February, earning her Class A Commercial Driver License (CDL).
Now a regional driver for Veriha Trucking, Bugni joins the more than 200,000 female drivers across the nation who earn a living as a professional truck driver. With no wage gap between genders, and job security fueled by a nationwide truck driver shortage, more women are looking to the transportation industry for lucrative careers.
According to the American Trucking Association, “the trucking industry faces a shortage of drivers nationwide. It is estimated that over the next 10 years, it will need to hire 89,000 drivers per year to replace those drivers that are retiring and to meet projected freight demand.”
Over the past several years, advancements in vehicle design have made professional driving more attractive and accessible to all demographics. Many carriers – Veriha Trucking, among them – are transitioning their fleets to all automatic transmission vehicles, with an increased focus on ergonomics, amenities, and driver safety and comfort.
A number of scholarships and funding opportunities are also available to help potential drivers earn their CDL. Bugni received a $1,000 scholarship from the Women in Trucking Foundation to help offset the cost of her training.
Founded in 2016, Veriha Driving Academy has helped nearly two dozen students begin their professional driving career. Located in Marinette, Wisconsin, the three-week course includes high-quality classroom, range, and behind-the-wheel instruction provided by licensed instructors. Students have the option of joining a Veriha Trucking fleet upon successful completion of the Driving Academy.
Women In Trucking Announces 2016 Image Team
April 6, 2016
The mission of Women In Trucking Association (WIT) is to encourage the employment of women in the trucking industry, promote their accomplishments, and minimize obstacles faced by women in the trucking industry. The purpose of the Image Team is to represent these goals while bringing awareness of the need for more female drivers and the challenges they face working in a male dominated environment.
The WIT Image Team participates in ride-along events for legislators, regulators, and industry leaders to provide a deeper understanding of the obstacles they face on the road. They also speak to the media and other industry professionals at public events and industry trade shows.
To qualify for the WIT Image Team, the applicant must be a member of WIT for at least one year and submit an application. The application required an essay of 250 words to explain why she should be chosen for the Image Team. Questions regarding their safety records, previous awards or recognitions, volunteer service, and community involvement were included in the selection process. All positions held in the trucking industry were considered in addition to professional drivers.
Top scoring applicants were advanced to the next round of the selection process, which required an interview with the judging panel. The judges consisted of Mark Rousseau, Frito-Lay, Linda Caffee, Landstar Express America, Tom Liutkus, TravelCenters of America, Patrick Pendergast, Ryder System, Inc., and Stan Hampton, J.B. Hunt Transport.
“I was honored to be part of the selection process. There were so many terrific candidates. Drivers and other professionals who are devoted to this industry and have such high personal and professional standards,” said Tom Liutkus, Senior Vice President, Marketing and Public Relations, Travel Centers of America. “WIT is blessed to be represented by such a fine group of women as is the trucking industry.”The 2016 Women In Trucking Image Team is comprised of:
- Angelique Jones, Professional Driver, Atlantic Bulk Carriers
- Brooke Held Sudimak, Professional Driver, Ru-D Trucking
- Brooke Mosley, Training Specialist/ Female Driver Liaison, Prime, Inc.
- Cindi Alexander, Co-Owner/Director Training Instructor, Lake Cumberland CDL Training School
- Cindy Kaps, Professional Driver, Atlas Van Lines
- Deb LaBree, Professional Driver, Landstar
- Felicia Berggren, Professional Driver, Werner Enterprises
- Gretchen Jackson, Sr. Manager/Driver Recruiter, XPO Logistics
- Jeana Hysell, Sr. Safety Consultant, J.J. Keller & Associates, Inc.
- Jill Maschmeier, Director of Safety & Compliance, National Carriers
- Jodi Edwards, Professional Driver, J.B. Hunt Transport
- Julie Matulle, Professional Driver & Part time Recruiter, H.O. Wolding Inc.
- Sarah Wulf, Recruiting Manager, Veriha Trucking
The announcement of the 2016 Image Team was made at the 7th annual Salute to Women Behind the Wheel event in Louisville, Kentucky. The event is hosted by Women In Trucking Association to honor female commercial drivers. There were approximately 400 people in attendance.
Lytx Honors Outstanding Drivers and Coaches with Annual ‘Driver of the Year’ and ‘Coach of the Year’ Awards
Heroes of the Roadways Exhibited Exceptional Safety Records
SAN DIEGO (Feb. 23, 2016) – Lytx, Inc., the global leader in video telematics, today announced the winners of its 2015 “Driver of the Year” and “Coach of the Year” awards, which include a 58-year veteran driver, a master of harsh-weather driving, and a waste industry driver beloved by his customers.
Presented at the annual Lytx User Conference in San Diego, the awards honor the exceptional achievements of 16 drivers and coaches among the 1,400+ clients currently using the Lytx DriveCam™ program to help improve the safety and efficiency of their drivers.
Lytx’s expertise in safe driving behavior is backed by nearly 20 years spent analyzing driver performance data from more than 45 billion miles driven. This gives Lytx an unparalleled perspective from which to recognize the exemplary drivers and coaches who operate their vehicles in a highly safe and responsible manner, reduce the potential for collisions, and set new standards for safe commercial driving in the process.
“At its core, good driving is all about the right attitude and exceptional decision making, and our Driver of the Year and Coach of the year award winners have consistently demonstrated these qualities,” said Del Lisk, vice president of safety services for Lytx. “Their companies have given them the advantage of precise and personalized coaching insights to fine-tune what are already fantastic driving skills. This year’s Drivers and Coaches of the Year are the best of the best, and we salute them for the examples they’ve set.”
Lytx is recognizing winners of the Driver of the Year award from DriveCam users across five commercial driving categories: Services, Government and Utilities; Transit/Motor Coach; For-Hire Trucking; Private Trucking; and Waste.
Services and Utilities
- First place winner – Martin Parades of ARS Rescue Rooter has been working with the company for 25 years and driving as a journeyman plumber for almost every single one of them. He has been recognized internally for four consecutive years for his commitment to excellence, and he boasts an excellent safety record in all facets of his job including when driving.
- Second Place – Maria Rodriguez of LeFleur Transportation
- Third Place – Israel Peterson of Renzenberger Incorporated
- First place winner – William Fields of MV Transportation has been driving in a professional capacity for 58 years, dating back to 1957 when he was hired as the first African-American driver for Connect Transit in Connecticut, Ohio. He was named MV Transportation East area Driver of the Year in 2015 and was recognized twice in 2015 for his excellence in customer service. In addition to his longstanding commitment to the driving profession, Fields has 28 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren, and he serves as a deacon in his church.
- Second Place – Virginia Agcaoili of City of Fairfield
- Third Place – Alfred Vann of Greyhound
- First place winner – Harold Johnson of Veriha Trucking, Inc. has been a company driver since 2009. During his tenure, he has had no preventable accidents or moving violations, recorded four violation-free roadside inspections, and attained a 100 percent on-time delivery rate. In 2015, Harold accumulated more than 97,500 miles driven. He received the Presidents Safe Driver Club award through the Wisconsin Motor Carrier Association for the past two years and ranks in the top for safety performance criteria.
- Second Place – Bobby Frye of Cargo Transporters
- Third Place – tied – Terry Anderson of Long Haul Trucking, Inc., Jeffrey Burke of Lily Transportation, Corp.
- First place winner – Aaron Perry of US Foods, Inc. operates out of a remote yard in Manassas, VA, an area that had one of the harshest winters on record and is not well equipped to handle excessive snowfall. In spite of the weather, Perry came in each and every day, prepared his truck for the road, and completed every trip without accidents or issues. He continues to bring all safety-related items to his immediate supervisors and takes pride in making sure all his customers get their deliveries in a safe and efficient manner.
- Second Place – Mark Adams of Reyes Holdings-Reinhart
- Third Place – Juan Lockett of Linde
- First place winner – Ernie Strawn of Waste Connections is a 26-year veteran of the company, and he has the most positive customer feedback of any driver in the organization. Dispatchers, customer service representatives, and upper managers alike have praised his commitment to keep his driving, co-workers and communities safe.
- Second Place – Jim Bell of Progressive Waste
- Third Place – Jermaine Jackson of Waste Management
Lytx also presented the Coach of the Year award to Darrell Eads of WCA Waste. Eads was promoted to route manager with WCA Waste Corp. in October of 2014, with responsibility for the Residential Recycle line of business, which takes on many of the region’s entry-level drivers. Eads is responsible for new hire orientation, on-road coaching and mentoring his new employees in service excellence, safety policies and DriveCam awareness. Through his onboarding efforts, Eads successfully coached 82 DriveCam events with an average time of 1.5 days, which topped the chart for WCA’s regional location in total events and average days.
Lytx DriveCam safety programs now protect nearly 550,000 drivers worldwide, and are credited with the potential to save more than 800 lives per year nationwide.
Veriha Truck Driving Academy to Open in 2016
We are excited to announce that Veriha Enterprise is opening Veriha Driving Academy, a brand new Class A-CDL truck driving school, in Marinette, Wisconsin, with the first class scheduled to start January 8, 2016. Veriha Driving Academy will provide individuals that are interested in pursuing a professional career high quality instruction and a fast track into a career as a professional truck driver for Veriha Trucking.
The Veriha Driving Academy will be located at 2830 Cleveland Avenue, Marinette, Wisconsin. In the first year, the academy will have the capacity to prepare 100-150 new drivers for a career in the trucking industry as a Veriha Driver. As Veriha Trucking has continued to grow over the past several years, so has the need to attract, retain and engage professional truck drivers. According to the American Trucking Association, “the trucking industry faces a shortage of drivers nationwide. It is estimated that over the next 10 years, it will need to hire 89,000 drivers per year to replace those drivers that are retiring and to meet projected freight demand.” Owners Karen Smerchek and Joe Veriha are excited to provide opportunities to individuals looking to acquire new skills and to start a career as a professional truck driver.
Upon acceptance into the academy, students can receive financial assistance from Veriha including financing with repayment options and tuition reimbursement after graduation. Classes are 2 weeks in length and will include everything needed to obtain a Class A – CDL including classroom, range and behind the wheel quality, professional instruction. Upon successful completion, students will be placed into Veriha Trucking’s Driver finishing program which entails 2-3 weeks over the road “paid training” with a Driver Trainer. Upon graduation, drivers are placed into an over-the-road Regional or Home Daily Fleet.
Students entering the program and pursuing a career with Veriha Trucking can expect to earn $ 40,000 – $ 45,000 the first year, $ 45,000 – $55,000 the second year and $ 55,000 – $ 65,000 over the third and subsequent years. In addition to salary, drivers are eligible to participate in a generous benefit pkg., liberal home time & company paid time-off.
Interested individuals should contact Veriha Enterprise at 800-666-5187 or firstname.lastname@example.org to secure your spot today!
Veriha Trucking to Hire 35 New Drivers
Marinette, Wisconsin, November 9, 2015: Veriha Trucking is excited to announce new expansions to add 35 more driving positions. This will bring the number of drivers up to 300 for the company. Veriha Trucking believes in their drivers and considers it one of the most important jobs in today’s U.S. economy. Drivers do more than just cover miles: they deliver important goods with efficiency to almost everyone across the country.
Veriha Trucking provides unmatched benefits to their drivers. Veriha Industry Professionals, or VIPs, are given a weekly guaranteed performance pay, instead of the standard cents per mile. This provides drivers income protection so they don’t have to worry about the ups and downs of mileage covered each week. With this weekly pay guarantee comes a performance-based pay where drivers have the chance to earn extra pay by using their drive cams. VIPs are paid for orientation and receive vacation pay as well.
To demonstrate drivers’ importance and value, Veriha provides nothing but well-maintained equipment for drivers to use, a variety of fleet options (so individual needs are met), a full benefit package, and a full-time wellness coach on site. Drivers also receive paid life insurance and a variety of options for dental, medical, and supplemental insurance.
March 10, 2015: The 2015 Influential Woman in Trucking Award seeks to recognize women annually in the Transportation Industry who make or influence key decisions in a corporate, manufacturing, supplier owner operator, driver, sales or dealership setting.
We are excited to announce that Karen Smerchek, Veriha Trucking Inc. was nominated along with over a 100 other woman nationwide through-out the transportation industry and was selected as a finalist for this prestigious award March 10, 2015 during the 2015 annual Truckload Carrier’s Association convention in Orlando, Florida. We would like to congratulate Karen on receiving this award and thank Karen for her leadership and hard work.
As President of Veriha Trucking, Inc. Karen consistently offers strategic direction, guidance, and vision to a team of 71 employees and 273 driving professionals. On any given day Karen can be found assisting the operations team with load planning, dispatching loads for drivers to help get them home to their families as well as providing customer service support. Karen’s leadership expands beyond Veriha Trucking and is often relied on as a resource for sharing best practices with other colleagues in the transportation industry. Overall, Karen is a true inspiration not only to women, but to all others involved in the transportation industry.
Karen is a visionary in the transportation industry. Her ability to push limits and to step outside of conventional boundaries has and will continue to improve the image and success of the transportation industry.
Karen’s humbleness instilled within her from her father John Veriha’s legacy is apparent. She is the first one at the office every day and is usually always the last to leave. Karen’s work ethic and commitment is unparalleled with others and her concern for employee welfare is unmatched. Karen’s proven record of accomplishments deserves this honorary recognition based on her ability to inspire others to be the best.
Karen’s leadership will continue to inspire women as well as others to reach beyond their limits. On behalf of all associates of Veriha Trucking, we are honored to be a part of Karen’s legacy.
TCA and CarriersEdge recognize trucking companies for providing outstanding places to work
Alexandria, Virginia, 1/30/2015: Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) and CarriersEdge of Markham, Ontario, have selected 20 trucking companies from across North America as the 2015 Best Fleets to Drive For. The 7th annual survey and contest identifies for-hire trucking companies that provide the best workplace experiences for their drivers.
This year’s winners are as follows:
- Bay and Bay Transportation (Eagan, Minnesota)
- Bison Transport (Winnipeg, Manitoba)
- Boyle Transportation (Billerica, Massachusetts)
- Central Oregon Truck Company, Inc (Redmond, Oregon)
- Erb Group (New Hamburg, Ontario)
- Farm2Fleet (Chattanooga, Tennessee)
- Fremont Contract Carriers, Inc. (Fremont, Nebraska)
- FTC Transportation, Inc. (Oklahoma City, Oklahoma)
- Grand Island Express, Inc. (Grand Island, Nebraska)
- Halvor Lines, Inc. (Superior, Wisconsin)
- Interstate Distributor Co. (Tacoma, Washington)
- Kriska Holdings Ltd. (Prescott, Ontario)
- Landstar System, Inc. (Jacksonville, Florida)
- Liberty Linehaul Inc. (Ayr, Ontario)
- Motor Carrier Service, Inc. (Northwood, Ohio)
- Nussbaum Transportation (Hudson, Illinois)
- Paramount Freight Systems (Ft Myers, Florida)
- Tennant Truck Lines, Inc. (Colona, Illinois)
- TransPro Freight Systems Ltd. (Milton, Ontario)
- WTI Transport (Tuscaloosa, Alabama)
- Challenger Motor Freight Inc. (Cambridge, Ontario)
- Drive Logistics (Windsor, Ontario)
- Veriha Trucking, Inc. (Marinette, Wisconsin)
- Melton Truck Lines, Inc. (Tulsa, Oklahoma)
- Raider Express (Ft. Worth, Texas)
To be considered for the Best Fleets program, a company operating 10 trucks or more had to be nominated by at least one of its company drivers or owner operators. CarriersEdge then interviewed human resources representatives and executives of the nominated fleets about their corporate direction, policies, and programs. Nominated fleets were evaluated against a scoring matrix covering a variety of categories, such as:
- Total compensation package – including base pay, bonuses, vacation, and sick day allotment
- Health benefits
- Pension plans
- Professional development opportunities (training, coaching programs, etc.)
- Career path/advancement opportunities
- Commitment to employee personal growth, including work/life balance, driver family support, and employee-directed charitable contributions
- Commitment to continuous improvement, including dispute resolution processes and inclusion of driver feedback in policymaking
- Team building and driver community development activities
- Annual driver turnover rate
- Fleet safety record
A selection of each fleet’s drivers was also surveyed, with their feedback compared to management’s and incorporated into the final score. The responses were then tallied, resulting in the selection of this year’s winners and honorable mentions.
“This year, we saw a large increase in the number of companies with retirement plans that included a company match, like a 401(k),” said Jane Jazrawy, chief executive officer of CarriersEdge. “We also noted that many companies are providing mobile devices to their drivers, often with custom mobile apps to go with them. New for this year, we saw a few fleets offering guaranteed pay for their drivers, similar to the base salary that sales reps or consultants might receive.”
When examining the list of winners and Best Fleets to Watch, Brad Bentley, president of TCA, commented: “I’m pleased to see that four of these companies were flagged as Fleets to Watch in the past and five are also finalists in TCA’s National Fleet Safety Awards. Clearly, these fleets are doing something right, and their efforts are paying off on multiple levels!”
Veriha Trucking to Outfit Entire Fleet with DriveCam
Oct. 22, 2013 – DriveCam, Inc., a global driver risk management company, today announced that Wisconsin-based Veriha Trucking has signed a multi-year contract to roll out the DriveCam solution to its entire fleet. Veriha Trucking joins DriveCam’s growing roster of transportation and logistics customers, including Cargo Transporters and Salmon Companies
As part of Veriha Trucking’s ongoing initiative to improve fleet operations, the DriveCam Program is being implemented to increase good driving behavior, identify and eliminate problem driving and reduce risk.
A two-month trial of the DriveCam solution by Veriha Trucking resulted in data showing a compelling reduction of risk, resulting in exonerations for the primarily dry van operation.
“We are focused on continuous improvement in our fleet and driver safety levels, and in pursuit of this goal chose to implement the DriveCam solution,” said Veriha Trucking Safety Manager Greg Hall. “We felt that DriveCam has the resources to support us. Our drivers are seeing more clearly where the risks are, as well as where they need improvement.”
“Like many transportation-based companies, Veriha Trucking was looking for ways to recognize and promote good driving behavior,” said DriveCam Senior Business Manager Adam McCarty. “DriveCam’s services are helping them identify potential problem driving, provide immediate coaching to address it, which leads to better drivers who can then be rewarded for their safe driving practices. Everyone wins. ”
The DriveCam Program addresses safety by combining data and video analytics with real-time driver feedback and coaching, resulting in reductions in cost and fuel consumption. Through a patented, iterative process of scoring, prioritizing and tracking the results of driving behaviors, DriveCam’s Driver Science Engine identifies behavioral improvement opportunities for increased safety. In-cab video captures driving behavior, which is objectively reviewed and scored, then passed on to the fleet for use in coaching drivers.
Fleets manage the DriveCam Program through DriveCam Online, a web-based online portal. Seamlessly integrated into DriveCam’s DC3 video event recorder and the DriveCam Online reporting solution, DriveCam’s Fuel Management Solution combines real-time, in-cab feedback with online reporting and coaching to improve fuel efficiency – by up to 12 percent – and lower emissions. Unlike other vehicle-centric fuel solutions, DriveCam’s solution focuses on the driver – specifically on the three driving behaviors that have the greatest impact on fuel efficiency: efficient or “smooth” driving, idling and speeding.
About Veriha Trucking
For over 35 years, Veriha Trucking has been a reliable, consistent transportation partner that many of the nation’s Fortune 100 companies count on. Veriha Trucking continues to invest in people, equipment and innovative technology so it has the resources and versatility to provide customers with the high value transportation services they deserve, at a competitive price. Veriha Trucking offers solutions and services in truckload; over-the-road and regional; truckload, short haul and local; dry van; temperature-controlled; flatbed and hazmat.
About DriveCam, Inc.
As proven experts in compliance and the science of safe and efficient driving, The DriveCam Program reduces collision-related expenses, fuel costs and the risk of audits and lost business for hundreds of commercial fleets worldwide. The company identifies and addresses the causes of poor driving by combining sight and sound with real-time, predictive analytics. With over 500 commercial and government fleet clients, DriveCam monitors 20 billion driving miles annually, while protecting more than 400,000 drivers worldwide. For more information, visit www.drivecam.com.