Ruan's Driver of the Year program gives us the opportunity to recognize the hard work, dedication, and exceptional performance of our driving team members. Last year, we honored our top drivers as part of our 2019 Winners’ Circle. These professional drivers go above and beyond for Ruan. Learn more about Winners’ Circle honoree, John, who is based out of our operation in Ankeny, IA.
How long have you been driving for Ruan?
I have been driving for Ruan for 25 years.
What is your favorite memory during your time at Ruan?
There isn't just one favorite memory. I know that over the last 25 years, whatever has happened in my life, good or bad, Ruan has played a significant role in it. If I were to pick one, it would be when I placed in the Iowa Motor Truck Association’s Truck Driving Championships competition, and our team received the sportsmanship award. For that, I owe a debt of gratitude to the drivers and leaders that have went before me.
What do you like most about working for Ruan?
I would have to say the diverse opportunities. I have been on so many different accounts that would fit my lifestyle at that time. I have been over-the-road and local, I have helped with new start-ups, and have had experience in flatbed, tanker, van, and oversized loads.
What do you do in your free time while not driving?
My wife and I like to just get in the car or on the motorcycle and hit the backroads and travel around. We are always busy with kids and grandkids. We have also been doing home improvement projects, which have been enjoyable. We are just finishing the kitchen and found that it can be a relationship building experience.
Do you have any tips for drivers who are considering driving for Ruan?
What I say to new drivers or office staff is to be patient. Ruan is not going anywhere; they are going to be here for a long time. If what you are doing does not fit you, let someone know. The dynamics of the company are constantly changing. Find a place that fits you. I always have.
What is your safe driving philosophy?
I would have to say "Prepare to Drive." This starts the day before with getting enough sleep. Show up early and ease into your day. Leave yourself plenty of time to go over your route and check out your equipment. You might not spot all the problems, but if you don't look, you'll find out when it's too late. Don't start your trip behind the eight-ball.
How did it feel to be recognized as part of Ruan’s Driver of the Year Winners’ Circle?
Although the pandemic took a lot of the air out of the sails and I missed being able to socialize with the other honorees telling trucking stories in person, I was honored to be chosen and loved the brainstorming sessions. Our group had a lot of knowledgeable drivers.
Interested in driving for Ruan? Check out our open opportunities here.