Who? Me?

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Rolling Thunder's Comment
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Let me start by saying none of this has sunk in yet.

I am now a member of the Averitt Express On Tour Logistics team (OTL), which means, I will be going out on tour with bands, artists and production companies as a member of the crew. Of course, I will be driving their gear from venue to venue throughout the whole tour. I will also be driving for production companies (think NFL, one event concerts...etc.) from now on (with some truck load runs to fill in the gaps).

I was picked along with a few others out of a countless many of drivers and put through an extensive background check, interview and class which was completed today. I can`t even begin to put to words what this means to me. I am so excited, confused (why me?) and over all, blessed. Here is the kicker... I inquired about it on Wednesday, was invited to attend yesterday (reason for the immediate hazmat testing), and completed an interview and class today which sealed the deal. I have no idea why they chose me, (who? me?) but, they seemed to know all about who I am and (of course) what my year of driving has been like. Today was surreal to say the least, I mean, this a huge deal. I hadn`t met these folks until today yet they were treating me as if I was already a member of the group. Hell, my interview was only about 3 minutes long. Weird.

A big thank you to everyone who has supported and helped me on this site, seriously, thank you.

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Jolie R.'s Comment
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OMG that is AWESOME!!!!!! I would be so excited too. You will definitely have to let us know how things are going. Congratulations!!!!dancing-dog.gifdancing-dog.gifdancing-dog.gif

MidnightCowboy's Comment
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Let me start by saying none of this has sunk in yet.

I am now a member of the Averitt Express On Tour Logistics team (OTL), which means, I will be going out on tour with bands, artists and production companies as a member of the crew. Of course, I will be driving their gear from venue to venue throughout the whole tour. I will also be driving for production companies (think NFL, one event concerts...etc.) from now on (with some truck load runs to fill in the gaps).

I was picked along with a few others out of a countless many of drivers and put through an extensive background check, interview and class which was completed today. I can`t even begin to put to words what this means to me. I am so excited, confused (why me?) and over all, blessed. Here is the kicker... I inquired about it on Wednesday, was invited to attend yesterday (reason for the immediate hazmat testing), and completed an interview and class today which sealed the deal. I have no idea why they chose me, (who? me?) but, they seemed to know all about who I am and (of course) what my year of driving has been like. Today was surreal to say the least, I mean, this a huge deal. I hadn`t met these folks until today yet they were treating me as if I was already a member of the group. Hell, my interview was only about 3 minutes long. Weird.

A big thank you to everyone who has supported and helped me on this site, seriously, thank you.

Congratulations! Have you been driving many years? Sounds like an awesome opportunity.

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Rolling Thunder's Comment
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OMG that is AWESOME!!!!!! I would be so excited too. You will definitely have to let us know how things are going. Congratulations!!!!dancing-dog.gifdancing-dog.gifdancing-dog.gif

Thank you and I will definitely be writing about the adventures that I participate in, discreetly of course. There will be no breaking news coming from this guy as it pertains to the artists and the other production members. That is a huge no no.

Rolling Thunder's Comment
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Congratulations! Have you been driving many years? Sounds like an awesome opportunity.

Thanks Jeff! Believe it or not, I haven`t so much as sat in a big truck until July 2013. A huge opportunity indeed. I am still in disbelief about the whole thing.

Old School's Comment
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Rolling Thunder, I know you know this, but that is really a great opportunity for you. It's one of those deals where people talk about "being at the right place at the right time" kind of deals.

Congratulations Man! Really excited for you and proud of you!

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Rolling Thunder's Comment
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Rolling Thunder, I know you know this, but that is really a great opportunity for you. It's one of those deals where people talk about "being at the right place at the right time" kind of deals.

Congratulations Man! Really excited for you and proud of you!

Thanks Old School! This past year has been insane. I would never have seen myself here two years ago. I will be taking full advantage of this opportunity and continue to better myself every day.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Freightdog (Shaun)'s Comment
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Rolling Thunder, I know you know this, but that is really a great opportunity for you. It's one of those deals where people talk about "being at the right place at the right time" kind of deals.

Congratulations Man! Really excited for you and proud of you!

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Thanks Old School! This past year has been insane. I would never have seen myself here two years ago. I will be taking full advantage of this opportunity and continue to better myself every day.

Congratulations! That truly is pretty awesome. Be sure to keep us updated as time allows!

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Rolling Thunder's Comment
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Congratulations! That truly is pretty awesome. Be sure to keep us updated as time allows!

Thanks Freightdog! Will do.

Rick S.'s Comment
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Very cool.

CONGRATS!

No details on artists/etc - but details of the driving would be cool. Do they lay you up in a hotel, etc.?

A lot of bands have in-house trucking companies (Grateful Dead used Fischer Trucking out of San Rafael for decades). I've done production & road management (as well as front of house sound) for some mid-level acts.

On an arena level - schedules are super-tight. But the travel time is usually more than adequate - and most tours are 2 days in-a-row and one travel day (depending on venue). It's a cush gig, catering backstage is usually very nice. Plus the benefit of driving the TRUCK (versus the bus) is that you don't have to clean up behind a bunch of messy musicians.

This is a DREAM GIG for a new entrant to the industry - usually people work years and years to slide into something like this.

Congrats again…

Rick

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