Andrew Theobald Named March 2016 Trainer of the Month

on Monday, May 16, 2016 in Awards & Recognition

With over five and a half years of driver training experience, Andrew Theobald has been named Trainer of the Month for March 2016.

“I want my drivers to be successful on their own once they leave my truck,” Andrew says.  Andrew admitted that he was nervous to take on the role of a trainer because of the liability of a new driver, but couldn’t deny his passion for teaching.  

Andrew’s philosophy on training is to “be patient and understanding, and remember where you came from, as you were there at one point in time.”

Andrew is now training his 42nd trainee and knows a thing or two about catering to their learning style. “Each person has a different personality, attitude and mindset, so I’ve got to do my best to cater to each one,” says Andrew.

In Andrew’s driver training experience, he has dealt with a vast variety of personalities. Andrew once had a trainee who was a man of few words, but that didn’t slow his teaching down. “I am careful to respect my trainee’s boundaries so he/she can learn in a comfortable environment.”

“Andy has continued to set a high standard for new drivers here at TMC and training them the right way to do the job,” says Training Coordinator Manager, Jeff Geist. “The last six guys he has trained are all still out there driving for TMC.”

“You learn from the bad and try to teach others a better way,” says Andrew as he remembers his training days. “I show my trainees what I wish was shown to me when I was a trainee, but I also try not to forget to enjoy myself.” 

According to Andrew, one of the biggest challenges new drivers usually face is learning to shift and adjusting to the trucking lifestyle. Andrew knows that this job is a lifestyle change and tries to ease that transition.

Andrew continues to enjoy his journey with TMC and is grateful for the opportunity to travel all around the United States. “Meeting new people and getting to see how beautiful each state is at the same time is amazing.”

The proof is in the pudding! Back in January 2016, our Safety Department received a phone call complementing Andrew and his trainee on their driving…

"Safety took a phone call this afternoon from a lady named Kathy who wanted to compliment the driver of truck 10277. She was traveling from the Cincinnati area to Indianapolis yesterday. I-70 was closed due to a multi-car pileup so she ended up behind our truck while following a detour.  Kathy said normally she would be dreading being “stuck” behind a semi, but our driver was being very courteous and driving appropriately for the deteriorating weather conditions. Even after completing the detour, she stayed behind our truck because she felt reassured that he would be safe. Andrew’s trainee, Dennis Myles, was driving at this time. Kudos to both of them for showing Kathy how professional drivers operate."-Jannelle Kennedy, Safety Assistant

Driver trainers are vital to the TMC training department, and each month a trainer is chosen who demonstrates the outstanding qualities TMC looks for in a trainer. The Trainer of the Month recipient is chosen based on their safety record and the safety performance of their trainees, the number of drivers trained and the retention percentage of those drivers. Congratulations to our March 2016 Trainer of the Month, Andrew Theobald!

Andrew (left) and Jeff Geist, Training Coordinator Manager