April 2017 Trainer of the Month: Edward Dolsen Jr.
Ed started with TMC back in 2009 after coming back from deployment. He found TMC by doing some research and decided to apply. After starting to work for TMC, Ed was injured during another deployment and had to take a break from work. He decided to take a job locally when he was able to work again, but shortly came back to TMC. “The money, respect, and equipment of the other company I was at were subpar, which brought me back to TMC,” said Ed.
He became a trainer in 2010 and has been a valuable asset to the training team ever since. “I wanted to do my part to get new drivers trained the right way,” said Ed.
Ed values the relationships that he forms with his trainees. In fact, that is one of his favorite parts about being a trainer. “Most of my trainees have maintained contact with me since they got their own truck,” he says. “I really like building these new relationships, since it’s hard to meet people out on the road sometimes.”
“Ed goes the extra mile to make sure his guys are well prepared to handle this new career,” says Jeff Geist, Training Coordinator Manager. “He ensures they know he is there for help and support if they need it.”
Ed is no stranger to the stresses that over-the-road trucking can bring, especially for new drivers with families back home. “I try to keep a pattern when I train, and I try to make it as low-stress as possible,” he says. “I do my best to keep things light when it’s appropriate, while also maintaining instruction.”
Building strong friendships with his trainees, keeping things light, and being patient have been the keys to Ed’s success. “You don’t always get along with your trainees, but you can’t let that get in the way,” he says. “As long as I teach them how to do the job right and they walk away with that knowledge, then I’ve done my job.”
Ed (right) and Training Coordinator Manager, Jeff Geist
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 April 2017 Trainer of the Month, Ed Dolsen!