Bryan Celestine Named Trainer of the Month for September 2015
Bryan Celestine has been a driver with TMC since 2009 and has been training new drivers for four years.
Each trainee has helped Bryan learn more about himself as well as the trucking industry. “I have a passion and I try to teach each trainee everything I know,” he says. “I want them to do well and maintain a high standard for TMC.” Bryan never hesitates to put in extra effort and time to each trainee to make sure they understand what they are doing and the reasons behind it.
Bryan has learned through practice that the best way to teach a trainee is hands-on experience. Every individual and situation is different, but allowing trainees to learn from their mistakes while they are in training is a valuable life experience that helps them achieve self-sufficient skills for when they’re out on their own.
Bryan swears by consistency. “Drive your truck the way you would want your trainees to drive,” he says. “If a trainee does not understand a certain concept, as a trainer it is our duty to teach them and explain it to them. I want everyone to be safe and top notch.”
According to Bryan, one of the biggest problems in the industry is the prevalence of drivers who cut corners to make more money. This is something that, as a driver trainer, Bryan feels he can positively influence. “I represent TMC day in-and-out and I want to set the bar higher,” he explains. “I want quality and good guys out there. As long as you maximize your potential, you will be able to do more and be given more responsibility.”
Bryan is also known for his healthy lifestyle as an over-the-road truck driver. He believes that when you’re in shape, you get the best out of life, and that exercising regularly and eating right keeps your energy level high, which is an essential aspect to being a flatbed truck driver. Bryan has many drivers and trainees come to him seeking tips on how to be healthier, and has even been featured in a video tutorial on TMC’s YouTube page. Check it out here!
Over the years, Bryan has personally gotten to know many of his students. The most rewarding thing as a trainer for Bryan has been getting phone calls from his friends and telling him how great of a job one of his former trainees has done. “I also really enjoy getting calls from my students thanking me for the time and pointers I have given them. As long as they love it, I love it too.”