Dennis Kinzler Named TMC's Trainer of the Month for December 2017

by Justyn Hardy on Monday, January 29, 2018 in Awards & Recognition


Dennis has been driving for TMC for just over three years and has already proved himself a valuable asset in the training department. He had training experience from a previous employer, so the interest to move into the role was always there. “The underlying motivation was that I always appreciated that somebody was able to train me,” says Dennis. “I saw what they were doing in helping new drivers come about and I wanted to be a part of that.”

Like many others in the industry, Dennis enjoys the shared camaraderie between drivers out on the road. “I think the relationships you gain out here are invaluable,” he says. “Even the ones you build with drivers from other companies.”

Dennis applies the relationship building approach in his training. “I’m always helping my guys out and reassuring them that I have their best interest in mind,” he says. He believes this hands-on teaching helps his trainees the most. “I’m really patient and I try to teach little things along the way, and I think they appreciate that.”

Dennis is aware of the challenges that new drivers face, such as being away from their families thing and the obstacles of being in a new work environment. “My job is to make sure these guys have a career they enjoy,” Dennis says. “Helping them gain experience and learn to grow is the way to do that.”

For those who are interested in training, Dennis says to give it a shot. “I encourage it because it is rewarding to see people grow in the industry,” he says. “Take each day as a small challenge and hold true to what you know.”

Finally, Dennis is appreciative of the opportunities at TMC, and training has turned out to be one of the most rewarding for him. “It’s a blessing when you find out some of the guys you trained are now trainers themselves,” he says. “It feels like you really had an impact on somebody.”


Dennis, right, and Jeff Geist, Training Coordinator Manager

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 December 2017 Trainer of the Month, Dennis Kinzler!