Meet TMC's Trainer of July 2018, Joseph Ingram
Joe came to TMC looking for a new work environment with a familiar setting: the open road. After doing his research, he decided the Black and Chrome would be the perfect place for him. “I have always felt at home here, and it’s been a great fit from the very beginning,” he says, looking back at when he officially joined the team in May, 2010.
In August 2015, he felt it was time for him to take on the training role. “I believed that I had a lot of good knowledge to bring to the table,” Joe says. “I wanted to do my part and make sure new drivers are learning what they need to do.”
“Joe is a hard worker and a diligent trainer,” says Jeff Geist, Training Coordinator Manager. “His main goal is to see his trainees succeed and he makes sure they are prepared for the job ahead.”
The Jacksonville, FL native considers himself a hands-on trainer. “This job is all about repetition,” he says. “My job is to make sure that I understand how each individual learns and cater to both their strengths and also to areas that need more coaching.”
One thing that Joe emphasizes to his trainees is the importance of lending a hand out on the road. “I never stray away from helping out other drivers,” he furthers. Stressing the importance of seeking help if you need it, Joe adds, “Never try to be in too big of a rush, and never be afraid to ask questions."
For professional drivers who are interested in training, Joe encourages patience and persistence. “You have to be patient and realize that you will always be learning new things as well,” he says. “You always have to grow in your skills while teaching others to do the same.”
Joe Ingram (right) with Trainer Coordinator David Umphfleet
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 July 2018 Trainer of the Month, Joseph Ingram!