Change in Scenery for Former Drivers Taking on New Roles
The following employees left life on the road to help the Black and Chrome with work behind the scenes. Check out how they use their driving experience to build on their new roles in the office.
Oleg Mervyak- Safety Manager, Des Moines, IA
Linehaul: September 2014-March 2019
“When Adam Hoffman came to my driving school, I knew TMC was the place I wanted to work. He made it clear that TMC is the ultimate meritocracy and success or failure all depends on the individual. I applied and started working for TMC in September 2014, right after receiving my CDL.
After I started driving, I became a driver trainer in 2015. Ever since then, I had my eye on the safety department. It seemed like it would be a natural extension of the job I was already performing. Whenever I communicated with our safety managers while on the road, I found them to be helpful, sometimes tough, and always fair. From the outside, it seemed like a difficult job, but I am always up for challenge.
My new responsibilities as a Safety Manager include answering general questions related to safety and securement, handling incident and accident situations, and giving drivers feedback. I know how it feels to be on the other side of the phone, in the middle of nowhere, with an issue that needs to be resolved. Empathy is a huge part of the job and drivers can feel that. I think drivers respond better when they know they are talking to someone who has walked a mile in their shoes.
I’m looking forward to learning everything I can about the safety department and how it can be useful to drivers. I want our drivers to see me as a resource to be used to answer questions and help with issues. I’m excited to continue being part of the TMC family and put my experience to use for our future.”
Johnny Kaczmarczyk- Driver Development Specialist, Des Moines, IA
Linehaul: July 2014-June 2018
National Gypsum Dedicated in Ft. Dodge, IA: June 2018-March 2019
“I joined TMC in June of 2014 and got into my own truck at the end of July 2014. When I was first looking for a company to drive for, all I knew what that I wanted to haul flatbed. The shiny black trucks were definitely a plus, but I also did my homework and talked to some drivers in person before sending in my application.
While I thoroughly enjoyed my time in the truck, I was wanting to be home more often. I always enjoyed helping guys out while on the road, and the opportunity to do the same thing while being home more was a huge draw. However, I would be lying if I said I don’t miss the truck.
As a Driver Development Specialist, I assist with reaching out to potential recruits (new and experienced) and help to give them perspective on what a transition to TMC would be like. I also teach TQM classes, primarily in Des Moines, and give drivers the information they need to be successful at TMC. Being a driver for TMC helped me prepare for this role because I can accurately transfer the information and knowledge I have gained from actually doing the job to our new drivers. The drivers often appreciate this coming from someone who has experienced what they are going through first hand.
As an employee owner, I’m looking forward to teaching our drivers how to be successful through the TQM program while utilizing my first-hand experience I learned on the road.”
Tyler Bryan- Dedicated Fleet Manager, Des Moines, IA
Home Depot Dedicated: August 2017- February 2018
Easton Steel Dedicated: February 2018- August 2019
“When I was in college on my way to class one day, I stopped and talked to a TMC driver. He was super nice and told me how much he liked working for TMC, and of course, I couldn’t help but notice that he was driving a really good looking truck.
I applied at TMC and started driving in July 2017. While I enjoyed driving, I was ready for a change in lifestyle. I wanted to be home every night and utilize my degree through experiences in the office. Working as a Dedicated Fleet Manager in Des Moines has allowed me to do just that.
Since I’ve done the job myself, I am able to relate to the drivers I speak with each day. I know the importance of home time and understand the frustrations that being on the road can bring. I’ve enjoyed getting to know drivers, learning more about moving freight, and keeping drivers prepared.”