TMC Names Chester Randolph Driver of the First Quarter of 2017
Trucking is a lifestyle, and it's a life that Driver of the First Quarter, Chester Randolph, loves. “It takes a special person to be a truck driver. It’s not an easy job, but it’s a job that I enjoy."
Chester has 16 years and over 1.5 million safe driving miles under his belt here at TMC Transportation. He has earned this honorable distinction by keeping safety at the forefront and dedicating himself to excellence. His friendly, bubbly personality also contributes to his success - he never fails to brighten someone's day.
Chester is a master of the open roads. Before coming to TMC in 2001, he spent 20 years as a tour bus driver. He has traveled across the country with Reba McEntire, Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers, along with Crosby, Stills and Nash - just to name a few. Though it was an exciting job, Chester found the several months out on the road to be a bit too strenuous. He made the transition to TMC Transportation for shorter lengths of haul. He currently drives on our Continental Dedicated account.
“All I have ever done is drive. I have been all over the United States and Canada and I am grateful that I get to travel for a living,” he explains. “Every day is different. I get to see different things and places, but I also have the opportunity to build relationships with fellow drivers. It is very rewarding.”
“Chester was the first driver I met when I started at TMC. He was my very first impression of this company. He was friendly, professional, and warmly welcomed me to the team. I thought to myself - if this is the kind of driver that I will be working with, I think I’m going to be pretty happy working here,” says Kristin Holdash, Dedicated Fleet Manager.
“The impression that Chester left on me is the same one he leaves wherever he goes. He is quick to help other drivers whenever he can. He is dependable and you can always trust him to get the load safely to where it needs to go. He represents TMC Transportation in the best way possible, both on the road and at our customers. Chester is a true professional and I consider myself very lucky to have him on my team.”
To be a successful driver, both in the flatbed trucking industry and at TMC, Chester explains that safety should be number one. “Be safe, pay attention, and do things right the first time,” he says. “Remember that trucking is not a 9-5 job. You work all three shifts, and the reward is the satisfaction. Enjoy it one day at a time.”
Chester resides in West Virginia with his fiancé, and enjoys spending time working in his yard and vacationing to Florida. He hopes to one day retire to Montana or Wyoming.
Criteria for Driver of the Quarter recognition includes years of service with the company, safe driving record, excellent customer service, professionalism, and overall quality performance. Once a driver is recognized as a Driver of the Quarter they are eligible to receive the prestigious Wheel Master Award.