Congratulations to David Miller for reaching 1.5 million miles with CalArk! He has been with us for 14 of his 27 years in the Transportation Industry. David is on Karen Dennis's board and lives in Satsuma, Florida. When David is not driving he likes to hunt, fish, and ride his motorcycle.
Other awards David has received during his tenure with CalArk include 100,000 through 900,000 safe driving miles, several 100% On Time Delivery Awards, a 5 Year Service Plaque, 1 Million Miles of Safe Driving, a 10 Year Service Award, 1.25 Million Mile Safe Driving Award, and Company Best Fuel Mileage in 2016.
David serves as a trainer for new drivers entering CalArk's fleet, and this year he will represent our company at the Arkansas Trucking Association's Truck Driving Championship in Rogers, Arkansas.
David likes to help his fellow drivers over the road whenever possible, and said if he has one piece of advice to share it would be to always "watch your mirrors" so you can anticipate what other drivers will do and you will have time to react. Given David's great safety performance, it appears always watching his mirrors works!
When Curtiss Cline started driving for CalArk, George Strait had just started crooning about Ocean Front Property, and Reagan was halfway through his second term as president. Curtiss had already been driving a truck for 27 years on May 5th, 1987 when he began working with us. Because his dad owned a trucking business, he says he was born into it.
He's driven trucks that had enough trouble pulling 5500 pounds of styrofoam trays uphill that he laughs about the time he was passed by an older woman on a bicycle. He still thinks fondly of his special favorite, an orange and yellow 1996 T600. His knowledge of engines has often allowed him to get maximum performance from the trucks he's driven. He talks about the tricks of his trade with the easy knowledge and complex vocabulary of an artist.
Last year Curtiss brought his wife Debbie to a CalArk dinner celebrating 30 years of working for CalArk and an astonishing four million safe miles, the only one of our drivers to have achieved that milestone so far. Asked what's kept him loyal to CalArk for over three decades when turnover in our industry is so common, he said drivers have changed a lot over the years and that a strong camaradarie and work ethic kept his generation's road warriors working together.
Through his decades with CalArk, he estimates he's had fewer than ten dispatchers. He currently works with Michelle Finn but has a lot of fond memories of the twenty-two years he spent working with no-nonsense Ann, calling for check-ins via payphones instead of keeping updated with on-board computers.
At CalArk we feel honored that Curtiss continues to share his skills, experience, and incredible work ethic with us, even after hitting his 31-year anniversary last Saturday. Thanks for keeping the wheels of American business turning, Curtiss!
Gabriel Deng has spent seven of his ten years driving with CalArk. A resident of Chelsea, Massachusetts, he's originally from South Sudan and what his manager, Michelle Finn, calls a "GO Getter." She says he's "probably one of the hardest runners I’ve ever worked with. He is the man to call when you need the impossible to happen."
Even though he runs hard, Gabriel makes time for exercising. When he stops for the day, he makes sure he gets some physical activity in before settling down for a break. He also stays fit by eating healthy and making a weekly Wal-Mart run to stock up on fruits and vegetables. Asked what advice he has for his fellow drivers on staying fit, he says to make healthier choices with food and find a way to exercise, even if it means just running around a parking lot.
CalArk values drivers like Gabriel who work hard to make their miles and keep the wheels of American business turning. Thanks for making our business work!
Irish Fuggins, of Shreveport, Louisiana, has been with CalArk for 20 years this June. Michelle Finn jokes she and Irish have a love/hate relationship because he has been here for so many years, but she adds that she would not trade him for the world. She can always depend on him when it comes to making on-time pickups and deliveries, and he can be a great team player.
Irish enjoys relaxing with his wife Vickey of 7 years when he is not working. He likes to fish and hunt, too, but says he'll stay too busy running those safe driving miles to have time for much fishing and hunting until he retires.
Among other awards Irish has received are several years of 100% On-Time Delivery awards, 100,000-mile to 900,000-mile safe driving pins, a 5-Year Service Award, 10-Year Service Award, 1 Million Mile Award, 1.25 Million Mile Award, 1.5 Million Mile Award, 1.75 Million Mile Award, and 2 Million Mile Award.
Only a few special people stay loyal to one company long enough or put in enough miles to slowly, surely work their way up to 2.5 million. We're honored that Irish has chosen to share decades of his life, thousands of trips, and millions of miles with CalArk. Thank you for keeping the wheels of American business turning.
James Harrell, from Hawkinsville, Georgia, has driven for CalArk for 8 years and has a total of 16 years' driving experience. He works on the board of Ronnie Moore, who describes him as "a good guy to work with" who "always has a smile on his face." Director of Safety Leslie Stout says he's "receptive and positive" and "someone with whom she genuinely enjoys working."
James' former driver manager, Shane Perryman, added that "if James trusts you, he will do whatever it takes to get the job done for you." Sometimes the job is stressful and drivers will get upset, but Shane said James will get off the phone and cool down before he will ever say anything cross to anyone. James has been asked to do many things he didn’t necessarily want to do, but he always does them above and beyond what is expected.
When James is not driving, he likes to be home spending time with his family. He also likes fishing, grilling out, and going to church. When asked what advice he would offer fellow drivers on how to be successful, he said to just "do your job, pay attention, and obey the laws."
We're so happy to show our appreciation for James, a fine example of the best CalArk drivers who work so hard to get their miles and keep the wheels of American business turning.
Carl Sparlin has been with CalArk since 2011, and has 20 years of driving experience prior to CalArk in a sand tanker. Carl is from Conway, AR, is on Michelle Finn’s board, has been married to Viktoria for 26 years, and has two sons. When he is not driving, he likes to cook, work on his Kawasaki Vulcan (with which he is obsessed!), do home improvement projects, and watch Blue Bloods.
He also is a Navy veteran, so ask him to tell you how he got the nickname "Duck." Among other awards Carl has received in his CalArk career are Driver of the Year Runner Up in 2015 and 2017, 100% On-Time Delivery each year, and his 5-Year Service award. Carl represents CalArk each year at the Arkansas Truck Driving Championship and works as a driver trainer for new drivers.
When asked what he would tell new drivers on how to be successful, Carl said, “Never quit, and strive to be the best. That way if you ever come up short, you are still among the best. Shoot for the stars, and if you fall, you will still catch the moon.”
CalArk loves celebrating drivers like Carl who keep the wheels of American business in motion. Thank you for putting in so many miles. We appreciate you!
After only 10 years with CalArk, Herbert Wolfe has accumulated a million safe miles and works with Kayla Redd as his dispatcher extraordinaire. Previously a driver for another company since 1990, he's nearing 20 years as a driver, a profession we know takes a lot of mental strength and spatial intelligence.
From London, Kentucky, Herbert has three kids (including his two stepchildren) and six grandkids. When not driving, he likes to watch Duck Dynasty and Criminal Minds, also enjoying going to church with his sisters Georgia, Anna, and Bonnie.
He's earned other awards, such as 100% on-time delivery, a 5-year service award, and safe driving mile awards 100K to 900K before hitting his well-earned million miles last week. His advice for other drivers looking to succeed is to know your limits and take your time.
We're grateful, here at CalArk, that Herbert has spent his time and energy helping our business and American commerce thrive. Thank you for everything you do!
We're always sad to lose a member of the family, and CalArk driver Alexis Pohl and her teammate/husband Liam have long been familiar faces around CalArk headquarters.
Born in Hamburg, West Germany, Alexis moved to Virginia with her family at age 8. She joined the US Navy at 20 and rose to Petty Officer First Class (E-6) during her 12 years of service. She met her husband Liam (who later retired Chief Petty Officer (E-7)) while they were stationed on the USS Emory S. Land.
After earning her CDL and a brief stint with another company, Alexis read about CalArk in a trucking magazine and joined our family in December 1995. Liam has acted as trip planner, navigator, and support team member since 1996.
They've volunteered in the creation of Canadian border crossing procedures and to deliver wreaths for the Wreaths Across America program. She's been featured on the cover of Arkansas Trucking and in the article "The Road Is Calling." She was the 2008 Arkansas Trucking Association Dirver of the Year.
Often referred to as "Our Queen of the Highway" by other Central and CalArk drivers, she's a team member on the CalArk Driver Committee.
She's gotten a 100% on-time delivery award every year since 2003, and a 2.75-million-mile safe miles award in 2016. She's retiring only 85,000 miles short of 3 million miles with us. Through all those met-deadlines and traveled miles, she has ZERO preventable accidents on her record.
We hate to see Alexis and Liam go, but we're grateful for everything they've given to steer the way with CalArk over the decades they've shared with us. All the best to you as you move to the next stage of your lives!
Danny has worked for CalArk since April 2011 and works with his driver manager Michelle Finn. With 20 years of driving experience, he's know to be a hard runner who's always willing to go that extra mile.
From South Fulton, Tennessee, he has been married to his Marsha for 32 years and has 6 kids, 15 grandkids, and 3 great-grandkids who are scattered all over the US.
He said he doesn’t have time for many extracurricular activities because he is always driving, and his whopping million safe miles show it. When he is home he likes to do yard work, which is what he plans on doing when he retires next year.
Drivers like Danny make our company thrive and keep those wheels of American business turning. Thanks for everything you do for the CalArk family, Danny!