Tammy Williams started with Central Hauling in 2009 and switched to CalArk in 2015, working on Michelle Finn's board. Prior to becoming a professional driver fifteen years ago, she went to school to become a paralegal but soon decided she could make more money driving. We at CalArk are glad she made the switch!
Safety Director Leslie Stout says, "Tammy is very smart and has a good knowledge of the industry and what it takes to be successful, in addition to her great driving skills." Rebecca Melton, Operations, echoes this sentiment. "Tammy is truly a professional driver and a pleasure to work with."
From Pocahontas, Arkansas, she has four children, three grandchildren, and one grandchild on the way. She says her favorite thing about driving is getting to see the country.
Tammy's awards while working for us include Driver of the Year for Central Hauling in 2011, when she became the first and (so far) only woman to do so. Since being with CalArk, she has received 750,000 safe miles, 100% On Time Delivery each year, 800,000 and 900,000 mile awards, and now her 1 Million Mile Safe Driving Award.
When asked what she would say to her fellow drivers in the industry she says, "Put your phones down, pay attention, and remember it is crucial now more than ever to be the defensive driver." We thank you, Tammy, for being the safe and professional driver you are and for keeping the wheels of American business turning.
Christo Salinas, from Penitas, Texas, began driving for CalArk 18 years ago. Former Vice President of Safety Dennis Hilton recruited him after seeing his potential to be a great driver, and Christo was excited to leave a job making minimum wage loading trailers in the heat.
He has been with his wife, Marissa, for 23 years, and they have been married for 4. Rebecca Melton in Operations says, "both Christo and his wife are a joy to work with, and they are always professional and upbeat. I all feel like Marissa is just as much a part of CalArk as Christo!"
In addition to his latest achievement of 2 million safe miles with us, Christo has also achieved awards for 100% on-time delivery each year, 5 and 10 years of service, and 1, 1.25, 1.5, and 1.75 Million Miles driven.
When asked about all of the regulatory and technology changes he has seen over the years, Christo says, "It is what it is. Old habits are hard to break, but it's a learning experience. We will be better in the long run." When asked what he would tell new drivers about succeeding in trucking, he says, "Patience, patience, patience, and don't get in a hurry."
Here's to many more years and many more miles, Christo! Thank you for keeping the wheels of American business rolling safety and efficiently.