This week’s Driver Spotlight is on Jim Bruner (Tractor 743)

Jim has been with Pohl Transportation for almost 18 years and has 30 years of experience in the transportation industry.  Jim started off with a company based out of St. Joseph, MO and has driven dry vans, tankers, refers, and even dump trucks. Jim is a proud veteran of the Marine Corps where he served for 8 years.  Jim was stationed overseas for 4 years in the Philippines and Korea, and later on he was an electrician for fighter planes. Thank you for your service, Jim!

Jim lives right down the road from Pohl Transportation in Newport, OH, so he’s always known about us.  We are happy you decided to join us!  Jim has been running a Norcold dedicated lane for the past 6 years and loves it.  One of the main things that Jim loves about it is being home on the weekend. Over the years, Jim has seen many things within Pohl and the entire industry change. Jim said that Pohl has nicer trucks and equipment; his favorite thing is having an automatic semi. Jim says it’s basically like driving a big car, you just have to learn how to pull a trailer. Jim said that semis are now improving to Bluetooth, just like the cars. Jim said another big change he has seen is going from paper logs to electronic.  Even though they can sometimes be a pain, it really is something that has improved the industry overall.  Jim said he has also seen truck stops evolve over the years. They now have more fast-food stops, which isn’t always a good thing, but they are catering to more vehicles and cars, along with trucks. 

A huge tip that Jim would like to share to new and current drivers alike is to always communicate. Jim said don’t hold it in; if you are upset you have to talk and communicate with dispatch. Jim said we have a great group of people and dispatch that are willing to work with you, so you have to use that to your advantage. Jim said the grass isn’t always greener on the other side. Every place will have good and bad, but you have to focus on the good and then the bad will get better.

Jim, thank you again for your service and being a part of the Pohl Transportation Family!