The North Carolina resident has been a model trucker since he began driving in 1969. During the time he logged his 3 million accident free miles, 1 million while at Arrow, he’s been happily married for 37 years to Earline Adams, reared two daughters and is the proud grandpa of seven grandchildren.
His co-workers at Arrow Trucking describe Carl as the light of their operation: “warm, welcoming and strong.”
Carl attributes his success to this positive attitude. “I like to be positive,” said Carl with his trademark smile. “Being negative just gives you high blood pressure.” Over the years Carl’s can-do attitude and safety record has earned him nearly every state and national level safety award.
For nearly four decades Carl has been traveling the roads of North America and has seen just about everything. “I’ve seen everything from Boot Hill to Little Bighorn; from Alaska to Mexico,” said Carl. “It [trucking] is an adventure. This is the new wagon train.”
He used to get his kicks driving down the scenic and fabled Route 66. Now he laments, “You got I-10, I-40 and others that are faster but there’s more traffic.”
In an industry that struggles with 200% truck driver turnover, Carl has been content to drive for Arrow Trucking (http://www.arrowtrucking.com), a Tulsa-based flatbed carrier founded in 1948, for the last 16 years. He likes the sense of family and familiarity he feels with his dispatchers at Arrow.
“Out of Arrow’s hundreds of drivers and 1,600 trucks, they know my voice on the phone, my face in the hall. I know I’m important to Arrow. That’s a good feeling.” he said. “My dispatcher, Pat, is the best. Every one of those folks up there knows my kids. They’ve watched them grow up and they ask to see my pictures.”
While some trucking companies have the reputation of caring about as much as the zitty-faced teen working a drive-thru window at a fast food restaurant, Carl says that Arrow is just the opposite. “The owners [of Arrow Trucking] are the most humanitarian people you’ll ever meet,” said Carl. “They’ll help you solve any problems you have and they really want you to be happy. I’m living proof of that.”
To recognize Carl for his 1 million mile landmark with Arrow Trucking, and career 3 million, they have awarded him with a leather jacket, $5,000 check and a new 2006 truck custom built for him.
Carl hopes to hit another million miles and has no intention of doing it for another trucking company. “Working for Arrow Trucking has been a nice career,” said Carl. “You can’t ask for a better place to work than Arrow.”
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Kelly Bingham is a freelance writer and public relations specialist. He is currently working with Arrow Trucking (http://www.arrowtrucking.com)