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A heavy-duty podcast for the heavy-duty industry where you can learn from professionals across the diesel world.
Nov 17, 2021
Rocky Sickmann, Senior VP Budweiser Accounts at Folds of Honor
In this episode, we sit down with Rocky Sickmann, Senior VP Budweiser Accounts at Folds of Honor. Rocky talks about the work that Folds of Honor is doing and how to support them. Plus, he details the 444 days he was held captive during the Iranian Hostage Crisis in 1979.
Sep 16, 2021
Jennifer Maher, CEO TechForce Foundation
In this episode, Jennifer Maher, CEO TechForce Foundation, shares her thoughts on what is causing the technician shortage, how we as a society can fix it, and what TechForce is doing to make diesel a field the next generation wants to be apart of!
Jul 8, 2021
Jamie Irvine, Consultant & Host of the Heavy-Duty Parts Report Podcast
In this episode, Jamie Irvine shares how he got started working in potato fields, then moving on to living in a warehouse and becoming a mechanic. He worked through a drug addiction and criminal charges, and remembers that when he needed mentoring the most, the “salt of the earth” people in the heavy-duty industry were there for him, helping him find success as a podcast host and successful consultant.
Jun 17, 2021
Sebastion Brzek, Host of TruckYoo and CEO/Founder of Era Transport & Jose Hernandez, Podcast Co-host and Era’s Lead Technician
On today’s episode, Sebastion is joined by Truck Yoo co-host and lead technician Jose Hernandez, who also was inspired by his trucker father. Their combined passion to improve the reputation of the industry and provide excellent service makes for an insightful (and exciting!) episode.
Jun 3, 2021
Troy Willich, CEO & Co-Founder, TDI Fleet Services
Troy Willich, CEO and Co-Founder of TDI Fleet Services, began his journey wrenching in the National Guard. He eventually became a successful reefer tech with so many side jobs he needed to decide if he wanted to work for a fleet or for himself. He chose the latter, starting up a reefer repair business which evolved into handling trailer repair. At the moment, he and his business partner, Steve, run a repair shop and are strong advocates for preventive maintenance and safe fleet management.
May 20, 2021
Tim Hawes, Director of Shop Training, Boss Truck Shops
Tim Hawes got into wrenching as a kid, seeing it as a fun way to spend time with his grandfather and his brother Lyle. After serving as a medic in the Army, Tim became a master mechanic and now leads and trains other technicians. In this episode, Tim shares his expertise and insights about techs and the trends he sees in the industry!
1 hr 3 min
May 6, 2021
Don Doty, VP Roadside Operations and Vendor Relations, FleetNet America
Don Doty, Vice President of Vendor Relations at FleetNet America, went from a technician to experimenting in the mortgage industry, and then spent some time fuel hedging. He shares how the experiences, and relationships acquired while working with so many different people have shaped his extensive understanding of what it takes to find success in the heavy-duty repair space.
1 hr 12 min
Apr 23, 2021
Jay Goninen, Founder and President at Find a Wrench, Co-Founder and President at WrenchWay
We talk to Jay Goninen, founder of Find a Wrench and host of Beyond the Wrench Podcast. In this episode, Jay shares his story of working in his dad’s shop from a young age because they couldn’t afford to hire someone. After completing tech school, he realized he wasn’t a good tech, but he still wanted to be involved in the repair world. His desire to help people made him wonder if he could connect technicians to repair shops. Find a Wrench was born, and the rest is history!
1 hr 20 min
Apr 8, 2021
Laura Cyrus, Director of Corporate Engagement, Truckers Against Trafficking
When we talk about the estimates of people that are victims of human trafficking and modern slavery, the 40 million number (actually 40.3 million) is an estimate that comes from the International Labor Organization (ILO). You can click that link to read more but to quickly breakdown the ILO's estimates: Of the 40.3 million, 15.4 million are victims of forced marriage and 24.9 are victims of forced labor (which here include both sex and labor trafficking victims). Of the 24.9 victims of forced labor, 16 million are in the private economy, 4.1 million are victims of forced labor imposed by a state authority, and 4.8 million are victims of forced sexual exploitation. Of the 4.8 million victims of forced sexual exploitation, 3.8 million victims are adults and 1 million victims are children; 99% of all victims of sexual exploitation are female. Regarding the discussion around legalization (aka full decriminalization) vs partial decriminalization of prostitution that I mentioned: TAT supports the principles of the Equality Model (aka the Nordic Model or partial decriminalization) in that it seeks to prioritize the rights of those that have been exploited and holds abusers (johns/buyers and pimps/traffickers) accountable; essentially decriminalizing the sale of sex (impacting prostituted people) but criminalizing the purchase of sex (impacting the abusers). You can learn more about the arguments here from an organization called Demand Abolition. In a nutshell: legalization has been shown to 1) increase demand for commercial sex, 2) not actually provide any safeguards, and 3) normalize the buying and selling of human beings. Because of the traumatic and abusive acts inherent in prostitution, there will never be enough willing supply of women (or people in general) to meet the demand for commercial sex. Thus, traffickers will always have a market to profit off of the sale of the people they prey upon and victimize. You can also check out our recommended reading list (attached) to learn more about the complex nature of human trafficking, the intersection with the demand for commercial sex, and gain a better understanding of the tremendous amount of trauma that survivors of human trafficking work to recover from.
Apr 8, 2021
David Saline, VP of Sales, DRIVE
David Saline is a former repair shop owner and VP of Sales at DRIVE, a company whose sole purpose is to help shop owners to better their business. In this episode, he draws on his decades of experience to share the kind of tips shop owners need. Learn how to drive efficiency, grow your business, and more!
1 hr 12 min
Apr 8, 2021
Robert Palm, Truck Driver, Founder & CEO, Truckers Final Mile
We talk to Robert Palm, Founder of Truckers Final Mile, an organization committed to helping trucking families through the agony of losing their loved ones. You’ll hear first-hand about a series of traumatic trucking incidents that led him to start TFM.
1 hr 5 min
Apr 7, 2021
Jacob Findlay, Founder & CEO, Fullbay
Listen to Jacob Findlay, Co-Founder and CEO of Fullbay, describe how he went from thinking he didn’t have what it took to grow a business, to walking away from a high-paying job with six kids at home to build a product and company he believed in. He went from taking a huge risk to making a huge impact in the diesel world!
Apr 5, 2021
Ray Clark, Director of Training and Development, Truck Country & Stoops
Ray Clark, Director of Training & Development of Truck Country and Stoops Freightliner, was introduced to the world of wenching and solid work ethic at a young age. He talks about being a young hockey player in New York and being recruited to a diesel training school. With projects always available in his dad’s shop, Ray inherited a passion for repair and teaching stemming from exposure to excavating work. In this episode, he goes into detail about flat vs. hourly rate and how time is money.
1 hr 7 min