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The Importance of Communication

Feb
12,
2008
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By: Allen Smith

Allen Smith is a 37 year veteran who started at an early age in a household goods family moving business. He began driving straight trucks in 1977 and moved to the big rigs in 1982. His experience within the industry includes; owner operator, company driver, operations manager, and owner of a long distance HHG moving business, taking many of the long haul moves himself when needed. Allen Smith, a truck driver advocate who is driven by the desire to help others succeed within an industry where injustice, unrewarded sacrifice, and lack of respect and recognition exists. Allen and his wife Donna are hosts of Truth About Trucking ”Live” on Blog Talk Radio. Other websites include AskTheTrucker, TruckingSocialMedia, NorthAmericanTruckingALerts, TruthAboutTrucking, and many Social Media websites. In 2011 Allen and Donna hosted the first Truck Driver Social Media Convention, designed to create unity and solutions for the trucking industry. This is now being extended through the North American Trucking Alerts network as those within the industry join forces for the betterment of the industry. Allen strongly supports other industry advocates who are also stepping up to the plate to help those who share honesty, guidance and direction. He believes that all those involved in trucking need to be accountable for their part within the industry, including drivers, carriers, brokers, shippers, receivers, etc… The list of supporters and likeminded people grow daily, networking together and sharing thoughts and ideas for the betterment of trucking. He has coined the popular phrase "Raising the standards of the trucking industry"

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  1. Larry Stafford

    (Tribute) Hello Allen and Donna, I appreciate this sounding board and especially your books and all the hard work you put into them. I wanted to share something that recently happened hear in sunny Arizona. A work friend of mine I had come to know and had worked side by side with for 2 1/2 years, recently died over the steering wheel of his 18 wheeler the other night! He was only 55 years old. Marty was his name. I liked Marty, we would have words somtimes and he would piss me off you know, but thats cause I liked him so much I wanted him to be perfect! Anyway, he finished loading his gasoline tanker and moved forward to get his Bill of lading. After getting the needed paperwork for his load he climbed back into his cab and dropped the big Freightliner into gear and DIED over the wheel!(brakes not released!) Massive heart attack! The driver behind him became impatient and went to see what he was doing knocking on his door and found him dead. Marty was a father of a daughter who had recently moved to Chicago,ill. That is where Marty was from. I would sometime’s refer to him as “Chicago Marty!” God Bless you Marty thanks for being friendly to me out here at night. It mattered.Thanks for your hard work in 18. Ps. Marty was an ex-Marine.

  2. admin

    Larry,
    I know how sudden things like that can happen. I’m sorry.
    I experienced a similar episode with my dad.
    When it happens, it’s much more of an impact because it’s so sudden….first you’re here…then you’re not.
    The reality of how finite we and everything all is, just becomes so profound
    Nothing can be taken for granted. Nothing
    Thanks for sharing that. I know you’ll miss him.

    Donna

  3. admin

    Hey, Larry
    Catching up on the posts and saw yours. I am sorry for your loss and understand how hard these things can be. A few weeks ago a tanker went off the bridge near Ellonton, FL, exploded, and the driver later died from severe burns. I didn’t know the driver, but he was married, with a large family…..loved beymany. Even though I didn’t know him, I felt as if I did…..being in tanker driving. It just proves that our time here is very short, and we must do what is important while we are here…….thanks, Larry, and be careful out there….

    Allen

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