Professional Driver Bob Ward was recently recognized for driving Three Million Miles at our Joplin, Mo., headquarters during a July Safety Meeting.
Ward started with CFI in 1990 after his family moved to Texas.
“I previously operated heavy equipment, ran bulldozers et cetera, in San Jose, California. After my son was born, my wife and I decided that we wanted to live someplace less urban. My dad had a ranch in Texas at the time so we decided to move there,” he said.
After attending truck driving school in Waco, Texas, Ward saw an ad for CFI and decided to give it a go. Nearly 27 years later, he still enjoys being behind the wheel.
“It is a lot of fun for me,” he said. “You just go to work every day and do your job and then one day before you know it, you have [driven] three million miles.”
Ward started as an over-the-road driver and currently runs a dedicated route in Texas saying “for me, that’s the biggest change over the years, being able to be home every night.”
Other than that, not much has changed.
“From day one we have always had the best trailers, the best trucks and the best people. I worked for Werner, pulled for (other companies) and still we have the best,” he said.
Ward urges fellow drivers to be patient advising them that it’s “the most important key in safe driving.”
Ward and his wife of 33 years, Gayle, live in Cameron, Texas. Their son, Kevin, is a special education teacher and a football coach at a local high school.
“He took after my wife in that area,” he said. “My wife was a teacher’s aide for a special education teacher when our son was young.” His hobbies include golfing, yard work and enjoying time with his family at home. He served four years in the United States Air Force during the Vietnam War.
While he has been entertaining the idea of retirement, he says it’s still a few years out.
“I enjoy the solitude of driving,” he said. “It doesn’t feel like three million miles.”
Congratulations Bob on this achievement!