Frank and Becky Shelton: Two of a Kind
Cedar Rapids , Iowa - For Frank and Becky Shelton, professional truck driving runs in the family. The couple went through CRST’s company sponsored training-contract school in Cedar Rapids , IA and earned their CDL Class A licenses together. Frank took an early departure from the corporate world, as did Becky from the healthcare field. Frank says, “The environment at CRST was perfect us, and the transition was more than easy after leaving the hustle and bustle of the corporate world.”
The Sheltons have enjoyed driving professionally for CRST Van Expedited for four years. By joining the company, they had a chance to pursue a career that interested both of them. “After the kids were grown, we had time to make a change from the everyday norm,” they state. Not only does the couple appreciate getting to spend so much time together, but they also enjoy traveling and seeing the country as they deliver their freight. The Shelton ’s also run as an Owner Operator team. They have been leasing a truck from CRST Van Expedited for the past eleven months through the $0 down Lease Purchase Program.
Many factors influenced the Shelton ’s’ decision to join CRST. The company’s excellent reputation was one of the most attractive incentives. “We heard the company is great to work for, and their ability to keep us constantly loaded and running proves that,” they claim. Also, the fact that CRST is the largest team carrier in the industry, along with their exceptional miles and generous pay package, all contribute to why Frank and Becky chose to work for CRST Van Expedited above the rest.
On the road, the Shelton ’s get to spend quality time together, but they also look forward to their home time. They take part in various activities such as golfing and gardening. The main thing they look forward to, however, is getting to see their grandchildren, Caitlin, Gracie, and Cody. The Shelton ’s themselves have five children, three girls and two boys.
Family is extremely important to the Shelton ’s, and they appreciate that family is also important to CRST. When Becky received news a while back that her father had a heart attack, the company immediately offered her consolation and got her to the airport so she could fly home. Furthermore, they proceeded to get Frank home to be with her, as well. “This company is always quick to understand when an emergency comes up,” Becky states. “They really do care about their employees.”
The Shelton ’s certainly do their part to make CRST proud. They have often rescued loads from other trucks that have broken down, and they are always there to lend a hand. “I have taken my clothes out of the dryer, still wet, just to deliver a load on time when another truck was unable to make it, “claims Frank. “You could say we do PR everywhere we go.” The couple does their best to spread the kindness they have been shown by CRST to other professional truck drivers.
An open door policy between company and driver is crucial to CRST Van Expedited, and the Shelton ’s strongly believe that a positive relationship with their employer is one of the most important things. “We have always been treated professionally, as long as we are professional,” the couple states. Likewise, CRST values the dedication of their employees. “ We have a history of hiring top-notch drivers,” claims Dave Rusch, President and COO of CRST Carrier Group. “We work hard to understand and respect quality of life issues for these men and women, and our drivers thank us by being loyal, driving safely and bringing the freight in on time .”
Frank and Becky Shelton look forward to a long, successful future as Owner Operators for CRST Van Expedited. They are both dedicated to working diligently and ethically for the company, and they give great advice when they say, “Do your work 110% and this industry will make it worth your effort.” This statement is spoken from experience. They have both given 110% and have seen the benefits of working for CRST, one of the leading companies in the business.
With CRST Van Expedited, we strive to provide you a solid career and a compensation package that ranks among the best in the industry. As part of our dedicated team, we also offer you the most miles within the industry. At CRST Van Expedited, we believe that once you join our team, you become an invaluable part of the CRST family. And nothing is more important that ensuring you make it home when you need to be.
Whatever the level of experience, we have a home for you at CRST. We are the nation’s largest team company; we run the longest average length of haul and the most miles per tractor per week in the industry. Once joining the team, you will have immediate insurance coverage and a 401(k) plan with company match. As a professional team driver for CRST, you’ll have the benefit of large percentage drop and hook and 100 % no-touch freight, and 80% drop and hook. With our “10/20 Program” you receive 10 days off and 20 working days.
So if you are looking for the most miles in the industry or the largest team carrier, then we want you to become apart of the CRST Van Expedited team. Call us at 800-553-2778 or apply on line at www.joincrst.com. And don’t forget to ask about our new pay package effective Nov 1, 2005