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Welcome to the Taking the Hire Road Podcast, a DriverReach and FreightWaves production. On this weekly show, airing every Thursday, host Jeremy Reymer, Founder and CEO of DriverReach, interviews industry experts and thought leaders who bring their insight to the driver lifecycle as they discuss the industry’s greatest challenges: driver recruiting and retention.

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Episode 34 | From Driver Wellness to Recruiter Fatigue

Featuring Jessie Burnette, Chief People Officer at Hirschbach


Episode 33 | 40 years of Driver Retention Evolution

Featuring Ray Haight, a retention coach with and former chairman of the Truckload Carriers Association


Episode 32 | Peering into the future with U.S. Xpress

Featuring Dustin Koehl, Senior Vice President of Sales at U.S. Xpress


Episode 31 | The Tentacles of Tanker Trucking’s Driver Shortage

Featuring Ryan Streblow, president and CEO of National Tank Truck Carriers


Episode 30 | Tips for Recruiting Drivers and Driver Recruiters

Featuring Josh Mecca of American Central Transport


Episode 29 | Leveraging Driver Choice to Recruit, Retain and Produce

Featuring Peter Covach of Trimble


Episode 28 | Eye on the Future with Truckin U

Featuring Anna Faford, VP of strategy for C&K Trucking


Episode 27 | Image and Culture with Load One

Featuring John Elliott, CEO of LoadOne


Episode 26 | TruckPark: Solving Drivers’ No. 1 Concern

Featuring Anthony Petitte, founder and CEO of TruckPark

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Episode 25 | A Third-Party Solution to Driver Recruiting

Right Turn is a “shot in the arm” for trucking companies, providing some of their best leads.


Episode 24 | Modern Recruiting in a Driver Shortage

Featuring Wendy Bartz, DriverReach Director of Sales and Services


Episode 23 | Piecing Together the Driver Shortage Puzzle

Featuring Dennis Cooke, President and CEO of TransForce Group


Episode 22 | Reputation Management with Bluewire

Featuring Bluewire CEO, Steve Bryan


Episode 21 | Autonomous Future of CDL Drivers with TuSimple

Featuring Jim Mullen, Chief Administrative and Legal Officer of TuSimple


Episode 20 | Navigating the Future of Recruiting

Featuring CDLLife President and Owner, Travis Overton


Episode 19 | Adapting to the Evolution of Recruiting

Featuring Priscilla Peters of the Conversion Interactive Agency


Episode 18 | Seizing the moment with TCA’s chairman

Featuring Jim Ward, president and CEO of D.M. Bowman and chairman of the Truckload Carriers Association (TCA)


Episode 17 | Predicting Your Future Workforce

Featuring Mark Tinney, President & CEO of JOBehaviors


Episode 16 | Celebrating the Crossroads of Data & Research

Featuring Rebecca Brewster, President & COO of the American Transportation Research Institute

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Episode 15 | Light at the end of the tunnel

Featuring Dave Chesterman, Director of Recruiting for Carter Express

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Episode 14 | Training the Next Generation in Trucking

Featuring Lindsey Trent, the Founder of The Next Generation in Trucking Association

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Episode 13 | Engaging tomorrow’s leaders in trucking

Featuring Jenny Abernathy, vice president of enterprise capacity development and driver recruiting at CRST International

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Episode 12 | Retention through a culture of safety

Featuring Brian Fielkow, CEO, Jetco Delivery/Executive VP, The GTI Group

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Episode 11 | Inspiring Leadership Towards a Greater Future

Featuring Chris Spear, president and CEO of American Trucking Associations (ATA)

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Episode 10 | Steering more women to the trucking industry

Featuring Ellen Voie, president, CEO and founder of the Women in Trucking Association

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Episode 9 | A driver ambassador’s perspective

Featuring John Lex, driver ambassador with the American Trucking Associations (ATA) and professional over-the-road driver with Walmart

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Episode 8 | Driver Training & Engagement with Luma

Featuring Gina Anderson, chief executive officer of Luma Brighter Learning

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Episode 7 | Recruit and retain with Brand Outcomes

Featuring Chad Hendricks, president of Brand Outcomes Inc.

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Episode 6 | Innovative Driver Recruiting -The Maverick Way

Featuring Brad Vaughn, VP of Recruitment for Maverick Transportation

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Episode 5 | Methods for recruiting success with NFI

Featuring Lance Christensen, Director of Recruiting and I/C Capacity for NFI

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Episode 4 | How the right pay, benefits and incentives attract drivers

Featuring Leah Shaver, President & CEO of The National Transportation Institute

Episode 3 | The Importance of Safety and Compliance for Driver Retention

Featuring Idelic founder and CEO Hayden Cardiff

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Episode 2 | Utilizing Drivers as Recruiting Assets on the Road

Featuring RocketCDL Co-Founders James Robinson & Nate Tellis

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Episode 1 | Addressing the challenges of driver hiring and retention

Featuring Max Farrell, co-founder and CEO, at WorkHound

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As Founder and CEO of DriverReach, Jeremy is passionate and innovative in addressing today’s challenges with recruiting CDL drivers. Jeremy brings nearly 20 years of experience in the trucking industry as both a carrier and a vendor, having led a small truckload operation as well as a regional CDL driver staffing company. As a member of ATA’s Workforce Development Committee and ATRI’s Research Advisory Committee, Jeremy is devoted to solving the industry’s greatest issues. In 2016, Jeremy founded DriverReach, a modern driver recruiting and compliance management solution, to address the ongoing challenges with recruiting, qualifying, and hiring CDL drivers. Jeremy is excited to partner with FreightWaves to bring thought leadership and innovation to these topics on Taking the Hire Road Podcast, a DriverReach and FreightWaves production.


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