If you’re active on Twitter, you’re likely following Jason Jannetta (formerly @urbanhauler, now @speedywellness). He posts fitness and diet advice for other professional drivers. Jason, till recently, drove for The Beer Store, but his tweets got noticed by Speedy Transport CEO Jared Martin, who offered him a job as driver trainer and wellness advisor. Wellness advisor? Both these gentlemen would like to see this position become mainstream in the industry.
What I found interesting about the hire was that Speed is an all owner/operator fleet and the traditional approach of many carriers towards owner/ops is that they’re easily replaceable and “not my problem.” Speedy’s taking the opposite approach and investing in the health and wellbeing of its owner/ops. Congrats to Jason and also to Jared for his forward thinking. We’ll have a feature on this company in an upcoming issue of Truck News. For now, here’s Jared telling assistant editor Sonia Straface why he thought itw as important to create this new position:
“It’s about taking care of our people. This is an opportunity for our drivers and for our staff to talk to somebody at the company’s expense to just help them out with some of their lifestyle habits.”
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