Chris Kyles : In it for the Long Haul
It’s very rare that people find their calling early on in life. Some of us have to go through years of school or a few jobs to discover a career that aligns with our passion. That was not the case for Chris Kyles, who knew at the young age of 21 years old that he wanted to be a part of the driving force behind America’s economy, the trucking industry. Although he faced opposition from others, Chris pushed past the negativity and joined the “cowboys of the open road” as a commercial truck driver. With his tenacious spirit and natural leadership skills, Chris has become an integral part of the TransAm team for the last four years as an independent contractor and an esteemed mentor to new drivers. He believes to excel in his business as an independent contractor, there must be a purpose behind every mile he drives and every load he carries. “I prefer driving reefers, because I know what I’m hauling is feeding a family. It puts purpose behind every mile I drive,” Chris said.
Kyles also believes he is fulfilling his purpose by mentoring new drivers joining the industry. You can tell when you are speaking with him that he truly is dedicated to each mentee succeeding as a driver, no matter what level of experience they have. With over 20 years of experience under his belt, Chris feels a calling to share his knowledge with the next generation of truck drivers. Chris stated, “I’m devoted to mentoring, because if I can help just one mentee in my life, then I am meeting my purpose and duty as a fellow driver.” But Chris has undoubtedly had an impact on more than just one mentee he has instructed. Dubbed the “Garmin Guru” by his past students, Chris has helped many new drivers navigate their first year as a driver and instill in them the mantra “Never Give Up,” even when the task of backing up 80,000 lbs. seems daunting. Just as his father had instilled in him, Chris believes that every driver must gain physical and mental fortitude to be prepared for life on the road.
And although Chris is considered a veteran in the industry, he says that he still learns something new to improve on with every mentee he instructs. “I learn something new from every mentee. I’m able to reflect on my past teaching process, and find new ways to explains things so I can reach every student.” Manager of Mentee Training, Josh Moore, additionally speaks highly of Kyles’ leadership skills, stating “Chris Kyles has had my respect since the first day I met him. He is kind, caring and as noble as they come! He does what’s right even when no one is watching. He continuously shows his character as a person, his work ethic as a truck driver, and integrity as a mentor.”
Reflecting on the integral part Chris has played as a leader in the trucking community, a quote comes to mind: “We make a living by what we get. But we make a life by what we give.” –Winston Churchill. Chris makes a living as an independent contractor but he has created a life around giving back to the trucking community through his service and dedication. When asked about his business plans for the future, Chris stated simply, “Trucking is my purpose. I’m in it for the long haul.” TransAm is proud to have your business as a part of our team, and are grateful for the lasting impact you have made on the industry and the future truck drivers of America. Thank you Chris for everything that you do!