Episode 73: Reaching Out to Drivers, with Kimberly Hadley, Don Meckley and Anthony Triggs of D.M. Bowman Inc.

Don Bowman has resided in Washington County, MD his entire life which remains the home of D.M. Bowman Inc’s headquarters. He has created a diversified company which currently encompasses trailer leasing, real estate, truck sales, logistics and hospitality.

Don has been active in community affairs, serving as an active Exchange Club member since 1972, with two 3-year terms as a board member. He is a member and past board member of the Hagerstown Associated Builders and Contractors. He is also a member of the local Chamber of Commerce, Williamsport United Methodist Church, American Truck Historical Society, as well as various antique car and truck clubs. Don is a past member of the board of The Columbia Bank (formerly the Hagerstown Trust Company) and a past member of the Board of Directors of Fulton Financial Board. Don enjoys antique car and truck collecting and restoration, walking, and biking.

Don is actively involved in the trucking industry. He has been a member of the American Trucking Association (ATA) since 1978 where he served as ATA State Vice President (1984-1988); Vice President at Large (1989-1992); and as Chairman (1995-1996). He has been a member of the Maryland Motor Truck Association (MMTA) since 1971 where he served as President of the Western Maryland Chapter (1976-1977). Don has been on the state MMTA board since 1974; served as Vice President (1979-1982); and, State President (1982-1983). Don was honored by MMTA in 1995 as their Person of the Year. He was named Business Leader of the Month for Washington County, July, 1994.

What you’ll learn about in this episode:

  • How Kimberly, Anthony and Don joined the trucking industry and came to work at D.M. Bowman
  • What changes Don has noted in the industry over his decades of service, and how dedication has been key throughout his career
  • What new driver outreach strategies and diversity efforts the team at D.M. Bowman are making
  • How the apprenticeship program at D.M. Bowman operates, and how and why it was created
  • What onboarding strategies and driver outreach programs the D.M. Bowman team has put in place
  • How the team is working to reach out to female drivers and women interested in truck driving for a living
  • Why the entire D.M. Bowman organization tries to engage drivers and assist with retention efforts
  • How D.M. Bowman allows its drivers to move up through various ranks with time and experience
  • Why drivers aren’t “just drivers” at D.M. Bowman, and why they make efforts to help drivers advance their careers
  • Where D.M. Bowman operates, and who is allowed to ask to drive one of their legendary pink trucks

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