What Are The C1 Truck Driver Training Directors Thankful For?


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Thanksgiving is coming up in just a few short days and it’s time to pause and reflect on 2012 for a moment. We asked our group of C1 Truck Driver Training directors to share some of the things they’re most thankful for this year. Here’s what they had to say!

John Triplett – Director of C1 Indianapolis & C1 Fort Wayne

I’m thankful for the job that the trucking industry has provided for me in this difficult economic time. My job affects pretty much all additional facets of what I am thankful for.

I’m thankful for my family, which I’m able to support and take care of through my job.

I’m thankful for my health that I’m able to maintain through proper diet and doctor’s visits, which are paid for by my job.

Rich Campbell – Director of C1 Springfield

I’m thankful for my financial stability. This didn’t happen by accident — I have achieved it through a job that I enjoy and a career spent in the Military.

I’m thankful for my family and friends. They’re always there through thick and thin, and I care deeply about each and every one of them.

I’m thankful for the country we live in. I have the good fortune of being able to travel all over the world, and I can tell you there’s nowhere else I’d rather live. We have free will to make the decisions we want in life. There are many in the world that don’t have that luxury.

I’m thankful for my health. Like most, I don’t eat as well as I should or get the proper amount of exercise, but I am in good health.

Last but certainly not least, I am thankful for my wife. I truly don’t believe I would be living the happy and productive life I live today without the love and support my wife has given me for more than 20 years. Lord knows I have been difficult at times, but she has always supported me no matter what.

Tami Simpson – Director of C1 Little Rock

I am thankful that I serve a loving God. Without him my life would be meaningless.

I am thankful for having a job that I love to come to every day.

I am thankful for my children. Between my husband and I, we have four daughters, one son, and four grandchildren.

I am thankful for my mother and stepfather. They are the most wonderful parents anyone could have. There is nothing they wouldn’t do for one of their children or grandchildren.

I am thankful for the quality moments in my life that make me smile.

Norman Sheffield – Director of C1 Fort Worth

I am thankful to live in a country where people can openly express their opinions and discontent without fear of persecution or harm.

I am thankful to be able to openly worship and pursue my dreams and desires.

I am especially thankful to be associated with the trucking industry for several years. I am truly grateful for the opportunities that I’ve had in the trucking industry and how those have affected my family and life.


As you’re starting your truck driver training program, think about what you’re thankful for and how the trucking industry can enrich your life. It can provide a great income, a career instead of a job, and an opportunity to grow personally.

The trucking industry will teach you patience, courage, independent thinking, and perseverance. These are traits that will carry you well throughout your life. Do not ever take these things for granted, and always be thankful for what you have.

What are you thankful for this year? Let us know in the comments below!