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Experts in the Trucking Industry on How It’s Changed and Why It Matters

Trucking industry execs Randy Morgan and Jason Bergman shared with Mediaplanet their thoughts on lifelong careers in a bedrock industry of American economy.

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Randy Morgan

COO of Business Fleet Development, Comdata

How did you get your start in the industry?

After college, I wanted to return to Nashville and ran into some friends who were working at Comdata and encouraged me to look into job openings. I started my career at Comdata back in ‘81 as a regional sales manager, working directly with our trucking clients.

I started as a marketing intern at Airborne Express while attending Rutgers University.

Over the course of your career, how have you seen the industry change?

Change has been dramatic these past 40 years. From fax machines to today’s rapid tech advancements, it’s remarkable to see how trucking has advanced against other industries in leveraging technology. Today, drivers need to be mobile. Every changing market demands technology for its success.

What is the most formative piece of career advice you’ve received?

My parents would say that you have only one name, and your reputation will follow you. Live by the Golden Rule, never forget your purpose in your job or personal life, and keep everything in perspective with family, faith, friends, and work. Control what you can, and never let someone outwork you!

Why should candidates of all backgrounds consider careers in trucking and transportation management?

Trucking is an industry that will be here for many years to come. Taking time to learn the market is wise for anyone, and many people who make up this industry are great Americans. Transportation meets many crucial economic needs, and with continuous advancements, it’s an exciting time to be in the space!

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Jason Bergman

COO, YRC Worldwide

How did you get your start in the industry?

I started as a marketing intern at Airborne Express while attending Rutgers University.

Over the course of your career, how have you seen the industry change? 

Procurement in the supply chain and transportation industry has transitioned from decision makers making decisions independently and in silos to a more collaborative process, where multiple stakeholders have influence in the final direction that an organization takes to select a new partner.

What is the most formative piece of career advice you’ve received?

Asking for help doesn’t mean you can’t do it alone. It only means you are not in it alone.

Why should candidates of all backgrounds consider careers in trucking and transportation management?

Virtually everything we consume to live is available to us because trucking companies provide the services to deliver goods for our needs. Few careers can influence such a vital function of the economy and our living as trucking.

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