• Centerline Shines a Spotlight on Lawrence Carey

    Sep 09, 2016

    Centerline Driver Lawrence CareyThis quarter Coastal Pacific Food Distributors (CPFD) would like to announce and congratulate Lawrence Carey as the winner of the Coastal Award. With over 16 years of hard work, dedication to the company, and reliability, Lawrence was an easy choice for this quarter’s winner.

    Lawrence has been in the trucking industry for 20 years, and first started out as a tanker driver. He was an employee for Coastal prior to the partnership with Centerline Drivers, and has maintained his loyalty to CPFD through the transition but has become as much of the Centerline family as he is the CPFD now. What made him appreciate both companies is the work they do for Veterans, and how their customers treat and respect Veterans in the same way.

    At first Lawrence wasn’t sure if he would make it as a truck driver; he trained, tested, and drove the tanker trucks for over 4 months and wasn't as thrilled with the new career as he thought he'd be. However, Lawrence stuck with it and quickly moved on to other endorsement driving, and has been able to grow steadily in his career. With so much experience in the field he feels confident knowing there is always a need for drivers, there will always be consistent work, and he will always know what is expected of him as an employee and truck driver. What he likes most about driving for Centerline and CPFD is the consistent, early-morning shifts available; he always knows his schedule plenty of time ahead so he can plan quality time with his wife.

    Lawrence and his wife Regina will be celebrating their 7th anniversary in September 2016. While they have known each other since 3rd grade and went through school together, it wasn’t until 30 years later they were able to reconnect and fall in love – all stemming from a class reunion Lawrence finally was convinced to attend! Today they spend their time together visiting touristy areas as well as hidden gems in the Santa Barbara area, having movie date nights, and trying out new restaurants every month.

    When asked what he would tell new drivers, Lawrence stresses the importance of slowing down and paying attention at all times. “Take the time to perform your safety checks prior to hitting the road, and always check your hauls for accuracy before leaving a yard or stop.” Lawrence advises. He also believes being well rested is key in order to perform your best each and every day.

    Congratulations to Lawrence for work well done, and best wishes for many more years with Coastal Pacific Food Distributors and Centerline!

  • Centerline Shines a Spotlight on Bryant Money

    Aug 10, 2016

    Bryant Money BrandedEvery now and then we all have those moments – the ones where time slows down, fight-or-flight kicks in, and you hope your instincts and years of training step up to take the wheel and deliver you to safety. Bryant Money recently experienced every driver’s worst nightmare when another vehicle failed to yield and cut him off mid route; Bryant’s training, attention to the road and surroundings, and instincts not only saved both drivers’ lives but also prevented a major collision. The whole scene was caught on camera due to the SmartDrive system installed in Bryant’s rig, and it is clear as day Bryant is a Safety Spotlight star!

    Bryant first started his driving career in 1989 when attending school in North Carolina, became a Centerline driver in March 2016, and has an extensive background in aviation and as a yachtmaster. With a daughter in the Navy, and hobbies including surfing, sailing, driving, and flying, it’s no wonder Bryant is drawn to the trucking industry as his career choice – being on the open road and not cooped up in an office is the dream environment for him. Bryant’s favorite memory in his career was the first time his route took him across the country into California, when he was working for Schneider National Bulk Carriers.

    What advice would you expect from Mr. Money? Bryant says he’d always teach new drivers to listen, be aware of your surroundings at all times, and practice your patience – you’ll need it.

    Thank you Bryant for a job well done, and for putting safety first!

  • Centerline Shines a Spotlight on Bounthavy Soukhaseum

    Jun 27, 2016

    Bounthavy SoukhaseumEvery quarter Coastal Pacific Food Distributors (CPFD) announces a Coastal Award winner in appreciation of their dedication, hard work, and commitment to the Coastal team. At the most recent celebration dinner, CPFD awarded driver Bounthavy Soukhaseum with the honor. Bounthavy is a veteran driver who has been with CPFD and Centerline for over a decade!

    Bounthavy was first introduced to commercial driving as a young boy when he would get to accompany his dad on local routes during his summer breaks. Once he earned his own driver’s license in high school his love for driving only grew and he spent more and more time riding with his dad. It was a natural fit for Bounthavy to choose commercial trucking as his career choice.

    Bounthavy loves the freedom driving brings –operating his own routes, the flexibility of the position, changes in routes and territories, and the trust his employer puts in him knowing he’ll get the job done well. Working at CPFD also allows Bounthavy to fit in plenty of quality time with his wife Kim, because they have set schedules, always know their schedule plenty of time in advance, and have weekends off.

    One of his favorite memories in his driving career is the first time he drove an early morning route through New York. The sun was rising as he was crossing the Brooklyn Bridge, and there was no traffic to block his perfect view of the sunrise over the water. The one thing Bounthavy dislikes about driving, however, is the increased chance of sitting in traffic throughout the day. Something morning and evening commuters take for granted since they only have to experience it for a short period of the day!

    With his free time on the weekends, Bounthavy and Kim spend plenty of time outdoors doing their favorite activities together. They go on bike rides, explore new places on their hikes, and enjoy fishing. Kim prefers to spend a relaxing day on the lake fishing, while Bounthavy looks forward to the excitement of deep-sea fishing in San Diego and Mexico.

    Bounthavy’s advice for new truck drivers? “Driving is only for the patient! You have to plan your route(s) ahead of time and factor in time for the unknown. You have to learn to slow down and not rush from Point A to Point B; when you rush you tend to make mistakes and put safety on the back burner – always practice Safety First!”

    Congratulations Bounthavy for a job well done!

  • Centerline Shines a Spotlight on Jeffrey Nelson

    Jun 02, 2016

    Jeffrey Nelson is a trucking veteran with 20 years behind the wheel. After working as a real estate agent for four years, Jeffrey got his Class A License and started driving in 1996. Prior to beginning his career with Centerline in February of 2015, Jeffrey had driven for Swift for an impressive 12 years.

    Upon being asked what his favorite thing about driving is, Jeff says that he greatly enjoys the pay and the people he meets along the way. Jeffrey recalls his fondest driving memory being his 10-year anniversary working with Swift.

    Jeffrey has two sons and a girlfriend that he has been with for 10 years. His eldest son just returned from Iraq the other is currently a student in college. Jeff says that he and his girlfriend are nerds at heart who enjoy attending swap meets and collectible conventions. He collects comic books and his girlfriend collects dolls. They also enjoy spending time with family on the weekends.

    When asked what advice he would give to other drivers, Jeff had a few key points: work with dispatch and be open to anything they may give you, keep a positive attitude, and stick with it, plowing through any hard times you may come upon.

    Centerline is very thankful to be working with Jeffrey and we hope to work with him for many years to come! Congratulations, Jeffrey Nelson!

  • Centerline Shines a Spotlight on Brandon Wilson

    May 06, 2016
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    Brandon Wilson started working for Centerline in April 2015 based in Deridder, Louisiana in our Dedicated Drivers division. A 3rd generation driver, what he likes most about his job is being on the open road and driving the “big truck.”

    He always had a passion for driving. He grew up seeing his grandfather hauling logs, his father driving in Vietnam while serving in the Army.  “Little boys play with trucks and now I drive one,” Brandon said.

    He and his wife, Nicole, used to run OTR together and said they saw so many beautiful things while crossing the country. One in particular, he said, was watching the sunrise over Lake Pontchartrain.

    Brandon and Nicole have 3 children; daughters ages 14 and 8 a 3-month old son so flexibility with Centerline that allows him to be “in control of his day” is valuable.

    In his spare time, Brandon enjoys using his HAM radio and communicating with people all over the world. He is so savvy with radio communications, he has been licensed with the FCC to the last year.

    Brandon’s advice for other truck drivers or those thinking about it? "Do what you love and love what you do. This industry can be tough but if your heart is in it, it can be very rewarding."

  • Centerline Shines a Spotlight on Jason Williams

    Apr 15, 2016
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    When Jason Williams applied to work with Centerline in the fall of 2015, he was anxious to get to work and make some money. Jason interviewed and road tested in Baltimore and joined the Centerline team.

    By November of 2015, his hard work had earned him a spot as a dedicated driver on the team. Jason decided to share his success story at Centerline with people he knew. In December of 2015, Jason referred 5 drivers to Centerline. Jason broke the record of referrals in one year in one month!

    All 5 of his friends met our hiring standards and began to work for us. 4 of these people met the minimum 200 hours worked so that Jason could earn the $300 Driver Referral bonus for each of them – a total of $1200! That is a lot of money for sharing good news with friends!

    Jason reflects our passion for going above and beyond to build 1 Strong Team!

    As this story was being written, another person who was referred by... you guessed it... Jason Williams, has applied to work with Centerline.

    Congratulate Jason on his success and contact your local Centerline branch to learn how you can earn a $300 Driver Referral Bonus!

  • Centerline Shines a Spotlight on Bernard Gasca

    Mar 31, 2016
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    • Barnard Gasca’s background 

    In 2003, Bernard Gasca joined C.R. England where he was trained and drove OTR for a short period of time and transitioned into a local route. Driving trucks was something Bernard always wanted to do. He has memories as a child hearing the trucks coming down the hill and talking on a CB radio with his grandfather. 

    When did he start driving for Centerline? 

    Bernard joined the Centerline family in 2003 after the company he worked for was impacted by the housing collapse. He wanted to stay local so he could be close to his family and Centerline had the best opportunities for him. 

    What does Bernard like most about driving? 

    Bernard liked being out on the road; the neighborhoods, cities, landscapes. The beauty of nature; sunsets, sunrises and city lights. “You are free, out alone on your own and just enjoying the music. The landscapes are so different,” said Bernard. 

    Barnard’s Family 

    Bernard has 3 kids, the oldest is his 24-year-old son who is currently attending college and working full time. His 2nd oldest son is 19 and attends Cal State - Fullerton. His youngest is his 13-year-old daughter. Being near his children when they were growing up was important to Bernard. He said he was missing their activities and their daily lives when working OTR. So, working local with Centerline helped that.  

    Advice for other and new drivers? 

    “Be patient. Understand your limitations as a driver whether you are over-the-road or local. There is fatigue, a mental strain, be aware of that. If you’re hesitant get out and look. Keep in good contact with your family – make it a priority – and stay grounded.”

  • Centerline Driver: Vilay Ling

    Mar 03, 2016

    Centerline was proud to announce Vilay Ling as the Coastal Award winner of the 3rd Quarter in 2015. Vilay is a seasoned driver with an inspiring story. He and his wife both emigrated from Laos as youth and met in the US.

    Vilay was first introduced to driving one summer when the machine shop he worked at shut down for 2 weeks. Seeking to fill the void in work, Vilay accepted an invitation from his dad to ride with him on his haul to New York City. That was all it took for Vilay to realize his love of truck driving. So he quit his job and bought a brand new truck. He ran the continuous 48 states hauling mostly produce.

    He had been driving 3 – 3 ½ years before he met his wife. When they married, he gave up driving and went back to the machine shop. But, it was clear to his wife Vilay missed trucking, so she encouraged him to pursue his dream. This time, Vilay looked for a driving job that was close to home, leading him to Centerline. Centerline placed Vilay with Coastal, where he was hired as a permanent driver and has remained for 15 years.

    Vilay loves to drive for Coastal because of the stable work and fixed schedule. He is able to be home every night with his 17-year old daughter and 14-year old son. Vilay’s advice to new drivers is, “Take it one day at a time, finish the days job well, tomorrow will take care of itself."

  • Centerline Driver: Don DeRosia

    Feb 08, 2016

    Don DeRosia is a man many wish they could call friend. His work ethic is impeccable and hard to overlook. Several accounts he has been assigned, notice immediately and, if possible, have hired him directly. His selflessness is manifested through his brave service to his country and his heart for those around him is shown through his mentorship to young veterans. It is easy to see why we valued his time with Centerline and wish to put the spotlight on him for others to see.

    Don started driving trucks in 1971 when he got home from serving our country in Vietnam. Along with his dad and brother, Don’s primary career was as a pipe fitter, but he loved the freedom trucking offered. As he put it, “windshield time is good time.” When behind the windshield, Don said he is able to clear his head and reset, and that’s one of the reasons he loved driving. He spent a lot of his career doing long hauls with occasional local jobs here and there.

    Don is describes as having a can-do attitude with wonderful demeanor and loyalty. He is a memorable Centerline employee, always up for a new adventure, lighthearted and an encouragement to others. Throughout his driving career he stayed in touch with Centerline. In the unpredictable world of trucking, Centerline was his constant. Whenever it was time for him to move onto another job he would go back to Centerline, looking for guidance. Don, his brother, and several of his friends all worked for Centerline on and off throughout their careers. Centerline’s Service Director, in particular, was a bright spot, and still is, for Don and other Centerline drivers. “The difference with Centerline, is the way they care about their drivers as family,” Don said, “not many companies have people who really care about the drivers. Centerline personnel would always stress the importance of safety meetings, and go to bat for us if we were being pressured to operate out of compliance.”

    Recently retired due to some health issues, he continues to act as a role model to young military members. He stresses respect as an essential characteristic, one which he lives out in his own life. When asked what advice he’d give to new drivers Don responded, “Listen to what they [Centerline] are trying to do for you, be open to opportunities.”

    Centerline is thrilled to be able to shine the spotlight on Don and are thankful to have been a part of his successful driving career. Our priority is to keep our drivers working and happy. We count it a win and celebrate when our drivers get hired on by the accounts we place them at. Don’s story is a testament to our goal to build relationships with our drivers. Stay in touch and if/when the time comes you are looking for more work, we will be there to help you find something new.

  • Centerline Driver: Marquis Turner

    Dec 10, 2015

    Driver Spotlight: Marquis TurnerMarquis Turner has been driving trucks since 2006 and joined the Centerline team in June of 2013. His hard work and loyalty has caught the attention of all he works with. The Lawrenceville office has nothing but positive things to say about Marquis. “He has been such a pleasure to work with. Always does a great job for Centerline without issue, never complains and is always willing to work,” said a Service Center Specialist.

    Marquis is married with two children, a six year old son and one year old daughter. "I really enjoy the freedom my set schedule gives me. It allows me to spend quality time with my family and work on my hobbies, such as, working on my low rider and going to car shows," Marquis said. He is also a hard core Dallas Cowboys fan and often spends his Sundays watching football.

    Marquis has built a reputation of being reliable, trustworthy and hard working. His positive attitude and commitment is contagious. We are grateful for his dedication and feel he is a model driver that we are fortunate to have as a part of the Centerline team.

  • Centerline Driver: Richard Loher

    Oct 13, 2015

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    Every quarter Coastal Pacific gives an award to a driver who is hard working and has shown outstanding performance. Centerline and Coastal throw a dinner for the award winner and their family to show their appreciation for all they do. This quarter the award goes to Richard Loher. Coastal would like to recognize him for his loyalty, dependability and trustworthiness over the several years he has driven for them.

    Richard Loher has been driving since 2004 and loves it. He enjoys getting away from the hustle and bustle of a busy life to get in some “me” time and trucking allows him to do that. He started working for Centerline in April of 2006 and was placed with Coastal, his second driving job, and has stayed there ever since. “It was and is a blessing to have one steady job with Coastal,” said Richard, “they treat you well and know who you are, you don’t get lost among the other drivers."

    Richard has two grandchildren who he is very close with. When he’s home from work he loves taking them out to eat and spending quality time together. He also could not say enough about his appreciation for the support from his wife. He is a very humble man that just wants to do a good job. Not worried about the little things, focused on health, family and safety. Richard wants us to know it’s about doing an honest day’s work for a company that cares about you, providing for your family and being there for them when they need you. Always be aware of your surroundings and don’t be afraid to Get Out and Look. Here’s to Richard and at least another 10 years!

    Centerline is proud to have Richard representing us at Coastal, the award is well deserved! Congratulations.

  • Accelerate! Conference & Expo Winners

    Sep 24, 2015

    Women in Trucking hosted an event this past week called Accelerate! Conference & Expo. The event was dynamic and empowering for the world of women truck drivers and Centerline was grateful to able to be a part of it. Pictured are two of the three Centerline raffle winners. Wendy (Left) and Laura (right) each won a velour slipper and robe gift set because they deserve to relax and pamper themselves for the hard work they do to move America. Thank you ladies for stopping by our booth and for the opportunity to show you our appreciation of what you do!

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  • Driver Appreciation Dinner

    Sep 02, 2015

    Centerline Driver AppreciationThis quarter’s recipient of the Coastal Award is Centerline driver, Victor Cortes. Victor has been a driver for Centerline since February of 2006 and has been driving trucks ever since he was able too. He started out working as a Lumper and once he turned 18 years old he wasted no time getting his license. It was his brother who inspired him to pursue trucking and taught him how to drive. Victor is being honored with the Coastal Award for his dedication to being a safe, professional and excellent driver in all areas of the job.

    Victor shared his gratitude for the wonderful staff at Coastal that he works with and said they are the best part about working there. A highlight of driving is being out on the open road, seeing unique and different places each and every day. He loves the adventure the job offers, while still having the ability to maintain a schedule that allows him to have weekends free and come home to his family each night. Family is very important to Victor, he, his wife and their two children share a love for cars and baseball. Victor and his son cheer on the Philly’s and his wife and daughter are Red Sox fans.

    When asked what advice he would give to new truck drivers, Victor expressed how important it is make safety the number one priority. “What it boils down to is safety. You have to watch your surroundings and practice defensive driving” he said. Victor explained how you cannot simply “jump into a big rig and drive away” you need to put in the time to be safe and truly know how to handle the vehicle, something that Victor has done a great job with. Centerline is very grateful to have a skilled, knowledgeable and safety conscious driver like Victor on the team. Congratulations on your award!

  • Meet Thomas Jimenez

    Jul 20, 2015

    Centerline DriverThomas Jimenez started working for Centerline in September of 2010. He was a hardworking entrepreneur exploring his options during the economy downturn.

    "I started my own trucking company two years before I worked for Centerline. Business was great. When the recession hit, business fell 50-75%. I had to make my move. I learned from a relative about Centerline. First I had my doubts about working for a 'temp agency'. I did my research about Centerline and after gathering some information about what they do, I decided to give it a chance. It was a great decision."

    When Thomas started with Centerline, he worked any job we had available. He had a lot of experience with flatbed driving and was an extremely hard worker. He was starting to find a home with Centerline. "The work was nice and dispatchers where very easy to work with," Thomas told us.

    The Centerline team works hard to find the right fit for all our drivers. Regina Frank, a service manager at Centerline, continually kept her eye open for the perfect placement for Thomas and came across an opening with a Centerline customer.


    "One of our customers was a big steel company. I drove their trucks for a short time before they asked me to join their team. Not only was the work easy, but the staff are all nice to work for," Thomas said.

    Thomas impressed the company with his professionalism, experience, and hard work prompting them to extend the opportunity to work for them full-time. The company bought Thomas a new truck and he continues to excel as their number one driver! Congratulations Thomas, we are proud!

    "Centerline really worked for me great. Thank you Regina for a chance to show what I can do for your customers and for finding me a great job. This is a great fit!"

  • Driver Appreciation Dinner

    Jun 09, 2015

    Every quarter Coastal Pacific honors a driver who goes above and beyond to make a difference. These recipients stand out among their peers for their outstanding character and commitment. This quarter’s recipient of the Coastal award is given to Ruben Vazquez. Ruben Vazquez
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    Ruben comes from a long line of truck drivers. As he said, “truck driving is in my family.” His father’s career as a truck driver ultimately sparked his interest, as well as the interest of his brothers. Ruben, his two brothers and his nephew all found themselves led to Centerline.

    When Ruben started driving for Centerline he was already placed with Coastal Pacific. His joy and hard work made him quickly stand out among his peers. He is a valuable member of their driving team. Ruben expressed how much he enjoys his time with Centerline and is very grateful for the connection with Coastal Pacific.  He has been a loyal driver for Coastal since 2000 and loves it. “The management is great” Ruben said, as he expressed his appreciation for the evident interest and concern Coastal takes in their drivers’ safety. Ruben has always been an advocate when it comes to staying safe and is an example of what good driving looks like.

    Throughout his 35 years of experience, Ruben has brought purpose, kindness and dependability to each and every assignment. When he is not driving his family is priority.  When asked what he likes to do for fun, without hesitation, he answered, “Seeing my grandkids! I like to see my daughter and grandkids, take them to breakfast and church and just spend time with them.

    We are so proud of Ruben’s success and who he is as a person.  Congratulations on receiving this quarter’s Coastal award!  It is well deserved and we are happy to have you a part of the Centerline team!

  • Centerline Driver: Gerald Price

    Jun 01, 2015

    Gerald PriceFor more than 25 years, we have been putting professional drivers to work in great jobs close to home. While many enjoy our simple, flexible temporary driving jobs, some are interested in finding more permanent work.

    This was the case for Gerald Price from our Great Bay Area branch. Gerald starting working for Centerline in 2005 for a local customer. His hard work and determination caught the eye of the customer who then hired him as a permanent employee and has worked there ever since. Gerald has excelled in the driving field and has become the customer’s lead driver, trainer and named Northern California’s Driver of the year.

    Congratulations Gerald! We are so proud of you!

     

  • Centerline Driver: Charlotte Janis

    May 06, 2015

    Charlotte Janis loves the freedom she has as a Centerline truck driver. “I love the freedom to make a choice of who I want to work with, and how often.  Centerline doesn’t make me feel guilty for taking advantage of those options,” said Janis. 

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    We talked with Charlotte about life as a female Centerline driver.

    What is a benefit of working for Centerline?

    “The flexibility Centerline offers. It allows me the time to spend with my family and not miss those special moments.”

    What advice would you give other females considering a career as a driver?

    “I would love to tell women how exciting and advantageous this career has been. You always get a pat on the back from the other truck drivers. Also how young this job makes me feel. You can be a beautiful, respectful lady and be a truck driver. It’s all how you carry yourself.”

    What are three things you’d recommend to a woman who wants to get into driving as a profession?

    Talk to another woman driver and the wife of a driver and hear their stories.

    Know what you are looking for; short haul, long haul, pay, etc. And, investigate the company before going to the driving school to know who they are.

    Talk with your family. Trucking jobs often keep you away from family. Determine the priorities of your family.

    The biggest reward? “To know I’m moving America, because America would stop without truck drivers.”

  • Centerline Driver: Gerardo Pineda

    Mar 31, 2015
    The Centerline Redwood City branch would like to extend a huge thank you to Gerardo Pineda. Gerry was referred to work with Centerline by a former colleague and was promptly assigned to a steel flatbed delivery company in Santa Clara. He started there in July 2014 and was hired as a permanent driver in February 2015. Gerry brings extensive experience and a great attitude to work everyday. Keep up the great work Gerry and congrats!
  • Centerline Drivers: Kudos

    Mar 16, 2015

    We are so lucky to have such wonderful drivers working for Centerline. The Redwood City branch would like to send "kudos" to two drivers in particular, Erik Pineda and Antonio Santana Miranda. 

    Erik Pineda was recently rehired back as a Centerline driver, and hit the ground running once assigned to a local tile delivery customer. The customer had nothing but praise for Erik: 


    "Erik has been a solid worker, always on time and not afraid to do what needs to be done. In addition, he's courteous and has great communication skills. We would recommend him for any future job as he will be a good asset to any company."

    Antonio Santana joined a nationwide wine distribution client in Northern California and has earned nothing but positive feedback from the customer: 


    "Thank you for having such a good person available for us. Not only is he a great driver, but a good young man. We feel totally comfortable with Antonio driving our equipment."



    Thank you Erik and Antonio for representing Centerline to the best of your ability! 

  • Centerline Driver: Suzanne Chacon

    Mar 04, 2015
    Centerline would like to extend a heartfelt congratulations to Suzanne Chacon. Suzanne previously worked for an overnight mail freight delivery company until she joined Centerline in June 2014. She quickly became a great driver for one of our top customers, and in early 2015 she was on hired as a permanent driver for that customer. This is no easy delivery position but Suzanne stepped right in and did a wonderful job. Thanks for your continuous hard work Suzanne!

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