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.