Joe Rodriguez can relate to the truck drivers he dispatches for Centerline Drivers because he has been one of them. But the leadership skills he developed while serving in the Marines at Camp Pendleton and in San Diego and with the Army at Ford Ord, Calif., in Germany and in Iraq during Desert Storm, are what motivates him to bring the best out of his drivers. He started in leadership roles early in the military, serving as an instructor for CDL drivers in Germany. That experience took him to UPS Freight and now to Centerline, where connecting with the drivers is his top priority.
“I believe when you are real with our drivers, the drivers like that,” he said. “I have experience doing their jobs so I get a lot of respect for that and also serving in the Military. I can bond with the drivers in a personal way.”
His experience in the military taught him humility and accountability, something he brings to work every day.
“I do everything with integrity, honor and accountability,” he said. “I am very confident in my role here at Centerline, but I am not arrogant.”