Interview with Bill Aboudi of AB Trucking

Bill Aboudi

AB Trucking (OTO): Can you tell us about yourself and a bit about your background?

Bill Aboudi: I came from the Hospitality Industry to help a family member in the trucking business and I’m still here since 1988!

OTO: How has trucking changed since you got started?

Bill Aboudi: More use of technology since I started but also more overhead with regulations and other industry procedures that all seem to dump on the trucking industry because they can.

OTO: Why is trucking a good career? Why did you choose trucking for a living?

Bill Aboudi: It’s challenging, hard work, sense of accomplishment and American!

OTO: Why are trucking companies always hiring? Are trucking jobs good, in general?

Bill Aboudi: Trucking companies are always looking for growth, the sky is the limit! But very few customers understand value of truckers. They always pressure downward pricing and if trucking companies don’t make the money, pay suffers. The other reason I see from the owner operator drivers (some) don’t value their worth.

OTO: Where is the trucking industry headed? Will trucking be automated?

Bill Aboudi: I see more driver assist technology rather than fully automated just like an airplane!

OTO: Any advice you could offer to people new to the industry and considering trucking for a living?

Bill Aboudi: Join a good association that can educate and connect you with other trucker and lobbies for your interest. Never play the rate game, value your worth and stay educated.

OTO: How has trucking changed your life?

Bill Aboudi: Always in demand, put my kids thru college! Entry level business to start and grow as big as you want (with hard work).

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