Interview with Jennifer Bloom of Circle Logistics Inc

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Circle Logistics Inc (OTO): Can you tell us a bit about yourself and your background?

Jennifer Bloom: I’m 46, I’ve been in the trucking business, off and on, since the early 2000’s. I started out as a Drive Away Driver Recruiter and it took off from there. I’ve recruited drive away drivers, straight truck and expedited drivers, semi drivers, both owner operators and company drivers. My experience is mostly with dry van but I’m also familiar with car hauling and flatbed.

OTO: When did you get started in trucking and how did that decision come about?

Jennifer Bloom:  I had solicited the services of a head hunter when I had decided to get out of the RV business. There was an opening at a company called Morgan Drive Away for an entry level drive away driver recruiter and she thought that I would be good at it. She was right.

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

Jennifer Bloom:  Trucking is a good career because trucks are always needed to ship food, household goods and the things we need to survive. I didn’t really choose the trucking industry, it chose me. When you find something you’re good at and can make a good living at, you stick with it.

OTO: Where is your business located and which areas do you serve?

Jennifer Bloom:  Our headquarters is in Fort Wayne, IN and we serve primarily the Eastern half of the United States, the Midwest, East Coast and Southern regions.

OTO: Where is the trucking industry headed?

Jennifer Bloom: I believe with the mandate of E-logs, it’s going to level the playing field for a lot of drivers and carriers. Meaning that the good old boy system of cheating on your logs so that you can undercut your competition are going to be drastically reduced and shippers are going to be forced to pay a fair price to get their goods where they need to go. Eventually, I believe that some shipping will move to autonomous modes of transport but truck drivers will always be needed at the end points and some will become more like engineers than a driver.

OTO: Why trucking matters to the economy? Why is it important?

Jennifer Bloom:  Without trucking, goods do not get shipped. That includes food, clothing, water, fuel, everything you need to survive gets to you by way of trucking and transportation.

OTO: How has trucking changed your life?

Jennifer Bloom: It’s allowed me to have a lucrative career without a college education. Provided for my family and enjoyed some luxuries at the same time.

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