The Oakley Podcast is a trucking industry podcast that educates and empowers owner-operators by providing relevant industry, market, and company news in a digestible audio format.
187: From Trucking to Thriving: Troy Parker's Story at Oakley Trucking
This week on the Oakley Podcast, host Jeremy Kellett chats with Troy Parker, an Owner/Operator at Oakley who has been with the company for the past five years. During the episode, Troy discusses his career as a truck driver, emphasizing the family-oriented values of Oakley, the support he receives, and the flexibility of his role. He highlights his commitment to safety, the importance of truck maintenance, the challenges and rewards of being an owner-operator, the supportive culture at Oakley Trucking, and more.
186: From Port to Porch: How Operations at Port 33 Help Care for Customers
This week on the Oakley Podcast, host Jeremy Kellett chats with Josh Taylor, Lucas Taylor, and Lee Coe from Port 33. During the episode, the group discusses Port 33's operations and recovery from the 2019 flood. They highlight the port's capabilities, including barge handling and storage facilities, and the resilience shown during the flood's aftermath. The conversation also touches on the team's efforts in maintaining operations, expanding the south side, implementing a QR code system for efficiency, customer appreciation, how the port has grown with Oakley, and more.
185: Is There a Driver Shortage or Just a Driver Turnover Problem? Featuring Lewie Pugh of OOIDA
During this week’s episode of the Oakley Podcast, host Jeremy Kellett is joined by Lewie Pugh, Executive Vice President of Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA). In this conversation, Jeremy and Lewie tackle the trucking industry's challenges, particularly driver turnover. Lewie argues that the issue isn't a shortage of drivers but the high turnover rates, exacerbated by poor treatment and inadequate pay. They also discuss the negative effects of over-regulation and the need for better training to enhance road safety, the future of trucking, including potential legislative changes, the importance of respecting and improving conditions for truckers, making trucking a more appealing career, and more.
184: The Most Effective Tax Strategies for Owner-Operators with Jeff Amen and Michael Schneider of ATBS
This week on the Oakley Podcast, host Jeremy Kellett chats with Jeff Amen and Michael Schneider from ATBS about all things taxes for owner-operators. The conversation covers the importance of record-keeping, tax management, and the benefits of filing taxes as an LLC. Jeff and Michael introduce their app "The Hub" for managing finances and stress the personalized service offered, including a discount for Oakley Trucking clients. They also mention their tax relief pit crew for IRS negotiations while also highlighting their clients' financial performance, with Oakley clients earning significantly more than average. As we head into tax season, don’t miss this great episode to help owner-operators navigate the ins and outs of taxes.
183: The Intricate Process Designing and Constructing a Tow Boat with Hayden Pearson of JANTRAN
This week on the Oakley Podcast, host Jeremy Kellett chats with Hayden Pearson, Shipyard and New Construction Manager at JANTRAN. During the episode, Hayden discusses his lifelong passion for boats, detailing the construction process, including design considerations for various boat components and the importance of precision. He also talks about the differences in propulsion arrangements and the upcoming challenges with new emission control systems. The conversation touches on the financial aspects of boat building and concludes with Hayden's involvement in reviving JANTRAN's Christmas party tradition by building a tow boat-themed Christmas float. Don’t miss this great episode!
182: Navigating the Rivers to Success at JANTRAN with Paul Janoush
This week on the Oakley Podcast, host Jeremy Kellett chats with Paul Janoush, Vice President at JANTRAN. During the episode, Paul and Jeremy discuss the history of JANTRAN including its founding, operations, and its acquisition by Oakley Trucking in 2011. They discuss JANTRAN's success, attributed to its dedicated workforce and strategic location, and delve into industry changes, including increased regulations. The conversation also covers the challenges of boat construction costs, the importance of the barge industry on supply chain, what the future looks like for JANTRAN, and more.
I enjoy listening to Jeremy’s weekly shows, it’s a great way to stay up to date on Oakley & the transportation industry. I especially enjoy when Jason Webb is on the show ;)
I listen every week. Getting closer to finding the courage to buy a truck from you guys talking about it. Keep up the good work
Just want to say super proud of my dad Johnny Gutierrez and being awarded one of the Owner Operators of the Year! Great man indeed! Glad he is able to be apart of a great company!