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If you need advice on how to find and keep the right talent in the trucking industry, you have made it to the right place! Recruit and Retain: Trucking Edition is all about developing the best practices and methods for finding talent and keeping it in the trucking industry. Turnover can be almost 100% for many companies over the course of a few years which is ASTOUNDING! Yet the demand for employees in the trucking industry remains at an all time high. What is going wrong? Why is it so hard ...
 
When considering retirement, do you wonder what financial opportunities you may be missing? Busy lives take over and years pass without taking advantage. In this retirement podcast, Chad Smith and Mike Eklund unveil financial opportunities, to help you balance enjoying today so you are ready to retire later. By day, they are fiduciary fee-only financial advisors who answer questions about tax savings, investment decisions, and how to save more. If you’ve been putting off your financial to-do ...
 
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Dale Earnhardt Jr. sits down with long-time crew chief, car owner and broadcaster Andy Petree for part one of a conversation filled with epic tales about Petree’s rich history and innovative practices in the sport. Before Petree joins them at the table, Dale Jr. and co-host Mike Davis relive a busy weekend for Dale. First, he tells all about his tr…
 
One of the things that we’ve started to bring onto the show is ideas about how a trucking company might control their costs. You might wonder what controlling costs has to do with the recruitment and retention of drivers. But hear us out. Anything, and we mean anything, you can do to save money elsewhere, to plough into the recruitment and retentio…
 
Dale Earnhardt Jr. welcomes American badass, accomplished racer and good-time haver Bentley Warren onto the program to learn more about his colorful career on and off the race track. Ahead of the interview, Dale Jr. shares the story behind Isla receiving a go kart as a birthday gift with co-host Mike Davis and the crew. What happened after the vide…
 
Have you ever been on your way to an epic summer road trip and then all of a sudden you come upon a roadblock? That can ruin the excitement you feel for the upcoming trip. This can happen in retirement as well. In retirement, you may confront roadblocks on your journey and if you don’t know how to maneuver around them it can leave you feeling stuck…
 
If you’re wondering how you can gather driver feedback and driver testimonials to improve your driver recruitment and retention, even when your drivers are remote. Mark Wayner from Wayfind Creative has come up with an incredible solution - he helps skilled trades attract best-fit candidates with remote employee video testimonials. While cutting his…
 
Dale Earnhardt Jr. and his former Hendrick Motorsports crew chief Greg Ives are reunited on this episode to tell the story of how Ives made it in the sport and share previously unheard reflections on their time working together. Before Ives joins the program, Dale Jr. and co-host Mike Davis react to the weekend’s events at Talladega Superspeedway. …
 
You might wonder what insurance has to do with recruiting and retaining drivers. Hear us out. Recruiting and retaining drivers costs money. Your insurance premium also costs money. But here’s the thing, you aren’t stuck with your expensive insurance premium, you can shop around, take on more risk, and reduce costs. Freeing you up to spend more on r…
 
Dale Earnhardt Jr. welcomes NFL All-Pro wide receiver Brandon Marshall onto the show for a conversation intertwining both athletes’ careers and lives after competing professionally. As two recently retired competitors, they answer whether or not they miss suiting up to play and race. Then Brandon expands upon the dynamics of playing wide receiver i…
 
What are you investing for? Many say higher or better returns--but higher or better than what? What do those higher returns make possible for you? Video recap: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tKC2ulw3cz8 To have a successful investment experience you need to have a plan in place. Mike Eklund joins me once again on this episode of Financial Symmetry…
 
In this slightly different episode, the tables are turned and Chad becomes the interviewee for Taking The Hire Road, a podcast hosted by Jeremy Reymer. This episode was originally aired via the Taking The Hire Road podcast, and they’ve kindly let us share it. For those of you who have been avid listeners for the last three years, it’s probably time…
 
Josh Berry won his first career NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Martinsville Speedway! Dale Earnhardt Jr. dedicates the entire show to reliving this emotional and heartfelt victory for JR Motorsports. Before Josh joins the show, Dale Jr. and co-host Mike Davis share what seeing Berry win meant to them and the company. Dale talks about Josh’s rise thr…
 
Legendary NASCAR pit reporter Dick Berggren joins Dale Earnhardt Jr. for a conversation that covers Berggren’s racing career, rise as a journalist and pit reporter, and New England racing history preserver. It’s a special episode as Dale Earnhardt Jr. leads off the program with a big announcement, that includes Berggren himself. After sharing the e…
 
Have you been on the fence about hiring a financial advisor? This indecisiveness can cost you. This episode will help you decide whether hiring a financial advisor is right for you. You’ll learn the 5 C’s that you can expect when hiring a financial advisor. Press play to find out what you should expect from your financial advisor. 4 reasons you may…
 
What if you could increase driver recruitment and retention by focusing on getting and keeping drivers fit? There are so many carriers out there claiming they’re the number one for safety, they have the best signing bonuses, they have the highest CPM, but what if you could differentiate your carrier by putting driver health first? In today’s episod…
 
Following the first NASCAR Cup Series dirt race in over 50 years, Speedway Motorsports Inc. CEO Marcus Smith joins Dale Earnhardt Jr. after hosting the dirt race weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway. Smith delves into many exciting projects surrounding his portfolio of race tracks including the latest on Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway, Atlanta Motor S…
 
If you want to reduce turnover in your carrier, don’t miss Díana Palmera, recruiting manager at Farmland Fresh Dairies, based out of New York, share how they maintain a driver turnover rate of just 10-15%. Farmland Fresh Dairies isn’t a carrier for every driver, they have different divisions for different customer needs. For some customers, they pr…
 
Dale Earnhardt Jr. invites father-son duo Dave and Ryan Blaney to the table to learn more about the Blaney racing legacy and hear about Ryan’s Cup Series victory on Sunday at Atlanta Motor Speedway. First, Dale Jr. and co-host Mike Davis address an eventful Xfinity Series race for JR Motorsports in Atlanta. Commenting publicly for the first-time fo…
 
The American Rescue Plan was recently passed, but do you know all the changes it will bring? You probably already know about the stimulus checks, but you may not know how it could affect your taxes and healthcare. This latest economic stimulus package could mean big things for your tax planning. Video recap here: https://youtu.be/Vq8Y2CFYS6E Since …
 
Welcome to another episode of Recruit and Retain Trucking Edition. Today’s episode focuses around content, as in digital marketing. Content is an area that a high percentage - more than 90% of trucking companies, are not doing enough with. They’re just not doing the right content. There’s a fair amount of misunderstanding around content with folks …
 
Bobby Labonte joins Dale Earnhardt Jr. on this week’s episode to dive deeper into the NASCAR Hall of Famers family history, successful career and current racing endeavors. Much of Labonte’s NASCAR career is well publicized but Dale Jr. is curious about the path that led the Corpus Christi, Texas, native to rise from the shadow of his older brother …
 
Welcome to another episode of Recruit & Retain Trucking Edition. Chad loves to talk to carriers, to find out what they’re doing to help boost driver retention and attract new drivers onboard. In today’s episode he’s chatting to Yajaira Martin, a remote recruiter for Unlimited Carrier, a carrier that operates nationwide. Recruiters are on the front …
 
Dale Earnhardt Jr. is joined by two-time Daytona 500 and 1999 NASCAR Cup Series championship crew chief Todd Parrott for an emotional and heart-felt conversation about Parrott’s triumphs and struggles. Ahead of this interview, Dale Jr. fills us in on the latest developments for Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway. He details what he learned traveling to…
 
It’s always fun to peek behind the curtain and see the strategies and process people use for their decision making. Video recap: https://youtu.be/DDp2dBUhrSg During this conversation, we review some of my core beliefs around: importance of tradeoffs - how every financial decision affects others being intentional in being a good steward Defining the…
 
As a carrier do you walk the walk, as well as talk the talk, when it comes to how much you care about your drivers? The people who are the most important cargo of the whole load? What do you do when your drivers get sick, ill or can’t drive? “They might only be off the road for a month or two. But you know, we know when their wheels are not turning…
 
The life-saving trauma doctor and legendary NASCAR and college football TV broadcaster, Dr. Jerry Punch, joins Dale Earnhardt Jr. for a dive into Dr. Punch’s storied medical and commentating career. From his days growing up in Newton, N.C., in the shadows of Hickory Speedway, Dr. Punch’s racing roots run deep. He shares about his childhood when he …
 
Are you wondering how to use independent contractors more efficiently? How to design lease purchase programs and manage them? Do you need help with growth? Recruitment? Merger and acquisitions? “Getting to learn about other companies and getting to know their teams, understanding what works really well in their organisation, what doesn't work so we…
 
The one-and-only former NFL head coach and NASCAR racer Jerry Glanville is in studio for an interview that Dale Earnhardt Jr. has been eagerly anticipating. Glanville rose to fame as head coach for the Houston Oilers and Atlanta Falcons in the 80s and 90s, and then turned to NASCAR and broadcasting as he competed across multiple different series. H…
 
Have you wondered if there are any financial mistakes that you may have been making? Video recap here: https://youtu.be/9fsWlp56R2U Sometimes our financial mistakes aren’t obvious, so in this episode of Financial Symmetry, we discuss 3 hidden financial mistakes that you may be making and how you can spot them. Uncertain outcomes cannot be predicted…
 
Clint Pulver isn’t a trucker, nor is he involved in the trucking industry, but what he does is wholly relevant to owners of trucking companies. Clint is the high energy, Emmy Award winning keynote speaker, author and professional drummer who is a leading authority on employee retention. Why is he a leading authority on employee retention? Because C…
 
It’s double trouble on The Dale Jr. Download as Randy and Corey LaJoie join Dale Earnhardt Jr. for a deep dive into the LaJoie racing lineage that’s filled with colorful moments. Coming off a ninth-place run at the Daytona 500, Corey talks about his new opportunity with Spire Motorsports in 2021, how the newly revamped team prepared for the season,…
 
If you’re thinking about exiting your trucking company, do you know how to make your carrier as attractive as possible to potential buyers? Spencer Tenney is Managing Partner of the Tenney Group, a family run advisory firm of 40+ years, which is focused on business sales, acquisitions and business valuations, but only in the transportation industry…
 
Larry McReynolds returns for the highly anticipated part two of his conversation with Dale Earnhardt Jr. on the season premiere of The Dale Jr. Download. They dive into more of McReynold’s storied racing career as a crew chief and cover his time working with Dale Earnhardt. With the 2021 Daytona 500 just days away, they relive the Intimidator’s 199…
 
Stock market manias have an uncanny way of capturing our attention. Short video recap: https://youtu.be/wr04xy1pDnU Not only do they dominate weekly headlines, but create visions of what could be. The most recent example is the rapid rise of meme stocks, including Gamestop, AMC and Blackberry among others. In this episode, we’ll explore what happen…
 
How can you maintain a referral rate of 90% and a retention rate 95.7%? Don’t miss Jessica Kapasky, the Recruitment and Retention Guru at Skelton Truck Lines, a pharmaceutical haulage carrier operating trucking teams (pharmaceutical logistic technicians) out of Canada and the US, on this week’s episode. But first, how does one become a Recruitment …
 
You might have heard of today’s guest, Chelsee Patton, Director of Recruiting at Riverside Transport, Inc (RTI) aka Chelsee in Pink. Six years ago, Chelsee got a job as a recruiter at RTI, not knowing what the future held for her. She subsequently fell in love with recruiting and began to think about how she could make things better for drivers. Sh…
 
What is the most important thing you can do for building wealth? Video recap: https://youtu.be/OVSKtk6TzB0 Recently, Jeff Levine (@CPAPlanner) put this question out into the Twitterverse: Other than saving and investing, what is the one single most important factor to financial success? Too often when dealing with financial decisions, we try to ove…
 
Do you work for the best transportation company in the world? Today’s guest, Laura Duryea, believes she does. Laura is the Recruiting and Retention Manager for Boyle Transportation. Having spent time in the driver’s seat herself, she knows how the industry works from both sides. Today, Laura shares her thoughts on why Boyle Transportation is the be…
 
We are big fans of anyone disrupting driver recruitment and retention, which is why we are super thrilled to have Beth Potratz on the podcast. Beth is an HR exec and entrepreneur, as well as being co-founder and CEO of Drive My Way, a truck driver recruiting platform that focuses completely on drivers and their needs, matching them with truck drive…
 
From a historically quick bear market decline to a speedy rebound, 2020 certainly took us on a wild ride. But there is a lot we can learn from this crazy year. Short video recap: https://youtu.be/fUfGwGk-gEY In this episode, we are reflecting on the investment lessons we learned over the past year. What were the lessons you took away in 2020? Liste…
 
Welcome to Recruit and Retain Trucking Edition, 2021. Today we're going outside of the industry once again, but not too far outside of the industry. Henna Pryor, executive coach, recruitment and sales trainer extraordinaire and founder of the Pryority Group, does not necessarily have the inside scoop on recruitment in trucking, but what she does ha…
 
As we come upon a new year it is a good time to reflect on your finances and set goals. Video Recap: https://youtu.be/yKdGYEjhTB0 In this episode, we discuss 12 steps you can take action on to improve your financial outlook. If you’re looking to get off on the right foot in 2021, print out this checklist and run through it to find improvements you …
 
Motivated by the new book, How I Invest My Money, I (Mike Eklund) wanted to communicate how I manage my own money. In our recent podcast, we discuss my approach with investments, savings, spending, debt, insurance, and what the money is for (goals). We also review some of my core beliefs which include: Spend less then you earn Automate savings, inv…
 
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