Take Your Best Shot: 2016 Edition

Happy New Year!

We hope that everyone was able to enjoy the holidays and spend some quality time with your loved ones. We are looking forward to a prosperous and safe 2016! Throughout the year, keep watching your e-mails and our social media for announcements of new exciting things that we have in store!

To begin, we are excited to announce a few changes to our photo contest for 2016. We recognize that not every driver has or wants a Facebook account, so have we developed a way for everyone to participate. You may now submit your photo on Facebook OR it can be e-mailed directly to us.

Here’s how it works:

  • Take a scenic photo of your truck and trailer at some point after you have hooked up to your next load. Or,
  • Take a photo of anything you encounter as you are on the road.  it could be weather-related, sunsets, nature, road hazards, etc.
  • Either post the photo to our Facebook page, or submit it to starfleettrucking@gmail.com.
  • Each month, at least one photo will be selected by Star Fleet management to win $1,000.  (We have eliminated the public voting)
  • You may submit more than one photo per month, and you may win more than once during the year!
  • Must be a driver currently leased-on with Star Fleet Trucking at time of selection to claim the prize.
  • Entries must come from your own Facebook account or from an e-mail address that we have on file for you. Please contact your dispatcher if you need to update your information.
  • There may be suggested themes throughout the year, but when a theme is not announced, the focus should be on the current season or holiday.

That’s it!  Winners will be selected based on the quality, scenery, and overall mood of the photo. If your photo knocks our socks off, it may even be featured in future Star Fleet advertising!*  Of course, always position your truck and trailer in a safe and legal manner, and then snap away!

The contest will run the entire year, with a Photo Of The Year announced in late December 2016. Winners will be notified prior to being announced in our newsletters and social media. Good luck!

*no photo will be used in promotional materials unless given permission by the owner of the photo.

Take Your Best Shot: Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays, Star Fleet Drivers! It’s that time of year again – time for the holiday-themed Take Your Best Shot Contest!

You know the drill, everybody- when you and yours are enjoying the holiday season in whatever way you choose, pull out your phone and snap a picture. Upload the picture to our Facebook page (click here to go to contest page), and if your picture gets the most votes, you win $1000!

Given some of the submissions we received in the last contest, Star Fleet would like to reiterate some of the terms and conditions since, try as we might, some folks still aren’t as up to snuff on the contest rules as we’d like. In order to submit a valid entry to the contest, you:

  • MUST be a driver currently leased to Star Fleet. If you aren’t a driver, you will not qualify for the winnings (if you’d like to BE a driver, click here!)
  • MUST take the picture you submit. If we find that you’ve plagiarized the image, we will remove it from the contest.

Also, please try to stick to the contest theme with your submissions- you’ll have a better chance of getting votes, and if we determine the submitted image is inflammatory, inappropriate, or offensive, we will remove it from the contest.

Pretty simple, right? Okay, you know the rules, so keep those phones charged and make sure you don’t miss that $1000 shot!

As always, Star Fleet drivers, remember to take the proper precautions when on the road. Winter’s almost here, and anyone who drives long distances knows that even a mild one can be dangerous if you’re not prepared. Stay safe, and happy holidays!

Take Your Best Shot: Fall 2015

Hey there, Star Fleet drivers!

It’s time for another edition of the Take Your Best Shot Photography Contest! Since it’s been a while, let’s take a minute to go over the guidelines of the contest:

  1. You upload a picture to our Facebook page (link below) that matches the current theme of the contest.
  2. Your picture is voted on until the contest has ended
  3. If your picture has the most votes, you win $1000!

It’s THAT easy! You just have to be a Star Fleet driver to make a submission. If you’re interested in becoming a member of the Star Fleet family, click HERE to learn more about how to submit an application online!

For this edition of the contest, there is no theme! Submit pictures of any sort that you think deserve to win $1000! Pictures of vacations, interesting sights on the road, pets, or family members; whatever it is, we want to see it! Just make sure a) it’s YOUR picture (unauthentic pics will be removed) and b) it’s appropriate for the contest! See our terms and conditions HERE if you have any questions!

Go directly to the contest and apply by clicking HERE or check out our Facebook Page for more Star Fleet posts and announcements!

Good luck, Star Fleet drivers, and as always, safe travels!

Staff of Star Fleet: Tina Miller

Hey there, Star Fleet drivers!

Today, we’d like to introduce you to another member of the Star Fleet family; a veteran in the drivers seat, the office chair, and the frozen North alike, Tina Miller!

Tina began her career in trucking as a pilot car driver for oversized loads; her husband, Al, has been transporting mobile homes as a member of Star Fleet since 1995. After nearly 7 years as a pilot car driver, a desk job in the Star Fleet office opened up, and Tina has been working in this capacity for a total of 7 years.

In 2012, a unique opportunity presented itself to Tina and Al. Star Fleet was considering opening a terminal in North Dakota, and Joel Pladson, Star Fleet’s President, offered Al the opportunity to run it. “Al came home and told me about their conversation,” Tina recalls. “[My first thought] was, ‘No way am I moving to North Dakota!’ I’m one of those people who doesn’t like winter or cold weather. Just not my thing.”

As it turns out, Tina’s resolve in the face of freezing gales and drifting snow would soon be put to the test anyway. “It wasn’t long before we were on our way to North Dakota,” Tina says, adding that the opportunity was too great to pass up. “We opened a terminal in Jamestown, ND and leased on some great drivers to transport mobile homes and modular units.” The terminal enjoyed a great deal of success before closing down in 2014. When asked if it was worth the cold, Tina immediately confirms it was an unforgettable experience. “The hospitality of the people in Jamestown was incredible; we have a lot of friends we met while living there,” she remembers. “From the motorcycle rides to Bingo, the whole experience was amazing. My favorite parts, though, were the sensational sunsets and the Northern Lights.” Tina also mentions the hobby she got “hooked” on when living in the north. “The fishing was new for me, but I loved it. I even purchased my own fishing rod!”

Tina and Al recently moved back to Indiana, and Tina is working in the Star Fleet recruiting office. “I really enjoy everything about this job: the people I work with, the people I talk to every day on the phone, and the drivers we lease on. I feel blessed to be a part of the Star Fleet team!”

Thank you for story, Tina!

Remember to keep your eyes on the Star Fleet blog for more announcements and entries in the Staff of Star Fleet series!

Take Your Best Shot: Spring Has Sprung!

Hey there, Star Fleet Drivers!

We had a pretty small turnout for the most recent theme of “Friends Made On The Road”. I guess the road is a little lonelier than we’d originally thought!  In spite of this, we did have a few entries, and this month’s winner is Lorrie-Ann Lefebvre Lafleur.

This Theme's Winning Shot!

This Theme’s Winning Shot!

Thank you for your submission, Lorrie-Ann! Someone from Star Fleet will be in touch with you about your winnings.

We’re going to switch things up for the next theme- this time around, the Take Your Best Shot contest will last through the month of June, giving everyone a little extra time to find the right picture to submit and get enough votes to jump ahead of the pack.

For this theme, we’re looking for any pictures you have that show spring has sprung! The ice has melted, the snow has washed away, and hints of green are starting to show again, so grab your cameras and start snapping wherever you see the signs of winter disappearing! Remember, if your picture gets the most votes, you get $1000! It’s that easy!

Click HERE to go directly to the contest page and submit your photo today, and make sure to keep an eye on Star Fleet’s Facebook page for safety tips and announcements!

Drivers of Star Fleet: Bonnie Rowdabaugh

Hey there, Star Fleet drivers! Today, we’ve got another valued member of the Star Fleet team here to tell her story- one of the first owner operators Star Fleet has had the privilege of working with, Bonnie Rowdabaugh!

Bonnie got her start in the trucking industry back in 1978. “I was introduced to the trucking business… when a friend taught me how to drive ‘a big truck,’ as they liked to call it. It was (and still is) a good career since I love to travel.”

Bonnie continued to hone her skills as a driver into the late 1980’s, when freight rates were officially deregulated. When the rates started to drop in a big way, Bonnie says, the job became “a burden,” and this led her to exploring new opportunities. “I then became acquainted with some mobile home transporters at our truck service garage in Middlebury, IN. It was from their influence that I became a ‘toter’ driver delivering park models,” Bonnie says. Not long afterwards, the company Bonnie was working for closed, and Bonnie joined on with then-brand new Star Fleet Trucking, where she continues to work as an owner-operator to this day.

The over-the-road job has taken Bonnie to a multitude of new landscapes, to places she “would likely never have vacationed, and places [she] wants to return to at [her] leisure.” Bonnie also makes sure to mention that her job with Star Fleet has helped her get more acquainted with many new friends.

When asked what she likes most about being a driver, Bonnie says, “I am thankful for the challenges, opportunities, experiences, lessons, and of course memories that I’ve acquired working for Star Fleet.” She also notes that she gets asked another question quite often: why does she still do this job? “I’ve been asked [that] many times, since I am past retirement age. My answer is always the same: it satisfies my urge to wander (and I get paid to do it!).”

Remember, Star Fleet drivers, the Take Your Best Shot contest is still in full swing! Make sure to submit your pictures of the friends you’ve made on the road, and you can win $1000! Click HERE to visit the contest page!

Take Your Best Shot Winner & New Theme

Hey there, Star Fleet drivers!

Well, the holiday season has come and gone once again. Hopefully it left everyone in good cheer and with a fresh outlook for the new year! We had some truly great photos submitted, but as always, we can only have one winner, and the winner of the Happy Holidays photo contest is Amanda Fusher for the image posted below.

Winner of the Take Your Best Shot Holiday Contest!

Winner of the Take Your Best Shot Holiday Contest!

Congratulations, Amanda! The Star Fleet home office will be in touch with you about your winnings.

On to the next theme! With winter in full swing, Star Fleet wants to help take your mind off of the atrocious road conditions and have you focus happier thoughts.  Namely, the experiences you’ve shared with other drivers! For the months of February and March, Star Fleet wants to see pictures of the friends you’ve made while on the road. Meet-ups, impromptu gatherings, chance encounters with other truckers at rest stops, or even a good old fashioned barbecue with other drivers; however you found yourselves in each other’s company, we want to see your pictures!

As usual, the contest can be found on Star Fleet’s Facebook page, where you can also see regular updates about weather and tips on current driving conditions. You can also go directly to the contest page by clicking HERE.

Thanks for reading, Star Fleet drivers. As always, stay prepared, stay in touch, and stay safe!