Young’s Market Company, along with Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America (WSWA) and American Trucking Associations (ATA), is honoring the 3.5 million professional truck drivers in the United States, who commit to tackling one of our economy’s most demanding and important jobs.
During National Truck Driver Appreciation Week, September 9 – 15, Young’s Market Company is proud to highlight four exemplary truck drivers, recognizing their strong work ethic and passion for representation Young’s with professionalism. In August 2018, these Young’s drivers were inducted into our company’s esteemed “Quarter Century Club,” which honors our employees with 25 years of service.
Keith Anderson: It’s rewarding to be recognized by a customer
“I fell into my job at Young’s about 25 years ago, when I was delivering pizza to the warehouse and got to know the employees that worked there. I love the variety of being a truck driver. Yesterday I was in Riverside, tomorrow I’m in San Diego, and next week in Orange County. I get to see Southern California and get to talk to different people every day. The most rewarding part of my job happened a few months ago, when I was out eating dinner with my wife at a restaurant I sometimes deliver to. The manager noticed me and came over to thank me for my hard work. It was really nice being recognized by the customer!”
Louis Betancourt: It’s a good feeling knowing our customers are happy
“I’ve been driving for 24 years, and right now I’m doing the night shift, so I start at 1 a.m. and finish around 11:30 a.m. Being up that early took some getting used to, but it’s kind of nice being on the roads without all the traffic. The most rewarding part of my job is the satisfaction of knowing I accomplished something that affects so many people – without a delivery, these people wouldn’t have what they need. It’s a simple job, but it’s a good feeling knowing our product is out there and our customers are happy.”
Louis Ippolito: I admire that Young’s lives by its values
“I started working at Young’s the week after I moved to California in 1993. I started off in the warehouse, and eventually became a driver. I enjoy being a truck driver because I get to make all my own decisions, and my bosses are happy as long as I do my job well. I get to know all kinds of different people from around the world who own restaurants and liquor stores. I get to visit places I wouldn’t have known existed otherwise! I love working for Young’s because even though it’s a big company, it’s owned by a family. They have a personal touch and stick to their values, which is something I admire.”
Craig Cunning: I love serving Young’s and our customers
“I’ve worked at Young’s for 25 years, and each day has been different. I drive all over to different places all the time, so I’m always busy. The day always ends before I know it, and it never feels like there’s enough time. A lot of people think it must be boring driving all day, but that couldn’t be further from the truth – I’m never bored at all! I also have to think critically about how I can best serve Young’s and our customers, whether it’s about the most efficient route, shortcuts through traffic, or the best time to deliver to a restaurant. I love that I get to be out and about all day, moving around, and talking to people. I love it here!”
Together, wine and spirits wholesalers employ more than 16,500 professional truck drivers. These professional men and women deliver 80 percent of all wine and spirits sold at wholesale in the United States to neighborhood restaurants, bars and stores. The efficiency and safety of these drivers allow businesses and American citizens to confidently receive the widest variety of beverage alcohol anywhere in the world.