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CWRV Transport Hosts ‘Driver Appreciation’ Event

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October 5, 2017 by   Leave a Comment

CWRV Transport host drivers appreciation day

CWRV Transport, the exclusive transporter of RV’s for the nationwide network of 130 Camping World Inc. locations, held its driver appreciation luncheon Wednesday (Oct. 4) at  the Nelson’s Catering and Fundraising facility in Wakarusa, Ind. 

According to CWRV President Rob Jackson, who took the helm of the company on April 1, it’s an event he always looks forward to. “This is our fourth year in existence. (Former Elkhart Mayor) Dave Miller was our original president, and he held an annual Driver’s Appreciation Day, so we kept this tradition,” he said.

Jackson added that he is “an old hand” at overseeing the event, having chaired the driver’s appreciation day at his previous employer, Horizon Transport, for the last 14 years.

“Of course we value our drivers every day,” said Jackson. “But this is their big day to get recognized. We had a two-hour lunch for them, our guests and vendors. We had door prizes and recognition of the good work they do. It’s kind of a fellowship day where drivers from 48 states can mingle and talk and share some time.”

CWRV Transport President Rob Jackson

Jackson reported that 250 drivers signed up to attend the event. “The all-you-can-eat buffet from Nelson’s ran from 11 a.m. to noon,” he explained. “Then from noon to 1 p.m. we had our guest and vendor recognition, Top Driver’s award, and a group picture for this year. Also, each driver received a gift bag and one driver won a drawing for $1,000.”

The company’s website boasts 50,000 RVs delivered last year. According to Jackson, that number is going up for 2017. “That number is rising,” said Jackson, noting that CWRV has 460 drivers nationwide. “With Camping World garnering more market share with each new dealer they buy, that shifts more of the market over to us to ship. We are in a robust market right now.”

“But the nice thing about our model is we are a DPU (Dealer Pick Up) carrier. So, I have our own drivers but then we have Camping World, so if other carriers want to come to me, I can broker to them,” he said. “Most transporters are at the mercy of their own fleet capabilities based on active drivers. But I can at any time call in other drivers and feed them freight to help better serve Camping World.”

He added, “To all of our drivers I have to say, ‘we could not do this without you. If we don’t do our job of getting the units to Camping World safely, and on time, the sales people at Camping World can’t do their job.”

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