Welcome to the Road Warrior Spotlight Series where we interview some of the greatest drivers on the road and find out more about life at Variant and what makes them tick. Today, we’re joined by JoJon Harris, known as DollFace Trucker by some but to us, she’s one of our most engaged Ambassadors. 

 Describe your experience working for other trucking companies before you made the switch to Variant.   

Working for other companies is exactly how every other driver describes it, you’re just another number or name. At my first company, I didn’t really make a lot of money, but I still appreciate what that company taught me about the trucking industry.   

If you had to choose one benefit, what is the best thing about working for Variant?   

Financial Stability. At other companies, I didn’t know if my check was going to be $300 or $1,200. Ithe truck broke down, I would panic because that meant I wouldn’t get a good paycheck and I wouldn’t be able to pay my bills that week. I was literally living paycheck to paycheck. Here at Variant, I know that if I break down, they will take care of it and I will still be compensated, and I know that my check is going to be enough for me to pay my bills. I’m financially stable enough to plan for things like savings and retirement. That’s what I needed more than anything out of a company and when I came to Varianteverything else was just icing on the cake. 

Why do you like talking about Variant, particularly as an Ambassador with potential recruits?   

relate to other mothers with children who are truck drivers because I know, like me, they are looking for stability as well. They are also looking for a company that’s going to make sure that they’re well taken care of. I always tell the story about when my daughter was a victim of domestic violence and I had to hurry and rush home. Variant made sure I got home immediately, and they also made sure I had everything I needed once I got there. Once you’re at home, some trucking companies don’t care what’s going on after you get home. You don’t hear from them unless they want you to pick up a load, but at Variant, someone from the operations team called me the next day to ask if there was anything else that they could do for meThat really touched my heart.

What would you say to someone who is thinking about applying to drive for Variant?    

If Variant doesn’t treat you better than all the other trucking companies that you’ve ever worked for, might pay you personally out of my pocket. We (the drivers) are Variant’s #1 customer, and you will feel that difference every day. That’s how much faith I have in Variant and how much I know a new driver will love Variant.  

What are some common challenges you face as a trucker? How does Variant help you overcome these challenges?  

Being a mother and an over-the-road truck driver is the biggest challenge I face because I’m always worried that I will get a call from my children that something’s happened to them. What’s going to happen to me? How am I going to get home and be there for my children? I know that at Variant, no matter what happens, they will make sure I get home for my children. That’s something that I truly appreciate and love so much about this company.  

What do you enjoy most about trucking in general?   

I just like driving big trucks. I like being able to decorate my truck, make it nice and cozy, work on my schedule and not have to worry about anyone breathing down my back. I get to travel for a living and that’s one of the best things about driving trucks. 

What would you do if you weren’t a truck driver?   

I would be an attorney if I was not driving trucks and I’m still going to be an attorney. This is a detour before I go to law school.  

What major changes have you noticed in the trucking industry throughout your career?   

I’ve noticed that there are more women driving who are like methey have their nails done, hair done, make up done, they dress nice and smell good. They are feminine and exude feminine energy. Before I started driving, I didn’t see a lot of that and that’s why started DollFace Trucker on social mediaI wanted to show other women that you can be beautiful, fashionable, and feminine while still driving trucks.  

  What makes you a great fit at Variant? What do all Variant drivers have in common?   

I am compassionate, empathetic, sympathetic, and I have good character and morals. I actually care about other drivers, their lives, how they feel, and what matters to them. I genuinely I want to see them succeed. I want them to know that we are a family, and we stick together. There’s a verse Jay Z rapped in his song, and it says, “Over here we measure success by how many people are successful next to you.” 

What is one thing you can't drive without?  

I can’t drive without my dog. He’s a German Shepherd named Bear and he is my psychiatric service animal. He gets on my last nerves sometimes, but I truly need him while I’m driving. 

 

 

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