Kristopher Peters, 41, Branson, Mo.
Senior member Kris Peters joined OOIDA in 2004 because he wanted to be part of a group actually fighting for truckers and not just taking money and paying lip service. Kris is a third-generation trucker, and his son, who recently started driving, makes the fourth generation in his family.
Kris stops at OOIDA each time be passes through the area because he is proud to be part of the organization Jim Johnston founded and one that has done so much for drivers. He enjoys the history of OOIDA and loves that members are the focus of this organization and that members decide the direction of the Association. The board and officers are in place to take the input from the members and guide that direction.
Kris would like to participate on the OOIDA Board because he would like to give back to the Association. As a younger driver, Kris believes he could bring a different perspective to the board. He is also a firm believer in paying it forward and believes he can provide some guidance and advice to drivers coming into the industry. Kris feels that new drivers struggle to find their voice in the industry; they avoid asking questions because they don’t want to be ridiculed. Kris remembers what it was like to be that new driver and would like to be a mentor to those drivers.
To be successful in the trucking business you have to watch your bottom line. Kris started his company during a recession. Most people thought he was crazy, but he and his wife made it work through hard work.
Kris identifies several issues he sees as problems faced by a majority of drivers. First, he feels there are better ways to account for a driver’s time than via an ELD, and he doesn’t see ELDs as actual safety devices. Next, he thinks there should be a base rate per mile. Rates haven’t increased for drivers in many years. Finally, Kris believes there should be more focus on driver health. The government should give tax breaks to owner-operators to incentivize taking better care of themselves.
In his career Kris has been a company driver, leased owner-operator and has driven team with his wife. He has hauled frozen and dry box freight. Currently, Kris operates a motor coach and manages a three-truck operation for a friend.