Danny R. Schnautz, 50, Pasadena, Texas
Senior Member Danny Schnautz’s love for trucking and his passion for the industry started much earlier than most. Danny’s father was a trucker, and the truck was Danny’s first daycare. He took his first truck ride at just 2 days old, and trucking has been in his blood ever since.
Danny has been successful in many aspects of transportation from company driver to owner-operator and dispatcher and to manager. Danny is currently a fleet manager specializing in dry van, intermodal, flatbed and dry bulk. As a driver for many years, both local and long haul, he hauled retail, oil, steel lumber, cotton, liquids in drums, groceries, autos and more.
Danny joined OOIDA in 1993 because he wanted to be part of a group working for truck drivers. He would like to be on the OOIDA Board because OOIDA is the only group that represents the only industry he has ever worked in. Trucking is a magnificent industry that affects every single American. There are many injustices in trucking, and too many things that don’t go right. Danny would like a chance to increase his role in efforts to make things better. To that end, he is a supporter of the OOIDA PAC and the Truckers for Troops campaign.
Danny sees the biggest challenge for new entrants to the industry as the inflexibility created by electronic logs. ELDs micromanage drivers to the second. If a new driver is not prepared for that, he won’t be successful. Trucking used to be about the freedom to set your schedule. This one regulation reversed that, and drivers today must plan for that inflexibility.
To be successful in the industry, you must work hard. Working hard means working smart. It means looking out for the things you can control like expenses. It means giving good service to your customers by making good contacts and following through with promises made.
Danny has sat on the FMCSA Motor Carrier Advisory Committee since 2010 and has testified before Congress twice. He takes his role as an advocate seriously. Danny has developed a professional relationship with many lawmakers. In fact, Danny, was instrumental in persuading Rep. Brian Babin to introduce the ELD delay bill in 2017.
When not working in trucking, Danny is a reserve deputy sheriff in Harris County. He is involved in his church and local, state and federal politics. Danny is an instrument-rated airplane pilot and rides motorcycles. He enjoys travel with his wife and reading.