Rodney Morine, 50, Opelousas, La.
Senior OOIDA member Rodney Morine comes from a trucking family. His grandfather, his father and his uncles were all truckers. Rodney says he knew from the time he was 5 years old that he wanted to join the family trucking ranks. His father had an old GMC Astro 250 cabover with straight pipes. When his dad left on a run and headed down the road, Rodney would sit up on the top bunk, grab the wooden post and shift when he heard the truck shift.
Rodney joined the association in 2001; he would like to become part of the OOIDA Board to give back to trucking and OOIDA. He has always been the kind of person willing to help his fellow trucker by being a mentor, lending advice or answering questions. He has used OOIDA as a resource on many occasions and would like to do his part by getting more involved in the association.
As far as new drivers into the industry, Rodney believes one of the biggest problems they face is the “unwritten rules and regulations” that go along with trucking. Every industry has unwritten rules – things that people do that aren’t written down or known any other way than by word of mouth. As the older generation leaves the industry, the younger generation is missing out on that wisdom, knowledge and tradition. Trucking is like a fraternity. With any fraternity there are traditions, stories and even rules that need to be preserved. Rodney strives to pass those kinds of things along to the next generation of truckers.
To be successful in this industry you must be versatile. You also have to keep your truck on the road. You have to know your equipment and be able to fix that equipment. Putting it in the shop for every little thing won’t get the job done and will eat up your time and money. Additionally, you have to have support at home. Even if your family isn’t in the business, they have to know enough about your business to understand the obstacles you will face.
Rodney believes he could provide some diversity to the board. OOIDA is the backbone or heartbeat of the trucking industry, but it is not reaching all the communities it needs to reach. Rodney believes he can help in that regard. He also has new and different ideas and believes he can bring a new perspective to the board.
Rodney is currently an owner-operator with his own authority and has been for the past 16 years. He was a company driver and a leased operator for seven years previous. He pulls a flatbed and dry van. When Rodney is not trucking, he trains dogs and helps individuals get started in the trucking business.