Charles “Chuck” R. Paar has been in the trucking industry for over 46 years. Chuck has two trucks: a 1997 Peterbilt 362 cabover and a 2013 Freightliner Columbia. His Peterbilt is a “show and go!” Chuck pulls a pneumatic tanker hauling dry bulk products such as cement and sand.

Chuck has been married to his wife, Ona since 1981. They have one son, two daughters and three grandchildren.

Chuck has a couple of favorite trucking moments that quickly come to mind.

“I met Ona on May 17, 1980 at the Windmill Truck Stop in Rapid City, S.D., her hometown. We married on Oct. 31, 1981, and ran team for 24 years,” Chuck says. “My second favorite moment is my first trip to Alaska. I was hauling hazmat liquid from Texas to Alaska. I arrived in Fairbanks on the longest daylight of the year.”

Chuck enjoys the trucking industry because it is different every day. He enjoys“being able to see and do a variety of things and not the same daily routine. “I enjoy the opportunity to meet people nationwide and Canada too! We have friends virtually everywhere.”

What Chuck dislikes about the trucking industry is the fact that people of ignorance who know nothing about what it takes to drive truck can make rules and regulations that tell him how to do his job.

What makes Chuck a successful owner-operator is the ability to offer dedicated, personalized service to every customer. He said he believes in doing his best and looking his best, which includes his equipment too. Paying attention to costs and expenses is also important, and so is deciding what is necessary as compared to what he wants.

The reason he is a member of OOIDA is because of problems he sees in the trucking industry, Chuck says

“I joined in 1988 because I saw the organization being pro-active on both federal and state levels, advocating on my behalf. I decided to be a part of the solution and not just complain about the problem,” he says. “I’m honored to be a member and on the board of directors, helping to serve over 160,000 other members. My regret is that I was unable to be involved at a greater level sooner.”