John M. Koglman has been in the trucking industry for over 30 years. He drives a 2013 Kenworth T800 and pulls a 48-foot walking floor trailer hauling wood chips and mulch.

John has been married to his wife, Susan, for 54 years. They have four children: Thomas, Sheryl, Katie and Adam.

His favorite trucking memory was also a blessing.

John’s favorite truck and trailer was a 1995 Pete 379 and a MAC trailer with sliding tarp system. When his wife, Susan, became ill, he had to sell both the truck and trailer to be able to care for her, he says.

“One day I took a piece of machinery to Detroit, and another driver was telling me how much he liked my rig. The next day he met me at the house, and paid me cash for the entire rig.”

There is a sense of liberty in interstate trucking that John says he appreciates.

“I loved the independence and freedom of being able to choose to haul a load or not,” John says. “I enjoy talking to successful owner-operators and getting ideas from the about the industry.”

John dislikes overregulation, high tolls and the poor performance of newer trucks.