Monte Wiederhold has been in the trucking since 1978. He drives a 2000 Western Star pulling a flatbed. Some of the items he hauls are steel, coils and skidded aluminum blocks.

Monte and his wife, Charlotte, have two children, Stephanie and Leslie.

His favorite trucking moment a few years back when he was unloading in Vincennes, Ind.

“Upon arrival I was told by the warehouse supervisor I was too late to unload and to come back the next day. At lunchtime, their trucking supervisor became the warehouse boss, so he told me to back in and unload,” Monte recalls. “When the warehouse supervisor came back, he was HOT!”

What Monte enjoys most about the trucking industry is being his own boss and the freedom that comes with that.

He dislikes trucking regulations that make no sense.

Monte owes his success as an owner-operator to paying attention to small details.

“Little things become big problems if not corrected,” he says.

He’s a member of OOIDA because it is the only association that looks after the needs of small-business truckers, he says.

“Being a member also brings integrity when speaking to members of Congress,” he said.

“For 0.13 cents per day you can be a member.”