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New Entrant Survival Training Class

June 6, 2012
(code name NEST) has been going on now for over three years, the 3rd Friday of every month at NASTC headquarters in Gallatin, Tennessee.

The underlying mantra for its inception came from David Owen, one of NASTC’s founders as he continually asked himself, “How can we help these small, start-up companies grow from two to twenty trucks without going broke?”

When the NEST classes first started, only one in ten start-ups made it through their first year. NEST class graduates are doing much better now and are close to reversing that number.

The main theme of the course is about creating and developing a sound business plan that calls for intelligent and patient growth, finding, hiring, training, and retaining “million-mile” drivers, maintaining one’s rolling stock with a consistent and straight forward preventive maintenance program, and developing a superior safety and compliance culture from the first turn of the wheel.

Though the program was initially aimed at new entrants, owner-operators with one truck who want to run under their own authority, companies with less than five trucks, or any company with “growing pains” can all benefit from the class, and appreciate its value.

Here are some of the comments NASTC has received from graduates:

“Excellent – time well spent! I knew there had to be a smarter, better way to create the infrastructure to grow a trucking company, and now I’ve found it.”
- Wade, TX

“Very informative, concise, and up to date information. I will be recommending your program to all drivers.”
- Paul, TX

“I was just coming for the fuel part, but I will probably take advantage of all the benefits. The program was very well put together.”
- Ben, CA

“Lots of good information for people starting a new company or a great resource for help with compliance, fuel management, and safety issues for an existing company.”
- Dennis & Michelle, IN

“Great insight and advice. I wish I had done this a year ago when I started. I love the fuel purchasing program. I look forward to working with you!”
- Marcin, IL

“Oustanding-worth the price and effort.”
- RJ, MI

“The class was extremely helpful and full of great information.”
- Amy, FL

“Thank you for the tools you have given our company. I have a better idea about where we are and where and how we can reach our goals.”
- Helen, NC

“Wow!! An enormous amount of information and what looks like a great deal. I’m looking forward to working with my new business partners.”
- Walter, MA

“This meeting was very informative, organized, and entertaining.”
- Deshon, FL

“Great program, presentation. I am interested in every part of the program.”
- Josue, FL

“Eye opening! This will be the best $250 I have spent professionally.”
- Eric, VA

“This course has given me more information to change from a fleet lease owner to a company with its own authority. Thanks for the great info. Thank you for investing in me!”
- Ken, OH

“Recommend this mini seminar for all owner operators. Worth the $250 for today. Thank you, can’t wait to get started!”
- James, TX

“Extremely valuable day. Thanks!!”
- Scott, TN

“Was very educational for me. I will tell others about it. Very knowledgeable speakers. I love it!”
- Charles, GA

“What fun! Very informative and forward seeing! A path to success.”
- Mark, MT

“I came kicking and screaming but learned a great deal.”
- Dale, PA

“The class was very informative. We are working on getting equipment and our MC number. This was one of the best classes we have ever taken. Thank you for everything!”
- Gibson & Gloria, MD

“Enjoyed the training, look forward to connecting the dots to a successful business!!”
- Chad & Linda, NC

“It was very informative. I feel confident that NASTC is the small trucking companies savior.”
- Charles, TX

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