TransAlive USA History
In 1975, Bob Hataway was serving as a local pastor
in Hillsboro, TX. He was also a undergraduate student at Southwestern Baptist Theological
Seminary in Fort Worth and traveled between Fort Worth and Hillsboro
One day traveling from Fort Worth, Bob Hataway
heard on the CB radio about an accident on I-35. He went to the
accident scene; however, fire, police, and emergency crews had
already sent the driver to the local hospital. Bob went to the hospital to give
the driver assistance and support.
Joseph Traylor, the driver,
underwent three major surgeries over the next 8 weeks. Bob and his wife, Carol, helped Joe
and his wife cope with the injuries, deal with the trauma of hospital
life, and give perspective to a new life with a new career. When Joe was well enough to travel,
he was air transported to Indianapolis, IN.
Bob was moved by what had been done
for Joe Traylor. There had
been many people who got involved with Joe while he was in Hillsboro,
Bob began to visualize the needs of
drivers like Joe Traylor who needed help across the country. He was
not some super hero, but he knew that people have an innate desire to
help their fellow man when he/she has problems beyond their ability
to handle. The reason people
do not help is that they are not aware of the problem. Developing a plan of notification
to the right people became Bob's goal for the industry.
The plan was simple – the process
was difficult. A driver would
have a need and there would not be a volunteer. Volunteers would became
disenchanted with nothing to do in their area. However, as people began to
understand and understanding companies allowed Bob to fail. But with every passing day, the
organization took on a solid foundation as needs were met for drivers
and their families.
J B Hunt Transport, Inc joined with
Bob in 1987 to help him firmly establish his plan in place within the
industry. They recognized the need and knew he had a solution. He put his plan into action with
them and took himself completely off the market for 6 months.
For those months, he worked only J
B Hunt cases. He wanted to prove
to J B Hunt Transport, Inc and to himself that what he said that he
could do, he could do. Success
was the end result.
At the end of the period, he
confidently began to market his plan to other carriers and owner
operators. The start of a
nationwide program for drivers and their families was set in motion.
Today, over 100,000 volunteers
covering all zip codes across America stand ready to assist drivers.
Over 130 companies representing over 250,000 drivers use his services
to assist their drivers and their families.
As Bob states "It is only a
drop in a bucket, and the bucket seems to have a leak, but it is a
great start!" With the
help of a greater power than himself, those concerned companies who
care about their drivers, and his super volunteers meet needs of
drivers and their families.
Drivers are pleased to know that
someone like Bob is out there for them.