A Word about our President &
As a young
man of 14, Bob Hataway worked on the big rigs. His uncle had three
trucks that he ran from east Texas to the west coast. It was Bob's job to service the
units each week. He arrived
early in the morning and taught himself to drive by starting and
stopping until he worked out the gear/rpm ratio and was able to
smoothly shift the gears.
for trucks and the open road developed at a young age. He longed for the time when he
could be a driver over the road instead of servicing the
units. This took longer than
he planned, however, as his parents had other ideas – like
finishing high school and college.
Bob started his own company manufacturing pallets in Houston,
TX. He got married started
his family. He and Carol had
3 children – two boys and a girl.
Carol, had other ideas about his going on the road. But finally he was able to
satisfy everyone. His
company had grown and now needed its own tractor and trailer.
purchased his first tractor in 1973, a COE International with a 335
Cummins engine, Jake Brake, chrome stacks (no mufflers) and a
13-speed transmission along with a 42' flatbed trailer. Bob was so proud of that tractor
and trailer. He would not
let anyone drive it.
As much as
it was his pride and joy, he still remembers the day, when finally
someone else did have to leave the yard as the driver. His responsibilities as the head
of the company required him in the office.
Bob moved his pallet company to East Texas. The company continued
to grow. To keep his tractor busy, he began to add reefer units
that he used to pull loads for a local distributor between lumber
reversed. He began pulling more and more loads for the distributor
than for himself and he needed more tractors. He even had to contract his
lumber loads. Later as he moved
further into the transportation industry, he acquired 15 tractors
and trailers. Side note, Bob
bought out his uncle’s trucking company.
took some interesting turns between 1974 and 1983. He completed the degree everyone
wanted. To accomplish this,
he turned the reigns of the company over to his right hand man and
went to school in Ft Worth, TX.
Bob first encountered the
needs of the transportation industry while in school when Joe
Traylor, a driver, had an accident on I-35. See the History
Page for the events that changed his life.
firmly convinced there was a need to help drivers, Bob left the
leadership of his company and started TransAlive USA Inc. Today, he oversees the activity
of 100,000 volunteers who have worked in over 1100 cities in the 48
contiguous states and Canada.