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This Thanksgiving meet the truck-driver-turned-writer whose book, Overcoming Challenge:  The Tar Billy Way, is helping thousands of everyday people lead with positivity. Then, break bread with the philanthropist whose truck-driver-focused charity seeks to ensure that drivers who need help, get it. In this heartwarming episode of RoadSigns,  Ernest Hamilton and Etienne Hightower will remind you that magnanimity and kindness are all around - and trucking is a springboard for both.   



Ernest Hamilton is Senior Transportation Manager of Associated Asphalt, LLC in Roanoke, VA and author of the book Overcoming Challenge: The Tar-Billy Way. Before being named Senior Transportation Manager in 2016, Ernest’s history in the trucking industry dated back to his childhood. His dad and many other family members were drivers and owner operators as well. After graduating high school, he took the steps needed to become a truck driver, earning approximately a million miles of safe driving. 

Seth Clevenger

Ernest Hamilton

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Guest One, Julien Plenchette
Guest Two, Ernest Hamilton

Seth Clevenger is managing editor of features at Transport Topics. He plans, writes and edits news features for Transport Topics’ weekly newspaper, supplemental publications and TTNews.com. He also creates video and audio content for Transport Topics’ webcasts, podcasts and radio programming.


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Guest One, Etienne Hightower

Etienne Hightower

Seeing the needs of people throughout my career, it has been my life-long dream to launch Trucker Down. I have been in public service for over 20 years, including 5 years as a highway patrolman in South Carolina and 15 years as a federal agent. I dedicated my life to giving through public service, but it was in starting Believers Trucking, in 2018, that I was able to identify the need to start a charity that focused specifically on truck drivers and their families that are facing difficult times.

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