Well, it's interesting. I can't say as a kid, I had a dream of owning a transportation company, although I loved horsepower, I loved engines and powerful equipment. I just hung out with my dad and my brothers more than anything. So I learned to appreciate those things. And I way I think that it chose me.
When I was early married, my husband Chris was driving a semi-truck for a company and he kept reporting that the brakes were bad on his truck. And I was expecting our first child. And of course, I was becoming concerned. And I said, are they not listening to you? Give me their phone number? And just within a few days of him reporting that the brakes literally did go out on his truck, and because of the incline on the road that he was traveling, the truck came to a stop only because of that. However, where it came to a stop was sitting on the railroad tracks and there was a train coming and he put his truck in reverse. And as he did, the train took the front end of his truck off.
Fortunately, Chris did not lose his legs, but it was a real eye-opener for us, just the lack of integrity in the marketplace. The company actually fired him and wrote him up for being careless, reckless driving, barring getting an attorney and fighting them. There was really nothing else we could do. He lost his job and to shorten the story, I encouraged him to go after a sales job with a company that had bought out part of our family's transportation company back then.
He became a fantastic salesperson, as I knew he would, made them a lot of money, brought on some fantastic accounts. In fact, he was making so much that his boss would start joking with him that you can't make more money than me. Within a few months, he told Chris that the commission scale would be altered and it would also be retroactive, which. Would eliminate almost ten thousand dollars in commissions that he had already clearly legitimately earned, and so they did. They kept that from him, didn't pay him.
And I said this is enough. I'm done. We need to start our own company. We've worked in these family businesses that we both grew up in. We're going to start our own gig. And I want you to do sales because you're the best salesperson that I know. And I'll run the office and I'll learn what I need to learn and we'll get together whatever we can. That is really how we ended up here. And we just felt very strong that whatever we put our hands who we needed to do it just to the best of our ability. And that was twenty one years ago.