Rudy Navarrete – Involved With the Trucking Industry for Over 35 Years
By Lee Brown – WSTA Executive Director/COO
Rudy has been involved in the construction world since he was a teenager. He started helping his father, a small contractor, with home demolition and restorations.
He joined the U.S. Naval Construction Battalion right after high school, where he earned his journeyman plumber credentials. After four years in the military, he entered into and finished the Union Carpenter’s Apprenticeship program; and received a journeyman union card. After a couple of years working as a carpenter, Rudy enrolled into a program called “The Construction Institute”.
This is where he learned estimating, project management and budgeting, and code enforcement, ultimately moving into the general engineering and earth moving field. At the age of 25, he was hired right out of the institute and went to work for one of Southern California’s largest earth moving firms, as an estimator and project manager. After three years he moved onto the construction trucking industry.
Fast forward 30 years, during which he worked for two of best and biggest dump truck brokers in Southern California. He ran all facets of the business and was responsible for estimating, project management, scheduling, job costing, billing and collections. Rudy noted that the, “Trucking business is much more complex than one may think.” Believing driving a truck is fairly easy in comparison, “I understand the administrative side of trucking and it is a whole different world than just driving. You have to be proficient at job costing, time studies, billing procedures and scheduling.” Rudy understands that, “Most owner-operators are also the driver, mechanic, welder and dispatcher (for their business).” Adding that, “I never drove a big rig or even had a commercial driver’s license, but I truly believe I understand the trucking industry and all the needs of the trucker today.”
Now take all of this knowledge, experience and a lot of empathy and add his bi-lingual skills (English/Spanish) and you have the CCTA’s Southern Membership Services Director for the past three years.
In addition, Rudy’s has been appointed as the new ‘Subdivision or Coalition Facilitator’ to the Coalition of American-Latino Truckers (CALT). This type of conference is long overdue and Rudy claims he is “more than up for the task to handle this new challenge.”
RUDY – AS COALITION FACILITATOR
As the new coalition facilitator whose goal is to enable members, affiliates, sub-groups and other interested organizations to work more effectively, he will push for collaboration to achieve synergy to grow the coalition and meet goals and milestones. Rudy will endeavor to be a ‘content neutral’ party who by not taking sides or expressing or advocating a point of view during the meeting as a staff member, can advocate for fair, open, and inclusive procedures to accomplish the group’s work.
As the Facilitator, he will contribute structure and process to interactions so groups are able to function effectively and make high-quality decisions. He will be both a helper and enabler whose goal is to support others as they achieve exceptional performance. His job is to support everyone to do their best thinking and practice. To do this, he encourages all members to fully participate, promote mutual understanding and cultivate shared responsibility. By supporting everyone to do their best thinking, Rudy will hopefully enable group members to search for inclusive solutions and build sustainable agreements, events and process.
This post is also available in: Spanish