Bouma Truck Sales
One son, Colby Bouma
What was your first car?
If you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?
YOUR PROFESIONAL LIFE
Owner and president Bouma Truck Sales
Why did you go into trucking?
My dad had two trucks when I was a kid. We hauled grain for the local farmers.
What is the best piece of advice you ever received?
When I was 18, I was very shy. One time, I was on an airplane and I asked the guy next to me to ask the flight attendant for something for me. He looked at me and said “son, ask her yourself. The only one that loses by you being shy is you.” I never forgot that.
What is your business philosophy?
Be honest and treat your customers like you would want to be treated. We warranty everything we sell: If something is wrong, we make it right.
What is the biggest challenge currently facing the trucking industry?
The DOT is getting way out of control. They added 7,000 new people in 2009.
What improvements have you seen in the industry?
Trucks are built better—they last longer and need fewer repairs. They also have bigger horse power.
What are the greatest benefits of membership in Motor Carriers of Montana?
It helps with networking, bringing everyone together and makes everyone aware of the services we provide.
When was it started? How long has it been in operation?
1981. In 1997, we changed the company name from Bouma Wholesale to Bouma Truck Sales. We opened our second location in Great Falls, Mont. in 2004. Bouma Truck Sales now covers 35 acres in two locations and sells about 500 pieces of equipment per year to places as far away as Alaska, Hawaii, Mexico, Colombia and Saudi Arabia.
How many employees?
What are the challenges facing your business today?
Finding good help. I put ads out and nobody calls—all the unemployment they talk about and I can’t find good help..
What assets set your company apart from your competition?
We are the only used dealer that stands behind what we sell; everyone else sells as-is.
Where do you see growth coming from in the future?
Internet sales are getting better all the time.
What is the most important service your company provides to fill a need in trucking?
Rentals. When someone can’t come up with the required money down that banks want, we rent them the equipment and they get 70 percent of their rent applied to the purchase. That helps them get their down payment and some equity. We also install grain and gravel boxes and build water trucks which are for rent also.
ONE TIME, IWAS ON AN AIRPLANE AND I
ASKED THE GUY NEXT TO ME TO ASK THE
FLIGHT ATTENDANT FOR SOMETHING FOR ME. HE
LOOKED AT ME AND SAID “SON, ASK HER YOURSELF. THE ONLY ONE THAT
LOSES BY YOU BEING SHY IS YOU.” I NEVER FORGOT THAT.
ROADWISE | APRIL 2010 | www.mttrucking.org
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