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ABOUT YOU... Hometown: Bowbells,ND

Education: Financial Office Management at UND-Williston

Spouse: Michael McCollum Children: My sons, Dane and Koby McCollum

What was your first car? aBigBlue Ford - which everyone called a BigBoat Favorite color:NavyBlue

Favorite book: Don’t get much time to read other than theNewspaper Favorite ice cream flavor: Vanilla

I always... as my staff says, I speak in double negatives I’ve never...say no BlackBerry, Android or iPhone?Android

What is the last thing you Googled? My family tree information

Which super power would you prefer to have? I wishI could look at someone and they could know what I need to have done.... telepathic!

What’s the last movie you saw in theaters? Batman

What is the farthest you’ve been from home?Washington DC

Favorite vacation spot:Colorado

If you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be? chips & salsa

YOUR PROFESSIONAL LIFE... Current Title: Owner and President of Checkers, Inc.


Why did you go into trucking? I use to deliver caskets to funeral homes, however I am not currently driving. I own a business that provides drug and alcohol testing, DOT Physicals andHazmat Fingerprinting through the TSA for trucking companies.

What is the best piece of advice you ever received?Never makes anASS out ofU and ME!

What is your business philosophy? Quality, Integrity and Trust...Treat others how you want to be treated...

What is the biggest challenge currently facing the trucking industry? From our look at things, these trucking companies do not understand all the rules and regulations associated with having a drug and alcohol program.

What improvements have you seen in the industry? The protection for the companies, drivers, and everyone on the road, that the TSA has provided throughHazmat Fingerprinting, making sure that we have qualified drivers and also the new rules that the DOT Physicals must be done by qualified medical professionals.

What are the greatest benefits of membership in the Motor Carriers of Montana? Being a part of an organization that represents the hard working trucking industry in our great State of Montana. Motor Carriers of Montana provides my company with information of things that are happening in the industry.

YOUR COMPANY... When was it started? February 19, 2004 out of my home for the first eight years.We were able to move into a office building onApril 15, 2012. How long has it been in operation? It will be nine years on that date

ISSUE 6, 2012 |

How many employees? 9 in the office at our headquarters inSidney - 35 others in the field doing drug and alcohol testing in 23 locations

What are the challenges facing your business today?Having enough staff in all the locations that we service - we could use another 15 employees right now!

What assets set your company apart from your competition? My employees are trained to follow the FederalGuidelines and they do! When it comes to quality, integrity and trust.... the companies can count on it withCheckers!

Where do you see growth coming from in the future? Of course, the oil industry has been providing us with growth, but also we try to educate the employers as much as possible.We bring in qualified presenters to help them with their required training. Becoming fully staffed will also provide growth.

What is the most important service your company provides to fill a need in trucking?Conducting drug and alcohol testing, doing DOT Physicals with Medical Professionals and providingHazmat Fingerprinting for the TSA. RW


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