Rufus Akers is a man who has worn many hats over the years. He worked as an air cargo specialist in the Air Force, made a career in computer software, was a carnival ride jockey, a plumber and a welder. Today he's doing something he always wanted to do but didn't have the chance. Akers is an owner operator with FFE's Clean Slate Lease Program. Soon, he'll be turning the key to a brand-new 2007 Freightliner Century Class with an APU. "This truck will be all mine," he says proudly. Akers says he is pleased that he stayed committed to the lease program, especially with fuel prices going up. With all of the rewards that he has received in the lease program, Akers is convinced he has found best career for him. I'm a business person now," he said. "This isn't just a job and I'm learning a lot about business and how to be successful at FFE." One of the best things about FFE, Akers says, is the support. "There is always someone to talk to about problems, whatever they may be." The best advice for those considering a lease program, Akers says, is to work out the numbers first and to build a reserve that will allow you to have extra money in case of maintenance or extra expenses. Although he is concentrating on running his business right now, Akers, a resident of Los Angeles, does pause now and then to enjoy relaxing on Venice Beach. FFE's Clean Slate Lease program offers drivers the opportunity to own a truck with no money down and the added benefit of a business support system. Credit isn't an issue as long as drivers have a clean DAC and MVR. New drivers to the company can also enjoy a soft landing by taking advantage of FFE's Fresh Start Program. In this program, drivers are eligible for a waiver of certain fixed costs during their first four weeks and a $150.00 fuel credit for the first two weeks. Even better, successful lease contractors like Rufus are rewarded with the option of purchasing a new truck complete with an APU.
Currently celebrating its 60th year, FFE is seeking owner operators who have a good work ethic and like to earn good money. Owner operators average $1.11 per mile and receive an annual incentive at the end of their first year. Plus, FFE just introduced a new mileage contract that gives owner operators the best of both worlds at .93 cpm for truckload shipments and an even higher rate for hauling those special FFE LTL shipments. It just can't get any better! Call FFE at 1-800-569-9298 to find out more, or you can visit www.ffeinc.com.