When he was a little boy growing up in Bloomington, IL, all Garrie Atkins ever wanted to do was drive a truck. He would ride his bicycle, pretending it was a tractor-trailer, and practice making turns in the parking lot. Garrie’s face lights up as he remembers one Christmas when he received a remote controlled semi. To him, there could have been no better toy. As he saw it then, “A truck was a big piece of machinery that took a ‘real man’ to drive.” So, when he became a professional truck driver, Garrie was truly living his dream job.