Amstan’s Spotlight Driver - Ramon Maldonado
Who is Ramon Maldonado? Ramon is a proud Texas native born and raised in the lone star state. Ramon states that the only thing he loves more than being a Texan is trucking. Growing up he had two uncles who drove trucks and currently has two brothers who also drive. “It’s just something that’s always been in the family. One of the proudest days in my life was when I graduated High School back in 1981, because it was also the day that I got my drivers license. Back in those days once you got your license you were king of the road. You could run around all day cruising for $5 in gas.”
It has been that feeling of being the king of the road that has been keeping Ramon going all these years. “It’s the freedom and peace and quite that I love. No one constantly over your shoulder telling you when to come in, when to take your breaks, and when to leave. When I worked other jobs I felt like I was tied up.”
When asked about hobbies, Ramon stated that during his down time he’d rather be trucking, although during the holidays he likes to spend time with family. “We like to go all out especially on New Years. On the years when it falls on a weekend we get the whole extended family together for a big dance with a DJ and everything.” Ramon married his wife Amanda in February of 1986 (26 years ago). The Maldonado’s have had one daughter named Brittany (currently 26), one son named Ramon Jr. (currently 17), and one granddaughter (currently 2).
As to other drivers, Ramon, in his laid back sense of humor gave the advice, “BE SINGLE! DON’T GET MARRIED! The best places to visit are always the furthest ones away, which can put a lot of time between when you see your loved ones.” Also, “You have to be up on your rules and regulations. I liked it better before all of the regulations and log books, but you have to be sure to keep up on it.”
Amstan would like to say “Thanks Ramon” for your safe driving record, dedication to Amstan, and professional attitude. Keep up the good work!