Truck Stop Events International has provided high-quality research and development programs for the transportation industry for over 35 years.
From our beginning as a contract display and research company we have evolved to become a national leader for health & wellness programs in the transportation industry. Our internal growth is because of our "outside of the box" thinking and it has driven our expansion program into a more diverse product display company and our geographic area grew into some new markets. Following are some of the highlights of our Company:
(1995 – 2000)
The company was founded as a LLC in Hinton, Oklahoma, by Barry L. Pawelek Sr. As a truck driver and a health advocate with a college degree in recreational therapy, he became concerned with what he saw in the transportation industry over the last 25 years. He saw an industry that was showing signs of obesity, increased heart attacks and a higher rate of DOT exam failures. He began to wonder should or could he do anything to help, but first we had to find out if there was a problem.
(2000 - 2005)
This is when he started to talk to other truck drivers about their health. The shock of this was when he found out that out of five of his trucking friends, three had some type of health problem they did not talk about and one died of a heart attack that year. He needed to find a way to gather reliable information and it became evident that a survey of drivers was needed. He started his first general industry questioner about truck driver’s health that year. The question was if it happened to my friends how many more are out there? He began to research anything that he could find out about drivers and their general health condition. There was very little published and he found that no studies were ever done on just over the road drivers. For the first months of the surveys he started seeing the numbers of a health dilemma developing from the answered forms he was getting back from the drivers. He now needed to figure out what to do with this information. Getting the information from one individual study (even if it’s specific) does not make it worth much and this information did not help the industry’s image. He believer at that time he needed to get truck companies involved in the study and show them there is a health crisis on the horizon. In those years companies were not thinking much about driver’s health, they just wanted more seats filled with drivers.
He started working with different companies to help offset the money he was now spending going to different locations doing the research on the driver’s health. Since he knew of no inexpensive way to get into the truck plazas where the drivers were, he went to companies who sold or displayed products at the truck shows or travel plazas at that time and asked to tag along with their sales people and help work their booth in exchange for his time asking health questions. It worked well for both parties. He helped sell motor oil to hand cleaner, and soon had enough information and funding to get the printing and literature he needed. After seeing the results of a second questioner about driver’s health, he began to call for help in the trucking community. Again, it was not a subject they believed in enough to offer a free space to inform the drivers about their failing health. No real data was ever collected on drivers to reflect the health dilemma.
(January of 2005)
To his knowledge, he was the only company with a total volunteer staff that dealt directly with truck drivers and their health that spent more than 75% of their time at truck companies and truck shows in the US gathering information. He now tried to get in front of all the major marketing and public relations people in the trucking industry on a daily basics to help inform them of the surveys. He also wrote articles on the problems he saw in the industry and put them in as many media outlets as possible. He wanted now to inform the industry with facts that there is a health crisis on the horizon and they needed to address the problems. Soon he began telling companies about the surveys and what could happen and he got a lot of verbal support. The big surprise came when he called back a week later and got a lot more verbal support, but no funding. Health was not a high advertising or marketing priority, we just need our seats filled.
(2005 - 2009)
Was the best time one could hope for and even with four out of five companies still not understanding the upcoming health issues, it was companies like Western Star Truck Corporation, Truck Stops of America, Great Dane, Perkins Specialized and a company called Udderly-smooth, (Redex) that gave me the encouragement to go forward. It was their wiliness to sponsor our program that made me continue and I cannot thank them enough. That year we got over 337,154 flyers out to drivers which told them about our tour and the problem they are facing with their long hours of work, poor eating habits, and high stress job situations.
(2009 - 2016)
Over the years we have done thousands of questioners, truck shows and travel centers and we have developed two of the most informed programs out there as you see below. But those are not even close to what we have for 2018.
The Walk A Mile America Foundation was the first of it's kind in over the road advertising program for Health & Wellness. It was a 53' trailer with a Health & Wellness message drawn right into the picture. Great Dane was the one that sponsored this trailer. The icons were hidden so well that the driver spent over 20 minutes looking for what they wanted (a chance to win). Over an 18 month tour the view audience was over 30 million.
Truck Drivers Health was our first program developed for the new media outlets. With trainers like Chris Nerat and a program he created called the "90 day no excuses" we could now do two things.
One make it easy for drivers to find our health programs with the use of our NEW phone app.
Two; drivers could now see a program developed especially for drivers. With the 1-1 training that Chris offered we could see and help each driver independently.
Coming in January of 2018
we will have a way to motivate everyone to do a little scavenger hunt
"Find It If You Can".
We are now accepting sponsorship's for this contest