Flatbed hauler Daseke has decided to put some stock in its employees – literally. The publicly held company announced it will set aside 1 million shares of common stock with a current value of $9.9 million for employees. Restricted stock units will be awarded to the approximate 2,100 company drivers and 800 support team employees who are employed by Daseke operating companies, or who were with a Daseke company in 2016, the company said.
Stock grants will also be made to company drivers and support team employees who joined or will join a Daseke company in 2017.
“I’ve said from day one that people make the difference – we invest in people. In our industry, professional truck drivers truly are the heart and soul of everything we do,” said Don Daseke, president and CEO of Daseke.
“We want professional truck drivers and all our support team employees to have ownership in Daseke. To our knowledge, we are the first public for-hire trucking company to have a program that makes professional truck drivers company shareholders,” said Don Daseke, president and CEO. “It’s very exciting for me personally. A driver stock program is something I have been passionate about from the very beginning. This is about being an owner. We want people to come together, be empowered and build our company with the mindset of ownership.”
Did you know?
According to a survey conducted by One20, truck drivers pay an average of 37% more for goods at travel centers than they would if those same items were purchased online.
“I’ve said from day one that people make the difference – we invest in people. In our industry, professional truck drivers truly are the heart and soul of everything we do.”
- Don Daseke, president and CEO of Daseke, on the reason for implementing an employee stock program
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Daseke is trying to engage employees through a stock ownership plan, but it’s important for every business to remember that it’s the people that make the business.
Hammer down everyone!