Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Elevate to Success

We had some incredible individuals this month in our Dallas, TX; Ontario, CA; and Jacksonville, FL locations. Our expert instructors, Drake, Tish, Brad, and Susie, did an awesome job equipping the students with the guidance and knowledge they need to start their new careers as freight brokers and agents! Congrats to all of our graduates! 

“The level of elite training that Brooke Transportation Training provides new brokers, equips them to understand the industry. The course layout coupled with experienced trainers will elevate any student to be successful for having attended. #worthit" 
C. Gillard

“The reason for taking this class is to advance my family life and to help others who need help. I’m excited to expand my reach into this logistics world. I’m thankful for this opportunity to represent Brooke Training and begin this journey of becoming a successful agent. Since joining the class, I’ve become empowered with top-tier training that will advance my new career in transportation solutions.” 
- J. Johnson 

“Thank you for the opportunity to share in this classroom training. After being in the hauling industry, I will say I learned a lot! You’re very professional and great with people…Thanks again for the opportunities.” 
- Sunny H. 

“I learned a lot from this class. I didn’t know anything about freight, but today I leave this course with a lot of knowledge in the industry. The book has all the information that any successful broker/agent needs, step by step. The instructor was very helpful with the information. Everything he teaches is in the book, but he explains more clearly for your better understanding. The instructor answers every question you have, giving you a better understanding.” 
- Iris Hernandez L.

“I enjoyed the class. The information given to me was easy to understand. The information from the book was great. I will use it for future reference. Brad, our instructor, was great.” 
- Mayra Olascuaga

“Mrs. Susie Moore, is by far the most informative instructor for freight training. A welcomed environment and relaxed atmosphere. It feels good when someone takes time to care and share the experience for your future. Thank you so much for all the guidance and I will keep in touch.” 
- Jason Bradford

If you are interested in pursuing a career as a freight broker or agent, we'd be honored to be apart of your journey. Please feel free to reach out to us anytime to discuss your future. 214-206-1169

Moving forward,

Jeff Roach


Monday, October 30, 2017

Activity Equals Opportunity: An Inside Look at One of our Most Successful Graduates

I would like to start off by saying that Brandi Patterson is a winner. She’s a tenacious worker who has a “take no prisoners” attitude. She gets things done. I don’t for one minute take any direct credit for her success, but I will say she is the only student that has come through our school to take all three freight broker courses.

She first started out by taking our online course, then the basic, and then the advanced. Brandi would check in from time to time and tell me how hard things were. Her husband was on assignment in the military. She had young daughters just like my wife and me.

She confided in me about her struggles - financial hardships, being alone as a military wife, raising the girls, and trying to find a career that she could put all her energy and brilliance to work. Brandi found her niche - or as I like to say, her niche found her because she was working hard.

Out of all of our students who have gone on to work as agents, she’s among the top achievers.  I asked Brandi if we could ask her a few questions about her journey and challenges. Here’s what she shared:

What were your biggest challenges starting out?
Fear of rejection when calling for new business.

What is the best advice you can give anyone wanting to enter this industry?
Don’t give up! Even though you’ll get many “No’s,” the one “Yes” you get is all the motivation you need to know that you are making progress.

I have always said, “Winners never lose and losers never win.” If you go into any industry with zero expectations, then what do you have to lose? Nothing. Go for it and you will be surprised at the opportunities that may open up to you.

How did taking all three courses help you?
It helped me understand the lingo in the industry and prepped me in the right direction for screening clients and carriers.
What does your day look like as a freight broker?
My days are busy. I’m constantly providing quotes, dispatching loads, confirming carriers are still on schedule, invoicing, and confirming carriers have active authority and proper insurance.

Brandi Patterson is truly a rockstar. The entire team at Brooke is so proud of her for her hard work, tenacious spirit, and ability to inspire others.

One last thing we’d like to mention about Brandi is that she has a heart for giving back to others and to her community. As a part of her success and growth, she wanted to be able to give back to those in need. She serves as the foundation event coordinator for Hanna4Hope, a non-profit foundation established to bring teenage suicide, one of the leading causes of death among today’s youth, to the forefront of communities.

This is an organization that the Brooke Family supports, as well. You can learn more about it here. Thanks, Brandi, for sharing with our community!

Moving Forward,

Jeff Roach

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Monica's Incredible Journey: From Stay-at-home Mom to Successful Freight Broker Agent

Today, we’d like to introduce you to one of our most recent graduates, Monica Jaramillo. Monica graduated from Brooke in June and has since landed an agent position with Prosper Logistics. Monica is a great example of what you can accomplish in this industry with the right attitude, work ethic, and education. Here’s an inside look at her journey. 

Monica was introduced to the transportation industry long before coming to Brooke. At a young age, Monica observed her father working for JB Hunt Transport. She was intrigued and knew she wanted to follow in his footsteps. 

She began working as a receptionist at Swift Transportation and was promoted after 10 short months. She went on to hold a variety of positions including Safety & Compliance Administrative Assistant, Certified DOT Log Instructor, Safety Coordinator, and Driver Manager Business Advisor. One of her biggest achievements was graduating from Texas A&M International University.

Before coming to Brooke, Monica was a stay-at-home mother. She owned a truck with her husband and was in the process of purchasing another. Monica wanted the absolute best for her family and had the drive to achieve anything she set out to do. 

“I just remember setting my goals and going for them. I had to be a good role model. I wanted to do this not only for me, but for our four girls, and our family to come in the near future,” Monica said. 

We interviewed Monica about her new career, her experience at Brooke, and her future moving forward. Here’s what she shared:

What are you doing now in your career?
Currently, my husband and I have two trucks. I am working for Prosper Logistics as a freight broker agent and have three great customers. I moved about ten loads in the first week. The best is yet to come!

What challenges have you faced in your new career? 
I had to overcome the fear of rejection. There really is no other option. When someone says, “No!” I kindly say, “Thank you. I will call you again in the future to see if I’m able to help you and your business.”

What have been your biggest “wins” in your new career?
First starting out as an agent, I was worried I wouldn’t be able to make any sales. Being a housewife and barely making ends meets, I thought, “How am I going to do this?” 

My biggest win is not only getting one but three contracts in about 6 weeks.  I set my goals and made things happen! I knew that this was a real opportunity for me to start making money.

How was your experience training with Brooke?
I went in not knowing a single thing about the freight brokerage industry. By the time I left, I was already thinking about where I was going to apply. It opened up a passion in me that I didn’t know I had. 

My husband, who is my number one fan, had been telling me to pursue this career for months. He has had no doubt that I would be successful, determined, ethical, and above all, happy - and he was correct. When I met the staff and instructors, I knew it was worth it. I thought very highly of their training. I met great people and lifelong friends.

How was working with our team at Brooke?
Not only are the instructors well experienced in the field, but they have humility and respect for each other and for all the students. They were willing and able to share their knowledge with us, without holding anything back. The faith and desire to help others prosper is the foundation of the Brooke team.

What are your goals moving forward? 
I want to do everything that I was meant to do in this world. I have a very supportive family. I want to be successful and remembered as being a hard worker. I want to be able to afford to take my daughter to Disney Land, take family vacations, help others, and give back to my community.

What are you most excited about moving forward? 
The great success story that awaits for me in the future, an incredible journey, and the many blessings I am thankful for.

Thank you, Monica! For sharing your incredible story with us and the community. You truly are a rockstar and we are so proud of all you have and will accomplish. 

If you’re interested in this career path, we’d love to be apart of your journey. Feel free to reach out to us with any questions at 214-206-1169.

Moving Forward,

Jeff Roach

Thursday, September 28, 2017

In it to win it!

What an outstanding group of individuals we had this month in our Dallas, TX Freight Broker Training Course. Our expert instructors, Drake Sliver and Tish Cozine, motivated and prepared this group to embark on their new career paths as freight brokers/agents! Read about their experience below:

“I came into this class with very little knowledge of the broker industry. I have since gained a tremendous amount of knowledge and feel I can now move in the right direction. Along with having a new trucking business, it has helped me see both sides. Everyone associated with the class; speakers, instructors, etc, give great insight and the information needed to move forward. I look forward to getting started and using all the resources I have been presented with to become a successful agent.”
Rachel Pitts

“When I first started this class, I knew about enough about the trucking industry to get in trouble. After taking this course, I feel very confident about my knowledge of both trucking and freight brokering. I never realized how much goes into every freight load. I have a newfound respect for all of the trucking industry. I was nervous at first about trying to sell and being afraid I would fail and never book a load, or at least enough to make a living. But now I’m ready for Monday to get here and to get started. I’m so grateful for this class and everything I’ve learned from the instructors. I am so excited to get started with a freight broker and to jump all in! Thank you, Brooke Training, for making this opportunity possible for me.” 
- Elizabeth Witt

“I enjoyed my course at Brooke Transportation Training Solutions. All the instructors are awesome and the information is priceless. The door is always open for questions after the course ends. I would recommend this course to anyone looking to start a career as a freight broker.” 
- Julie Maddox

“This week of intense training that I had at Brooke Transportation Training Solutions has been quite informative in steering me in the right path in my new life career path. Classroom instructors, Drake Sliver and Tish Cozine both were outstanding. Prior to the beginning of class Jeff Roach (President), and his mentor, Bryan Flanagan, what I like to say, “Got the party started” with personally attending the class with their presence, along with sharing their personal journey in transportation. Their presence shall not be forgotten, as I shall strongly recommend Brooke Transportation Solutions to others that are looking for career or advancement in the transportation industry.” 
- Wynee Howard

“I want to start by saying that coming into this class with some trucking knowledge, I learned so many things with this course. Our instructors, Jeff, Mr. Flanagan, Drake, and Tish were so very thorough and encouraging. I loved the organization and all the helpful tips we received. I would recommend this class to anyone who is going into or just wanting to learn the freight transportation business. “In it to win it!!” 
Erica Guzman

“As an owner/operator, I enrolled in the class to learn more about the brokering side of the trucking industry. From day one, the class is upbeat, engaging and very informative. All of the instructors truly care about you and want you to be successful. By the end of the week, you’ve gained many friendships and a network of people to help you along the way. If you are self-motivated and have an interest in the trucking industry, Brooke Transportation Training is the place to start your career.” 
- Scott Pitts 

Thank you all for sharing your testimonies! If you are interested in starting a career as a freight broker/agent, give us a call 214-206-1169. 

Moving Forward,

Jeff Roach

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

The Best Opportunities for our Graduates

Here at Brooke, we strive to provide you with the absolute best training possible and provide a firm foundation in which to start your new career.

We get this question often: “After this 40 hours of training, will I become successful?” The answer lies in what you do after graduation. The formula for succeeding in this business is having the right education, the right attitude, the right work ethic, and also the right continued support.

We are always available to help you and answer any questions you have after completing our training, but what we really want, is to help you find a quality opportunity so you can have the continued support you need in the early days of your career. On the last day of training, all Brooke graduates have the opportunity to meet and discuss agent positions with freight brokerage recruiters and industry professionals.

Today, we’d like to introduce you to one of our valued brokers who recruits agents directly through our school: Leisa Morgan, CEO of Prosper Logistics.

A Great Next Step for our Graduates

Prosper Logistics is an ethical brokerage that shares the same values as we do. Just like us, Leisa Morgan is striving to improve the industry as a whole and that’s why Prosper Logistics is one of the brokerages we bring in and introduce to our students.

Prior experience isn’t required- many of our students have signed as agents right out of training. You pick your own hours, work from your home, and get the right technology you need to get started. Most importantly, they offer a substantial year-long program for our graduates so you can get the quality support that you need after class.

“We are offering an opportunity to take the fantastic base level knowledge they get in your training and helping them apply it in real time.” - Leisa Morgan

Recruiting Agents from Brooke Transportation Training

Leisa prefers recruiting from Brooke because she says our students come out of training eager to learn, and ready work, with realistic expectations. She said they have the best attitudes and they truly want to succeed.

Leisa Morgan has the heart to help other entrepreneurs succeed, and she also has the right processes combined with the right programs to help you get started. We are thrilled to see our graduates get to work! Thank you, Leisa and Prosper Logistics, for caring about these individuals like we do.

If you’re interested in starting a career as a freight broker/agent, we’d love to be a part of your journey to success! Give us a call at 214-206-1169 or visit our website brooketraining.com

Moving Forward,

Jeff Roach

Thursday, August 31, 2017

A Wealth of Knowledge

Our expert instructor, Susie Moore, held an incredible class for our students this month. Our graduates commended Susie for her wealth of knowledge that she presented, in a comfortable learning environment with hands-on training. We are pleased to hear that our graduates were more than satisfied with their investment. Congrats to you all for taking this big step to further your careers! Read their full testimonials below. 

“Brooke Transportation Training Solutions LLC expanded my knowledge in the freight broker industry to newfound depths. I highly recommend this training course to anyone thinking on delving into the transportation world. Whether you are considering to be a broker, an agent, or to simply refine your skills, Brooke Transportation Training Solutions LLC is the class for you.” Philip Canale

“I learned a lot in this class Susie brought a lot of knowledge and skills explained it in a way that everyone could understand. This class was well worth the money.” - LaQuisha Tinsley

“This class was the first stepping stone for me to cross over into the freight broker world. The instructor was very knowledgeable and I’ve learned a lot from them. I recommend this class to anyone who wants to work alone.” - Bobby Minor

“This class gave me a wealth of knowledge in changing industries from telecommunication field and giving freedom to live a quality life. Thanks, Susie.” - Debra A. Ross

“This class was extremely informative and absolutely essential for entry into the freight brokerage business or freight agency business. Susie was a fantastic teacher injecting lots of personal knowledge and experiences that are not in the material. I would highly recommend this course to anyone interested in learning more about the transportation business or getting introduced to it.” - Phil Canale 

“Great class. Really helpful if being a broker is what you want to do. I like the way she give you her number just in case there (are) any problems after class. Give her a call - she (will) talk you through everything. And the best training is hands-on training.” - Nija Tinsley 

“Attending the freight broker class was a great investment. The information and practical examples provided throughout the week was very helpful with understanding the industry. I really enjoyed the class taught by Susie Moore.” - Sakinah Shaw

“We have been in the trucking business owner-operators for 16 years. I am so blessed to be able to get this chance to attend Brooke Transportation Training. I have learned so much and Mrs. Susie is the best, family. Brooke Training is awesome. My class was awesome too and we all enjoyed meeting each other. So no matter how many years you have been in the trucking business, you should go to Brooke’s Training and you will be blessed with everything to start your broker business or be an agent.” - Shante Burgess 

“This is one of the most informative classes that I’ve taken. Susie takes her time making sure than you have a full understanding of the course material. I would definitely recommend this course to anyone looking to enter into this field.” - Darrell Jackson

“Susie Moore is a cool instructor. she has a winning personality and continually had a great big smile. Amazing how far a smile will go when trying to learn something as complicated as becoming a freight agent or broker in such a competitive business. Susie, along with a fun personality, has a comfortable sense of teaching. She made this experience fun and I tried to make her laugh while teaching. Any question asked, Susie, with her wealth of knowledge, had no need to stop and research or say I will get back to you. She knew the answers without hesitation. I have nothing but good things to say about the knowledge I gained in five days. Worth every penny.” - Jim M. 

Have you ever considered starting a career as a freight broker? Join us at one of our upcoming live classes or take our online course from the comfort of your home. Feel free to give me a call if you have any questions or would like to discuss your goals. 214-206-1169

Moving forward,

Jeff Roach

Friday, August 18, 2017

The Truth about the Freight Broker License

Today, I would like to discuss one of our most frequently asked questions: “How do I get my Freight Broker License?”

The “Freight Broker License” causes a lot of confusion for those looking to enter this industry. And there is a lot of misleading information circling around about it, so let’s discuss what it is when you need it, and how to obtain it.

What is a Freight Broker License?

A freight brokers license is actually called a broker’s authority. It is issued by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), which is a government agency/division of the Department of Transportation (DOT).

When do you need a Broker’s Authority?

If you are working as a freight broker agent, under an existing broker, you do not need an authority, because you’d be operating under the umbrella of their broker’s authority.

If you have your own trucking company and want to fill your own loads, again, you do not need an authority. You will only need one if you are arranging transportation for profit using a third party carrier.

If you are opening your own brokerage, you do need an authority. Keep in mind, if you are taking this route, you will also need a $75,000 Surety Bond, which you can obtain from a bank or bonding company. The cost-per-year will vary depending on your personal credit. You will also need a Processing Agent and a Unified Carrier Registration (UCR). You can obtain both for under a few hundred dollars. Remember, you must have all of these in order to open your own brokerage.

How do you Obtain a Broker’s Authority?

This is one of the common misconceptions. There is no training program, class, or test you need to take in order to get your broker’s authority. If someone tells you otherwise, turn the other way because they are misleading you. All you need to do is pay a $300 fee to the FMCSA and fill out the OP-1 form and file for your authority to operate as a broker. It’s that simple - anyone can obtain it.

What we do, here at Brooke, is teach you how the business works and how to actually make a profit with that license if you’re opening your own brokerage. We can also teach you how to become a successful agent. Whatever your goals, we will do our best to help you achieve them.

Questions? Give us a call 214-206-1169 or visit our website brooketraining.com

Moving forward,

Jeff Roach