Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Freight Brokers, Trained and Ready

Brooke Training's  top notched instructors once again trained a great group of professionals to be freight brokers.  Here's what the students said about their class experience:

"Great instructors, very fun and informational.  I would recommend this class to anyone.  It was nice having real brokers here and getting to hear what they had to say. 

I would love to come back for the advanced class." --Jacob Pratt

"I met a great group of new people who I believe and want to become new partners or collaborators in the Freight Logistics business in the future.   

 I gained in depth insight on the various nuances of Freight Broking and it was helpful.

Vinny’s class was on point and covered more than I expected regarding sales/brokering techniques." 
--Troy B.

I wasn’t really sure what to expect out of the class.  Twenty years of driving experience and I was ready for a change.  This class showed me a completely different point of view about the industry.  The class was very informative and the instructors were excellent.  I am leaving with a great understanding of the Broker-Agent side of the industry.  I would definitely recommend this course to anyone serious about brokering." --
Adams Banks

"Very informative.  I was beyond terrified upon starting this course.  Vinny is very knowledgeable about sales and the transportation business.  He held my attention and was very funny.  The course changed my whole outlook on the trucking business from both angles.  Tish is incredible and I loved the way she handled her business.

Overall this class was awesome!!!  Love on top of love all the positive things that I received here.  I can honestly say that I feel comfortable starting my own brokerage business."--
Dee Mayberry

"The experience in the class or with the Brooke team was amazing.  Instructor Vinny was the right person to teach the class.  His energy and knowledge of sales and the industry exceeded my expectations coming to this class.

Tish as well did an awesome job with showing us her business and giving a real live snapshot of how the business can be.  Overall if I had to rate this class, I would rate it a ten hands down.  I will be coming back to the class for continuing education.  Thanks for having me and look forward to future classes, and relationships.

                               Experience:  Live calls to customers

                               Cold calling to Manufactures

                               Speaking with A.L.M.E."

--A. Lewis Sr.

"The class was very informative.  The teacher, Mr. Vinny, was awesome and patient with his teaching.  I like that he used different methods, not just reading, but participation methods.  I also saw that having companies come in to tell us about their company and wanting to hire us was great and beneficial for everyone.   Meeting Tish, was awesome too, because we got a chance to see what she does on a daily basis and she seems to be very successful with what she does, and that encourages me."

-- Robin Monley

"Great class.  Great instructors.  Very informative for beginners and for those that have had some experience in the trucking industry.

I had a great time in the class.  I was able to see the other side of the trucking industry and at the same time I learned the mistakes I was making as a carrier.  I loved the fact that they put you in “Hot Water” completely taking you out of your comfort zone.  I believe that helped me understand, my first week, what I could improve and what my strengths were."--M.A.

"As a carrier Brooke Broker Training Solutions was an awesome experience.  The instructor and instructors were informative to the point that it gave me confidence to run my business.
Brooke Transportation Training Solutions was great.  I would recommend it to everyone needing their service.
"  --K. B.

"In the past week, I have experienced some important values and principals, not only in freight brokering; more so as an individual.  I would like to share that one of the more important tools of freight brokering is that I have received is building bridges (relationships, trust, stability) for long term purposes.   

In addition to receiving great understanding of freight brokering, I have to definitely say that I am leaving with something much more valuable than resource tools.  Thanks to the Brooke's staff:  Vinny, Tish, Bobby and the other speakers."  --Desmond Adams


"I would like to take the time to express my overwhelming sense of gratitude for the incredible abundance of knowledge shared by our instructors Vinny & Tish.  They went above and beyond to make sure the information being shared was thoroughly understood.  I will highly recommend BTTS to friends and family for years to come. 

I am extremely happy with my decision to attend BTTS.  I only wish I could have attended sooner.  Our instructor Vinny is by far, one of, if not the best freight broker instructor in America!  I look forward to a long lasting relationship with BTTS.  Thank you Jeff & Janis for your vision in starting BTTS.  God Bless You!" -- Jessie Garcia, Jr.

So if you want to be encouraged, make friends, learn great freight brokering skills and have a week to spare, come join us for our next class.  Class schedule is on our website:

Moving forward,

Jeff Roach

Monday, January 26, 2015

Texas and the Price of Gas

Even with lower oil prices, Texas will add more jobs in 2015

Just as we are enjoying low numbers at the gas pump, we are experiencing  job loss because of the lower oil price.  Lower fuel prices help truckers make more money per load but is there a downside to the low price?  We have heard newscasts of personnel cuts at BP and Apache because of the low cost per barrel.  I found this prediction that is quite promising:  Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas Senior Economist and Research Officer, Keith Phillips, projects Texas should add 235,000 to 295,000 new jobs in 2015.  The growth represents about a 2 to 2.5 percent increase in jobs, but lower than 2014 employment growth at about 3.6 percent.

Phillips presented the economic data as part of his Texas Economic Outlook at San Antonio’s Federal Reserve location.  Philips states, “The sharp decline in oil prices has created much uncertainty in our outlook for state job growth this year, but we’re viewing it as a headwind for the Texas economy. However, Texas has a diversified economy, and while the drop in oil prices slows job growth, it won’t send the state into a recession like it did in the 1980s.”
Regions dependent on oil production, such as the Permian Basin and the Eagle Ford Shale, will sharply cut drilling if crude prices continue to trade at $50 a barrel or less, according to Philips. Houston will also experience a drop in oil jobs as well if prices stay at or below $50 a barrel. However, Philips states employment growth will remain positive for 2015.

Goldman Sachs reduced its six-month WTI predictions by half, to $39 a barrel from $75, and for 12 months to $65 from $80 a barrel. Read more…

Goldman suggests the market needs a prolonged lower crude oil price of around $42 a barrel so the market demand and supply can reach an equilibrium.

Moving forward,

Jeff Roach

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Military Money for Education

There are many opportunities for armed service personnel and their spouses to get money for career training.  Transportation Training Solutions authored and instructs the ed2go program on Freight Brokering, a qualified program.
Below are links and information on education opportunities available to the military and their spouses at no cost.  We hope to be able to serve you in the near future as a thanks for serving us.
Military Information:
At ed2go we pride ourselves in our ability to assist members of the military community in continuing their education. We are here to help you find the appropriate funding programs that are available to you as a military spouse, or a current or former member of our armed services. Below is some information on the various military benefits programs that can help you determine which one you qualify for:

Military Spouse Career Advancement Account (MyCAA)
**Up to $4,000 is available to eligible military spouses!

Spouses of Active duty military members around the world are able to enjoy a $4,000 career education benefit funded through the Department of Defense. There are a variety of training options available and we offer programs in all of the approved fields! We have knowledgeable staff available to assist you with making your career decision, so please contact us.
Military Tuition Assistance and Tuition Reimbursement (TA)
**Up to $4,500 is available to eligible current military members!

The Armed Forces offers Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, Guardsman and Reservist a variety of programs to support their education goals. Tuition Assistance covers up to100% for college courses, vocational training, and certificate courses taken during off-duty hours. Each service has its own criteria for eligibility, obligated service, application processes and restrictions. Check out your specific branch below.

The Army has launched a new automated tuition assistance project. The TA automation will allow active duty soldiers to request TA and enroll in courses online. This will speed up the enrollment process and minimize wait times at Army Education Centers. Active Duty soldiers are now able to request TA online through GoArmyEd <> .

Air Force
You must apply for Tuition Assistance online using the Air Force Virtual Education Center. This must be done through the Air Force PortalThere are six steps to completing the AFVEC online TA process <> .

Please check with your command first. Certificate program are not normally covered by TA.

Receive educational counseling from your Navy College Office in person, by phone or e-mail. Determine which courses will be requested for TA funding. Complete a TA Application form with your Navy College Office, NETPDC 1560, ensuring to list course(s) and fee(s). Receive command approval signature to enroll in the course(s).

Please check with your command first. Certificate program are not normally covered by TA.

The U.S. Marine Corps Voluntary Education Program provides Service members the opportunity to reach their educational goals. They can complete their high school education, earn an equivalency diploma, improve their academic skills or level of literacy, and enroll in vocational and technical schools.

Marine & Family Programs Division
Education and Career Services
3280 Russell Road
Quantico, VA 22134-5103

Phone: (703) 784-9550
DSN: 278-9501
The Montgomery GI Bill (GI Bill) & Transfer GI Bill for Military Dependents (TEB)
The GI Bill has several associated chapters that apply to the various benefit eligible groups. We have detailed chapters 30 (Veteran before 2001), 32 (Veteran before 1985), 33 (Veteran after 2001), and the TEB on this page <> .

Guardsmen and Reservist chapters 1606 and 1607 information may be found here <> .

We thank all our military for their service.  We are honored to be able to train many military in this new career.  To sign up for freight broker training click here:  or call Ed2Go at 877-221-5151 to chat.

Moving forward,

Jeff Roach, President

Brooke Transportation Training Solutions
Phone 214-206-1169
Fax  469-327-2712

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Get More Done in 2015

Do you feel there aren’t enough hours in the day to get everything done?
Staying productive and focused during the day is often a difficult and tedious undertaking. When faced with a daunting list of tasks and numerous distractions, you can only hope you’ve made some difference in your workload.
With little time and a big list, try boosting up your productivity with these easy ways.
1. Finish The Awful Tasks First Thing In The Morning
Not every item on your to-do list is exciting or pleasurable. There will be times when you have to shovel the driveway after 3 feet of snow dumped the previous night. Or, you might have to file the stack of papers that have been collecting on your kitchen table for the past week.
Whatever the task, the one that you feel is the most awful, is the one you should probably be doing first thing in the morning. This ensures that you will get it done and you can look forward to doing something else less awful.
2. Take Frequent Breaks
Research has shown that sitting for long periods of time over many years can contribute to early heart attacks. To cut your chances of serious health problems related to sitting, ensure you take many mini breaks throughout your day. Go for a walk or do some quick exercises to clear your head and help your heart.
3. Stay Clear Of Distractions
Computers, TV and your smartphone are all culprits of wasting your time away. I know it’s tempting to quickly check your Twitter or Facebook, but before you know it, you’ve spent 20 minutes “hashtagging” and “liking”.
Take it from me, if you want to stay productive and feel like you’ve accomplished something, stay away from time wasting distractions.
If you find need to go online or check your messages, be accountable and set a timer.
4. Avoid Multi-Tasking
Everyone’s done their share of multi-tasking, thinking they can get more things accomplished. But if you add the time and the likelihood of completing more than one thing at a time, chances are, you don't complete any task with excellence.
Reserve tasks like specialized attention tasks, sequential tasks, and thinking-type tasks to needing your full attention. Don’t be surprised if you’ve increased your productivity by at least 30%.
5. Speed Up Your Morning Routine
An average woman can spend up to 6.4 hours a week and men up to 4.5 hours a week getting ready and looking their best. While your appearance is an important quality, it shouldn’t consume up to two weeks of your time.
Try these tips to cut your morning routine in half.
  • Take shorter showers. An average shower takes 20-30 minutes, but you can shave off precious minutes simply by using a 2-in-1 shampoo.
  • Do some of your routine the night before. Fill your coffee maker with ground coffee. Organize your “to-do” list while watching your evening TV shows. If you have children, get their backpacks organized and hung by the door for morning.
  • Have a quick breakfast. Opt for grab-and-go foods for hectic mornings. They don’t have to be pre-packaged or unhealthy. Hard-boiled eggs, yogurt, granola bars and a nutritious muffin are all healthy and quick to eat.
These little things may only take you 10 minutes to do, but it will save you an hour the next day.
6. Get Up An Hour Early
Try waking up before everyone else. By being up an hour before anyone else, you won’t be bothered by family distractions. This leaves you time to work on big projects or organizational tasks that could benefit from a fresh morning perspective.
Or, you can use this time instead to work on balancing your priorities. Doing yoga, praying or even writing in the morning can help make you better focused, less stressed and ready to take on the day.
7. Keep Your Environment Cool
I’m sure you’ve noticed during hot summer days, all you want to do is lay around and relax. Maybe even take a little snooze. While doing this is a great opportunity to have some relaxation time, you won’t be very productive with your eyes shut.

Moving forward,

Jeff Roach

Monday, January 5, 2015

Freight Broker School Grads

In December we had an excited group of professionals gleen all they need to know to become successful freight brokers.  Here is what they said about their week long course at Brooke Transportation Training:

I like the hands on approach of learning and role playing as if it were in the real brokerage world, and the concern of the instructor (Vinny).  The motivation of Tish to get across the webinar as a learning tool so that at the end of the learning week I’m ready to jump into a 600 billion dollar business. -- Beverly A. Vinable

Class has exceeded expectations.  The one on one interest in building sales skills needed to be a success in this business was priceless. -- Angela H.

I have a very positive perception of BTTS.  In my experience, I’ve never heard instructors, guests, and vendors give such creative presentations and opportunities in this field.  I would recommend this class to anyone who would want to become a freight broker.

The information in this course is very effective and knowledgeable. I would recommend this class to anyone who is interested in becoming a successful freight broker. -- Angela Boyd

Listening to Vinny for the past week has broadened my expectations on how I can become not only a salesperson but a better person.  Tish has expanded my possibilities on becoming a better broker.-- Kenny Key

A great big thank you to these students for coming to our course.  Thank you as well to Vinny and Trish for teaching with excellence, motivation and concern.  Join us in class or online this year and make 2015 a great year.  Our next Dallas class starts Jan 19, January 26th in Charlotte, NC and Ontario, California.  The year's calendar of courses, registration info and contact information is on our website.

Moving forward,

Jeff Roach