Wednesday, December 20, 2017

New year, New Careers!

Congrats to our December, 2017 graduates! We are so honored to be a part of your journey to success. Our expert instructors, Drake Sliver and Tish Cozine, provided these individuals the knowledge, experience, and guidance they need to begin their exciting new career. What a way to finish off the year! Thank you, both! 

Here’s what our students had to say about their experience: 

“Brooke Training Solutions was pretty much everything I expected. What I like about it the most was I was able to participate in a small class and was able to obtain a lot of information. I would recommend if you want to learn about (how to become a) freight broker. Brooke Training Solutions is the best place to learn.” - C. Allen 

“I really appreciated the attention, information, and quality of instruction that I received here at Brooke Transportation Training Solutions. Drake and Tish were extremely kind as well as professional. I really enjoyed my experience!” - Y. Smith 

“I enjoyed the thorough training and small group setting that allowed me to be more engaged and absorb mass amounts of information.” - C. Sims 

“While attending Brooke Transportation’s class, I was overloaded with a wealth of necessary information in order to become a broker/agent. I would like to thank and commend Drake Sliver (Instructor) for the patience and profound knowledge that he has instilled in me in such a short time. Please keep up the great work Brooke Transportation and Drake Sliver, especially with your open door policy.” - D. Furr 

“Drake was very motivating and encouraging as an instructor. Very informative program that allows you to make the best plan for yourself by directing you in the right way to go.” - A. J. Cleary 

“Brooke Transportation Training was an awesome and very informative experience. It takes you into the day-to-day activities as a broker/agent and what is needed to be successful. Our instructor, Drake, was very professional, very experienced, and gave a lot of good knowledge on the business, and gave us an outline on how to be successful.” - C. Mikell 

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. Don’t forget to ask us about our limited time 2-for-1 promotion. 214-206-1169

Moving forward,

Jeff Roach

Friday, December 15, 2017

Ken Elrich: A Veteran's Success Story

Today, we’d like to introduce you to one of our graduates, Ken Elrich. We are so proud of Ken. Not only does he run his own successful brokerage, Black Ops Logistics, but he also takes on our other Veteran graduates to work for him as freight broker agents. Up to this day, he has on-boarded 20 agents.

Ken served in the Navy in the late 80’s and early 90’s. After bouncing around jobs for a while, he landed in the trucking industry, working as a professional driver. About 17 years later, Ken began to experience back problems and realized he needed to find a new line of work. After doing his research, Ken was able to use his Chapter 31 benefits to attend our training in March of 2017. It's truly amazing what he's been able to achieve since graduating.
Here’s what he shared about his journey:

After being discharged from the Navy, I went from job to job and finally ended up working with family in a Commercial Truck Tire Business. That was my introduction to the trucking industry. I always wanted to drive a Semi-truck and well, that is where this journey started.

I started running the business and soon found out I had a knack for this industry. I learned to deal with difficult people, and how to work deals. Eventually, I was offered a chance to go get my CDL. I learned the industry well and I am proud to say, I called myself a professional driver. Roughly 17 years later, I have herniated disks in my lower back and neck, which made it painful to drive. I soon realized I needed to stop driving and I had to find a new line of employment.

Being a Veteran, and already enrolled in the Chapter 31 Vocational rehab program, I quickly researched for classes to learn how to become a Freight Broker agent. I learned a lot being a former truck driver. I was already 75% there, but I was looking for the next step, a little more. That’s when I by accident I found a link. I don’t even remember where I found it, but what caught my eye was Brooke advertised the Veterans Chapter 31 Program. I talked to my counselor and he agreed too. Jan Roach went out of her way to help me.

So, I headed off to Chicago to spend a week with Drake Sliver. The following week, Jan Roach made arrangements for me to go down to Dallas, where I got to spend the whole week one-on-one with Drake Sliver and Tish Cozine - two people that I continue to stay in touch with.

I signed up with a brokerage and that just didn’t work out for me. I soon found myself spending money left and right getting things in place to open my own Brokerage, “Black Ops Logistics, LLC.”

I had communicated with Drake a time or two what my plan was. Then in August 2017, I was on a two-week motorcycle trip and I got a facebook message from Jeff Roach. I was thinking “WOW!” Jeff Roach was messaging me! How cool! We exchanged numbers and email addresses, and before you know it, he asked me if I wanted to speak to the classes about offering agents a place to work.

When my brokerage became legal on July 5th, 2017, I told Drake I was willing to take any and all Veterans from his classes. I wanted to offer my fellow vets an opportunity to work for themselves and without the pressures of a normal job.

I soon realized that I wanted to offer all students and anyone else an opportunity to get that job that no one wants to give you, where you can learn, get experience and build a “book of business.”

Now, I speak during training classes with Brooke’s instructors, Drake, Tish, and Susie. I am not trying to become the richest guy doing this. I just want to live, eat, and pay bills, and doing this is enjoyable for me. I get to help people where most in this industry would rather not. Jeff and Jan have made that possible for me. I am grateful for not only the education and great people who have instructed me, but also for the deep heartfelt warmth from everyone at Brooke, and the friendship.

I have to date on-boarded 20 agents. They are not all active, but I have made it company policy that no one gets fired from Black Ops. They may walk away and that’s ok, but until then their spot stays open! Where most brokerages are only allowing 70/30 split on the commissions, I have gone to 50/50 to help agents get going and start making as much money as possible, as fast as possible. We do all the back-office work for them. Later on, if they are moving freight and start to get that down, I am willing to entertain the idea of them locating and tracking the trucks, and at that point, we will talk about 70/30 split on commissions in their favor.

Ken Elrich
Ken truly has a heart for helping others achieve success, just like all of us at Brooke. We are very honored to have the opportunity to work with Ken as one of our trusted brokers, and we are very thankful he is able to help our future graduates find the success that he has found in his business! Keep up the good work!

Moving Forward,

Jeff Roach

Friday, December 1, 2017

Interested in Becoming a Freight Broker? Here's What Our Students Said:

We are so humbled by the feedback we received from these awesome graduates! Our expert instructors, Drake and Tish, did an outstanding job teaching our Dallas, Texas class in November. Thank you, both! Best of luck to these new freight brokers and agents! Your success is just around the corner. Read their testimonials here: 

“When I signed up for Brooke Training, I honestly didn’t know what to expect. I am proud to say that I love the program. Tish and Drake are awesome. They really take the time to assure that you learn and understand the material. I feel confident with I learned that I can go out and be successful. Ms. Janis also goes above and beyond to make sure you get the most out of your training. Sincerely, a very happy participant.” - Akeem Luckett

“First of all, I would like to say thank you. This class was much more than I expected. I looked around at a couple of places, but I firmly believe that this is a one of a kind experience. Both instructors did extremely well in their presentation. Also, there was no gap in the teaching process which is not easy to come by when switching between instructors. My expectations before I came to the class were not only filled but poured over due to the ample information. With the environment created in this classroom by the instructors, any and everyone felt comfortable and involved with learning.” - William D. Griffin

“I enjoyed this training. I wasn’t sure what to expect when I first heard of it, but it has exceeded my expectations. I feel confident that I will go out and become a good agent and then a broker. I want to hone my skills as an agent before I become a full-fledged broker. Drake Sliver was a really good instructor and I really learned a lot. It was all valuable information and he even mixed in personal and business experience to show us examples in real life. I really enjoyed the course. Thank you!"
- Christina Salmi 

“I would like to start off by saying that this has been an extraordinary week for me. Without knowing what to expect, the instructors here have made this week a comfortable and relaxing environment, giving the classroom a pleasant atmosphere to learn. I think the people here at Brooke Transportation Training have done an outstanding job with the way they laid out the class curriculum for the week. By giving out the basic knowledge needed to build a firm foundation in the transportation brokerage business, whether becoming a broker or agent. With this being said, I feel confident and assured that I can go out and pursue a life in the transportation brokering industry.” - L.W.

“To my amazement, the Brooke brokerage training course was some of the most informative material that was taught to me in such a limited amount of time. It was mind-blowing. With the patience and understanding of the instructor, it was really easy to grasp what was being delivered. I would recommend this to entrepreneurs of this field to attend this course. For the money that was spent for this course, I may say it was well worth it. Now armed with the knowledge that I possess, I’m confident to go on to be a successful broker in this field. So, Thank you.” - Nathaniel Joyner III

“I have been in the trucking business for 14 years with three being an owner-operator. I love what I do. I can’t complain, but there comes a time where we need a change. I wanted that change, a change where I am able to work from home with my own hours. I thought about becoming a broker for about 6 months and just now started to get the ball rolling. I signed up for Brooke Training not knowing if I would learn or not. Fortunately for me, I did learn, and I learned a lot. Being here has made me realize that I can be whatever I want to be, but I have to put forth the effort. The instructors have always been kind and attentive to any questions the students may have. Thanks to you guys, I am able to officially become my own boss working from the comfort of my home. I would recommend Brooke Training to anyone wanting to become an agent or broker. Being here was worth my money, and it will pay off on its own. I would like to thank Drake for showing us everything about the industry, the beginning will be rough, but we will make it. He showed us contracts, PODs, what you can and what you can’t do, etc. This week has been filled with great information. Next, I would like to thank Tish for showing us rates, how to plug in information into the CRM, etc. These two instructors have been great.” - Jesus Camarillo 

“This was worth the investment. I took this class with my husband. There were 12 of us in this class. We all were excited about our future business because one way or another you will become a broker or agent, depending on your current situation. You are prepared and set up for success. You don’t have to have any experience. They provide everything you need to know. Drake, our trainer, was very informative and very helpful on providing where to go and how to get the answer to your questions. Tish was hands-on in class. She walked us through live actions, which was very inspiring. Brooke Training is the way to go. They connect you with brokers and good leads to make sure you are as good as you want to be. Keep up the wonderful work. Everyone from start to finish at this company is amazing and I rate a 10!! May your company stay blessed!!” - Denise Joyner 

“When I came to this class, I did not know anything about this industry. Drake’s energy and passion was so amazing. His knowledge of this industry was very beneficial. He told us real-life stories to help us and I believe that in the future, it will help me to make fewer mistakes. This class was everything I wanted and more. I feel very confident leaving this class knowing I will be nothing but successful.” - Velma Cariaga 

“This class was absolutely awesome! My wife and I started this class actually not knowing what to expect. However, this class has by far exceeded our expectation. Mr. Drake and Tish are both incredible instructors! Their presentations were both informative, as well as interesting. I have been apart of a lot of seminars/classes in my lifetime, but this is by far the best ever! Thank you, Brooke!” 

“The class was very informative. It broadened my knowledge in areas I wasn’t aware of. The instructors were very detailed on how to be a freight broker and agent. Both instructors took time out to answer everyone's questions. They also provided videos that explained it further. The instructors made it possible for us to speak with a Broker, who went into detail about the business, which was very helpful. I would highly recommend Brooke Transportation’s class to whoever is interested in becoming a broker or agent.”- Diego Phillips 

“When I came to this class, I did not know what to expect as far as what I would be learning to start our freight brokerage business. Oh my! This class has beyond exceeded my expectations. I knew when I looked over the previous testimonials, that it would be great, but it has gone way beyond my expectations! I recommend this course to anyone that is thinking of getting into the business. It will truly prepare you for everything you need. Thanks so much to Drake. You have been an exception instructors from beginning to end! Thanks to Tish for taking the time to show us live and hands-on with the business we are pursuing. My husband and I are so excited and ready to take on the world of freight!” - Tavia Melton

Are you interested in an exciting career as a freight broker or agent? Give us a call 214-206-1169 We’d be honored to be a part of your journey to success. Don’t forget to ask us about limited time our 2-for-1 promotion. 

Moving Forward,

Jeff Roach