Employee Spotlight: Cliff Gaines
Service Group: Energy Distribution Services
The smile on Cliff Gaines’ face, upbeat attitude and positive outlook on life even beams through the phone. For almost five years Cliff has been smiling through his shifts as a Dupré professional driver for the Energy Distribution Services division in Birmingham, AL.
As a young boy born and raised in Birmingham, AL, Gaines admired big trucks on the road. In 2000, Cliff made that vision a reality when he started driving in the trucking industry. Today, Cliff continues to drive as he and his wife Lynnda raise their 14-year-old son. He jokingly comments that in his spare time, “I race. Just teasing – I work around the house and take it easy.”
While on the road, Cliff listens to Gospel or Christian music. “Anytime it crosses my mind, I pray. After all, we drive gas trucks.” He chooses to work for Dupré because as he says, “It is a great company. When I first started, I saw that the company had good values and being a Christian man, I can handle that. I also like having the good relationship with my terminal manager.”
“Cliff is a driver whose smile only tells part of the story of who he is. He is also a hardworking, dedicated driver who day-in and day-out makes sure that the job is done safely, on time and with the best service,” said Mark Hanback, Birmingham Terminal Manager.
Mark and the Birmingham team may disagree with Gaines’ comment that his coworkers would be surprised if they knew that he didn’t smile 100% of the time. Gaines closed with, “95% of the time, yes. I’m human.” Gaines concluded our talk with, “When my family is happy and the folks around me are happy, that makes me happy.” Thanks, Cliff for making “Happy” contagious and choosing Dupré as your home!