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3 A CAREER PATH TO Patrick Peters may no longer turn a wrench, but his love of diesel engines runs deep. Patrick, a native of Storm Lake, IA, grew up helping his father fix his fleet of diesel engines. Going into a program for diesel repair seemed only logical. After checking out other diesel programs, Patrick found NCC’s program to be the best in the area. He remembers enjoying the hands-on training. Even though he had a background in diesel repair prior to the program, he appreciated how much more in-depth he was able to understand the engines with the instruction. “I vividly remember taking a field trip to Sioux Falls, SD, to visit Sheehan Mack. We had built an engine in class, and we took it up and watched it run through the dyno (an instrument used to measure the output of an engine). We then got to tour the facility. It was great getting to see all different aspects of the diesel industry,” shared Patrick. Patrick graduated with his Associate of Applied Science degree in Truck and Diesel in 1985 and promptly went back to Storm Lake to run his own repair shop. He ran Peters Truck and Trailer for fourteen years and had six employees working under him. The shop gave him his first taste of managerial experience and offered a diverse work atmosphere. Patrick’s company fixed everything from bread vans to large agricultural equipment to aluminum trailers. In 1999, Patrick started a new challenge in his diesel career. After realizing how much he enjoyed the sales aspect of the work, he sold Peters Truck and Trailer and started in the sales department for Peterbilt of Council Bluffs, IA. Within four years of being employed at Peterbilt, he was recognized as one of the top 100 salesmen for Peterbilt in the United States. He went on to achieve this ranking three more times there. A few years later, a colleague offered Patrick an opportunity to join him in opening Midwest Truck Sales & Leasing LLC, a truck sales, repair and body shop in Omaha, NE. Patrick was eager for a SUCCESS new challenge, and the timing seemed right. Patrick left his job at Peterbilt of Council Bluffs, and again became a business owner. This experience taught Patrick a lot about how to market used trucks and how the leasing industry worked. In 2015, Patrick was presented with a chance to again grow and challenge himself within the diesel industry. He accepted the position of general manager of a Peterbilt dealership in Portage, IN, with the Larson Group. Patrick now oversees between 50–75 employees and loves the challenges that come with managing a larger business. “I feel like management is where I was meant to be. I love teaching employees and helping them become better employees.” Plus Patrick is still able to fuel Patrick Peters Class of ’85 General Manager Peterbilt Dealership I love teaching employees and helping them become better employees. his passion for sales with this position, as he still has clients and customers that he assists with their diesel needs. Patrick credits his success with a simple philosophy — “Things may be hard from time to time, but stick it out and try new things. In the long run, it will always be for the better.” Patrick’s Success is Our Story


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