At Grade Tech, it’s our people that set us apart from the competition. Each and every member of the Grade Tech team plays an integral role in the success of our projects and our company.
We’d like to introduce Leo Cantu. Leo joined Grade Tech in 2020. As one of our truckdrivers, he transports equipment to and from work sites each and every week.
Leo Cantu is a native of McCallen, Texas and has lived in Michigan, Minnesota, and Wyoming. He moved to Utah two years ago. Leo has a varied background in both the construction and retail industries, having worked in the concrete business, oil fields, and retail, including stints at Rent-A-Center and WalMart. He got his start in truck driving in 2016 during a seasonal layoff from his job at a concrete company. Looking for a year-round, steady job, he decided to get his Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) – and he’s never looked back or regretted that decision.
Driving for Grade Tech gives Leo the best of both worlds – a steady job that he loves and the opportunity to be home with his family on the weekends. He enjoys the independence of being on the road by himself and looks forward to getting his assignments from dispatch. “The great part about Grade Tech is that I am able to be home with my 5 kids,” he explained. “In my prior job, I was away from home for six weeks at a time and then home for one week; it was hard on the family.”
The only drawback to his driving job, in his opinion, is that he can’t control others on the road. He aims to follow protocols and be as safe as possible on the road and at job sites, but knows that some things are out of his control. “Dealing with everyone else on the road, watching out for others, is a big part of the job,” he said. “I can be safe, but I can’t really control what others are doing.”
When it comes to driving, or any other profession for that matter, Leo is a big believer in learning from others and taking advice from those with experience. “I think it’s important to listen to any advice that anybody gives you that’s been doing it,” he explained. He hopes to put that belief into practice at Grade Tech to learn how to operate machinery.
As far as working for Grade Tech is concerned, Leo is happy with the way things are going, and said that he is treated well. So well, in fact, that he convinced his brother-in-law, Zach, a heavy equipment operator, to leave his previous job to join the Grade Tech team.
When he’s not transporting Grade Tech’s equipment, Leo enjoys fishing and shooting. He would also like to eventually get into hunting and camping with his family. No matter what he’s doing, he loves being home with his family – that’s the most important thing to him.
If you are interested in joining the Grade Tech Team, please visit our careers page!