Another normal day starts at Bubba’s Lone Star Propane, or so the employees think. The drivers get to work and clean their bobtails, a task they do everyday before hitting the road and serving their customers in San Marcos and the surrounding Hill Country area. After cleaning their trucks, the crew gathers for a “mandatory safety meeting” in the office with the entire staff. Rumors about the nature of the meeting had been floating around in the weeks leading up to it. Mandatory, all-staff meetings are not customary at Bubba’s and the crew is a little suspicious. But, the secret is not out. Tammy Reilly, the company’s General Manager, has done a great job working with Bubba to set all details in place for the big surprise.
With all the blinds closed in the office, the meeting begins. The staff watches a safety video and Bubba turns up the volume to drown out any noise coming from outside. The meeting ends and the crew walks into the shop, still clueless about what awaits them in the lot. As the garage door opens, Tammy says, “It’s time to get to work guys. It’s going to be a busy day.”
To their astonishment, the crew walks out to find a brand new fleet of bobtail trucks emblazoned with the company logo. They excitedly hurry to each of the four brand new bobtails that Bubba and Tammy had quietly coordinated to be driven into the lot that morning. The crew’s eyes light up as they realize the reason for the office meeting and morning secrecy. “And that’s when it clicked that we got a new fleet. I was like a kid on Christmas morning,” says Jesse Logan, Bubba’s Lead Driver.
Jesse has a long history with Bubba’s Lone Star Propane. Before passing away, Jesse’s father worked for Bubba and helped the company get to where it is today. Jesse remembers being a kid and riding along in his father’s bobtail. “He’d pick me up from school and we’d go riding the routes; after school in the winter and all summer long,” says Jesse.
Keeping in contact after his father’s passing, Jesse called Bubba every now and again to stay in touch and see how business was going. On one of these occasions he found out that Bubba was in need of a new driver and offering him a job. Jesse remembered the enjoyment he got from riding along with his father as a child. “I told Bubba if he would train me, I’d be loyal to him and I’ve been here three years, going on four,” says Jesse.
As Jesse was exploring his new truck on the day of the big surprise, Tammy embraced him in a big hug. “The fact that Jesse’s father started this company with Bubba means a lot, and Jesse means so much to me. He’s one of the really really important reasons that this happened, and it was special,” she says. Bubba, a little choked up by the emotion of it all, agrees saying, “Jesse means a lot to us around here.” He continues, “Just like those trucks are built to the top standards, that’s what I expect out of my people here. It goes hand in hand. I wanted to do it for them, they’re my family.”
“My dad helped to get him here and I want to help Bubba get to wherever we’re going,” says Jesse. Thinking about his dad seeing the big surprise, he says, “I know he was out there smiling too. He looked like Santa Clause. I guarantee he was smiling when he saw my face, just like Christmas morning.”