Jo (affectionately nicknamed “Grandma Jo”) – Driver Guide – Anchorage, Alaska
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The reason I applied for a job with Princess and Holland America is because after driving school buses for 25 years, I was ready for a change. I wanted to be with people who were happy to see you sitting in the drivers’ seat – not grumpy people. I also thought the motorcoaches looked beautiful!
My father drove and retired from Greyhound so the challenge for me was, “am I really capable of driving one of these big motorcoaches?” I saw an ad looking for a local hire with a CDL (Commercial Drivers License) to drive at Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge. This, at the time, was a new lodge located in Talkeetna, Alaska. I called Ed Bohner, a transportation manager, and asked him to fax me an application. He did. He faxed the application to my usual seasonal employer and the rest is history. I couldn’t believe the ease and efficiency with the application process.
I have now been working for now for 12 years and looking at returning for my 13th season. I feel as though the company is my family. I am always treated with respect and given many opportunities I would never have thought possible. I love this job!!