History of Bill Davis Trucking

In 40 years in the trucking business, Bill Davis has built an enviable track record with basic elements he learned while a member of the sales staff at Arkansas Peterbilt in Little Rock in the mid-1970's. Above all, Davis believes the essence of return business--as in any industry-- is based in reliable response and product consistency.

Along with his wife Gail, Davis has nurtured the growth of Bill Davis Trucking, Inc. from its start as a two-truck operation in 1975 to its present coast-to-coast scope with a fleet of 45 tractors and 85-plus full-time employees supporting a limited base of clients, some of whom have been BDTI clients since the company's inception.

"With my father in the retail end of the trucking business, I literally grew up in the industry and it was absolutely all I ever wanted to do. I was influenced by the success and perfection in operations of two Arkansas truckers: C.C. "Shorty" Jones of North Little Rock, and Julian Martin of Batesville. I received good advice, worked extremely hard to do things the right way and it has paid off for us."

Davis grew up in Little Rock and as a boy his father took him to work on the weekends to jobsites for McConnell Heavy Hauling where the elder Davis supervised large rigging jobs. Then, as a successful young salesman in his early twenties, he wanted to follow his dreams to own and operate a fleet of refrigerated equipment. After an acquisition of two trucks, family friend Julian Martin of Batesville invited Davis to lease his trucks at JMI and learn the business of trucking.

Thus was the beginning of Bill Davis Trucking, Inc. As the years passed, equipment was slowly added, shops were built, offices enlarged and BDTI thrived.