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February 11, 2015

Faces of Fauquier: He built Bealeton trucking business

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“Football teaches them how to be great students, stewards of the community and great athletes,” Robert Sturgeon says of the youth team he helps coach.
I love doing what I do. When you do something you love, you never work a day in your life. I built the business, but without the great staff, I couldn’t have built it this large.
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He works to make his homegrown trucking company “flat out the best.”

Robert Sturgeon runs two local companies that he founded: RCS Trucking & Freight Inc. and RCS Fleet Services Inc.

The longtime Fauquier resident chooses to base his businesses in Bealeton to support the community.

“We need to keep the money inside the county,” Mr. Sturgeon said. “One of my things is to buy local and stay local and support locally-owned businesses.”

Mr. Sturgeon started in March 2002 with one tractor-trailer.

Today, his 40 trucks haul freight all over the eastern two-thirds of the U.S., primarily between New Jersey and Florida and from the Dakotas to Texas and back.

Founded in 2010, his second business, RCS Fleet Services specializes in heavy-duty truck repair, auto service and tire sales.

“I love doing what I do. When you do something you love, you never work a day in your life. I built the business, but without the great staff, I couldn’t have built it this large,” he said.

Besides trucks, Mr. Sturgeon also has a passion for coaching the Wolfpack 7U youth football team.

“Football teaches them how to be great students, stewards of the community and great athletes,” he said.

As for the future of Fauquier County, he would like to see more support for local businesses.

• Age

• Home

• Work
President, CEO and founder of RCS Trucking & Freight Inc., started in 2002, and RCS Fleet Services Inc., started in 2010.

Mr. Sturgeon makes purchase decisions, works with customers, tracks new business and manages the staff.

RCS Trucking & Freight ships everything from frozen food to auto parts and more. The company operates 40 tractors and 70 trailers. He also owns a freight terminal in Millbrook, Ala.

His companies employ 70 people between the Bealeton headquarters and the Alabama terminal.

The adjoining, RCS Fleet Services, provides heavy-duty truck repair for family and fleet businesses, sells tires and provides light truck and auto service in Bealeton.

• Why do you do the job?
I was a sales rep and I had a CDL (commercial driver’s license). My uncle, Tom Corbin, talked me into buying my own truck, and I worked with him for a while. Then I bought his business out. I love doing what I do. When you do something you love, you never work a day in your life. I built the business, but without the great staff, I couldn’t have built it this large.

• Family
Wife, Madeline, and two sons, Dillon and R.C.

• Education
Liberty High School, 1997.

• Civic involvement
Volunteer coach for Fauquier Wolfpack 7U (football) team for the past four years. Our team finished second in state this year. We have 21 kids on the team. I’m really passionate about the youth in Fauquier County.

• How long have you lived in Fauquier?
Twenty-eight years, since I was 8 years old.

• Why do you live here?
I love the small feel and rural aspect. The convenience of it . . . It’s about 25 minutes from my house to Warrenton, Culpeper, Manassas. It’s close enough, but far enough away.

• How do you describe this county?
It’s a huge county with small-town feel. When you grow up here, you know almost all of your neighbors.

• What would you change about Fauquier?
(The county) needs to become more business friendly to attract quality businesses to broaden the tax base and have the same offers as our neighboring counties.

• What do you do for fun?
Coach youth football and work with youth. That’s my passion. Coaches helped me growing up. I give back to the community that way. Football teaches them how to be great students, stewards of the community and great athletes.

• What’s your favorite place in Fauquier?
My home. It’s my getaway. I have my shop there where I can go down and tinker in it.

• What will Fauquier be like in 10 years?
Probably exactly the same as it is today. It doesn’t change much. The only thing that was in Bealeton when I moved here with my parents was 7-Eleven.

• Favorite TV show?
“The Profit” on CNBC. The History Channel and the Discovery Channel. Football. I like to watch the Redskins lose.

• Favorite Movie?
“Cool Hand Luke”

• Favorite book?
“Inked” magazine

• Favorite vacation spot?
Las Vegas

• Favorite food?

• What is the best advice you have ever received? From whom?
My mom always said anything worth having is worth working for. Never give up. You can have anything you want if you work for it.

• Who’s your hero and why?
My wife. She lets me be me. She lets me run the company and she takes care of the family and has her own career. I don’t work half as hard as she does.

• What would you do if you won $1 million in the lottery?
Come to work the next morning. Definitely buy the staff dinner.

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