Vol. 3 2015

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2 0 1 5 V 3 | BULLDOG | 2 5 TAILLIGHTS J amie Hagen, a trucker from Aberdeen, South Dakota, is one Mack lovin' guy. He's so into all things Mack that his Twitter account handle, Mack Lovin, perfectly describes his feelings about his prized possession, a 2016 brilliant blue Mack Pinnacle. Hagen, who is leased to Cliff Viessman Inc., shows his Mack enthusi- asm through his more than 5,000 tweets to his 644 followers. He took time to talk to Bulldog magazine about his social media exuberance. Q: How long have you been trucking? A: I'm a leased owner-operator now but started driving a truck when I was 17 years old. My dad was a truck driver and farmer, and I grew up around trucks and machinery. In 1992, the year I turned 18, I started driving full time. When I turned 21, I bought my fi rst truck and went over the road, where I've been ever since. Q: Tell us about how you decided to buy the Mack Pinnacle. A: I've been driving for Cliff Viessman for 17 years, the past fi ve as an owner-operator. Last year, I decided to buy a new truck and knew I wanted a classic look with the latest technological advances. I was not really familiar with Mack so I sat down with the salesman at the local dealership (Sheehan Mack in Aberdeen, S.D.). I wanted to know about fuel economy since I'm trying to make good business choices. After that, I went to the Mid-America Trucking Show and drove a Pinnacle and then came back and bought one! Q: What's special about your Pinnacle? A: It's a 2016, brilliant blue metallic Pinnacle Econodyne with mDRIVE, GuardDog Connect, MP8 13-liter engine and SuperEconodyne. I'm pretty proud of the fuel effi ciency and average 8.6 mpg. Sometimes I even post photos of a few 9s I've gotten. I like all the high-tech fea- tures. I'd have to say it was the technology features that helped make my fi nal decision. Q: What's her name? A: She's "Ozzy," but most people who see her call her Cookie Monster. Q: How did you get so involved on Twitter? A: I love communicating with other truckers through social media. I like to post photos of my truck and talk about the great mileage I get. It's obvious how much I love my truck and the Mack brand. My followers get a kick out of my posts and I've met a lot of great people through social media. I've always embraced technology and feel like Twitter is a great way to stay in touch with friends and family. It's today's version of the CB radio. Mack lovin' @hellbenthagen takes to the Twitterverse to spread the word about his Mack truck "I'm pretty proud of the fuel effi ciency and average 8.6 mpg. Sometimes I even post photos of a few 9s I've gotten." Jamie Hagen Photo: Paul Hartley By Carolyn Magner Mason Twitter … the modern day CB radio

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