For many years, Phil Hook and Jim Booth were a team, sharing duties as Caterpillar truck performance consultants and driver trainers. With Booth's retirement earlier in 2000, Hook still partners with a Booth: Jim Booth Jr. Already an experienced truck driver, the younger Booth took his father's place on the Caterpillar Truck Performance team late in 1999.
For Hook and Booth, a large part of their jobs consists of helping Cat customers make their fleets more fuel-efficient, primarily by giving training sessions about fuel-saving driving techniques to drivers.
Booth Jr has almost 20 years of experience in the trucking industry. He began working as a driver in his father's fleet in Galesburg IL in 1982. Booth also has worked in dispatch and done maintenance and repair work.
Besides driver training, Booth participates in Cat engine fuel tests, which are important to development and maintenance of the company's engine product line.