Take a close look at Carey Hall’s rig, and you’ll notice a quote that says, “Running on faith, prospering by grace.” It was already on the truck when Carey bought it but he since adopted it as a company motto. His other favorite saying is the Golden Rule: “Treat people the way you want to be treated.” Carey’s respect for others, the road and the land have made him an admired leader in the trucking industry and the Anchorage community.
Ever since he was kid, Carey knew that he wanted to be a truck driver. By the time he was a teenager, he had visited Alaska and knew he wanted to make it his home.
“All the pretty scenery caught my attention,” Carey said. “Once I made up my mind that I wanted to come back here, I did everything I had to do to get here.”
He made his way to Alaska in 1984, and after moving to Georgia for a few years, came back for good in 2005. Originally from Louisiana, Carey said opportunities existed in Alaska unlike anywhere else, like working in the trucking industry — and driving the famed Haul Road. The Dalton Highway route is especially important to the state economy as it is the only way to move massive supplies and infrastructure between Alaska’s oil-rich North Slope and supply hubs in Fairbanks and Anchorage. Carey even appeared on the History channel reality television series “Ice Road Truckers,” which shows the dangers of the route.
Following in his dad’s footsteps Carey built a career as a trucker specializing in oversized hauls — the big stuff. As a veteran in the industry, he has become an advocate for Black people interested in long-haul transportation. Carey notices an increase in Black drivers, up from the handful that used to haul loads in Alaska when he first started.
“I can only remember about four or five of us Black drivers here in Alaska,” Carey said. “We are all throughout Alaska now. Even Prudhoe Bay has more diversity. There’s a larger presence of black workers up there now, which I am pleased to see the growth.”
Carey ventured out as an entrepreneur in 2013 launching Hall Alaska Transportation, LLC., and continues to tag his trucks with that faith-driven motto. As he continues to grow his company, the hope is to inspire more truck drivers and especially black women here in the last frontier.
“I’m building a future for my family and other Black drivers that want to enter the trucking industry” Carey said. “I encourage anyone interested in this career path to reach out to me.”