Brothers Tell Story Behind their
Success in New Autobiography
Books Marks 39th
Anniversary of Omaha Truck Stop
did four Nebraska farm boys working in the 1940’s for
twenty-five cents a
day become some of the most
you’re from Nebraska or Iowa, you’ve probably heard of the Sapp Bros. Travel Centers, but you may not know
the story of the Sapp brothers’ humble beginnings. Ray, Lee, Dean, and Bill
Sapp survived and thrived in the years coming out of the Depression because of a
solid work ethic and an unshakable faith in each other and in God.
Now, in The Sapp
Brothers’ Story, the surviving brothers, Lee and Bill, tell the story
behind their success. Their first business venture began in 1960, when the four
brothers formed a partnership and purchased the Ford dealership in Ashland, Nebraska. The business flourished. Then, in 1966, they purchased land along Interstate
80 in West Omaha, and they built the first Sapp Bros. Truck Stop there in 1971. This year marks
the 39th anniversary of the truck stop’s construction.
The Omaha truck stop was only the beginning for the Sapps. Today, Sapp Bros. operates
sixteen Sapp Bros. Travel Centers, stretching from Utah to Pennsylvania. They also own and operate the largest petroleum and propane distributorship in
the state of Nebraska.
Why did they write the book? "In
telling our story, we hope we might inspire others, especially young
entrepreneurs," Lee Sapp said. "Maybe they have ideas for business but
aren’t sure about how to go after them. Our message is: we were able to
succeed with the help of God and a lot of nice people and other people can, too."
According to Bill Sapp, "We’ve been able to succeed in
life with hard work and the help of God. We
hope that sharing some of the lessons we’ve learned in business and in life
will be helpful to other people."
In addition to describing how they succeeded in business, Lee
and Bill Sapp also tell the stories of their personal lives, recounting both the
joys and sorrows they’ve experienced.