- A driver builds up his own trucking business
- Father and son share a love of life on the road, even if it makes visits rare
- This driver always makes time to mentor the next generation — whether at home or on the road
- This driver helps rookie truckers learn the ropes
- Home-schooling in a truck means the country is a classroom
- This driver sees the world through Google Glass
- A career trucker brings his tales of the road to people in hospice
- How driver Paul Sedlak finds motivation to reach his fitness goals
- I Love Trucking: More than a job, driving is a way of life
- Big Rig Books: Driver delivers books to underprivileged kids
Ten veteran drivers who work at trucking companies with less than 50 vehicles were recently recognized for extraordinary safety records by the National Association of Small Trucking Companies (NASTC). “As recipients of this prestigious award, each driver is awarded the designation as one of our ‘Drivers of the Year’ and receives individual recognition for their accomplishments,” says Buster Anderson, vice president of NASTC. “As a group these drivers have a better safety record than NASA. Their accident-free miles equate to over 120 trips to the moon.”
The NASTC 2007 Drivers of the Year are: George Drewicke, Daggett Truck Line of Frazee, Minn.; Donnie Sanders, Barnes Transportation Service of Wilson, N.C.; Harry Bolm, Niagara Logistics of Gladstone, Mich.; Doyle Zorn, Coe Transfer of Boone, Iowa; Timothy Carroll, Jade Tank Lines of Wilmington, N.C.; Ken Bohman, Fischer Truck and Bus Service of Fernwood, Wisc.; Jim Ryburn, Hills Enterprises of St. Joseph, Mich.; Richard Swonger, Vork Motor Express of Carlisle, Ohio; Richard Maschino, Classic Carriers of Versailles, Ohio; and Stan Scott, J.L. Perdue Trucking of Kearney, Neb.
CalArk International put the spotlight on some of its top drivers, including naming Allen Robertson 2007 Driver of the Year, which earned him a plaque and a check for $2,500. The 11-year veteran of the road earned the same honor in 2003 and 2004. He was also named Driver of the Year by the Arkansas Trucking Association in 2002 and is a member of the two million mile club. Robertson lives in Merrillville, Ind.
Other driver awards presented at the luncheon:
• Curt Cline of Little Rock was presented the 3 million mile award, and received a $5,000 bonus.
• Horace Hooper of Simms, Texas, received the award for Best Fuel Mileage in 2007.
• Joe and Mary Hester received the award for most miles driven in 2007.
Howard Salmon, Trucker Buddy of the Month in January 2008, joined the organization three years ago and immediately enchanted his classroom at Anderson Heights Elementary School in Anderson, Calif. They enchanted him right back, and he wrote a Trucker Buddy song for them, which he performed, accompanying himself on guitar and getting the kids to join in. The song is now going to be recorded and sold at the Mid-America Trucking Show, with funds going to the Trucker Buddy organization.