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Overdrive Staff | May 04, 2010

Back on the Road winner gets a Volvo


Robert Snyder and his daughter, Savannah, stand next to the Volvo VNL 670 he won through Arrow Truck Sales’ Back On The Road competition.

Robert Snyder’s run of tough times ended March 26 when he was announced as winner of Arrow Truck Sales’ Back On The Road 2010 campaign, presented by Volvo Trucks North America.

Snyder, of Dunnellon, Fla., receives a 2007 Volvo VNL 670, courtesy of Volvo, a one-year work agreement with Heartland Express and other products and services.

“My dad isn’t like most fathers, husbands, or even like most guys who are going through hard times,” wrote his teenage daughter, Savannah Snyder, who nominated him for the award. “He constantly puts everybody before himself. Money is tight and our family is struggling.”

Financial problems began for Snyder, an 18-year driving veteran, when fuel became expensive and later with the onset of the recession. He became an owner-operator seven years ago, but was leased to a fleet that failed to pass along an adequate fuel surcharge.

As loads became scarce the last few years, Snyder found his career no longer provided for him, his daughter, and his disabled wife.

One breakdown away from losing his livelihood, Snyder has continued driving his 14-year-old truck with more than 1.5 million miles.

“I know receiving the 2007 Volvo VNL 670 from Volvo Trucks North America and a job with Heartland will help me provide my family with the life they deserve,” Snyder said. He looks forward to spending more time at home, allowing him to fish with Savannah and see her play tennis matches for her high school team.

The award’s other prizes include:

• X One tires from Michelin

• TriPac auxiliary power unit from Thermo King

• Monthly $500 fuel cards from Pilot Travel Centers

• Business consulting tools from ATBS

• Insurance from the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association

• A three-year/300,000-mile warranty from National Truck Protection

• One year’s worth of filter products from Genuine Volvo Parts

• Custom truck paint job from Dickinson Fleet Services

• Truck accessories and fenders from Minimizer Products

• Memory foam mattress from SleepDog Mattress

• Paint from Sherwin-Williams

Snyder “is doing everything he can to make it through the recession,” said Carl Heikel, president and CEO of Arrow Truck Sales. “We are proud to give him this opportunity of a lifetime.”

For more information on Back On The Road 2010, visit www.backontheroad2010.com.

— Max Heine


Short Hauls

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