Owner-Operator of the Year

Four days remain to enter Owner-Operator of the Year contest, winner gets $25k cash

Overdrive, in partnership TCA, is seeking nominations for the 2017 Owner-Operator of the Year, an annual contest that awards a safe, professional and successful owner-operator with a $25,000 cash prize. The contest is sponsored by Cummins and Love's Travel Stops. Nominations will be accepted until November 10.

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Landstar contractor wins $25,000 as year’s top owner-operator

Landstar Systems’ Gary Buchs won $25,000 Tuesday night when he was named 2016 Owner-Operator of the Year by the Truckload Carriers Association and Overdrive.

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Oversized freight hauler Kevin Kocmich a finalist for Owner-Operator of the Year

Kevin Kocmich, 55, of Litchfield, Minnesota, averages 115,000 miles a year -- pretty good, he says, considering he’s hauling mostly oversized loads with curfew restrictions.

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Philip Keith, Owner-Operator of the Year finalist, has done it all in trucking

The native of Long Beach, Miss., has been driving trucks for 33 years, amassing more than 4 million accident-free miles. He’s leased to WEL Companies out of De Pere, Wisconsin, and hauls mostly food products in reefers.

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Owner-Operator of the Year finalist Gary Buchs finds value in people

Gary Buchs, 62, of Colfax, Illinois, has spent many solo hours logging 2.3 million accident-free miles in his 27-year driving career. His success comes from being able to interact with so many people daily. Buchs is one of three finalists for the 2016 Owner-Operator of the Year, produced by the Truckload Carriers Association and Overdrive.

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Meet Overdrive’s Owner-Operator of the Year, enter next year’s contest this week at GATS

Submissions for next year’s Owner-Operator of the Year and Company Driver of the Year contests officially begin Sept. 19, but operators who stop by the TCA booth and express interest in applying can do so at the show. 2015's top truckers won $25,000.

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Third time does it for Company Driver of the Year Danny Smith

It was the third time in four years that Danny Smith, a dry van driver for Big G Express of Shelbyville, Tenn., was nominated for the award. Smith mentors other drivers and often is called upon by management for his opinions on equipment and other matters.

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Owner-Operator of the Year finalist Mark Tricco talks 4 million safe miles, work-life balance

“As long as you can balance home life and work, and having a good wife at home helps, you’ll have a good career,” he says. Tricco is up for the $25,000 prize that comes with the Overdrive-TCA Owner-Operator of the Year award. The winner will be announced Tuesday, March 8.

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Overdrive accepting nominations for Owner-Operator of the Year award, winner to get $25k

Safe, involved drivers can compete for one of the industry’s top honors by entering the annual Driver of the Year Contest. The deadline is Nov. 6.

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Terry Smith’s focus on safety, health, biz produces balance of disciplined professionalism, vibrant lifestyle

Terry Smith of Miramichi, New Brunswick, has five rules for safety that have helped him to drive 4.75 million accident-free miles in his 42-year career. The fruits of his fifth rule, which impacts more than safety, helped him earn the industry’s top honor: 2013 Owner-Operator of the Year.

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