Owner-Operator of the Year

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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Overdrive’s Owner-Operator of the Year presented with pickup

Terry Smith, 2013 Owner-Operator of the Year in the contest produced by Overdrive and TCA, picked up his prize Thursday: A new 2013 Ram 2500 pickup.

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Overdrive, TCA name year’s top truckers

Two Canadian drivers took top honors Tuesday night at the Truckload Carriers Association annual meeting, each winning a 2013 Ram 2500, sponsored by Chevron Delo and Cummins. The competition is managed by TCA and Overdrive. Terrance Smith was named 2013 Owner-Operator of the Year. He lives in Miramichi, New Brunswick, and is leased to SLH Transport, based in Kingston, Ontario. Jack Fielding was named 2013 Company Driver of the Year. He lives in McKellar, Ontario, and drives ...

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Delo, Cummins sponsor 2013 Ram 2500 prizes for two top truckers

One Owner-Operator of the Year finalist and one Company Driver of the Year finalist will win a 2013 Ram 2500 next month in the annual contest produced by the Truckload Carriers Association and Overdrive.

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Tour of duty: Owner-operator of the year candidate Bryan Smith

Smith leveraged military experience toward a driving career, truck ownership and longtime success as an owner-operator leased to Art Pape Transfer.

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Memorial Day fun with Heister’s hot rod — and a new truck

Yesterday, owner-operator Dan Heister invited myself and the family out to his new place in Tennessee Ridge, Tenn., near his former home in Erin, for a cookout with various other friends and family. Something of an early Memorial Day celebration, as Heister was setting out today with a northeast-bound load of rock in his new 2004 International (pictured, replacing a model of similar vintage but much higher mileage), he took some time out of the ...

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Meet owner-operator of the year Larry Severson

Leased to Dart Transit since the late 1970s, Truckload Carriers Association/Overdrive Independent Contractor of the Year Larry Severson's longevity with the company beats that of even some of the Oren-family management. Dan Oren, grandson of the company's founder and one of three brothers who continue to be active participants among the company's family ownership, remembers riding along with Severson (pictured) in his 1978 Ford LNT9000 conventional, powered by a Detroit 6V92, the second truck Severson ...

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One driver’s Wisconsin idyll — photos from the road

On the road yesterday in Wisconsin I happened into this moment of contented beauty -- in the backyard of 56-year-old Roehl Transport flatbed division driver John Moeller. Moeller was named the TCA/Truckers News Company Driver of the Year just weeks back at the TCA annual meeting in Florida, and his prize Cummins-powered Dodge Ram 2500 is looking well at home in his driveway, I might add. Rolling into Marshfield, Wis., enjoying the unseasonably warm March Monday, ...

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Severson named top owner-operator

A truck driver for 49 years, Severson has more than 5.1 million accident-free miles.

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Logbook

Owner-operator pay to rise, researcher trashes hour studies, Shell selects SuperRigs trucks, groups push for safer trucks and many more industry news items are featured.

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