2004 Company Equipment Driver of the Year Sponsors
Sponsors of TCA’s Company Equipment Driver of the Year contest include:
ArvinMeritor, Inc., Delphi, Detroit Diesel Corporation, DNV Certification, Flying J, Inc., Great Dane Trailers, Inc., Haldex Commercial Vehicle Systems, KBI/Kold Ban International, Ltd., Love’s Travel Stops, Mack Trucks, Inc., Peterbilt Motors Co., Pilot Corporation, Roadranger – Eaton & Dana Corporations, TravelCenters of America, Truckers News – Randall Trucking Media Group, Truckload Management, Inc., and XM Satellite Radio, Inc.
Independent Contractor Wins Truck
Dallas Jerry “JJ” Johnson, an owner-operator affiliated with O & S Trucking, Inc., of Springfield, Mo., has been named Independent Contractor of the Year by Truckload Carriers Association, International Truck and Engine Corporation, and Overdrive magazine. Johnson was honored for his safety record, work history, and involvement in the community and industry.
Johnson will be given a new fully-equipped International tractor as the grand prize.
During his career, Johnson has driven more than 4.5 million miles with a 100 percent on-time rate, no cargo claims, no moving violations and no chargeable accidents.
Johnson began his career as an independent contractor 19 years ago and has been affiliated with O & S Trucking for 17 of those years.
“There is no other individual in the industry I would rather see recognized for all his hard work and dedication,” says CEO James O’Neal, who also praised Johnson for his attitude and caring manner.
“My daily personal goal is to treat others the way I would like to be treated,” says Johnson. “When I meet new drivers, I try to provide honest guidance and advice, and I like to think my words may have contributed to other success stories on the road.”
Johnson has twice received the Missouri Motor Carriers Driver of the Month award, won first place in the Missouri Truck Driving Championship in 2001 and 2003, and has earned a safe driving bonus every year since the program was initiated.
Johnson says his career has allowed him to buy a home with his wife, put his children through school and support them in the startup of their businesses.
“I am no highway hero,” Johnson says. “I just love what I do, and I love the transportation industry.”