The Truckload Carriers Association and Truckers News, recently selected the finalists for the Company Equipment Driver of the Year contest. TCA and Overdrive, sister publication of Truckers News, also named the finalists for the Independent Contractor of the Year contest.
The finalists will now complete the second part of the application by Dec. 16. The top five winners in each category, will be announced in January. The grand prize winners for both contests will be announced at the 2003 TCA Annual Convention at the Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center in Orlando, Fla., March 9-12, 2003.
This was the first time that the contests were opened to drivers from all trucking companies, not just TCA members.
Company Equipment Driver of the Year finalists:
Michael Banner, D.M. Bowman; Robert Benson, United Parcel Service; Faye Bentley, R&R Trucking; Richard Brucher, Coastal Transport; Basley Cole, Cargo Transporters; Harold Cole, CX Roberson; George Dieu, Team Transport; Edward Ewing, CRST Van Expedited; Wilbur Farver, D.M. Bowman; Carl Gordon, CTL Distribution; Greg Gutkowski, Arnold Transportation Services; Marvin Johnson, CTL Distribution; Robert King, Contract Freighters; Charles Kirkpatrick, Heartland Express; Thomas Miller, Burns Motor Freight; Larry Moore, Marten Transportation; Sharon Moore, Marten Transportation; Michael Rain, D.M. Bowman; Miguel Renteria, CX Roberson; Kevin Rheinboldt, FFE Transportation; Brian Saunders, Challenger Motor Freight; Michael Seibert, Arnold Transportation Services; William Sweeney, CX Roberson; Darel Van Drisse, ATS Specialized; Donald Welch, Contract Freighters; Robert White, Hogan Transports; John “Mike” Wissinger, Coastal Transport
Independent Contractor of the Year finalists:
Michael Austin, Crete Carriers Corp.; Bruce Barnes, Witte Brothers Exchange; Marian Bruton, Contract Freighters; Leo Buss, PFT Roberson; Donald Cocine, FFE Transportation; Leonard Domina, Sr., Contract Freighters; Thomas Grady, Smithway Motor Xpress; James Grimmet, PFT Roberson; Casey Hayward, CK Hayward Trucks Arizona; Charles Maly, Sunflower Carriers; Gary Melavic, Triple Crown Services; Robert Miller, Rolling B Enterprises; Charles Parrish, Warren Transport; Artie Reid, Dart Transit; Thomas Rice, Contract Freighters; CarolAnn Schlussler, Dart Transit; Charles Shireman, PFT Roberson; Joel Shorey, Smithway Motor Xpress; Henry Shriver, Smithway Motor Xpress; Henry Stephens, Marten Transport; Robert (Bob) Stewart, Interstate Distributor Co.; Michael Toomire, ATS Specialized; Jerry Waddoups, Dick Simon Trucking Central Refrigeration; David Werner, Smithway Motor Xpress, Inc.; Larry Williams, Sherman Bros. Heavy Trucking; Ray Wells, Sherman Bros. Heavy Trucking