C.R. England names drivers of the year

C.R. England has recognized seven drivers for professional driving excellence, it announced recently, and six drivers were selected as C.R. England Drivers of the Year and one as C.R. England Trainer of the Year.

The Drivers of the Year were:

  • Richard Sweeney has worked on different Over the Road fleets during his 17 years with C.R. England.  He is currently assigned to the ES Dedicated fleet in Atlanta, Ga.  He has driven over 1,090 days accident-free. Sweeney makes his home in Doraville, Ga.
  • Chuck Stubbs is the consummate professional, driving in the Northern California Intermodal I5 fleet. Stubbs is from Elkgrove, Calif.
  • Kenneth Peri drives in Fleet EU in the Dedicated division.  Peri is from Desoto, Texas.
  • Gerry Blake has been with C.R. England for over three years and drives in the Fleet R6 regional division.  He also works as a Phase 1 Trainer. Blake is a resident of Mesa, Ari.
  • Robyn Patterson is one of two independent contractors honored by C.R. England, driving in Fleet B4 in the national division. Patterson is from Dutton, MT.
  • Virgil Akridge is an independent contractor who drives in Fleet D5 in the national division. Akridge is from El Paso, Texas.


2013 Drivers of the Year were recognized in a companywide meeting in Salt Lake City on Feb. 20 and were selected based on the following criteria: 

  • Minimum of one year seniority with C.R. England
  • Minimum of one year no chargeable accidents
  • No major log violations, not above Level 1, for one year
  • No CSA violations for one year
  • Miles (solo/team)
  • Miles per gallon performance

C.R. England also honored its top trainer, Curtis Smith, on February 20.  The C.R. England 2013 Trainer of the Year was selected based on the following criteria:

  • Must have been a Trainer for a minimum of one year
  • Must pass safety review
  • No negative TAFs (training action forms) in trainer history notes for past year

Smith drives in Fleet C4 in the national division.

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