ATA names finalists for driver of the year award

Five truck drivers have been named finalists for the American Trucking Associations’ EROAD National Driver of the Year Award.

The award annually recognizes one trucker for noteworthy and career-long professional achievements, holding a stellar safety record and maintaining dedication to keeping the roads safe. The winner is selected from a pool of state Drivers of the Year submitted by state trucking associations.

The five finalists for this year’s award are:

  • Parke Whitney: Nominated by the Oklahoma Trucking Association. Whitney has been driving for John Christner Trucking for the past seven years and has accumulated 5 million accident-free miles.
  • Rickey Sharp: Nominated by the Mississippi Trucking Association. Sharp has been driving for Walmart Transportation for 16 years and has 3.5 million accident-free miles.
  • Remy Braun: Nominated by the Missouri Trucking Association. Braun has driven for D & D Sexton for 21 years and has 2.8 million accident-free miles.
  • William Spivey: Nominated by the Tennessee Trucking Association. Spivey has spent 33 of his 44 years in trucking with TCW Inc. He has accumulated 5 million accident-free miles.
  • Douglas Christianson: Nominated by the Wisconsin Motor Carriers Association. He has spent the past 23 years driving for Sparhawk Trucking and has 4 million accident-free miles.

The next step in the process for the award is for each finalist to submit a video answering questions about their careers. The winner will be announced at ATA’s Management Conference and Exhibition, which will be hosted Oct. 5-9 in San Diego.

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