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.