From the Marine Corps to millions of safe miles, martial arts, music, family: Owner-Op of the Year Bryan Smith

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Updated Jan 29, 2022

The Overdrive 2021 Owner-Operator of the Year, chosen among finalists in the program we partner with the Truckload Carriers Association to produce, is multifaceted in his pursuits both inside and out of the cab of his 2016 Freightliner Coronado, the fifth tractor owned over his three-decade history behind the wheel.

In this special edition of the Overdrive Radio podcast, talk a long walk with owner-operator Bryan Smith through his trucking beginnings after operating heavy equipment in the Marine Corps during the Gulf War, his solid net income performance these last two topsy-turvy years, his musical talents and martial arts instruction back at home in the Dubuque, Iowa, area, and so much more.

What emerges is clarity on just why he was chosen for the award. It's well-rounded men and women like him who drive the trucking business forward by example, with bedrock expertise, innovation and true commitment to those in their orbits. Take a listen: 

Read more about Smith via this feature profile published last week here in Overdrive.