Overdrive accepting nominations for Owner-Operator of the Year award, winner to get $25k

Updated Jan 8, 2016

2015 Owner-Operator of the YearSafe, involved drivers can compete for one of the industry’s top honors by entering the annual Driver of the Year Contest, which opens to applications today.

The winning owner-operator and company driver each will receive $25,000. The two runners-up in each division will win $2,500. The awards recognize drivers who have driven safely, enhanced the image of trucking and served their communities.

The contest is conducted by the Truckload Carriers Association, Overdrive and Truckers News, and sponsored by Cummins and Love’s Travel Stops.

The 2014 Owner-Operator of the Year, Thomas Miller, accepting his award at the 2015 TCA convention in March.The 2014 Owner-Operator of the Year, Thomas Miller, accepting his award at the 2015 TCA convention in March.

“These professional drivers showcase the very best in the industry,” says Jon Archard, Love’s vice president of sales. “To reach this level of excellence requires dedication, loyalty and effort. Love’s is honored to show our appreciation for them.”

“We can all agree that the driver is the most important aspect of any trucking operation, as it is their skill and commitment that enables the transportation of goods safely across the country,” says Amy Boerger, vice president of Cummins’ North American Engine Business. “We hope this will inspire a future generation of drivers.”

The awards will be presented at TCA’s annual meeting, March 6-9, 2016, in Las Vegas. The six finalists will receive an expense-paid trip to the meeting.

Overdrive will profile the winning owner-operator. Truckers News will profile the winning company driver.

Online applications and eligibility rules are available through Truckload.org/Driver-of-the-Year. The application deadline is Nov. 6.

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