The Truckload Carriers Association has named finalists for its Independent Contractor of the Year and Company Equipment Driver of the Year.
The 38 finalists were chosen based on safety criteria measured by accident-free miles, driving record, moving violations and hours-of-service violations.
The contest is open to drivers who have logged more than one million miles and follow strict safety standards. The finalists represent 22 states and include three husband-and-wife driving teams.
Overdrive Magazine and International Truck and Engine Co. co-sponsor the Independent Contractor of the Year contest. Truckers News co-sponsors the Company Equipment Driver of the Year contest. Both magazines belong to the Randall-Reilly Publishing Co. family, as does Commercial Carrier Journal.
The Independent Contractor winner will get a new, fully loaded International tractor. The top five winners in both contests will receive numerous prizes, including cash, savings bonds, trucking supplies and gift cards donated by industry suppliers.
The finalists now are asked to provide more information for the final phase of the competition. The top three for both contests will be announced at the TCA 2006 Annual Convention at the Gaylord Palms Resort in Florida, March 12-15.
Independent Contractor of the Year contest finalists:
Daniel Beber, Warren Transport
Albert Beck, Dart Transit
Constance Beyer, Midwest Coast Transport
Lanny Beyer, Midwest Coast Transport
Alvin Courte, Contract Freighters
Dennis Grills, Sherman Brothers Trucking
Mark Hohensee, O&S Trucking
Elizabeth Jordan, Christenson Transportation
Paul Jordan, Christenson Transportation
Debra Jurashen, Landstar System
Robert Jurashen, Landstar System
Theodore Kasparie, Sammons Trucking
James Lyle, Dart Transit
Robert McCray, Warren Transport
Stacy Moran, Contract Freighters
Steven Recker, Warren Transport
Artie Reid, Dart Transit
Henry Shriver, Smithway Motor Xpress
Paul Stallibrass, Contract Freighters
Bridget Stanton, Pottle’s Transportation
Ronald Warner, Davis Transport
Carter Williams, National Carriers
Dean Winkcompleck, Ace Doran Hauling and Rigging
Company Driver of the Year contest finalists:
Eric Bauman, Grand Island Express
Steven Bradford, Contract Freighters
Brett Campbell, O&S Trucking
Jay Coker, FFE Transportation
Dora Colvin, Contract Freighters
James Conner, Team Transport
Bobby Downes, O&S Trucking
Roger Elliott, Sherman Brothers Trucking
Dale Henderson, Marten Transport
Fred Howard, Arnold Transportation Services
Ricky Howell, Summitt Trucking
Kenneth Luther, Sherman Brothers Trucking
Barry Nauman, Marten Transport
Tim Setterlund, Marten Transport
Ruppert Stevens, Epes Transport System
Edward Teuscher, Team Transport
Robert White, Hogan Transports
Zimri Zirkle, Jet Express