CFI names 2007 Drivers of the Year

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Contract Freighters Inc. recently announced its Drivers of the Year for 2007. The six award winners, representing solo as well as team driver operations, were singled out at a recent ceremony for exemplary performance, commitment to safety and professional service representing CFI in the market, with their fellow employees and with customers. Each driver qualified for consideration by earning Driver of the Month recognition during 2007.

“This ceremony is our annual opportunity to recognize the ‘best of the best’ in our fleet,” says Herb Schmidt, president of Joplin, Mo.-based CFI, a Con-way company. “What these individuals have accomplished is about more than safe miles. It is about service, leading by example and representing our company as a complete professional. It is the highest honor we give to an employee or contractor.”

Winners received gifts including a commemorative plaque, wristwatch, custom jacket and a cash prize. In addition, awardees also were recognized by the Missouri State House of Representatives with a proclamation honoring their achievement. The ceremony also marks the induction of each selectee into the CFI Hall of Fame at the company’s headquarters in Joplin.

The 2007 honorees were:

  • Company Driver of the Year: George Cook, who uses the handle “Deacon,” joined CFI in 1986 and has driven more than 2.7 million miles. He lives in Arlington, Texas. He has won this award for two consecutive years.
  • Company Team of the Year: Michael Beam and Billy Weaver both reside in Lawndale, N.C. Beam joined the CFI team in 2006 and Weaver joined in 2005.
  • Contractor Driver of the Year: Jon Smith began driving with CFI in 1984 and lives in Joplin. He has driven more than 3 million miles and uses the handle “Smitty” when out on the road.
  • Contractor Team of the Year: Allan and Marian Bruton began driving with CFI in 1988 and together have driven more than 3.8 million miles. They use the handles “Brut” and “Misty Blue.” They reside in Tulsa, Okla.