Decker Truck Line, based in Fort Dodge, Iowa, has announced its Drivers of the Month for Janury 2008: Willie Kester, flatbed, and Dale Hartman, reefer/van.
Kester has been a Decker owner-operator since March 2002, after being a longtime driver with Umthun Trucking. “Willie is a hard worker,” says Jerry Chapman, Kester’s dispatcher for many years at both fleets. “He will run just about anywhere and also runs weekends if needed.”
Hartman has been with Decker since January 2003. “He’s been a valuable asset every day since,” says his dispatcher, Marcia Goodale. “Dale is willing to go anywhere and help whenever needed.”
Each month at Decker, dispatchers nominate drivers and owner-operators based on overall service and performance for that month in categories that include productivity, safety, maintenance/care of equipment (including idle time), payroll, billing and customer service. Each monthly award winner from December 2007 through November 2008 is eligible for 2008 Driver (or Owner-Operator) of the Year.