In the 21st annual TCA Owner-Operator of the Year contest — sponsored by the Truckload Carriers Association, International Truck and Engine and CCJ‘s sister publication, Overdrive magazine — three owner-operators were honored as the nation’s best.
The awards — presented Monday, March 3, during TCA’s Annual Convention at The Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas — were based on the drivers’ excellent safety records, unblemished work histories, and community and industry involvement.
When not on the road, Gill finds time to volunteer as a Trucker Buddy for a second-grade class at Southwestern Elementary School in Patriot, Ohio. He also volunteers for the Boy Scouts, the Gallia County Senior Center, the 4H and the Red Cross. He is a member of Highway Watch, the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association and the American Legion.
“John’s work ethic is a reflection of his strong connection to his family and the community,” says Dave Oren, Dart’s chief executive officer. “When he’s not in the truck, John fills his time by volunteering and spending time with his kids. We at Dart are extremely proud to have John as part of our team and think he is an excellent example of what this contest is all about – professionalism, dependability and safe driving.”
As the Owner-Operator of the Year, Gill will receive a new International 9000i tractor (prize includes payment of the federal excise tax) with a Cummins ISX 500-horsepower engine, an Eaton transmission of Gill’s choice, and G300 series radial truck tires. He also will receive a GPS navigation system, four passenger vehicle tires, $1,000 business consulting gift certificate, $4,500 cash, $5,750 in truckstop gift cards and a $1,500 truck parts gift certificate.