A dream came true Tuesday, March 10, in Orlando, Fla., for Wayne Lowe, an owner-operator leased to FFE Transportation Services of Lancaster, Texas. During a banquet held at Orlando’s Gaylord Palms Resort in conjunction with the Truckload Carriers Association’s annual convention, Lowe was named TCA Independent Contractor of the Year and drove home in a new International LoneStar tractor with a Cummins ISX-550 HP engine, an Eaton transmission and Goodyear G300 series Fuel Max tires.
An owner-operator with FFE for 42 years, Lowe has 4.5 million accident-free miles. Clark Lett, leased to Dart Transit, Eagan, Minn., took second place, followed by Gerald Clouse, also leased to Dart. Second- and third-place winners took home a variety of cash and other prizes. The contest is co-sponsored by International Truck and Engine and Overdrive magazine, a sister publication of Commercial Carrier Journal.
James Loveland, a driver for WSE Transportation in Elm Springs, Ark., was named TCA Company Equipment Driver of the Year. Loveland, who has driven 1.6 million accident-free truckload miles, takes home a Cummins engine-powered Dodge Ram pickup. Robert Harmeyer, who drives for Batesville Casket Co., Batesville, Ind., came in second, followed by Ralph Boles with Bison Transport Inc., Winnipeg, Manitoba. The contest is co-sponsored by TCA, Cummins Engine and Truckers News, another sister publication of CCJ.
The goal of both contests is to recognize the outstanding truck drivers who move the nation’s goods reliably and safely. The winners are chosen based on their performance record, ability to operate in a safe manner, efforts to enhance the image of the trucking industry and positive contributions to the community in which they live.
To be eligible for the contests, driver applicants had to meet certain minimum criteria, including having driven one million consecutive accident-free miles and being employed by or leased to a TCA-member trucking company. Trucking companies were limited to nominating only five drivers for each contest.
The three finalists for each contest were judged on their final application form, which included operating information, verification of work history, safety record, equipment specifications (owner-operator contest only), a 300-word essay explaining why the entrant should be a candidate for the grand prize, and a 300-word essay explaining how the entrant is a good trucking citizen.
Lowe will be featured in the May issue of Overdrive magazine, and Loveland will appear in the May issue of Truckers News.
Other awards and announcements were made during TCA’s annual convention, held Sunday-Wednesday, March 8-11:
The following individuals have been elected to assist Burch and will serve as officers until the next annual convention:
— First vice chairman: John Kaburick, president, Earl L. Henderson Trucking Co., Salem, Ill.;
— Second vice chairman: Gary Salisbury, president and chief executive officer, Fikes Truck Line, Hope, Ark.;
— Secretary: Robert E. Low, president and founder, Prime Inc., Springfield, Mo.;
— Treasurer: Tom Kretsinger Jr., president and chief operating officer, American Central Transport, Liberty, Mo.;
— Association vice president to ATA: Lance Craig, CEO and president, Craig Transportation Co., Perrysburg, Ohio;
— Immediate past chairman: Ray Haight, executive director, MacKinnon Transport, Guelph, Ontario; and
— At-large officers: Shepard Dunn, president and CEO, Bestway Express, Vincennes, Ind.; Russell Stubbs, senior vice president and COO, FFE Transportation Services, Dallas; Keith Tuttle, president, Motor Carrier Service Inc., Northwood, Ohio; and Tom Witt, president, Arrow Trucking Co., Tulsa, Okla.