ATA names new America’s Road Team captains

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The American Trucking Associations has announced the captains of the 2011-2012 America’s Road Team. The group of million-mile accident-free professional truck drivers will spend the next two years representing the trucking industry and delivering its highway safety message to the motoring public.

Eighteen captains, with a collective 483 years behind the wheel and more than 36.5 million accident- free miles, were selected from a group of 34 finalists who competed this week before a panel of judges from the trucking industry and related fields. The competition included a review of trucking industry expertise and a demonstration of their communication skills, combined with their community service and lifetime safety records.

“The America’s Road Team puts an impressive face behind the wheel,” says Bill Graves, ATA president and chief executive officer. “These ambassadors to the industry have remarkable safe driving records and an unmatched enthusiasm for their job and for the industry. Their desire to share their knowledge and passion for safety benefits the motoring public and helps keep our highways safe. The trucking industry is proud to welcome the 2011-2012 America’s Road Team.”

ATA created America’s Road Team in 1986, and it continues today with the support of Volvo Trucks North America. The team represents America’s 3.4 million professional drivers and serves as an example of the professional dedication and teamwork needed to deliver America’s freight safely and on time.

“Volvo Trucks congratulates the highly skilled drivers chosen to serve as trucking industry ambassadors in 2011 and 2012,” says Ron Huibers, senior vice president of sales and marketing for Volvo Trucks North America. “These dedicated professionals help create safer highways for all of us and ensure the timely delivery of life’s essentials. Volvo also applauds the companies who so generously provide these drivers, making the America’s Road Team possible.”

While maintaining their jobs as full-time professional drivers, the new America’s Road Team captains now will travel the country speaking on behalf of the trucking industry to the community, news media and public officials. The captains will address transportation and safety issues, speaking at community events and anywhere they can reach the motoring public to share safe driving tips and offer advice on how to safely share the road with tractor-trailers.

The America’s Road Team captains also advocate safety to those within the industry at terminals and truckstops. They speak with fellow drivers, driver training students and corporate safety officers. They also have the opportunity to present trucking and safety issues before public officials at the national, state and local levels.

To be nominated to serve as an America’s Road Team captain, the candidates must be employed as a company driver or leased owner-operator by a full-dues-paying member of ATA. Each nominee must have an excellent safety record and demonstrate an ability to communicate a commitment to safety and professionalism.

The 2011-2012 America’s Road Team captains are:
• Willie Atkinson, Con-way Freight, Florence, S.C.
• Gary G. Babbitt, Central Freight Lines, Irving, Texas
• Joe Allen Boyd, Wal-Mart Transportation, Mt. Crawford, Va.
• David Boyer, ABF Freight System, Wytheville, Va.
• Randall Dee Briggs, YRC, West Valley City, Utah
• Danny Fuller, Con-way Freight, Jonesboro, Ark.
• Samuel Douglas Lee, Old Dominion Freight Line, Greensboro, N.C.
• Alphonso Lewis, YRC, Montgomery, Ala.
• Kenny Lowry, Wal-Mart Transportation, Laurens, S.C.
• Dennis Martin, UPS Freight, Gaffney, S.C.
• Nate McCarty, ABF Freight System, Denver
• Tim McElwaney, ABF Freight System, Conley, Ga.
• Roger L. Nicholson, UPS Freight, Savannah, Ga.
• J.W. Ray, Werner Enterprises, Omaha, Neb.
• Dion Saiz, FedEx Freight, Albuquerque, N.M.
• Jeffrey Wade, Southeastern Freight Lines, Summerville, S.C.
• Brooks Washburn, FedEx Freight, Albuquerque, N.M.
• Robert L. Weller, Hahn Transportation Inc., New Market, Md.