Con-way Freight driver named Nevada Driver of the Year

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Con-way Freight announced that one of its driver sales representatives has been named 2010 Nevada Driver of the Year by the Nevada Motor Transport Association. Chad Louthan of Sparks will be recognized at the NMTA’s annual banquet and convention to be held Feb. 24 at the Atlantis Casino in Reno.

“The Nevada Motor Transport Association is proud to present Con-way Freight’s Chad Louthan as its 2010 Driver of the Year,” says Paul Enos, NMTA chief executive officer. “Mr. Louthan has an outstanding safety record as a professional driver, has served his country in military duty, and serves as an inspiration to the industry.”

The Nevada Driver of the Year is chosen by NMTA’s Safety Management Council. Members review anonymous nominations, and the submission receiving the most votes is named Driver of the Year. Submissions are judged upon the driver’s overall safety record, years of safe driving, mileage without accidents and dedication within their local communities. Another consideration is the driver’s participation in the Nevada Truck Driving Championships, an annual competition that gives each driver a chance to demonstrate his or her driving and inspection skills, knowledge and professionalism through a series of tests. Drivers must be accident-free for at least one year prior to the competition in order to be eligible.

“Chad Louthan is the ultimate example of a Con-way Freight driver sales representative, with a true dedication to the highest levels of safety and service on the road and at our customers’ facilities,” says Douglas Stotlar, president and CEO of Con-way Inc. “We congratulate Chad on this tremendous achievement.”

A third-generation professional driver, Louthan is based at Con-way Freight’s Reno service center and has been a professional truck driver for 22 years. He has worked for Con-way Freight since 1990 and, in 2009, reached the milestone of one million accident-free miles of driving. Louthan has spent 23 years as a reservist in the U.S. Coast Guard, including four full-duty activations for Operation Iraqi Freedom, post-9/11 homeland security operations and, most recently, the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.