U.S. Xpress driver, military vet awarded at MATS

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Larry Berman was honored at MATS in Belmor’s “I Did My Duty…Now I Drive Heavy Duty” contest. Pictured from left to right are: Paul Thompson, military recruiting manager, U.S. Express; Valerie Nadalini, senior director of brand engagement, Lund International; AET2 Blair Petterson, recruiter, Coast Guard; Mary Berman; Larry Berman; Kelli Brooks, director of customer development, Lund International; and Ralph Banks, vice president of sales, heavy trucking, Lund International.Larry Berman was honored at MATS in Belmor’s “I Did My Duty…Now I Drive Heavy Duty” contest. Pictured from left to right are: Paul Thompson, military recruiting manager, U.S. Express; Valerie Nadalini, senior director of brand engagement, Lund International; AET2 Blair Petterson, recruiter, Coast Guard; Mary Berman; Larry Berman; Kelli Brooks, director of customer development, Lund International; and Ralph Banks, vice president of sales, heavy trucking, Lund International.

U.S. Army veteran and truck driver Larry Berman, of Spring Hill, Fla., received an award from truck accessory manufacturer Belmor for his service in the military and the trucking industry. Berman is a driver for U.S. Xpress (No. 16, CCJ Top 250).

Belmor’s second annual “I Did My Duty…Now I Drive Heavy Duty” contest was presented at the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, Ky., last week.

Berman received the award for serving 36 years from 1974-2000 in the Army, completing a career as a medic EMT and medical instructor for the U.S. Army Academy of Health Sciences. After achieving the rank of Sergeant First Class, Berman transitioned to the U.S. Coast Guard, where he served from 2002-2015 as an Independent Duty Corpsman.

After his service, he retired with his wife, Mary, a fellow U.S. Army solider. The Bermans then transitioned to the trucking industry and now work as a team for U.S. Xpress.

For winning the contest, Berman received a trip for two to MATS. He was chosen as the winner by a panel of judges led by Mitch Fogle, president and CEO of Belmor parent company Lund International.