The American Trucking Associations has named 18 professional truck drivers as captains to its America’s Road Team for 2019-2020 during a ceremony on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. The program, sponsored by Volvo Trucks North America, promotes the essentiality of the trucking industry, truck safety education and industry image to lawmakers, media, the motoring public and students.
“These drivers represent the diverse experiences of the 3.5 million professional drivers across the country and will be able to bring their unique stories to new, critical audiences as part of America’s Road Team,” said Chris Spear, ATA president and CEO. “ATA is very excited to begin working with this group of professional, respected drivers and see them continue spreading the positive image of the trucking industry. We are extremely proud of them, as are their companies and families.”
The 2019-2020 America’s Road Team Captains are:
- William C. Bennett III, UPS Freight, Maytown, Pa.
- Sammy Brewster, ABF Freight, Powder Springs, Ga.
- Jorge Chavez, Jetco Delivery, Houston, Texas
- Timothy Chelette, Big G Express, Murfreesboro, Tenn.
- James Clark, Penske Logistics, Otter Lake, Mich.
- April Coolidge, Walmart Transportation, Mint Hill, N.C.
- Scott Davis, ABF Freight, Kearney, Mo.
- Douglas Frombaugh, FedEx Freight, Carlisle, Pa.
- William Goins, Old Dominion, Cloverdale, Ind.
- Billy Hambrick, Werner Enterprises, Yoder, Wyo.
- Russell James, YRC Freight, Bonner, Mont.
- Gary Martin, FedEx Ground, Galt, Calif.
- William McNamee, Carbon Express, Christopher, Ill.
- Tina Peterson, FedEx Ground, Blaine, Minn.
- Theldorine Sova, Prime Inc., Sacramento, Calif.
- Ronald Vandermark, UPS Freight, Delran, N.J.
- Nicolette Weaver, FedEx Freight, New Bloomfield, Pa.
- Todd Wilemon, ABF Freight, Fulton, Miss.
“These captains have dedicated their lives to spreading the message of safe driving while promoting a positive perception of the trucking industry. They are leaders in their communities, role models in their companies, and truly embody the professionalism and dedication that comes with the passion that they have for the industry,” said Elizabeth Barna, ATA senior advisor and executive vice president of Industry Affairs. “This new class represents everything we strive to promote about our industry and its professionals.”
In their roles as America’s Road Team Captains, the drivers will travel the country on behalf of ATA in the association’s Interstate One Image Truck – a new Volvo VNL 760 dedicated by Volvo Trucks last summer – to share their experiences as professional truck drivers and the critical role the industry plays in the delivery of goods and services while also stressing the importance of a safety-first mentality.
“America’s Road Team is one of the most visible groups of professional truck drivers in the country, and we believe their hard work and dedication pays dividends for our industry, saidPeter Voorhoeve, VTNA president. “We want to thank the Captains for their strong engagement and being passionate ambassadors of this great profession. We congratulate the new class of America’s Road Team Captains and wish them the best of luck as they carry out their mission over the next two years.”