The Truckload Carriers Association and partners Overdrive and Truckers News are seeking nominations for the 2017 Driver of the Year contests, which includes both an Owner-Operator of the Year award and a Company Driver of the Year award. Winners in both contests will receive $25,000 cash. The program is sponsored by Cummins and Love’s Travel Stops.
Nominations will be accepted until 5 p.m. Nov. 10. The winner will be announced at TCA’s annual convention March 25-28, in Kissimmee, Florida.
Company drivers must be nominated by the motor carriers that employ them, while owner operators may be nominated by themselves, spouses or by carriers they have been leased to for a period of three or more years.
Nominees must demonstrate a safe driving record with a minimum of one million consecutive accident-free miles, a strong work ethic, and a desire to improve their community and the image of the trucking industry. In addition to providing proof of operating information, work history, and safety record, nominees are asked to write a 300-word essay explaining why they are good “trucking citizens” and should be a candidate for the grand prize. Owner-operator nominees are also required to provide documentation such as equipment specifications, business plans and financial statements.
A panel of judges will select the three finalists for each contest, to be announced in January. Each of the six finalists will receive an all-expense-paid trip to attend TCA’s Annual Convention, scheduled for March 25-28, at the Gaylord Palms Resort in Kissimmee, Florida, where one grand prizewinner will be selected for each contest.