Trucking news and briefs for Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2021:
Goodyear opens nomination period for Highway Hero award
Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company is opening a call for its 2020-2021 Highway Hero award, which goes to a truck driver has acted selflessly for the good of others while on the job.
The nomination period is open through Dec. 31. Nominations can be submitted here by telling the story of a driver deserving of the honor. Nominees must be a full-time truck driver from the U.S. or Canada, and the incident they acted upon must have occurred in the U.S. or Canada while the driver was on the job or on the way to or from work in his or her truck. Qualifying incidents must have happened between March 1, 2020, and Dec. 21, 2021.
The grand prize winner will be announced in early 2022 and will receive a package that includes a cash prize and a trip to Orlando for the Technology & Maintenance Council Annual Meeting on March 8-11, 2022. Two finalists will also receive a prize package.
While the program was on hiatus due to COVID-19, the 2020-2021 Goodyear Highway Hero Award marks the 37th year Goodyear has celebrated truck drivers with the award. Past winners include a driver who ripped the back door from a burning car to save two passengers and a driver who dove into a pond to pull a child from a submerged car.
J.B. Hunt donates $1.25M to support suicide prevention
J.B. Hunt Transport Services (CCJ Top 250, No. 3) announced Tuesday a $1.25 million contribution to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) to help the organization advance its mission to save lives and bring hope to those affected by suicide.
“The effects of suicide are felt across all cultures, ages, races, and genders,” said Stuart Scott, executive vice president and chief information officer at J.B. Hunt. “Now, more than ever, we want to lend support to new, inclusive, and innovative ways to positively impact those who are at risk for suicide or struggling with their mental health.”
The gift will support a variety of AFSP programs nationwide and will include education and community resources to create much-needed space for critical conversations around mental health and suicide prevention. This commitment builds on previous collaborations between J.B. Hunt and AFSP, which focused on building suicide prevention education within the company and local communities.
J.B. Hunt participated in AFSP’s Out of the Darkness Walk on Sept. 26 in observance of National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. The company prioritizes mental health as part of a culture focused on empowering and supporting its employees.
Influential Woman in Trucking award finalists named
The Women in Trucking Association and Freightliner Trucks announced Tuesday three finalists for the 2021 Influential Woman in Trucking award. This is the 11th year for the award, which was developed in 2010 as a way to honor female leaders and to attract and advance women in the trucking industry.
The award highlights the achievements of female role models and trailblazers in the trucking industry.
The 2021 Influential Woman in Trucking award finalists are:
- Eileen Dabrowski, Director of Learning, Development and Marketing, ReedTMS Logistics
- Lily Ley, Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Paccar
- Amanda Schuier, Chief Operating Officer, Quality Transport Company
Dabrowski has been in the transportation/logistics industry since 2016 and oversees the development and facilitation of all company-wide training programs, new employee onboarding, leadership development, marketing projects/ReedTMS brand integrity, and event planning for the company.
Ley is an experienced technology and IT executive, mentor to aspiring students, and passionate advocate for more inclusive workplaces for women. In her role at Paccar, she leads the Information Technology (IT) division and the modernization of IT.
Schuier is a fourth generation trucking industry member, and the first female in her family to hold such a role. She has been involved in trucking since 2006. Her daily duties at Quality include oversight of sales, dispatch, driver relations, safety programs and new technology initiatives for the company. She is passionate about mentoring other young women as they explore careers in transportation.