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TCA Announces Driver of the Year Contest Finalists
11/8/2005

Diverse Group Represents Over 100 Million Total Miles

Alexandria, Virginia:

Truckload Carriers Association, along with contest co-sponsors, Truckers News and Overdrive Magazine, is pleased to announce the top finalists for the Independent Contractor of the Year and Company Equipment Driver of the Year contests.

The competition for these contests becomes more intense each year as we try to honor the best drivers throughout the United States and Canada.

The thirty-eight finalists were chosen on the basis of miles driven without accidents as well as a review of their driving records, moving, and hours of service violations. The contest is open to drivers who have logged over a million miles while adhering to the strictest safety standards. This exceptional group of finalists represents twenty-two states from Maine to Oregon and includes three husband and wife driving teams.

The outstanding drivers listed below will now complete the second part of the application (due December 16, 2005) and official judges will choose the top five winners in each contest. The top three prizewinners for both contests will be announced at the TCA 2006 Annual Convention at the Gaylord Palm Resort on March 12-15, 2006. Congratulations and best wishes to all the finalists and their companies:

Company Driver of the Year Contest Finalists

Eric Bauman, Grand Island Express (Thomas Pirnie, President)
Steven Bradford, Contract Freighters, Inc. (Glenn F. Brown, Chairman & CEO)
Brett Campbell, O & S Trucking, Inc. (Jim O'Neal, President)
Jay Coker, FFE Transportation (Stoney Stubbs, Chairman & President)
Dora Colvin, Contract Freighters, Inc. (Glenn F. Brown, Chairman & CEO)
James Conner, Team Transport, Inc., (J. Keith Sherman, CEO)
Bobby Downes, O & S Trucking, Inc. (Jim O'Neal, President)
Roger Elliott, SB Inc., dba Sherman Bros. Trucking (J. Keith Sherman, CEO)
Dale Henderson, Marten Transport, Ltd. (Randy Marten, President)
Fred Howard, Arnold Transportation Services (Michael J. Gregerson, VP)
Ricky Howell, Summitt Trucking, LLC (David L. Summitt, President)
Kenneth Luther, SB Inc., dba Sherman Bros. Trucking (J. Keith Sherman, CEO)
Barry Nauman, Marten Transport, Ltd. (Randy Marten, President)
Tim Setterlund, Marten Transport, Ltd. (Randy Marten, President)
Ruppert Stevens, Epes Transport System, Inc. (Alvin M. Bodford, Chairman & CEO)
Edward Teuscher, Team Transport, Inc., (J. Keith Sherman, CEO)
Robert White, Hogan Transports Inc. (David Hogan, President)
Zimri Zirkle, Jet Express, Inc. (Kevin Burch, President)

Independent Contractor of the Year Contest Finalists

Daniel Beber, Warren Transport, Inc. (Robert Molinaro, President & CEO)
Albert Beck, Dart Transit Co.(Donald Oren, Chairman of the Board)
Constance Beyer, Midwest Coast Transport (Greg Orscheln, President)
Lanny Beyer, Midwest Coast Transport (Greg Orscheln, President)
Alvin Courte, Contract Freighters, Inc. (Glenn F. Brown, President)
Dennis Grills, S.B., Inc. dba: Sherman Brothers Trucking (J. Keith Sherman, CEO)
Mark Hohensee, O & S Trucking, Inc. (Jim O'Neal, President)
Elizabeth Jordan, Christenson Transportation, Inc. (Don Christenson, President)
Paul Jordan, Christenson Transportation, Inc. (Don Christenson, President)
Debra Jurashen, Landstar System, Inc. (Jeff Pundt, President, Carrier Group)
Robert Jurashen, Landstar System, Inc. (Jeff Pundt, President, Carrier Group)
Theodore Kasparie, Sammons Trucking (James D. Basolo, President)
James Lyle, Dart Transit Co. (Donald Oren, Chairman of the Board)
Robert McCray, Warren Transport, Inc. (Robert Molinaro, President & CEO)
Stacy Moran, Contract Freighters (Glenn F. Brown, President)
Steven Recker, Warren Transport, Inc. (Robert Molinaro, President & CEO)
Artie Reid, Dart Transit Co. (Donald Oren, Chairman of the Board)
Henry Shriver, Smithway Motor Xpress (Larry Owens, President & CEO)
Paul Stallibrass, Contract Freighters, Inc. (Glenn F. Brown, President)
Bridget Stanton, Pottle's Transportation (Barry Pottle, President & CEO)
Ronald Warner, Davis Transport, Inc. (Jim McKinny, President)
Carter Williams, National Carriers, Inc. (Richard Rees, President)
Dean Winkcompleck, Ace Doran Hauling & Rigging (Daniel I. Doran, President)

TCA's Driver of the Year Contests are made possible by generous industry sponsors. Once again this year the grand prize winner of the Independent Contractor of the Year Contest will receive a brand new fully-loaded International tractor. The top five winners in both contests will receive numerous prizes including cash, savings bonds, trucking supplies and gift cards donated by supplier companies.

TCA is the only national trade association whose collective sole focus is the truckload segment of the motor carrier industry. The association represents dry van, refrigerated, flatbed, and intermodal container carriers operating in the 48 contiguous states as well as Alaska, Mexico, and Canada. Representing operators of over 200,000 trucks, which collectively produce an annual revenue of over $20 billion, TCA is an organization tailored to specific truckload carrier needs.


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