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John Gill of Patriot, Ohio Named 2007 TCA Owner Operator of the Year
3/4/2008
Paradise Island, The Bahamas:

John Gill of Patriot, Ohio, an independent contractor leased to Dart Transit Company of Eagan, Minnesota, has been named Owner Operator of the Year by Truckload Carriers Association (TCA). The announcement was made March 3rd during TCA’s Annual Convention at The Atlantis Resort.

The 21st Annual Owner Operator of the Year contest, sponsored by TCA, International Truck and Engine, and Overdrive magazine, honors the top independent contractors based on the drivers’ excellent safety records, unblemished work histories, and community and industry involvement.

Gill has contracted with Dart Transit Company for more than 25 years and has logged more than 3 million accident-free truckload miles. He has earned the National Safety Council’s prestigious Three Million Mile Safety Award and has won every safety award that Dart Transit offers. He is also a part recipient of Dart Transit’s Contractor of the Year award.

When not on the road, Gill finds time to volunteer as a Trucker Buddy for a second grade class at Southwestern Elementary School in Patriot, Ohio. He also volunteers for the Boy Scouts, the Gallia County Senior Center, the 4H, and the Red Cross. He is a member of Highway Watch, the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association, and the American Legion.

In the contest application presented to TCA on Gill’s behalf, Dave Oren, chief executive officer of Dart Transit Company, writes: “John’s work ethic is a reflection of his strong connection to his family and the community. When he’s not in the truck, John fills his time by volunteering and spending time with his kids. We at Dart are extremely proud to have John as part of our team and think he is an excellent example of what this contest is all about – professionalism, dependability and safe driving.”

As the Owner Operator of the Year, Gill will receive a new International 9000i Model tractor (prize includes payment of the Federal excise tax), with a Cummins ISX-500 HP engine, an Eaton transmission of Gill's choice, and G300 series radial truck tires. He will also receive the following prizes:

  • GPS navigation system
  • Four passenger vehicle tires
  • $1,000 business consulting gift certificate
  • $4,500 cash
  • $5,750 in truckstop gift cards
  • $1,500 truck parts gift certificate

Note: Publications that would like to receive a photograph of this winner accepting his award should contact Deborah Sparks after March 7, 2008, at (703) 838-1950 or dsparks@truckload.org.


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