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John Pipes of Pacific, Missouri Wins Second Place in the Truckload Carriers Association’s 2007 Company Equipment Driver of the Year Contest

Paradise Island, The Bahamas:

John Pipes of Pacific, Missouri, a company driver for Con-way Truckload of Joplin, Missouri, has been named the second place winner in the 19th Annual Company Equipment Driver of the Year contest, sponsored by Truckload Carriers Association (TCA), Detroit Diesel, and Truckers News. The announcement was made March 3rd during TCA’s Annual Convention at The Atlantis Resort.

The Company Equipment Driver of the Year contest honors the top company drivers based on their excellent safety records, unblemished work histories, and community and industry involvement.

Pipes has worked for Con-way Truckload since 1988 and has logged more than 2.9 million accident-free truckload miles. He is a past winner of the Missouri Motor Carriers Association’s Roland Clark Award, a second place winner of the Missouri Truck Driving Championships, and a recipient of at least 11 major safety awards from his company.

Pipes is a certified driving instructor. “One of my proudest accomplishments is that the students I trained are now approaching 2 million miles and have students of their own. I have grand-students,” he jokes.

When not driving a truck, Pipes completed basic firefighter and auto rescue classes so he can be better equipped to help stranded motorists if necessary. He also used to volunteer for the Route 66 Senior Center, helping to pack and deliver meals for the needy.

In the contest application presented to TCA on Pipes’ behalf, Randy Cornell, vice president of safety for Con-way Truckload, writes: “Not one to ask for favors, John quietly and humbly demonstrates and exemplifies the company’s principles, culture and values. He has successfully adapted to new technology in the industry and maintains a ‘down home’ work ethic, making a name for himself throughout the company as one of the best of the best.”

As his prize package, Pipes will receive the following prizes:

  • An all-expense paid trip for two to the Grand Ole Opry
  • $2,500 cash
  • $3,000 in truckstop gift cards

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