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Corpus Christi Resident Billy Smith Wins 2nd Place in 2007 TCA Owner Operator of the Year Contest

Paradise Island, The Bahamas:

Billy Smith of Corpus Christi, Texas, an independent contractor leased to Dart Transit Company of Eagan, Minnesota, has been awarded second place in the 21st Annual TCA Owner Operator of the Year contest, sponsored by Truckload Carriers Association (TCA), International Truck and Engine, and Overdrive magazine. The announcement was made March 3rd during TCA’s Annual Convention at The Atlantis Resort.

The Owner Operator of the Year contest honors the top independent contractors based on their excellent safety records, unblemished work histories, and community and industry involvement.

Smith has been driving for more than 20 years and has contracted with Dart Transit Company since 1995. He has logged more than 4 million accident-free truckload miles during his career. Dart Transit has presented this professional truck driver with safety awards every year since 1996, including a 5-year safety award jacket, a 7-year “Hall of Fame” award, an 8-year safety award ring, and a 10-year safety award watch.

When Hurricane Katrina hit, Smith volunteered for F.E.M.A.’s hurricane relief efforts. “I hauled freight to the stores that no one else would, because the areas were so congested,” says Smith. “The majority of the loads were generators. The people in the hurricane areas were so glad to get them.”

In the contest application presented to TCA on Smith’s behalf, Elaine Briles, director of safety, compliance and fleet services for Dart Transit, writes: “Being an independent contractor suits Billy well. He’s successful because he doesn’t just drive a truck, he runs a business. He understands the obligation to drive safely and protect others on the road. He accepts his stewardship gladly and takes the responsibility seriously.”

As his prize package, Smith will receive a GPS navigation system, A trip for two to a Cincinnati Reds baseball game, including overnight accommodations, dinner and breakfast at The Cincinnatian and $500 for travel expenses, $2,000 in cash, and $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