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Winter Haven Resident Jimmy McSwain Wins 3rd Place in 2007 TCA Owner Operator of the Year Contest

Paradise Island, The Bahamas:

Jimmy McSwain of Winter Haven, Florida, an independent contractor leased to Sunco Carriers, Inc. of Lakeland, Florida, has been awarded third 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 ceremonies held at TCA’s Annual Convention at The Atlantis Resort.

The TCA 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.

McSwain has contracted with Sunco Carriers for more than 16 years and has logged more than 3 million accident-free truckload miles. He was recently nominated for the 2008 Florida Road Team, a select group of eight truck drivers who travel the state giving speeches and representing the trucking industry to civic groups, students, and other public and private entities. In 2006, he was named the Florida Trucking Association’s Driver of the Year; in 1995 he was named Sunco Carriers’ Contractor of the Year; and he placed 3rd and 7th in 2004 and 1995, respectively, in the TCA Owner Operator of the Year contest.

When not on the road, McSwain is an active participant in the Florida Truck Driving Championship and is a member of Sunco Carriers’ Owner Operator Committee. In the past, during his many truck travels, he has corresponded with schoolchildren through the Trucker Buddy program.

In the contest application presented to TCA on McSwain’s behalf, Joe Whitfield, president of Sunco Carriers, writes: “Good people are a blessing to the trucking industry. Sunco has a lot of great people like Jimmy, but Jimmy’s drive to succeed, willingness to go the extra mile and entrepreneurial spirit set him apart from the others. Jimmy is a true professional in every way, and I am very proud that his truck has a Sunco placard on the door.”

As his prize package, McSwain will receive $1,500 in cash and $1,700 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