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Clark Lett Receives 2nd Place in Truckload Carriers Association’s 2008 Owner Operator of the Year Contest
In the 22nd annual TCA Owner Operator of the Year contest, sponsored by the Truckload Carriers Association (TCA), Navistar, Inc., and Overdrive magazine, Clark Lett, an owner operator contracted to Dart Transit Company of Eagan, Minnesota, was honored as the second place winner for the 2008 contest.
The award was presented to the Peterman, Alabama resident on March 10th during TCA's Annual Convention at the Gaylord Palms Resort. Lett was selected as the second place winner of the contest based on his excellent safety record, unblemished work history, and community and industry involvement.
Lett has been a truck driver for 55 years. He has been affiliated with Dart Transit Company since 1991 and drove for North American Van Lines for 17 years before that. Over the course of his career, he has driven 3+ million accident-free truckload miles. His awards include 17 consecutive safety awards from Dart Transit and 18 consecutive safety awards from North American Van Lines.
When not on the road, Lett is actively involved in youth baseball and basketball teams; serves as a Deacon, choir member, and trustee of his church; and is also a Master Mason Pilgrim.
In the contest application presented to TCA on Lett’s behalf, Joyce Jordan, chief operating officer for Dart’s Dallas Operating Center, wrote, “Clark Lett is the type of human being that most of us strive to be: family focused, church guided, and community minded. He is all of those things, and yet he still finds time to be a safe, professional truck driver.”
As his prize package, Lett will receive $2,000 in truck stop gift cards, $750 cash, and a $250 gift card for Best Buy.
To be eligible for the contest, Lett had to meet certain minimum criteria, including having driven one million consecutive accident-free miles and being leased to a TCA-member trucking company.Once he passed the initial phase of the contest, Lett had to submit a final application form, from which the judges selected him as the second place winner. Lett’s final application included, among other things, operating information, verification of work history and safety record, equipment specifications, a 300-word essay explaining why Lett should be a candidate for the grand prize, and a 300-word essay explaining how Lett is a good “Trucking Citizen.”
“TCA’s Owner Operator of the Year contest pays tribute to owner operators who can do three things better than others: run a successful business, maintain an outstanding safety record on the highways, and aid the trucking industry’s efforts to enhance the public image of trucks and truck driving.This year’s winners demonstrate all of these things and much more. They are role models that every truck driver should strive to emulate,” said Chris Burruss, TCA’s president.
The grand prize went to Wayne Lowe, an owner operator affiliated with FFE Transportation Services, Inc., of Dallas, Texas. Third place went to Gerald Clouse, who, like Lett, is an owner operator affiliated with Dart Transit Company of Eagan, Minnesota.