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TCA’s 2008 Company Equipment Driver of the Year Officially Receives New Cummins-Powered Dodge Ram Pickup Truck
James Loveland, the Truckload Carriers Association’s (TCA) 2008 Company Equipment Driver of the Year, took possession of his brand new, Cummins-powered Dodge Ram pickup truck on March 19, 2009, during the Mid-America Trucking Show, held at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, Kentucky.
Loveland, a company driver for WSE Transportation, LLC, of Elm Springs, Arkansas, received the pickup truck as part of his prize package for winning the grand prize in the 20th annual “Company Equipment Driver of the Year Contest,” sponsored by Truckload Carriers Association and Truckers News.
“This pickup is fine! Finer than frog hair!” declared the Mobile, Alabama, resident when he saw the vehicle.
Loveland began his day at 9:00 a.m. by signing the paperwork for his truck. He then headed to the show, where the Cummins team provided him with souvenir clothing and a Cummins expert explained the features of Loveland’s new vehicle. The rest of his day was spent touring the show before being escorted to dinner by Don Hayden, co-chair of TCA’s Communications and Image Policy Committee and president of M & M Cartage Company, Louisville, Kentucky.
“It was an honor to spend time with James and help take care of the details in acquiring his new pickup,” said Hayden. “He is someone who truly understands the business and is a terrific role model for all drivers.”
Loveland received the prestigious award based on his excellent safety record, unblemished work history, and involvement in the community and industry. A truck driver for WSE Transportation, LLC, since 1998, he has logged more than 1.6 million accident-free, truckload miles. In 2005, he actively participated in the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) efforts to help victims of Hurricane Katrina. Later, in 2008, Loveland volunteered in a similar capacity when Hurricane Ike bore down on the state of Louisiana.
In addition to the pickup truck, Loveland’s grand prize package included $3,950 in truck stop gift cards, $2,750 in cash, aTagHeuer Swiss Avant-Gard men’s watch (valued at $1,500), and two roundtrip airplane tickets to anywhere in the continental U.S.