February 2016 Driver of the Month: Steve Hays, Grand Island Express
Steve has been with Grand Island Express for over six years and has driven professionally for 28 years. He has 3.5 million career miles. Nominated by Lucas Mowrey, he stated that Steve is a very thoughtful and cautious driver that is always willing to help out a fellow driver. Overall Steve is very safe and is a great trainer. Steve has participated in the Nebraska Truck Driving Championships for five years. His hobbies include golfing, hunting and fishing. If he wasn’t a truck driver, Steve said he would be a woodworker.
March 2016 Driver of the Month: Buddy Moore, Orthmam Logistics.
Buddy has more than 40 years commercial driving experience and seven years with Orthman. He has logged over 4.2 million miles. Nominated by Marge Reeser, she stated that Buddy helps others whenever needed. He is a safe driver, watches for other drivers and is a recipient of the President’s Safe Drivers Award. Buddy enjoys reading history and a hidden talent not many know about is that he enjoys baking.
April 2016 Driver of the Month: Jeff Keifer, Grand Island Express.
Jeff has over two million career miles and six years of service with Grand Island Express. Nominated by Lucas Mowry, he stated that Jeff is always willing to help and has had no late deliveries. He has been a trainer and mentor for students and new drivers. Jeff has won a President’s Safe Driving Award and was part of the Special Olympics Convoy in 2007 and 2008. He enjoys camping, fishing and spending time with family.
May 2016 Driver of the Month: Bradley Leibhart, Orthman Logistics.
Brad has 38 years commercial driving including 4 ½ years at Orthman. He’s logged nearly three million commercial driving miles. Nominated by Marge Reeser, she stated the Brad is cautious on the road, tries to stay out of peoples’ way and watches out for other drivers to keep everyone safe. Brad is a third part CDL tester for the state of Nebraska and loves to fish when he has time, builds bird houses and volunteer at the community center.
June 2016 Driver of the Month: George Easton, Orthman Logistics.
George has over two million career miles in 34 years on commercial driving; 13 and ½ years with Orthman. Nominated by Marge Reeser, she stated that George is a very hard worker, anything that needs to be done – he’ll do it! He gives more than 100% to his job. George is a very cautious and caring person – will help when needed to all. George has received the President’s Safe Drivers Award. He loves to attend tractor pulls and restoring antique tractors – especially his grandfather’s John Deere. He also enjoys his family – especially grandchildren and dog, Jazz.
July 2016 Neal Swisher, WalMart Transportation
Neal just earned his 2.5 million safe miles with WalMart. He is the driver that other drivers go to for ‘anything.’ He uses common sense and courtesy when driving and is a driver that anyone can depend on to help others. Neal’s not concerned with the time involved to get to the destination – his focus is to arrive safely. He has served on the Accident Review and Store Ambassadors Committees for WalMart. Neal has 18 years with WalMart and a total of 37 years in commercial driving. He was recognized by the TCA in 1999 with the Highway Angel award for his response during a 63-car pileup in that winter.
August 2016 Keith Carter, Jr., Crete Carrier Corporation
Keith have over three million miles with Crete Carrier and a career with more than 4.5 million miles. Nominator Natalie Cole stated that Keith’s driving record speaks for itself – only two preventable accidents in 35 years of driving; both minor accidents. In addition to setting the example through his actions, he also encourages others to be their best, and to enjoy life to the fullest. He goes out of his was to make the workplace better for all – drivers, office and shop employees. He helps by mentoring newer drivers and always maintaining a great personality and contagious smile! He enjoys flying and car restoration and has a 1963 Impala. He has also travelled, (by hauling their equipment,) with the UNL Marching Band to away football games.
September 2016 John Wendelin, Sadoff and Rudoy Transport, LLC
John is an outstanding driver who is safe, professional and represents Sadoff Iron and Metal to the highest degree, his customer service is second to none and his safety performance is impeccable. Nominated by Markay Cunningham, John has been driving for 25 years, most recently with Sadoff Iron and Metal. He has over 700,000 career miles with no accidents and no traffic violations or citations. He has received numerous ‘atta boy’ awards for his safety efforts and customer service and assists area neighborhood cleanups by trucking items as needed. He enjoys working on his 1970 Dodge Charger and cruising the local wineries on the weekends.
2016 Driver of the Year – Doug Ayers, Crete Carrier Corporation
Doug has 31 years of service with Crete Carrier Corporation encompassing more than 4.1 million miles and a total career of more than five million miles. Nominated by Natlaie Cole, she stated that Doug is a hard working family man. He has dedicated his life to trucking and over 46 years of driving has had only three preventable accidents. He has served on the Crete Carrier Accident Review Board and sets a positive example for new and experienced drivers. He is very pleasant to be around and inspires others to say safe while driving. Doug has been married to his wife Dixie for 41 years, is a US Air Force veteran and enjoys camping, fishing, NASCAR and the Huskers.