Nebraska Trucking Driver of the Month
This honor is awarded to professional drivers displaying a high degree of professionalism, safety and courtesy while performing their jobs. A panel of independent safety professionals selects the Driver of the Month. Winners are invited to the monthly Safety Management Council meeting to receive their award and recognition items. The driver is featured in our magazine, Nebraska Trucker. The Driver of the Year is selected from among the 12 Drivers of the Month annually. Please complete the form and submit to soconnor@nebtruckingcom.
Below are our recent award winners. Find out more about the very best in our industry!
Driver of the Month
2018 August Driver of the Month
Hal E. Page, Hunt Transportation
Hal has been a commercial driver for 40 years with 26 years and more than three million miles at Hunt Transportation. ‘He is the definition of a safe driver,’ said his nominator, Heath Richards. ‘Hal is the first one to raise a hand to help out, never complains and always holds safety to the highest standard. He is able to separate himself from the challenges on the road and has not had an accident in his 26 years at Hunt.’ Hal has been recognized with the Safe Driving Award from Hunt, the Three-Million-Mile accident free award from the American Trucking Association and his hobbies include tinkering with motorcycles and enjoying home time.
2018 July Driver of the Month
Larry Gieveshausen, Midwest Motor Express
Larry has more than 50 years commercial driving and 15 years with Midwest Motor Express. He has more than 31 million total career miles, as an over the road driver with no accidents. Nominated by Chris Senty, ‘Larry has spent almost a lifetime driving and has never had an accident or ticket. Larry is the example of what fleets want in a driver; he is very professional and has a great attitude. Larry’s years of experience in the trucking industry brings a wealth of knowledge to our company and to the new drivers he mentors. After all these years, Larry still has a smile and kind words to share and has great customer service, giving trucking the positive image that it deserves.’
Larry has been recognized for safe driving by previous employers and enjoys hunting, fishing, camping, working on old cars with his sons Brandon and Mark, wood working and metal detecting.
2018 June Driver of the Month
Ed Mischler, Fremont Contract Carriers
Ed has more than 16 years of commercial driving with nearly four years at FCC. He has nearly two million career miles. Nominated by Ann Dostal, she said, “Ed’s safety record is a testament to his dedication to safety, customer service and professionalism. Ed is always willing to help out and does a great job.” He is a member of the president’s Safe Driver Club and has received the Safe Driver Award for three years.
2018 May Driver of the Month
Raymond Choate, Zeitner & Sons
Raymond has 28 years of commercial driving experience with six of those at Zeitner and Sons. He’s had more than two and one-half million career miles with no preventable accidents as a commercial driver! Nominated by Jolene Jankowski, she said, ‘Raymond is an all-around good guy and great driver. He is east to work with because he plans ahead, had a good head on his shoulders and delivers on time.’ He has received numerous safety awards from Zeitner and is a one-year member of the President’s Safe Driving Club.
2018 April Driver of the Month
Marshall McNelley, TSL Companies
Marshall has been a commercial driver for more than 40 years and has spent the last six and one-half years with TSL. He has logged nearly four million miles in his career and is a three-year member of the President’s Safe Driving Club as well as a six-year member of the TSL Safety Award. Larry Miles, Manger of Driver Development and Support for TSL said, “Marshall is a good runner… helpful when TSL needs special products run, is very knowledgeable about equipment and customers and is a hard worker, with a great professional attitude that our customers love.”
2018 March Driver of the Month
Enrique Lopez, TSL Companies
Enrique is a 13-year driver with TSL and has more than 2.5 years of commercial driving experience. He has more than one-half million career miles. Nominator Larry Miles said, “Enrique is great! He will do anything to help others. As a local driver, he will jump in a sleeper and run out to the coast if needed. He is also a back-up trainer who helps new drivers as needed and also takes new office personnel on ride-alongs throughout Omaha to help them learn the ins and outs of the intermodel industry.” He is a member of the President’s Safe Driving Club and a multi-year recipient of the TSL Safe Driver Awards.
2018 February Driver of the Month
Larry Sorenson, Orthman Logistics
Larry has more than 26 years commercial driving and nearly three years with Orthman Logistics. He has more than 312,000 total career miles, as an over the road driver with no accidents or traffic violations. Nominated by Angela Werner, ‘Larry has been on the road for many years and knows his way around. He is always safe and is always willing to help anyone out who needs a hand.’ Larry is very devoted to his family and his hobbies include restoring old cars and tractors and woodworking.
2018 January Driver of the Month
Greg McLain, Orthman Logistics
Greg has 22 years of commercial driving with more than 2.6 million career miles. He’s been with Orthman Logistics for over four years and has logged over 480,000 miles. ‘Greg is always willing to do what is needed to help the company or other drivers, said his nominator, Angela Werner. ‘He is a very giving and hard-working person. He has driven for many years and is always very willing to help out new drivers.’ Greg’s hobbies include Nebraska football, fishing and woodworking.
2017 Driver of the Year
Richard Boyd, Crete Carrier Corporation
Rich has 32 years with Crete Carrier Corporation and 41 years commercial driving. He has nearly four million career miles. Natalie Cole nominated Rich and said, “Rich goes above and beyond his duties as a driver. He spends a lot of his own time mentoring and coaching our new and current truck driving championship teams. He also takes great pride in helping the newer drivers understand the day to day functions as an Over the Road driver, all while preaching safety. He is a member of the Accident Review Board and has participated in the Ride Along Program. Rich has also competed in the Nebraska Truck Driving Championships – first place in doubles in 2016 – and is captain of the Crete/Shaffer Team. He has also received the 15-year President’s Safe Driving Club Award and received a 32-year Driving Award.” Rich enjoys Husker football, target shooting, golf and remodeling projects!
2017 December Driver of the Month
Juan Rodriguez-Severin, Grand Island Express
Juan has 15 years of Commercial driving and three years with Grand Island Express. He has a total of 1.75 million accident free miles and more than one million with Grand Island Express. Juan is always willing to help in all areas of the company – dispatch, coworkers and other drivers. He runs great miles and does it all with a safe and courteous attitude and a lot of passion for the job.
Tim Wilson with Grand Island Express said, ‘Juan is a true professional. He places safety first and is always encouraging to other drivers.’ Juan enjoys spending time with his family, loves to BBQ and going to the zoo with his children and grandchildren.
2017 November Driver of the Month
John Putney, Greater Omaha Express
John joined Greater Omaha Express in 2015; he is an over the road driver, but first and foremost John is a team member. John started his driving career in 2011 and have more than one million accident free miles and John makes it a priority to maintain and display a positive image of the professional truck driver to his employer, the customers he services and the public with whom he shares the roadway each day. John is an annual recipient of Safe Driving Awards from Greater Omaha Express.
Pam Hook, Safety Director at Greater Omaha Express said, ‘John is always willing to help with any project we are working on where a driver’s opinion and or expertise would be beneficial.’ In October, John and his finance’ Heather made a special stop in Las Vegas where they were married, the next day found them back in the truck and heading to California!
2017 October Driver of the Month
Steven McCreary, Willliams Transportation, Inc.
Steven has 18 years commercial driving and one year with Williams Transportation. He has more than 2 1/2 millions careers miles. In his nomination, Michelle Leist shared an article from their company newsletter, ‘Steve really stepped up and helped Williams get started. He picked up the first 7 tractors, brought them to the yard and installed the Omnitracs boxes. Once he learned how to use the devices, he helped train the other drivers.’ Steve is what Williams considers a great representative of their Road Team and all new drivers that have questions are sent to Steve for mentoring. He is the proud father of two sons and a daughter. When he was a regional driver, and not with his family, he spent weekends driving in a local racing series in Texas.
2017 September Driver of the Month
Chris Paulson, Grand Island Express, Inc.
Chris has 24 years of commercial driving and 7 1/2 years have been with Grand Island Express. He has more than 3 million career miles. In his nomination, Lucas Mowery said, ‘Chris has a very positive attitude and can always be counted on to do the job at a high standard. He has always been safe on the job and maintains above average miles and miles per gallons. He fosters positive relationships and reaches out to others in the industry to help them have a positive experience.’ He has competed in the 2016 and 2017 Nebraska Truck Driving Championships and in his spare time, Chris likes to work on old muscle cars, work around the house, ride motorcycles and go fishing.