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
2017 June Driver of the Month
Tom Galvin, American Ag Transport, LLC.
Tom has 42 years of commercial driving and two of those years are with American Ag Transport and include 90,000 miles. In his nominations, Marcus Dennis said, ‘Tom is a driver’s driver. His professionalism in driving and customer service is unparalleled. He has an exceptional safety record and has driven all types of commercial vehicles nationwide.” One of Tom’s points of pride on the job is his interaction with fellow drivers and clients. Tom and his wife are active in their church and in his spare time he enjoys restoring an old pickup.
2017 May Driver of the Month
Tim Anderson, ABF Freight
Tim has been a driver for ABF for almost 23 years and has accumulated three million miles in that time – all of which are accident free. Tim is a former NTDC champion in the Tanker Class. In his nomination, Trevor Wilson, said, “Tim is passionate about our industry and is always willing to do his best for the organization and his fellow drivers.” Tim is passionate about things that drive – outside of work he enjoys, dirt bikes, jet skiing and snowmobiling.
2017 April Driver of the Month
Kenneth White, Transportation Specialists, Limited
Ken started driving professionally in 1975 at the age of 21. He drove over-the-road with straight truck and tractor-trailer reefers. He started at TSL in 1990 with almost 500,000 miles under his belt and in driving locally has reached almost 1.8 million career miles in 2016! Ken is extremely safety conscious and has a 13-year membership in the President’s Safe Driver Club! This year he will receive his 24th annual safe driving award from TSL.
In his nomination, Lindsey Boe, Director of Driver Recruitment said, “Not only is he extremely reliable, Ken also has great relationships with allof the customers he services and many of them request him to take care of their loads, including a major account in Omaha. That’s music to the ears of Ken’s dispatcher!
2017 March Driver of the Month
Paul Hanson, Alpha Mail Carrier
Paul has more than 30 years of safe driving with Alpha Mail Carrier and over 36 years of employment with the Romans’ family. He has accumulated more than four million miles in his career. Nominated by Scott Roman who wrote, ‘Paul is friendly, safe, courteous and very conscientious about his and others’ safety while on the road.’ Outside of work, he is very devoted to his family.
2017 February Driver of the Month
Eric Bauman, Grand Island Express
Eric has been with Grand Island Express for 27 years, accumulating nearly four million miles. He started as a student with Grand Island Express and has been here since. His nominator commented that, ‘He is a driver that, even with his seniority, is willing to help whenever the company needs him to. Over the years, he has been a trainer and is still an active mentor to new drivers. Eric represents one of the best drivers on the road by always driving defensively and is not satisfied if he is not improving.’
Eric has more than 3.8 million accident free miles, a 23-year member of the President’s Safe Driving Club and was the first place winner in the five axle sleeper division of the 2015 Nebraska Truck Driving Championships. Eric enjoys spending time with his family and is an active member of his church.
With Eric today is his wife Tonya, MaKayla and Christie.
2017 January Driver of the Month
Butch Henderson, Crete Carrier Corporation
Butch Henderson with Crete Carrier Corporation is our January Driver of the month. Butch has 44 years and more than five million miles of commercial driving; 15 years and more than two million miles with his current employer, Crete Carrier Corporation. Butch is a great asset to Crete’s Walmart division and is well respected by everyone he interacts with. Nominated by Natalie Cole, she also stated, ‘Butch is a professional with an amazing safety record. He understands the true meaning of sharing the road with others. He has also been known to stop and help stranded motorists change tires.’ Butch and his son enjoy stock car racing and he also enjoys traveling and spending time with his children and grandchildren. Butch is pictured with his son and family, who traveled to share in this presentation. Congratulations Butch!
2016 December Driver of the Month
Jeremy Mentzer, Crete Carrier Corporation
Jeremy has been with Crete for 11 ½ years; a lifetime career of 15 years and more than two million miles. Natalie Cole, nominator, said, “Jeremy has been a great asset on our Walmart Division. He can be counted on to get the job done safely, has an impeccable safety record and is always professional. Jeremy was a trainer for nine years and gladly shares his knowledge with other drivers. He is a past recipient of the million-mile award, Presidents Safe Driving Club and most recently, a safe driving award in May of this year. Jeremy’s hobbies include hunting, woodworking, travelling and his most favorite of all – spending time with his family.
2016 November Driver of the Month
Grover ‘JR’ Camp, Grand Island Express
Our November Driver of the Month is Grover ‘JR’ Camp. JR has eight years with Grand Island Express and over 3.5 million total career miles. JR is the type of driver that is always willing to help – it doesn’t matter if it is with dispatch, a fellow driver or safety training – he is always the first to volunteer with a smile and friendly attitude. He is a very safety conscious driver that is very patient with new drivers; especially when he is working with them to improve their driving skills. He is constantly learning himself how to improve as a professional driver. He has 100 percent on-time delivery schedule with Grand Island Express. He is a recipient of the President’s Safe Driving Award and is a three-time competitor in the Nebraska Truck Driving Championships. JR enjoys spending time with his family, singing Karaoke and DJ-ing Karaoke parties.
2016 October Driver of the Month
Richard Boyd, Crete Carrier Corporation
Our October Driver of the Month is Richard Boyd. Rich has 32 years with Crete Carrier Corporation and 41 years of commercial driving. He has more than three and one-half million total 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.
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.
September 2016 Driver of the Month
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.