Announcing the Best of Landstar’s Best & the 2nd Truck Winner of 2012
July 23, 2012
Landstar System, Inc., a non-asset based provider of integrated supply chain solutions delivering safe, specialized transportation and logistics services, paid tribute to the best and safest of Landstar’s owner-operators at a brand new event held in their honor this month. The Landstar BCO All-Star Weekend featured an exclusive second truck giveaway for 2012, plus an awards program inducting 10 Landstar business capacity owners (BCOs) as Landstar Roadstars and 157 BCOs as Landstar Million Mile Safe Drivers.
BCO is Landstar’s term for the independent contractors who provide the company with transportation capacity under exclusive lease arrangements. This select group of BCOs was recognized during the weekend-long event held in Orlando, Florida July 6 – 8 for their outstanding safety records and professionalism behind the wheel.
Collectively, these 157 BCOs have safely driven a total of 174 million miles – a distance that would cover the 4 million miles of public roads in the United States 44 times. On average, it takes a truck operator 10 years to travel a million miles. This distance would take the typical driver of a passenger vehicle 67 years – around the time of their 83rd birthday – to complete.
“Landstar Million Millers are committed to making the roads safer for us all, and for that, they deserve the highest of praise,” said Landstar Chairman, President and CEO Henry Gerkens. “We are especially proud to announce the induction of the company’s third 4 Million Mile Safe Driver, Ray Dillard.”
Of the 699 total number of active Landstar Million Mile Safe Drivers, 10 earned the distinction of becoming Landstar Roadstars. Roadstars are chosen for their consistently high levels of safety, productivity and excellent customer service. Each has also been previously recognized as a Landstar Million Mile Safe Driver. The addition of this class raises the total number of active Landstar Roadstars to 199 BCOs who have been honored since the company began presenting the award in 1990.
“These select professionals are the best of the best,” said Gerkens. “We could not be more proud of our newest Landstar Roadstars, who epitomize professionalism behind the wheel. Their outstanding productivity and safety records raise the bar for the entire industry.”
And for the first time ever awarded, one Roadstar earned the new Landstar BCO Lifetime Achievement Award – now the highest level of recognition a Landstar BCO can earn.
Gerkens continued, “We are honored to present the inaugural Landstar BCO Lifetime Achievement Award this year to a most deserving BCO, Mr. Scotty Collett.” Collett, a Landstar 4 Million Mile Safe Driver, has been recognized for his professionalism many times over. In 2006, he was named National Safety Council Driver of the Year. In 2009, he was Overdrive’s Trucker of the Month for July. Earlier this year, he received the Specialized Carriers & Rigging Association 2011 Million Miler Award for Safety Excellence.
The weekend wrapped up once the winner of the Landstar/Peterbilt Giveaway truck was revealed Saturday evening. Each Landstar Million Miler and each Roadstar automatically received one entry. Those attending the Landstar BCO All-Star Weekend received an additional entry. During the events of the first evening, nine names were drawn. The list of entrants was narrowed to 5 during Saturday night’s event, before one lucky BCO selected the winning truck keys from the 5 sets available.
“I won? I really won?” asked Harold Stewart, the shocked winner of the Landstar/Peterbilt Truck. “This just couldn’t have come at a better time.”
Class of 2011 Landstar Roadstars inducted this year:
Felix Arnone, Grand Bay, AL; John Chastain, Anderson, IN; Hank Faber, Fishers, IN; Brian Legg, Navarre, OH; Michael McAuliffe, Dawson Springs, KY; Marleen Nestell, Boulder City, NV; Beverly Peterson, Grand Rapids, MN; Jim Smith, Drake’s Branch, VA; Gary Wahl, Lowell, WI and Peter Wood, Shelburne Falls, MA.
The Class of 2011 Landstar Million Mile Safe Drivers inducted this year include:
Four Million Miler
Ray Dillard, Cadiz, KY
Two Million Milers
Keith Campbell, Fonthill, ON; Michael Chambers, Hamburg, NY; Todd Deerhake, New Knoxville, OH; Jeffrey Dominicis, Shillington, PA; Howard Gross, Myerstown, PA; Ellis Helton, Rogersville, TN; John Hinckley, Oceanside, CA; Barry McLarty, Winnipeg, MB; Karl Moreland, Duncan, OK; David Presar, Wapakoneta, OH; Charles Shephard, Ellsinore, MO; Charles Spradling, New London, NC; Charles Tunstall, Timmonsville, SC; Lynn Wixom, Houston, TX
One Million Mile Safe Drivers
Bruce Alvey, Jacksonville, FL; Eddie Andrade, Jacksonville, FL; John Ard, Centreville, AL; Jamie Baker, Rocky Face, GA; Jeffrey Baker, Wooster, OH; Calvin Baker, Jr., Suffolk, VA; Jon Barta, Milton, FL; Nolan Belfon, Deltona, FL; Stewart Biegler, Garland, NC; Ronnie Birdwell, Goodletsville, TN; Jake Bons, Elk Grove Village, IL; Kevin Bouchard, Lincoln, ME; Willie Bradley, Emelle, AL; Randy Briggs, Lake City, FL; Dale Burke, Strongsville, OH; Billy Cagle, Wadesboro, NC; Enoch Caldwell, Englewood, FL; Teri Chandler, Middleburg, FL; Art Ciochon, Brantford, ON; Jerry Coffey, Lima, OH; Guy Comstock, Eustis, FL; Tommy Cox, Moultrie, GA; Roy Crowder, Jacksonville, FL; Paul Currie, Humble, TX; Joe Daniels, Hueytown, AL; David Darnes, Greenwood, LA; Glenn Dawson, Kilgore, TX; Tom Dawson, Sparta, TN; Todd Deetz, Morgan, UT; Larry Dunagan, Osgood, IN; Cliff Everett, Bivins, TX; Ray Evins, Pomona, MO; Thomas Falley, Ft. Worth, TX; Kevin Felkins, New Caney, TX; Gary Fields, Williamstown, WV; Leon Findley, Tecumseh, MI; Rob Flagg, Melbourne, FL; Kevin Forbes, Bryan, OH; Rick Fuentes, Cedar Hill, TX; Dennis Fuss, Missoula, MT; Bob Gale, Luther, OK; Joe Gamble, Kingstree, SC; Jacquie Gardner, Bloomfield, IN; Laura Gardner, Vail, AZ; Pat Gardner, Lincoln, NE; Hector Gonzalez, National City, CA; Mike Gowitzka, Shiloh, OH; Gail Grantham, Edgewood, NM; Richard Hall, Jr., Ocala, FL; Sidney Harlan, Hearne, TX; Roy Hathaway, Sanford, FL; Herbert Hill, Clyde, TX; David Hofmeister, Berthoud, CO; Len Hong, Jefferson, MO; Eric Humphrey, Washington, MO; Calvin Jackson, Lake City, SC; Larry James, Nashville, NC; Lance Johnson, Laredo, TX; Steve Johnston, Dardanelle, AR; Michael Jolly, Starkville, MS; Charles Jones, Jacksonville, FL; James Kelly, Miden, LA; Tom Kelly, Steeleville, IL; Delmar King, Belleville, PA; Terry Kramer, Winnie, TX; John LaCasse, New Braunfels, TX; Randy Ladd, Jackson, GA; Harry LaMont, Scottsville, KY; Jim Lawrence, Versailles, IL; Bill Laws, Normalville, PA; Mike Leary, St. Petersburg, FL; Jim Lloyd, Union City, PA; Rod Lorenz, Whitewater, WI; Kevin Luppen, Alden, IA; John Mahaney, S. Sioux City, NE; Dan Marg, Newell, AL; Dave Matheny; Parkersburg, WV; David Matl, Gonzales, TX; Shelton McCoy, Salem, OH; Teddy McCullough, Breckenridge, TX; Bryan McNair, DeRidder, LA; Danial Metcalf, Lone Jack, MO; Jeff Mikel, Cleveland, TN; Roger Miller, Mosheim, TN; Cesar Monterrozo, Victorville, CA; Paul Morlock, Franklin, KS; Ron Morris, Shelbyville, TN; William Morris, Tullahoma, TN; Donald Nepton, St. Augustine, FL; Marleen Nestell, Boulder City, NV; Dave Newman, Summit, MS; Ray Nickels, Marshfield, MO; Paul Nickles, Lee’s Summit, MO; Al Nicolaus, Oxford, WI; Gary O’Donnell, Apache Junction, AZ; Edward O’Ryan, Chouteau, OK; Everett Palmiter, Apison, TN; Mark Panzik, Penn Yan, NY; Clifford Parker, Hiltons, VA; Mike Parker, W. Leipsic, OH; Jeff Parnell, Nacogdoches, TX; Russell Peters, Yazoo City, MS; Robert Porter, Granbury, TX; Rick Rankin, Columbiana, OH; Vincent Raymo, Kilmarnock, VA; Alfonso Rodriguez, Milton, ON; Joseph Rodriquez, Kingman, AZ; Dennis Rotondo, Redlands, CA; Gary Rubright, Port Orange, FL; Edin Sagastume, Grand Prairie, TX; Michael Salick, Oberlin, PA; Randy Scates, Reagan, TN; Clarence “Buster” Schaefer, Union City, PA; Mike Shaffer, Pleasant Lake, IN; Bobby Smith, Wichita Falls, TX; James Smith, Bowman, GA; Jason Smith, Garland, TX; John Spangler, Holland, OH; Daniel St. Louis, Apple Valley, CA; Cezar Stefanescu, Jamestown, NC; Jim Taylor, Manitowoc, WI; Steve Taylor, Bunnlevel, NC; Levi Thornberry, Vincent, OH; Tom Till, Grovetown, GA; Charles Trader, Hillsboro, IL; Lloyd Tubbs, Friendship, WI; Paul Turner, Kiowa, OK; Victor Vallarta, Bloomington, CA; Steve Van Dyke, Ava, MO; Ed Wallace, Horn Lake, MS; Bob Watson, Owosso, MI; Randy Welge, Litchfield, IL; Jim White, Roanoke, VA; William Whitworth, Excelsior Springs, MO; Wayne Williams, Beulaville, NC; Dale Wilson, Salina, KS; Tom Wink, Cedar Rapids, IA; Gary Wire, Tucson, AZ; Tomasz Wojtal, Mississauga, ON; John Woodall, Elgin, TX; Gerald Workman, Sarnia, ON; Mark Yeager, Phoenixville, PA
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