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April 1, 2011

Maverick Names Driver of the Year

Maverick Transportation announced Ed Tillman of Doniphan, MO, as their 2010 Driver of the Year on Friday, February 4, 2010 at their annual Driver of the Year award presentation.

“Thank you all so much,” Tillman stated with visible emotion. “There isn’t enough time for me to possibly thank everyone that has contributed to my success. I’m so honored.”

Tillman, a professional driver for four years, has been with Maverick for three years and came to Maverick through the company’s student driving program. He specifically thanked his driver trainer, Maverick’s Training Department, his fleet managers and his wife Leigh Ann.

Tillman has proven himself a leader in the company’s fleet. He is a driver instructor, a Maroon Marauder award recipient, has two safety awards, and maintains a very high MPG average. “Ed is always upbeat and has one of the best attitudes I’ve ever seen,” said Fleet Operations Manager Lea Anne Lindsey. “He is a true professional, is a pleasure to work with and definitely deserves this recognition as Driver of the Year.”

“The Driver of the Year represents the excellence of our entire organization,” said Maverick President and COO Stephen Selig.  “Our company holds this honor in very high regard.”

As Maverick’s June Driver of the Month for 2010, Tillman was recognized for his combination of safe driving, positive attitude and willingness to go above what is asked.

Every month Maverick recognizes a driver from the company’s fleet who takes pride in his or her profession and the company, employs safety, and maintains Maverick standards in all they do.  All office and driver employees then vote from the twelve Drivers of the Month to select the Driver of the Year.  As Driver of the Year, Tillman will receive an extra week of vacation time, a $2,500 bonus check, and a custom-made leather jacket.

Formed in 1980, based in Little Rock, Arkansas and operating over 1,200 units, Maverick Transportation, LLC, a division of Maverick USA, Maverick has 30 years of experience serving the flatbed, specialized, dry van, and temperature controlled transportation markets throughout North America.  To learn more about driving opportunities available with Maverick Transportation call the recruiting department at 800-289-1100.

Boyd Bros. Honors Driver for Reaching Three Million Safe Miles

For Boyd Bros. Transportation company driver Isaiah “Ike” Hamilton, staying safe on the road has always been a priority. Boyd Bros. recently honored Hamilton for achieving three million miles of safe driving during his nearly 22-year-career. This achievement, which requires driversto have a driving record free of chargeable accidents or incidents, takes drivers years of hard work, commitment and a solid relationship with their company.

“I always tell people to keep God first and stay focused on what you’re doing. It’s only natural that safety comes with that,” explains Hamilton. “A lot of it is common sense, but it takes a lot of hard work and determination to stick with it and not get distracted by everything out there.”

Boyd Bros., says Hamilton, threw a large celebration for his accomplishment and presented him with a bonus check. Hamilton also received a gold watch, belt buckle, trophy, company pin and cap.

In addition to awards for drivers like Hamilton who provide a consistently high level of service, Boyd Bros. drivers also enjoy late-model equipment to help ensure good roadside inspections, regular home time and some of the best fleet managers in the business.  Voted Best Fleet to Drive For in 2010 by the TCA and recognized as a Top 20 Finalist by the TCA in 2011, Boyd remains committed to addressing drivers’ needs and providing a culture for drivers to build a safe and successful driving career.

“I’ve always been treated fairly at Boyd Bros.,” says Hamilton. “I started my career here and I’ve never needed to look anywhere else. And now to have reached such a great goal while working for this company, I feel honored.”

In business since 1956, Boyd Bros. Transportation knows what it takes to do business right. From their headquarters in Clayton, Ala., to their terminals in Birmingham, Ala., and Cincinnati, Ohio, the employment picture at Boyd Bros. is vibrant and full of opportunity. Join the team and discover how it feels to work for a stable company that values who you are and offers the support you need to succeed.
For more information, contact Boyd Bros. at 800-543-8923 or

Prime Inc. Honors Contractors of the Year

Prime inc. recently named its 2010 Contractor of the Year award recipients. The best drivers in each division are honored with this annual award for exhibiting exceptional safety and service practices, professionalism and productivity. Winners are hand picked from among each department’s recipients of Prime’s Contractor of the Month awards for the previous year, based on their dedication to safety and several other factors, including mileage, on-time deliveries, driving record, fuel consumption, productivity and customer service.
“Our drivers are a key component of Prime’s continued success,” said Stan Auman, Prime inc. dispatch manager in the refrigerated division. “The 2010 contractors of the year are the perfect example of the hard work and commitment tosafety Prime is known for.”

The following individuals were recognized with Prime’s 2010 Contractor of the Year awards:

Refrigerated Division: Independent Contractor Kirk Allen; Company Driver Luther Smith; and Team Drivers Rickie Branham and Ernest Medina. Flatbed Division: Independent Contractor David Rundle and Company Driver Terry Riley. Tanker Division: Independent Contractor Michael A. Tucker and Company Driver Tracy J. Vierhout.

“These drivers have proven their commitment to on-time delivery, fuel efficiency and safety, as well as customer service,” said Auman. “It is an honor to recognize these drivers as part of the Prime family.”

Each 2010 Contractor of the Year receives a personalized achievement plaque on permanent display in Prime’s Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mo. They also each receive a free Prime jacket, $1,000 cash and a gift certificate for the Prime store.

Congratulations to Prime’s 2010 Contractors of the Year.  For more information on Prime’s services or career opportunities, visit

Trimac Transportation Wins 2011 Best Fleets to Drive For by the TCA

The Truckload Carrier Association (TCA) and CarriersEdge announced Trimac Transportation as a winner of the 2011 Best Fleets to Drive For award. The award recognizes North American carriers whom provide the best work environments for their drivers and operate at least 10 or more trucks. Nominations poured in during the fall of 2010. A series of interviews, conducted by CarriersEdge, with human resource representatives and executives took place evaluating Trimac’s corporate direction, policies, and programs.
“After each contest and survey cycle, we compile and widely publicize the best practices of each winning fleet. The results are a snapshot of excellence. It’s only natural for drivers and fleets to want to be a part of this,” says John Kaburick, chairman of TCA.
The following scoring matrix came into play as Trimac soared to the Top 20 list, making the final cut.

• Total compensation package, including base pay, bonuses, vacation, and sick
day allotment
• Health benefits
• Pension plans
• Professional development opportunities (training, coaching programs, etc.)
• Career path/advancement opportunities
• Commitment to employee personal growth, including work/life balance, driver family support, and employee-directed charitable contributions
• Commitment to continuous improvement, including dispute resolution processes and inclusion of driver feedback in policymaking
• Team building and driver community development activities
• Annual driver turnover rate and efforts to improve
• Fleet safety record

Trimac is the premier provider of bulk trucking services in North America, as well asrelated logistics, tank maintenance and cleaning services. If you want to be with a 2011 winner of The Best Fleets To Drive For, call us today at 877-914-4374 or visit us online at today!