Trucking Elite January 2011

January 1, 2011

Werner’s Nelson Wins Trucking Hero Award

The Trucking Industry Defense Association (TIDA) is pleased to award Dave Nelson, a truck driver for Werner Enterprises, with the association’s first annual Trucking Hero Award. Nelson was truly deserving of this award, which was presented on Tuesday, Nov. 9th at TIDA’s 18th Annual Industry Seminar in Orlando, FL.

In February 2010, Nelson was traveling along I-20 near Birmingham, Ala. when he came across a woman whose car had veered off the road and hit a sign. Her 7-year old daughter was trapped in the vehicle and wasn’t breathing. The pair were traveling to pick up husband/father Air Force Capt. Ryan Carter in Texas, who had only seen his daughter for three months in the last 7 years because of duty.

Nelson swiftly rescued the girl, Vicki, from the car and after asking permission from her mother, gave her CPR for five minutes until paramedics arrived. Doctors told Mr. and Mrs. Carter that the girl only survived because of Nelson’s efforts. To this day, the family stays in touch with Nelson and are extremely grateful for his heroism. He was the only driver who stopped to provide help.

Prime Inc. Honors Drivers For Three Million Miles Of Safe Driving

Prime inc. recently honored driving associates Herman Knight and Steve Rowan for achieving three million miles of safe driving. The accomplishment, which takes drivers years of hard work and a strong commitment to safety, requires a driving record free of preventable accidents or incidents.

“I know that Prime has my safety in mind,” said Knight. “The company is very driver-oriented, making sure that the equipment is nice and well-kept.” Rowan agrees. “Prime emphasizes safety continually. It’s a priority the company and I definitely share.”
Based in Springfield, Mo., Prime inc. provides top-of-the-line equipment and benefit programs to its drivers. Safety continues to be a primary focus for the company as it provides services throughout North America. “All our trucks have state-of-the-art collision safety systems,” said Don Lacy, Prime inc. director of safety. “That’s an investment we have found well worth making because it protects not only these driving professionals but everyone on the road.”

Knight and Rowan were presented their awards at the 10-year celebration dinner for Prime employees. At the dinner, each driver received a check for $5,000, a 3-million-mile leather jacket, a decal for their truck, a lapel pin, a jacket patch, and a plaque with their name and likeness on the wall of fame in Prime’s Millennium Building. “We are honored to have drivers like Knight and Rowan who exhibit such high levels of professionalism and dedication to safety,” said Lacy. “At Prime, we’re pleased to be their partners and to support their safe, professional work. Congratulations to both of them for their achievement.”

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Boyd Bros. Provides Howard With Comfortable Lifestyle

When Dennis Howard first signed on to drive for Boyd Bros. Transportation, he knew he’d found exactly what he was looking for.
“Boyd has provided the life that I’ve always wanted,” says Howard. “I have enough money to take care of my family and do other things on top of it. I always get time off to go home when I request it. Boyd is a very family-oriented company.”

Howard recently reached two million safe miles during his 22-year career driving for Boyd Bros. Although the company recognizes drivers who reach this milestone a number of different ways, for Howard, the recognition means more than any other reward ever could.
“Every time I stop, there are guys who see the decal that Boyd put on my truck that tells everyone I’ve driven this many miles safely,” says Howard. “They congratulate me and ask what they need to do to accomplish this too. This has been an incredible goal for me to work towards. I feel very blessed.”

Boyd Bros. was recently selected as Best Fleet for Company Drivers by the Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) and CarriersEdge. Howard has been telling other drivers that Boyd is the best company to work at for years.

“I always tell them that they should come to Boyd because I work here,” jokes Howard. “In all seriousness, I tell them that they can look around, but they’ll find that Boyd has the best of everything – the best equipment, the best retirement, the best insurance – and the pay is always right.”

Boyd Bros. driver benefits include medical and life insurance plans, a referral bonus program, $1,000 sign-on bonus and the company just implemented a $0.01 pay increase for company drivers, marking the fourth raise this year.

“I love to fish, but I usually spend most of my time at home playing with my two grand-daughters,” says Howard. He and his wife of 23 years, who live in Goodwater, Ala., are very thankful for the life Boyd Bros. has helped them provide for their family.

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 visit