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ATA names 2013-2014 American's Road Team captains

The 19 America's Road Team captains have a collective 453 years of experience and over 30.1 million accident free miles.

The Trucker News Services

1/9/2013

ARLINGTON, Va.  — The American Trucking Associations Wednesday announced the captains of the association’s 2013-2014 America's Road Team.

The group of professional truck drivers, all with millions of accident-free miles, will spend the next two years representing the trucking industry and delivering its highway safety message to the motoring public.

The 19 captains, with a collective 453 years of experience and over 30.1 million accident free miles, were selected from a group of 32 finalists who competed this week before a panel of judges from the trucking industry and related fields.

The competition included a review of trucking industry expertise and a demonstration of their communication skills, combined with their community service and lifetime safety records.

“America's Road Team represents the best our industry has to offer: pride, professionalism and dedication to making our highways safer for all who travel them,” ATA President and CEO Bill Graves said. “Today as we honor our newest captains, I want to congratulate not just these fine individuals, but all those hardworking drivers who strive every day to deliver America's most essential goods safely and efficiently.”

ATA created America's Road Team in 1986.

The team represents America's 3.1 million professional drivers and serves as an example of the professional dedication and teamwork needed to deliver America's freight safely and on time, Graves said.

The road team is sponsored by Volvo Trucks North America.

“It’s an honor to welcome and congratulate the professional drivers who will be serving as captains of the 2013-2014 America’s Road Team,” said Göran Nyberg, Volvo Trucks president, North American sales and marketing. "They are outstanding representatives for the trucking industry. Volvo Trucks also thanks the companies who support these drivers and the America’s Road Team program.”

While maintaining their jobs as full-time professional drivers, the new America's Road Team captains will now travel the country speaking on behalf of the trucking industry to the community, news media and public officials. The captains will address transportation and safety issues, speaking at community events and anywhere they can reach the motoring public to share safe driving tips and offer advice on how to safely share the road with tractor-trailers.

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“The Road Team Captains also advocate safety to those within the industry at terminals and truck stops,” Graves said. “They speak with fellow drivers, driver training students and corporate safety officers. They also have the opportunity to present trucking and safety issues before our public officials, at the national, state and local levels.

To be nominated to serve as a Road Team Captain, the candidates must be employed as a company driver or leased owner-operator by a full-dues-paying member of ATA. Each nominee must have an excellent safety record and demonstrate an ability to communicate a commitment to safety and professionalism.

The 2013-2014 America’s Road Team captains, company and hometown include:

Don Biggerstaff, ABF Freight System Inc., Maiden, N.C.; John Borman, Koch Trucking, Lino Lakes, Minn.; Byron Bramwell, YRC Freight, Centerview, Mo.; Ted Carlson, FedEx Freight,     Vancouver, Wash.; Donald Conklin, YRC Freight, LaPorta, Ind.; Herschel Evans, Holland Inc.; Bremen, Ga.; Jeffrey Halford, Con-way Freight, Meridian, Idaho; Loren Hatfield, ABF Freight System Inc.; Maumelle, Ark.; Stephanie Klang, Con-way Truckload, Diamond, Mo.; John Lex, Walmart Transportation, Monroe, Ga.; Don Logan, FedEx Freight, Eskridge, Kan.; Rod Miles, Con-way Freight, Lauderhill, Fla.; Thomas Miller, Prime inc., Bunkerhill, Ill.; Otto Schmeckenbecher, ABF Freight System Inc., Little Rock, Ark.; Todd Stine, Carbon Express,  Altoona, Pa.; Clarence “Eddie” Weeks, AAA Cooper, Silver, Springs, Fla.; Nathan Wick, UPS Freight, Isanti, Minn.; Dale Williams, Trimac Transportation, Centerville, Ala.;  Bryan Wold, Con-way Freight, Reiles Acres, N.D.

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