MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The American Trucking Associations’ Safety Management Council has named Curtis Carr of Estes Express Lines as the winner of the 2017 National Safety Director Award.
The award was presented during the Awards Banquet at the ATA Safety, Security and Human Resources National Conference and Exhibition in Memphis.
“Curtis is a well-respected safety expert throughout our industry and the results of his leadership speak volumes about his approach to safety and interaction with the wider trucking community,” said American Trucking Associations President and CEO Chris Spear. “One only has to look to recent successes at Estes to see evidence of Curtis’ leadership. The company won six ATA SMC safety awards just last year and continues to improve safety on our nation’s highways under Curtis’ direction.”
ATA’s SMC National Safety Director Award has been presented since 1960.
Candidates for the award are experts in their field, educating and training truck drivers and safety professionals to ensure safety is the priority for all sectors of the industry. Nominations for the award are reviewed by past winners, and ultimately selected by representatives of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance and law enforcement officials.
Carr began his career at Estes Express Lines in 1993 as an area safety supervisor.
In 1997, he became the company’s director of safety and in 1998 he rose to vice president of safety and risk management.
His trucking career began in 1989 as environmental manager at Carolina Freight and he has continued to work in a trucking safety capacity ever since.
Spear said that under Carr’s supervision, Estes Express Lines implemented new individualized situational training programs, opened strong channels of communication throughout the company, and emphasized incentive awards programs and campaigns.
At Estes, Carr oversees nearly 8,000 professional truck drivers who travel more than half a billion miles each year.
Carr’s leadership goes beyond his work at Estes. He has served as chairman, vice chairman, second vice chairman and treasurer of ATA’s Safety Management Council. He is active in the Virginia Trucking Association Safety Management Council, the Virginia Governors Board of Transportation Safety as a board member, and the EPA Smartway Transportation Advisory Committee.
As a longtime North Carolinian, Carr graduated from the University of North Carolina in 1984 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.