WALCOTT, Iowa — TravelCenters of America, operator of the TA and Petro Stopping Centers travel center brands, has named the fifth annual Citizen Driver honorees during the Citizen Driver ceremony at the Iowa 80 Trucking Museum here.
Citizen Driver recognizes professional drivers who help bring respect to the truck driving profession.
TravelCenters launched the Citizen Driver program in 2013 in an effort to honor “the many great, hardworking professional truck drivers who keep our economy going,” according to Barry Richards, president and COO.
Citizen Drivers not only have an exemplary career in trucking, they are great examples of the kind of people who honor the great profession of truck driving by demonstrating their good citizenship, safety, community involvement and leadership, he said.
Each driver has picked his or her favorite TA or Petro Stopping Center location to be named after them.
Citizen Drivers will also be the recipients of individual banquets and unveiling ceremonies hosted by TA executives at their chosen locations.
Citizen Drivers honorees and the location to be named after them are:
- Roland Bolduc, TA Branford Connecticut, “Roland Bolduc Branford Travel Center”
- Ingrid R. Brown, Petro, Oklahoma City, “Ingrid R. Brown Oklahoma City Stopping Center”
- Danny and Cindy George, TA Wheat Ridge, Colorado, “Danny and Cindy George Wheat Ridge Travel Center”
- Carol Wolder-Nixon , TA North Bend, Washington, “Carol Wolder-Nixon North Bend Travel Center”
With this group of honorees, there are now 28 TA or Petro Stopping Centers locations across the country named to honor professional truck drivers.
“It’s hard to believe we’ve been honoring such hard working men and women as part of this program for five years now,” Richards said. “We could not be more proud of the character these individuals display both on the road and off, demonstrating the true spirit and grit of a professional truck driver and we hope to continue this tradition for many years to come.”
TravelCenters accepted nominations for the 2018 Citizen Drivers throughout last year, and received nominations from a wide variety of people — fleet owners and executives, other drivers, friends, husbands, wives, sons, daughters, mothers, fathers, trucking organization members, and trucking industry suppliers — wanting to recognize the deserving drivers who have touched their lives.
A panel of members of the trucking community selected the honorees.
The 2019 Citizen Driver nomination form, rules and other information will be posted to the TA and Petro Stopping Centers website in June 2018. Nominations will be accepted through September 30, 2018.
The new honorees will be announced at the 2019 Citizen Drivers Award Ceremony.
TravelCenters of America LLC, headquartered in Westlake, Ohio, offers diesel and gasoline fueling, restaurants, truck repair facilities, convenience stores and other services in 43 states and in Canada, principally under the TA and Petro Stopping Centers travel center brands and the Minit Mart convenience store brand.
For more information on TravelCenters, TA, and Petro Stopping Centers, visit www.ta-petro.com.
For more information on Minit Mart, visit www.minitmart.com.
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