BATON ROGUE, La. — The Louisiana Motor Transport Association (LMTA) Foundation has named Kenny Stocks of The R Group II as the 2023 Louisiana Safety Professional of the Year and Nelson Landry with South Louisiana Community College as the 2023 Louisiana Truck Driver of the Year.
These awards, which were given out at a ceremony on March 4, are part of the LMTA Foundation’s mission to highlight industry safety professionals and professional drivers for improving safety and the image of trucking every day, according to a news release.
“LMTA’s Safety Management Council members are nominated as the Safety Professional of the Year for their outstanding contributions to advancing their company’s fleet safety,” the news release stated. “Nominees are selected based on their outstanding commitment to safety, willingness to work with the trucking industry, exceptional work record and personal work ethics.”
The Louisiana Truck Driver of the Year award nominees are current commercial driver’s license holders who have established a long record of safe and courteous driving while displaying highway heroism and have made an outstanding contribution to the industry.
“Our Safety Professional and Truck Driver of the Year are the heart of our industry’s workforce,” Renee Amar, executive director of the LMTA Foundation, said. “This year’s recipients showcase the best of Louisiana’s trucking industry. We had a group of outstanding applicants for both awards, and it was an extremely competitive year.”
Stocks was nominated by the R Group II for his accomplishments as the company’s first-ever dedicated safety officer overseeing a fleet of more than 75 vehicles.
“In his two years with the company, Stocks has prioritized education and compliance within the fleet and with drivers, strengthening the company’s safety culture and raising each employee’s safety profile,” the news release stated.
Stocks has also created a comprehensive onboarding and training program, reducing the number and severity of citations with the company’s fleet while introducing new programs, such as incentivizing safe drivers and implanting fleet evaluation metrics.
Stocks holds more than 30 years of safety and compliance experience within the trucking history and 14 years of military service in the United States Marine Corps.
“A testament to Stocks’ impact, D&J Construction, a company under the R Group II, received the LMTA’s Most Improved award this year for significantly reducing the company’s reported incidents,” the news release noted.
Meanwhile, Landry has dedicated 31 years to the trucking industry. Nominated by South Louisiana Community College (SLCC), where he serves as the lead examiner, he received his commercial license in 1992. During his career, he has driven more than 3 million miles with a zero-accident record.
“While driving professionally, Landry was known to go out of his way to help those in need, once entering Florida during a hurricane to deliver generators for radio stations and hospitals during a mandatory evacuation, riding out the storm in his truck and staying to help in the aftermath,” the news release stated. “Landry’s dedication to helping others has continued into his retirement as for the past seven years. He has worked with SLCC turning his time and talents over to teaching the next generation of drivers, significantly impacting the incoming workforce for the trucking industry.”
As the 2023 Louisiana Truck Driver of the Year, Landry will be featured on the cover of Open Road magazine, as well as featured on a select number of billboards across the state during the month of September, celebrating National Truck Driver Appreciation week.
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