The defining quality of a “Citizen Driver” honoree comes down to one word. Leadership.
In announcing the 2017 Citizen Driver honorees during a luncheon Friday at the Mid-America Trucking Show, TravelCenters of America president and CEO Tom O’Brien says every winner in the four-year history of the award has been a leader in their professional and personal lives. TravelCenters of America operates TA and Petro Stopping Centers.
“These drivers take a leadership role in helping the public become aware of the good truckers are doing in their communities,” O’Brien said.
Five truckers were recognized as “Citizen Drivers” – professional drivers who help bring respect to the truck driving profession. Each driver picks their favorite TA or Petro Stopping Centers location, to be named after them. Citizen Drivers also receive individual banquets and unveiling ceremonies hosted by TA executives at those locations. Four of the 2017 honorees are OOIDA members.
The Citizen Driver program launched in 2013 to honor hardworking, professional truckers. Honorees aren’t chosen just for exemplary safety records, however. The award places a premium on being positive examples and role models within their communities. There are now 24 TA or Petro Stopping Centers locations across the country named to honor professional truck drivers.
TA and Petro Stopping Centers will post nominating forms for the 2018 awards on their website in June. Nominations are accepted throughout 2017. Next year’s honorees will be announced at the 2018 Drivers Award Ceremony at the Iowa 80 TA in Walcott, Iowa.
Greg Grisolano, associate editor, joined Land Line in 2013. His passion is finding and telling compelling stories about the people who make up the trucking industry. Greg is a graduate of Pittsburg State University, Pittsburg, Kan.