Thomas, who has been a professional truck driver for 13 years, took the top honor after competing in a variety of skill and safety tests. He has competed in two WV Truck Driving Championships, earning "Rookie of the Year" in 2017.
Traci Nelson, President of the West Virginia Trucking Association, said, "The purpose of the Truck Driving Championship is to give trucking professionals the opportunity to test their driving and safety skills against their West Virginia peers. The competition mirrors what professional truck drivers must do day-in and day-out to maintain safety records unmatched by any other segment of the driving public."
In addition to the driving competition, which included 32 professional truck drivers representing multiple West Virginia-based motor freight companies, the association recognized drivers for their 2017 safety accomplishments during an awards ceremony Saturday evening.
Nelson said Keith Miller of Marlinton, WV, who drives for Burns Motor Freight, was honored with the WV Professional Driver of the Year Award. Miller has driven over 2.5 million miles in his 39-year career with no accidents.
Harold Saunders who works for Walmart Transportation and is a Huntington resident, was honored with the State Police Safety Award. Saunders has driven more than 4 million miles in his 44-year career with no accidents.
Bruce Chapman a driver with Walmart Transportation and a Huntington resident, earned the West Virginia Public Service Commission Driver of the Year Award. Chapman has driven for 40 years and has logged over 2.5 million miles with no accidents.
Other winners include:
- First Place Straight Truck – Charles Randolph, Belle, WV, Pitt Ohio,
- First Place 3-Axle Tractor Semi-trailer – James May, Sitka, KY, FedEx Freight
- First Place 4-Axle Tractor Semi-trailer – Randy Thomas, Cross Lanes, WV, FedEx Freight
- First Place 5-Axle Van – Jason Smith, Valley Bend, WV, Walmart Transportation
- First Place Tank Truck – Jeremy Thomas, Cross Lanes, WV, FedEx Freight
- First Place Flatbed – Paul Norman, Tad, WV, Pitt Ohio
- First Place Twin Trailers – Greg Brooks, Huntington, WV; FedEx Freight
- First Place Sleeper Berth – William Adkins, South Point, OH, FedEx Freight
- First Place Step Van – Neil Austen, Beckley, WV, FedEx Ground
- Pre-Trip Inspection Award – Charles Randolph, Belle, WV, Pitt Ohio
- Rookie of the Year: Neil Austen, Beckley, WV, FedEx Ground
- Team Champion Award: Pitt Ohio
All first-place drivers will compete in the American Trucking Associations’ National Truck Driving Championship – also known as the Super Bowl of Safety – taking place in Columbus, OH August 15-18.
With America’s biggest game of the year headed to U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota this weekend, millions of Americans are already planning their Gameday parties. While planning the menu, have you thought about how all those classic football foods get to your table? The answer is simple: Trucks.
To illustrate just how big of an impact the trucking industry has on the big game, the Minnesota and American Trucking Associations created an infographic (below) to show the role trucking will play in delivering perhaps one of most important parts of the game…the snacks. On February 4th, Americans will consume over:
- 100 truckloads of popcorn
- 350 truckloads of potato chips
- 668 truckloads of avocados
- 1,562 truckloads of chicken wings, and
- Over 36,166 truckloads of beer.
Charleston, W.Va. (August 22, 2017) - The West Virginia Oil Marketers & Grocers Association (OMEGA), the trade association which represents the state’s convenience stores, independent grocers and petroleum marketers, has appointed Traci Nelson president of the organization, representatives announced.
“Given her more than 20 years of experience working with OMEGA and its membership, there is no one more qualified to lead the organization than Traci,” said OMEGA Chairman Joe DeFazio. “She knows our issues, understands trade association management and for those reasons, was a unanimous choice to lead us into the future.”
Nelson said, “I’m humbled by the faith and trust of the OMEGA Board in giving me this opportunity. There was no greater mentor than Jan Vineyard, who led the organization so capably for the past two decades. She set a high bar and I plan to do my best to live up to it in terms of advocating for our issues and serving our membership.”
Nelson has worked for OMEGA since 1995 and has held the role of Member Services Coordinator since 2006, when OMEGA took over management of the West Virginia Trucking Association (WVTA). OMEGA took over management of the West Virginia Wholesalers Association (WVWA) in 2013 and the Independent Insurance Agents of West Virginia (IIAWV) in 2014.
As president of OMEGA, Nelson also manages the day-to-day operations of the WVTA, the WVWA and the IIAWV. Nelson is also serving her third term as president of the West Virginia Society of Association Executives (WVSAE).
For additional information, contact Traci Nelson at (304) 343-5500, or via email at email@example.com.
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