Driver of the Year Award
Congratulations 2023 Recipient, Robert Svoboda, Jr., Walmart Transportation
Applications for 2023 are now closed.
The TXTA Driver of the Year Award is presented by the TXTA Safety Management Council (SMC) and sponsored by Roberts, Cunningham & Stripling LLP. The recipient is selected from the best truck drivers operating in the state of Texas. After being nominated by their companies, drivers are rated in categories such as number of miles traveled without a chargeable accident, consistency, politeness on the road and tenure. The TXTA Driver of the Year represents TXTA in the American Trucking Association (ATA) competition for the National Driver of the Year title.
Nominated drivers have exhibited an outstanding deed, heroism or highway courtesy, an exceptional contribution to highway safety, and/or a long record of safe and courteous driving. Nominated drivers should have an exemplary driving record and represent the best aspects of the driving profession.
Drivers must be affiliated with a TXTA member company and a Texas resident to be eligible for this prestigious award. The winner receives a Driver of the Year plaque, commemorative ring and Driver of the Year jacket. For more information, please contact Lance Shillingburg firstname.lastname@example.org
2023 Robert Svoboda, Jr., Walmart Transportation2022 Thes Freeney, Brookshire Grocery Company
2021 James L. Caldwell, CKJ Transport
2020 Jorge Chavez, Jetco Delivery
2019 David Hrachovy, TransChem USA, LLC
2018 Dennis Renfrow, Central Freight Lines
2017 Gary Hinze, Central Freight Lines
2016 Rick Pledger, Walmart Transportation
2015 Daniel C. Phillips, Genox Transportation, Inc.
2014 Elbert Lavoy Grider, Central Freight Lines
2013 Gary Babbitt, Central Freight Lines
2012 Ronald C. Fuller, Central Freight Lines
2011 Randy Peterson, DART
2010 Tony Jones, Central Freight Lines
2009 William Ash, Central Freight Lines
2008 David Bolden, H.E.B.
2007 Wayne Lowe, FFE
2006 Donald Hyatt, Central Freight Lines
2005 Larry Springer, Central Freight Lines
2004 Fread Cienlencki, Jr., FedEx Freight East
2003 Artermio Trevino, Plains Marketing
2002 Donald Capps, Central Freight Lines
2001 C.W. Lyons, Roadway Express