Driver of the Year Award

Congratulations 2021 TXTA Driver of the Year James Caldwell, CKJ Transport!


 

Photo of 2020 TXTA Driver of the Year James Caldwell

From left: TXTA President and CEO John D. Esparza, Newt Cunningham, Roberts, Cunningham & Stripling LLP, 2021 TXTA Driver of the Year James L. Caldwell, CKJ Transport, and TXTA Past Chairman Jonathan Kennemer, CKJ Transport. Photo credit Tyler Schmitt.

 

Photo of 2020 TXTA Driver of the Year James Caldwell

2021 TXTA Driver of the Year James L. Caldwell, CKJ Transport, TXTA Past Chairman Jonathan Kennemer, CKJ Transport, and the Caldwell family. Photo credit Tyler Schmitt.

 

Eligibility

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 lance@texastrucking.com


Recipients

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


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