Con-way Freight Driver Named to ATA’S “America’s Road Team”
ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Con-way Freight, a less-than-truckload carrier and subsidiary of Con-way Inc. has announced that the American Trucking Associations (ATA) has named Dennis Day, a Con-way driver from Lawrenceville, Ga., to its premier “America’s Road Team” for 2007-2008.
The 16 captains comprising “America’s Road Team” will spend the next two years representing the trucking industry and delivering its highway safety message to the motoring public, the media, fellow drivers, driver training students, and at community and school events. They will also have the opportunity to talk with public officials about truck safety and security issues, as well as the importance of the trucking industry.
Members of “America’s Road Team” were selected from 35 finalists nominated by their respective organizations. To qualify for the team each finalist went before a panel of judges from the trucking industry and media, and was evaluated for knowledge of trucking industry safety issues and practices. In addition the drivers’ community service experience was reviewed, as well as their interview and communications skills. Overall, members of the 2007-2008 “America’s Road Team” have a collective 366 years of driving experience and nearly 30.5 million accident-free miles. Only candidates who are company drivers or owner-operators for a full-dues-paying ATA member company are considered.
“Dennis has achieved an extraordinary safety record over his long tenure as a professional truck driver, and he is truly deserving of this distinction,” said David S. McClimon, president of Con-way Freight. “Safety is paramount in this industry, and having someone like Dennis — who lives out our safety message every day — involved in educating and informing the motoring public about this issue has great merit. Dennis will serve as an excellent representative for the three million truck drivers who keep freight moving in this country.”
Day, who hails from Lawrenceville, Ga., has been a professional truck driver for 27 years and has driven more than two million accident-free miles. In addition, he has earned an impressive amount of safety honors, winning the Georgia State Truck Driving Championship seven times and receiving Georgia’s Driver of the Year award in 1998 from the Georgia Motor Trucking Association (GMTA). Day has served as a member of Georgia’s Road Team for two years and has consistently demonstrated a commitment to safety and professional performance that made him uniquely qualified for the national ATA team. Day is also an active member of several industry organizations, including Highway Watch and Trucker Buddy.
Day joins a distinguished list of Con-way drivers who have been selected over the years as captains for the ATA’s “America’s Road Team.” These include Bob Diaz, Bruce Andrews, Mark Stamper, Linda Nodland, Al Gerber, Darren Beard, Ina Daly, David May and Jeff Vermillion.
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