Con-way Truckload Announces 2011 Drivers of the Year, Recognizes December Drivers of the Month Drivers in Four Categories Receive Company's Top Honor for Outstanding Performance
JOPLIN, MO… Con-way Truckload announced its 2011 Drivers of the Year — the company’s highest recognition — along with the December Drivers of the Month.
The Driver of the Year winners include solo and team drivers who were named Drivers of the Month in 2011. Award criteria included dedication to safety, professional service and exemplary performance. Con-way Truckload recognized the drivers during an awards ceremony at its Joplin headquarters in early January.
2011 Drivers of the Year:
• Company Driver of the Year, Brian Glover of Lincoln, Neb., joined Con-way Truckload in 2003 and has been driving professionally for 18 years. He began driving with his wife Georgina after serving in the military, and they have two children, Jeanette and Andrew.
• Stockbridge, Ga., resident William Coffman was named Contractor Driver of the Year. He began driving in 1973, and says it is “just something I have always wanted to do.” When not on the road, Coffman enjoys spending time with his wife Nancy, their four children and five grandchildren.
• Company Team of the Year includes Lee Chapman of Oceanside, Calif., and Bernard Richter of San Diego, both of whom began driving as a second career. In his free time, Chapman enjoys restoring classic cars, while Richter’s hobbies include flying, sailing, and spending time with his wife Rosie and their four children.
• Allan and Marian Bruton of Tulsa, Okla., are double award recipients, being recognized for Contractor Team of the Year and for the December Contractor Team of the Month. They began their professional truck driving career with Con-way Truckload in 1988 and have driven more than 4.7 million miles collectively. They have two children, Teresa and Chris.
“It’s always a special day for me when I’m able to personally recognize the Drivers of the Year for their efforts,” said Saul Gonzalez, Chief Operating Officer. “Our 2011 honorees choose to go above and beyond the call of duty in every aspect of their job performance. They do more than simply drive a truck — they ensure the safety of the motoring public, the satisfaction of our customers and our success as a company. I congratulate and thank them for their commitment to Con-way Truckload.”
Each category nominee was recognized and commended, while individual winners were presented with prizes for their achievement: an official Con-way Truckload jacket, a customized award plaque, a personalized Con-way Truckload watch, a cash prize, and an official proclamation from the Missouri State Senate. The Drivers of the Year were also inducted into the Con-way Truckload Hall of Fame.
Also recognized at the awards ceremony were the December Drivers of the Month. Company driver Charles (Chuck) Spitler of Greenville City, Ill., has driven more than 2.3 million miles and has worked as a trainer for the company for 12 years. John Newkirk of Jay, Okla., is December’s Contractor Driver of the Month. He enjoys being on the road, but believes “the perfect trip is the one that takes you home.” Also recognized as Drivers of the Month, contractor team Allan and Marian Bruton are joined by company team drivers Daniel Schreiner of Wildwood, Fla., and Mikel Eirman of Brooksville, Fla., who are December’s Company Team of the Month. Schreiner and Eirman advise fellow drivers to “be patient, know their limits, and always use their best judgment.”