PITTSBURGH, PA… PGT Trucking hosted a banquet on Saturday, May 19th to honor and recognize the many safe and Million Mile drivers who work at PGT Trucking. After a welcoming message and the National Anthem, the invocation was led by PGT Trucking Chaplain and former Pittsburgh Pirates first baseman Sid Bream.
Following a delicious buffet dinner, guest speaker Jack Hill, CEO of Hill International Trucks, LLC of East Liverpool addressed the banquet attendees. PGT Trucking President Gregg Troian gave the Million Mile and Safe Driver Salutation followed by the presentation of the 2017 Bill Wright, Hobert Hill, and Terminal Manager of the Year awards. CEO Pat Gallagher presented the 2017 Company Driver, Independent Contractor and Rookie Driver of the Year awards.
The 2017 Award Winners were: Bill Wright Award for Rookie Employee of the Year – Fleet Manager Lindsay Harkins; Hobert Hill Award for Agent of the Year – Chuck “Doc” Kitchen; Terminal Manager of the Year – Andrew Edwards, Blairsville, PA. The David Levin Award for Company Driver of the Year – Michael Carreon. The Harry “Buster” Barnes Award for Independent Contractor of the Year was John Burton and PGT’s Rookie Driver of the Year was Robert Ruch.
115 Safe PGT Trucking Drivers were recognized along with Million Mile Drivers, multiple Million Miler drivers and new Million Mile drivers. The following is a list of the Drivers honored:
2017 New Million Mile Drivers: Ralph Benson, David Bilbo, Terry Blankenship, Ronnie Flynn, Joe Lowe
Over One Million Safe Miles Driven: Ricky Bahnsen, Herman Blacker, Donald Bowman, Isaac Cannon, Tim Cubbon, Michael Deschenes, Larry Dworek, Patrick Foley, Rodney Freeman, James Gallatin, Kevin Gaut, David Gross, Tony Hartman, Gerald Henry, John Jenkins, Eric Kirkland, Stanley Kozlowski, Terrence Kusniar, Barry Latham, Larry Leupp, Craig Martin, Michael Martin, Jerry Mathes, Frankie Medina, Sr., Ralph Metz, Jr., Carl Minehart, David Moore, Steven Moreland, Larry Morini, Jr., Danny Richey, John Rosenbeck, Rodney Russell, James Savant, Daniel Shea, George Shea, Michael Smith, Richard Snedeker, David Stokes, Daniel Sullivan, Jeffrey Townsend, Bill Vance, Earl Williams
Over Two Million Safe Miles Driven: Clifford Bobian, Douglas Brayshaw, Rick Franklin, Jeremy Lauber, Kenneth Montgomery, Dewey Richey, Richard Steers, Bill Taylor, Carl Wilkerson, Jr.
Over Three Million Safe Miles Driven: William Dickerson, Thermond Redden
Over Four Million Safe Miles Driven: Glenn Gray, James Haas
2017 New Safe Drivers: Todd Bartlett, Chad Boettner, Daniel Broadwater, Ricky Cardwell, Llazar Cina, Johnny Claros-Herrera, Kevin Graves, James Harr, Jr., David Litzas, Donald Maxon, Charles McMullen, Jerome Mills, Nelson Naya, Thermon Phillips, III, Michael Rainier, Farrell Roberts, Richard Sherrick, Rene Tello, William Tucker, Michael Williams
2017 Drivers With More Than 5 Years of Less Than One Million Miles Driven Without A Preventable Accident: Keith Ackerman, Susan Bailing, Mark Barr, Jerry Bennett, Carlos Blandon-Espinoza, Charles Blosser, Frank Brown, Frederick Crallie, Donald Cunningham, Jr, Darryl Davis, Shawn Frazier, Peggy Glidewell, Robert Granack, Jay Jamrozy, Oral Jones, Rodney Kenneybrew, James Kingree, James Lindsay, Jose Loera, David Lund, Ronald Mack, Michael McCoy, Claude McFadden, Donald Marker, Dale Martin, Steven Michener, Marcelino Rivera, Jr., Edward Russell, Jr. David Shanks, Bill Sizemore, Alan Skroski, Lorenzo Smith, Bill Standley, Kevin Sykes, Ross Tindall, Jonathan Tipton, Robert Tudor, Andrew Utz, Ruben Villatoro, Michael Wheeler, Christopher Williams, Gregg Williams, Allen Wyant, Haddis Yemaneab, Enes Alagic, Martin Alicea, Richard Bailey, Russell Boggs, George Braun, John Burton, Wayne Campbell, Anthony Chatman, Kenneth Curtis, Raul Delgado, Scott Gordon, Tim Hearn, Clifford Heaton, Tom Kiser, Matthew Kroft, George Lapp, Gary Littlepage, Jr., Craig Marple, William Milligan, David Morrow, Vaughn Neal, John Nichol, Fred Roethemeier, Tony Sheehan, Joseph Somers, Rufus Thacker, Robert Uskurait, Michael Vevers, Mark Amezcua, Timothy Austen, Ronald Cane, Richard Davenport, Baron Gochenour, Terry Haines, Gary Hall, David Haynes, Cortez Hogan, Bill Kissell, Michael Lee, Fabian Martin, Joshua Matea, Javier Pulido, Clement Rivers, Jesus Flores, Marvin Tincher, Richard Horstman, Bill Luketic, Jr., George Smith, Stephen Corfee, Robert Gamble, Michael Stall, Gerald Ricker
Pat Gallagher stated, “I have been blessed with the trust and respect of many good people over the years. Even though we are in the trucking business, we are first and foremost in the people business. It is how we talk to and treat people that makes a difference. With your many accident-free miles and professionalism, we would like to thank you and your families for the overall benefit to PGT Trucking as we continue to move forward.”
PGT Trucking President Gregg Troian also addressed the drivers, “Trucking companies throughout North America continue to struggle finding, not just drivers, but quality and safety-minded drivers. PGT is no exception. This is why it is so important to recognize our Million Milers and all of our drivers who achieve important milestones. I’ve said before: driving a truck is a difficult and demanding job. I am extremely pleased to have so many of you driving a truck with signs that say, “The Proud Professionals.”
A special video with thank-you messages from PGT staff members to numerous drivers was screened at the banquet. Afterwards a raffle and closing remarks were made by Chief Administrative Officer Gerry Hickly. The Grand Finale was the raffling of a brand-new Ford F-150 pick-up, which was won by David Gross.
At PGT Trucking, “Safety is Everyone’s Job - All the Time.” For more information visit www.pgttrucking.com.
PGT Trucking CEO Pat Gallagher with a “Proud Professional PGT Driver.”
PGT Trucking President Greg Troian presented the Hobert Hill Award for Agent of the Year to Chuck “Doc” Kitchen.