Announcing DMC Insurance’s 2021 Driver of the Year

January 2022

Bill Nearhoof of PITT OHIO has been named DMC Insurance’s 2021 Driver of the Year. All companies insured by DMC were invited to nominate up to three drivers for consideration for this prestigious award. Bill was unanimously selected as the winning driver by the Driver of the Year judging committee, comprised of trucking industry experts. The award and accompanying prize package were presented to Bill during National Truck Driver Appreciation Week on Monday, September 13, 2021, at the PITT OHIO Baltimore, MD terminal. Representatives from DMC Insurance and PITT OHIO’s executive team were onsite to recognize Bill. 

DMC Insurance representatives recognize Bill Nearhoof as the 2021 DMC Driver of the Year at the recognition ceremony in Baltimore, MD. L to R: Dean Yockey, Nominator and Manager of Training & Development, PITT OHIO; Jeff Mercadante, VP of Safety, PITT OHIO; Vikas Shah, EVP of Sales and Product, DMC Insurance; Bill Nearhoof, winning Driver of the Year, PITT OHIO; Dennis Shinault, Director of Risk Engineering Services, DMC Insurance;  Jon Guidry, Baltimore Terminal Manager, PITT OHIO

Bill has been a professional driver for 44 years, dedicating the past 41 of those years as an evening-shift linehaul driver for PITT OHIO out of their Baltimore, MD terminal. He has accumulated over 3.8 million miles without ever being in an accident or incurring a traffic violation. In addition to his safe-driving record, Bill is a certified Smith System instructor that has trained over a hundred drivers as a lead trainer for PITT OHIO. Bill served in the U.S. Navy and still actively contributes to the Maryland Food Bank, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, and VFW Post 6321. “40 years working nights is just astonishing,” said Jon Guidry, the Baltimore terminal manager. “I think it’s important for people to understand how remarkable it is for Bill to have his safety record with all that he does and working nights for over 40 years.”

The DMC Driver of the Year Award is an annual program held to identify and celebrate DMC’s insureds’ best-in-class drivers. The judging committee scores nominees based on driving record, involvement in the community, involvement as a mentor within their company, and other areas where they have displayed leadership efforts. The recognition ceremony for Bill took place during National Truck Driver Appreciation Week, and all drivers and staff at his home terminal in Baltimore received an appreciation meal, giveaways, and raffle items sponsored by DMC in Bill’s honor.

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