Thanks A Million!   PGT Trucking’s Million Mile And Safe Driver Celebration

Steve Pollock
July 2023

PITTBSURGH, PA…. Premier flatbed carrier PGT Trucking held their annual awards banquet on May 20 at Acrisure Stadium in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to recognize and honor their Million Mile and Safe Drivers.  It was an elegant event with hundreds of PGT Trucking drivers and their guests dressed to the nines.  In addition to a delicious catered dinner and cocktail hour, there was a Caricature Artist, 360º Photo Booth, Professional Cigar Roller, and Whiskey Tasting.

The following is a message from Pat Gallagher, PGT Trucking’s Chief Executive Officer:  “The proudest of the Proud Professionals, our Million Mile and Safe Drivers.  By achieving the criteria necessary to be eligible for these prestigious awards, you are recognized as the very pinnacle of what it takes to make this company successful.  Without your efforts and attention to detail regarding safety, PGT Trucking would never have achieved 42 years in business.  I am honored to join you in celebration of all you have accomplished and sincerely thank you for being such a valuable part of the PGT family.”

President Gregg Troian offered the following message to PGT drivers: “The dedication, commitment and professionalism of our Million Mile and Safe Drivers are unmatched across the PGT fleet.  These Proud Professionals are truly deserving of this accolade, and I applaud their outstanding job performance.”

PGT’s Safe Drivers have driven for the company for more than five years, but less than one million miles, without a safety incident, and Million Mile Drivers have accomplished this pristine status by driving one million miles or more without a safety incident. PGT’s Premier Professionals are the safest and most reliable drivers in the company’s fleet, and they maintain superior performance levels at all times.

PGT has recognized its Million Mile and Safe Drivers for more than 20 years, and the Million Mile and Safe Driver Celebration is the leading event for PGT drivers, office staff and their guests.

Rick Simpson, Vice President of Asset Management, offered the Premier Professional, Million Mile and Safe Driver Salutation before the presentation of the 2022 awards by members of PGT Trucking Leadership. 

The top award winners for the evening include Lindsay Brown, Terminal Manager of the Year; Mike Rowley, recipient of the Hobert Hill Award for Agent of the Year; Caitlin Svetahor, recipient of the Bill Wright Award for Team Player of the Year; Sharyn Stewart, PGT MVP of the Year; Kathy Happ, recipient of the President’s Award; William “BJ” Brett, Safety Professional of the Year; Jeremy Reitmeyer, recipient of the David Levin Award for Company Driver of the Year; Michael Burns, recipient of the Harry “Buster” Barnes Award for Independent Contractor of the Year; Jack Blystone, Rookie Driver of the Year; Richie Short, Certified PRO Trainer of the Year; and Craig Marple, recipient of the Terry “Kuz” Kusniar Award for Premier Professional Driver of the Year.

PGT also inducted 10 new Million Mile Drivers, including Susan Bailing, Mark Barr, Stephen Corfee, Baron Gochenour, James Harr Jr., Tim Hearn, Ricky Lewis, William Redding, Michael Silvis and Michael Stall.

Agent David Cain and Independent Contractor David Morrow were both remembered as treasured members of the PGT family.

Pat Gallagher offered additional remarks, “We are in the people business and people and family are important.  This company was built on strong personal relationships.  We are all about giving back to the people who have made us who we are.  We have been blessed in good times and bad.  To our senior drivers, thank you for helping the next generation of PGT drivers to succeed.  To our new drivers, there is no such thing as a dumb question.  If you have a problem, talk to someone about it and they will help you find a solution.”

Door prizes were awarded at the conclusion of the banquet.

Three-million mile driver, Randy Kelly, won the GRAND PRIZE Ford F-150 during the annual PGT Million Mile & Safe Driver Celebration! Randy celebrated his 40th anniversary with PGT Trucking in May! He is based out of West Virginia, and currently runs coils on the Pittsburgh Shuttle account. 

Randy is hard working and loyal. He is reliable and safe. And most importantly, he takes pride in working for PGT and has a great reputation among the other drivers and PGT staff. We couldn't think of anyone more deserving of this prize! Congratulations, Randy!

PGT Trucking salutes all of their new Million Mile and Safe Drivers!  Their professionalism, dedication, and integrity go miles and miles beyond the ordinary.  They set the standard of excellence for all of the members of Team PGT.  We have the highest respect and appreciation for every one of you.  “Safety is everyone’s job – all the time!”