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TA/Petro’s 2019 Citizen Driver Awards

By Steve Pollock

May, 2019

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LOUISVILLE, KY… The 2019 Citizen Driver Awards was hosted by TA/Petro at this year’s Mid-America Trucking Show, held in Louisville, Kentucky. The awards ceremony featured a luncheon and musical entertainment by Lindsey Lawler and Chris Roberts. Skip McGary, Executive VP of Retail Operations for TravelCenters of America was the MC for the event.

The Citizen Driver Awards have become an annual event, honoring drivers who make a difference, by naming a TA/Petro Travel Center after them. The awards are not just about good drivers, but Professional Truck Drivers who are also good citizens. The candidates are nominated by family or friends to receive the award. This year’s nominees have a combined 388 years of driving experience and a combined 36 million miles safely driven. The group includes one driver with 7.5 million safe miles, 2 veterans and 2 drivers who have saved another person’s life.

The 2019 Citizen Driver Awards finalists included: Jeff Barker, driver for Crete Carrier; Duane Donner, driver for Walmart; Hershel Evans, driver for Holland; Steen Gronlund, driver for Mile Hi Foods; David Honer, driver for REK Express; James Kelly, leased to Landstar; Dan Porter, driver for Hyndman Transport; Jerry Seaman, driver for NTA Trucking; Morris Simms, driver for Crete Carrier; and Kenn and Elizabeth Zelten, leased to Landstar.

The 2019 Citizen Drivers are: Steen Gronlund, a 5-million-mile safe driver for Mile Hi Foods. Steen has chosen the Petro Stopping Center in Laramie, Wyoming to be named after himself.

Kenn and Beth Zelten have 1.8 million miles of safe driving and are leased to Landstar. The Zeltens chose the Chicago North TravelCenters of America as their namesake.

L to R: Skip McGary, Executive VP of Retail Operations for TravelCenters of America with this year’s Citizen Driver winners Kenn and Beth Zelten and Steen Gronlund.

Past and Present TA/Petro Citizen Driver award honorees.