TravelCenters of America LLC (TravelCenters), operator of the TA and Petro Stopping Centers travel center brands, announced its second annual “Citizen Driver” Award recipients during the Citizen Driver ceremony at the 2015 Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, Ky.
The Citizen Driver Award recognizes professional drivers who help bring respect to the truck driving profession.
TravelCenters launched the Citizen Driver program in 2013 in an effort to honor the many great, hardworking professional truck drivers that keep our economy going. Citizen Drivers not only have an exemplary career in trucking, they are great examples of the kind of people who honor the great profession of truck driving. By demonstrating their good citizenship, safety, community involvement, and leadership, they are shining examples of all of the hard working men and women in this industry with whom there is pride in being associated.
The 2015 Citizen Drivers are listed below. Each driver has picked their favorite TA or Petro Stopping Centers location, which will be renamed after them. Citizen Drivers also received a Citizen Driver Award package from TA and Petro.
Micheal Sheeds – Petro San Antonio, — “Micheal Sheeds Stopping Center”
Sandy Long — TA Oak Grove, Mo. — “Sandy Long Travel Center”
Richard Ash – TA Bloomington, Ill. — “Richard Ash Travel Center”
Robert Fernald – TA Commerce City, Colo. — “Robert Fernald Travel Center”
Gary Buchs – TA Willington, Conn. — “Gary Buchs Travel Center”
“Citizen Driver is a way to recognize the best of the best in the truck driving community. It is not just about being good at their jobs, but for setting the example of being true leaders and individuals that others admire and respect. We are extremely proud of all our honorees and to play a role in support of the companies and drivers that make up the great truck driving industry,” shared Tom O’Brien, president and CEO of TravelCenters.
TravelCenters accepted nominations for the Citizen Driver Award throughout last year, and received nominations from a wide variety of people—fleet owners and executives, other drivers, friends, husbands, wives, sons, daughters, mothers, fathers, trucking organization members, and trucking industry suppliers—wanting to recognize the deserving drivers who have touched their lives. Distinguished members of the trucking industry, Bill Graves, president and CEO of the ATA; Jim Johnston, president of OOIDA; Ellen Voie, president and CEO of Women In Trucking; Micah Jackson, publisher for Target Media Partners; Deborah Lockridge, editor, Heavy Duty Trucking; and on air trucking radio personalities, Eric Harley of Red Eye Radio; Dave Nemo of Road Dog Radio; and Steve Sommers of America’s Truckin’ Network, judged the submitted nominations and selected the honorees who excelled in the identified categories.
The 2016 Citizen Driver Award nomination form, rules and other information will be posted to the TA and Petro Stopping Centers Website in May 2015. Nominations will be accepted throughout 2015 and the new honorees will be announced at the 2016 Mid-America Trucking Show.
In the most recent ‘Voted Best’ professional driver survey, drivers preferred TA and Petro 6 to 1 in the ‘Best Truck Stop Experience’ category. These results are based on an independent TA/Petro survey of Overdrive magazine readers. The ratios depict professional driver preference for TA and Petro versus the next closest truck stop brand.