Landstar trucking company recently paid tribute to its best and safest owner-operators during the 4th Annual Landstar Business Capacity Owners (BCO) All-Star Celebration event held earlier this month. BCO is the term Landstar uses for the independent owner-operators who provide the company with transportation capacity under exclusive lease arrangements.
The group of honorees was recognized during a three-day event held in Orlando from July 1-3. All of the inductees were recognized for their outstanding safety records and professionalism behind the wheel. All together, the 136 active BCOs that comprise the Million Miler Class of 2014 have driven a total of 136 million safe miles. That’s equal to the distance from the earth’s surface to the sun.
During an awards program at the event, Landstar presented a number of awards. Landstar honored 136 BCOs as new Million Mile Safe Drivers for driving one million consecutive miles without a preventable accident. Additionally, 16 BCOs were recognized as new Two Million Mile Safe Drivers for driving two million consecutive miles without a preventable accident.
“Landstar is proud to showcase the class of Landstar Million Mile Safe Drivers as the industry’s best. Their talent, hard work and dedication to safety is truly worthy of a celebration. These men and women make the roads safer for all of us; we are proud to honor them,” said Landstar President and CEO Jim Gattoni.
10 new Landstar Roadstars were also recognized at the awards ceremony. Landstar Roadstars are chosen for their consistently high levels of safety, productivity and excellence in customer service. Each had previously been recognized as a Landstar Million Mile Safe Driver. The newest inductees bring the total number of active Landstar Roadstars to 178. Landstar began presenting drivers with the Roadstar award in 1990.
“Roadstars epitomize the driving profession. Their outstanding productivity and safety records raise the bar for the entire trucking industry. The 2014 class of Roadstars have earned the right to be called Landstar’s best,” said Gattoni.
Gattoni also presented Landstar BCO Tommy Stiles with the BCO Lifetime Achievement Award. Stiles has been with Landstar since he leased on in 1982. He was named a Roadstar in 2000 and became a 3 Million Miler in 2008. Stiles was the recipient of the NSC Josephy M. Kaplan Safe Driver of the Year Award in 2010 and last year earned the SC&RA Million Mile Safety award. In April, Stiles recieved his 33-year Landstar Safe Driving award.
“Tommy is an ambassador of safety. The BCO Lifetime Achievement Award is the perfect way to honor his years of service and safe driving. The award is a testament to the values that Tommy lives and works by,” said Gattoni.
In addition to the awards presentation, Landstar also presented its second Landstar Truck Giveaway of this year. A 2016 Peterbilt 579 was exclusively reserved for a Landstar Roadstar or Million Miler. The Giveaway was sponsored in part by Comdata. Each new Million Miler and Roadstar were automatically entered to win the truck. All those in attendance at the celebration received an additional entry. New Million Mile Safe Driver Rich Snyder of New Bern, North Carolina was the lucky winner of the new truck.
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To see a complete list of award winners from the ceremony, see below.
The Class of 2014 Landstar Roadstars inducted this year:
Roger Bell, Ellis Butler, Tony Ferrari, John Fuller, Lancer Hicks, Dave Long, Johnny Lowery, Vic Markle, Willie Mixon, Donald Wood.
The Class of 2014 Landstar Million Mile Safe Drivers inducted this year:
Two Million Mile Safe Drivers:
George Castle, Bob Degler, Hank Faber, Randy Goller, Ralph Griffin, James Kepner, Raymond King Jr., Jack Miller, Anthony Nelson,Lee Pennington, Abram Peters, Ken Rasmussen, Dale Reuman, Craig Ringelstetter, Louis Toth and Sylvester Young.
One Million Mile Safe Drivers:
Mayela Alcantar, Clyde Allen, John Allton, Jim Anderson, Henry Anderson, Kristin Ansley, Robert Arredondo, Brian Ashurst, Arturo Baltazar, David Barnett, Rodney Bassig, Jon Beeson, Hiurick Bocchini, Joe Bocek, Billy Boldin, Kenny Boos, Lee Bowman, Ed Boyer,Wilbert Briggs, Kyle Burgess, Roy Butler, Albert Calvert, Paul Christensen, Al Cito, John Cole, Norman Colson, David Coy, Jeff Custer,Ricardo Davila, Arthur Davis, Saul Dominguez, Darin Dreher, Edward Drew, Shawn Duke, Steven Dye, Mike Evich, John Federspiel,Luis Fierro, Gerald Fiset, Steven Fleming, Conrad Fox, John Gay, Donald Givans, Jose Gomez, Ron Gustin, Mitch Hardy, Mike Henderson, Rick Hill, Timothy Hinton, Mike Hvizdos, William Ingram, Cliff Jennings, Richard Johnson, Fred Keddy, Tonia Kennedy,Rick Kieser, Caroline Klenczon, Ben Kohler, David Korce, Gary Kozlowski, Terry Kristofik, Hoyt Langley, Dustin Lawson, Chris Lewis,Dave Long, Skip Lusk, Matthew Matala, Fred Mathes, Jim Mathews, Michael Mathews, Mike Medina, Thomas Miller, Willie Mixon,Dennis Mochol, Joe Montoya, Jose Morales, Pat Morello, David Morrison, Jay Nelson, Robert Obosla, Rafael Obregon, Marcos Ochoa, Bobby Owens, Mark Pardy, Gary Peterson, Juan Pizana, Steve Powell, Bill Price, Anthony Puckett, Lewie Pugh, Don Puskas,Jay Rabalais, Kuljit Rajania, Leslie Remo, Alex Reyes, Mario Reyes, J. W. “Dusty” Rhodes, Ken Richards, Larry Richmond, Ed Riddle,Warren Riley, Horencio Rivas, Ron Rowe, Rose Ruch, William Santerre, Linda Sheckels, Linda Short, Steven Shubosky, Mike Smith,Rich Snyder, Jason Spinler, Dietrich Staeckeler, Kandy Stein, Charles Storey, Ollie Thomas, Homero Toscano, Gene Tunney, Charles Turner, Richard Tyson, Dale Uhlman, Eleno Valdez, Noe Valle, John Vandenburg, Leonard Vaughn, Amy Jo Von Neida, Monroe Walker Jr., Larry Ward, Gary Ward, Jackie Watson, Patrick Webb, James Wiederholt, Charles Williams, Beverly Willson, Keith Wilson,James Yeakle, Keith Yerkey.