Landstar System, Inc. (NASDAQ-LSTR), a worldwide, asset-light provider of integrated transportation management solutions delivering safe, specialized transportation logistics services, paid tribute to the best and safest of Landstar’s owner-operators at the 3rd Annual Landstar BCO All-Star Celebration event held in their honor earlier this month. The event featured an awards program during which Landstar inducted 11 business capacity owners (BCOs) as Landstar Roadstars and honored 126 BCOs for driving one million consecutive miles without a preventable accident, 18 BCOs as new Two Million Mile Safe Drivers and one BCO as a new Three Million Mile Safe Driver. To top off the celebration, Landstar presented its second truck giveaway of 2014. The truck in this giveaway, sponsored by Comdata, was exclusively reserved for a Landstar Roadstar or Million Miler.
BCO is Landstar’s term for the independent contractors who provide the company with transportation capacity under exclusive lease arrangements. This select group of BCOs was recognized during the three-day event held in Savannah, Georgia, June 30 through July 2 for their outstanding safety records and professionalism behind the wheel.
Collectively, these 145 BCOs who make up the Million Miler Class of 2013 have safely driven a total of 165 million miles – a distance that would cover the 4 million miles of public roads in the United States more than 41 times. On average, it takes a truck operator 10 years to travel a million miles. This distance would take the typical driver of a passenger vehicle 67 years – around the time of their 83rd birthday – to complete.
“Landstar is proud to showcase this latest class of Landstar Million Mile Safe Drivers as among the industry’s best. Their talent, hard work and dedication to safety is truly worthy of celebration. They make the roads safer for all of us,” said Landstar Chairman and CEO Henry Gerkens. “We are especially proud to recognize the company’s new Three Million Mile Safe Driver, Ray Price.”
Of the 816 total number of active Landstar Million Mile Safe Drivers, 11 earned the distinction of becoming Landstar Roadstars. Roadstars are chosen for their consistently high levels of safety, productivity and excellent customer service. Each has also been previously recognized as a Landstar Million Mile Safe Driver. The addition of this class raised the total number of active Landstar Roadstars to 180 BCOs who have received this honor since the company began presenting the award in 1990.
“These select professionals are the apex of our industry,” said Gerkens. “Roadstars epitomize professionalism behind the wheel. Their outstanding productivity and safety records raise the bar for the entire industry and they have earned the right to be called Landstar’s best.”
In addition, the company presented its Landstar BCO Lifetime Achievement Award posthumously to BCO Ray Dillard. The award, only the third of its kind, is the highest level of recognition Landstar BCOs can earn. Dillard joined Ligon Nationwide in 1974 and was named a Roadstar in 1993. In 2012, Dillard was inducted as a Four Million Mile Safe Driver, only the third in Landstar’s history. That same year he was also honored with the Specialized Carriers & Rigging Association’s “Million Mile Award for Safety Excellence,” and in December of 2013, he earned his 39 year Safety Award.
“Ray was an ambassador for safety and was known as someone who would do anything for a friend,” said Gerkens. “This award is a testament to values that he worked and lived by.”
The awards ceremony also showcased the Landstar All-Star Truck Giveaway – Powered by Comdata. Each Landstar Million Miler and each Roadstar automatically received one entry. Those attending the Landstar BCO All-Star Celebration received an additional entry. The list of entrants was narrowed by luck of the draw to 5 during the event. That evening, one lucky BCO selected the winning truck keys from the 5 sets available. This year’s winner was Fred Shell of South Whitley, Indiana.
The Class of 2013 Landstar Roadstars inducted this year:
Ward Allen, Adrian, Michigan; John Babine, Plymouth, Maine; Rick Burrows, Titusville, Pennsylvania; Connie Christy, Southside, West Virginia; Gail Grantham, Jr., Edgewood, New Mexico; James Kelly, Minden, Louisiana; Barry McLarty, Winnipeg, Manitoba; Dale Reuman, Las Vegas, Nevada; Jenny Simpson, Grand Prairie, Texas; Jeffrey Tinnel, Floyd, Virginia; Dan Wallwork, Burnt River, Ontario
The Class of 2013 Landstar Million Mile Safe Drivers inducted this year include:
Three Million Mile Safe Drivers
Ray Price, Cookeville, Tennessee
Two Million Mile Safe Drivers
Joe Bailey, Mountain Home, Arkansas; Larry Bryson, Kirkwood, New York; Ellis Butler, Henderson, Nevada; William Chambers, Morristown, Arizona; Thomas Crockett, Kingsport, Tennessee; Levi Helmuth, Nappanee, Indiana; Charles Holtcamp*, Clovis, New Mexico; Norman LaPointe, Sandy, Oregon; Cheri Lowe, DeFuniak Springs, Florida; Gordon Lowe, DeFuniak Springs, Florida; John Nohle, Adams Center, New York; Timothy Radley, Watertown, New York; Terry Reed, Leicester, North Carolina; Cletus Renninger, Thompsontown, Pennsylvania; Henry Rich, Seagrove, North Carolina; James Sanders, Bay Minette, Alabama; Oscar Velasquez, Hesperia, California and Stephen Volles*, Marietta, New York
One Million Mile Safe Drivers
Jeff Adams, Centerville, Pennsylvania; Michael Airey, Trenton, Missouri; Melvin Akers, Monticello, Indiana; Bob Altman*, Lake City, South Carolina; Paul Anderson, Somers, Iowa; Martin Armagnac, El Paso, Texas; Tom Arnold, Greenwood, Indiana; Bruce Atkinson, Bolivia, North Carolina; Henry Bahr, Benton Harbor, Michigan; Dorin Balan, Hendersonville, Tennessee; Henry “Bud” Beck, Jr., Romeo, Michigan; Ernest “Ben” Benjamin, Hallstead, Pennsylvania; Robert Bergeman II, Palm Coast, Florida; Mike Bickford, Cardville, Maine; Grayland Bigelow, Warsaw, Illinois; Kenny Boggess, Homer, Nebraska; Rick Boughton, Cadillac, Michigan; Bill Bowser, Butler, Pennsylvania; Bobby Bratcher, Collinwood, Tennessee; Robert Brinkman, Columbus Grove, Ohio; German Burgueno, Haskell, Texas; Martin Caracheo, Laredo, Texas; Cliff Carrell, Attalla, Alabama; Bretislav Cervenka, Ottawa, Ontario; Dumitru Chelariu, San Antonio, Texas; Robert Christensen, Bedford, Virginia; Donald Christian, Jamestown, North Carolina; Dwain Cooper, Bryan, Texas; Michael Covey, Spartanburg, South Carolina; Larry Crawford, Girard, Illinois; Terry Criner, Falcon, Missouri; Dan Crotsley, Hesston, Pennsylvania; William Crowell, Lacey, Washington; Jeffrey Danielson, Dayton, Kentucky; Jorge De La Cerda, Jr., Alamo, Texas; Michael De Marco, Essington, Pennsylvania; Richard Duke, Tupelo, Mississippi; Steve Dunlap, Crab Orchard, Kentucky; Roman Dworakowski, Clearwater, Florida; Richard Edmonds, Crossville, Tennessee; Roger Eisaman, Williston, Florida; Carl Elliott, Festus, Missouri; Marvin Fajkus, Wharton,Texas; Joey Feagley, Plainview, Texas; Frank Figueroa, Kissimmee, Florida; Ike Flanigan, Mineola, Texas; Dennis Ford, Elkland, Missouri; Scott Furchner, Ft. Pierre, South Dakota; Jerome Gaddy, Fayetteville, North Carolina, Kenneth Gallagher, Dunkirk, New York; Daryle Galliher, Jonesville, Virginia; Brandt Geiger, Lancaster, Ohio; Clinton Gembler, Jr., Marion, Texas; Denise Gibson, Sacramento, Pennsylvania; Ed Godfrey, Tucson, Arizona; Roy Goodwin, Irving, Texas; Terry Green, Okeechobee, Florida; Richard Hamilton, Anderson, South Carolina; Kenneth Hamlin, Riverview, Michigan; William Hammond, Arkoma, Oklahoma; Martin Hawley, Comanche, Oklahoma; Brian Heath, Ft. Wayne, Indiana; Larry Henry, Sylva, North Carolina; Dave Hepp, Spring Hill, Tennessee; Gary Higgins, Savannah, Georgia; Walt Hiler, Jeffersonville, Kentucky; Tommie Hill, Memphis, Tennessee; Heinz Hummel, Clarksville, Tennessee; John Hurd, Clever, Missouri; Timothy Kauffman, Mapleton Depot, Pennsylvania; Brad Keith, Laurel, Mississippi; Steve Kessler, Bonne Terre, Missouri; Walt King, West Farmington, Ohio; Lloyd Lampman, Portage Wisconsin; Pedro Lara, Jr., El Paso, Texas; Rodney Leblanc, Mona, Utah; Bennie Lee Jr., Van Buren, Arkansas; Tim Lemmon, Winter Haven, Florida; Richard Lotz, Diamond Bar, California; Daniel Lovegrove, Lowbanks, Ontario; Vic Markle, Harrison, Arkansas; Alan Marrero; Winfield, Alabama; William Martin, Eden, Georgia; Jaime Martinez, El Paso, Texas; Jeff Mathias, Bella Vista, Arkansas; Jack McComb*, Denver, Colorado; Thomas McLaughlin, Cairo, New York; Royce McMahan, Gadsden, Alabama; Kevin McTeague, Spring Hill, Florida; Patty McTeague, Spring Hill, Florida; Bob Mead, Laredo, Texas; Ralph Norris, Lake City, Florida; Dennis Palmer, Streetsboro, Ohio; Bill Price, Woodstock, Ontario; Eddie Price, Duck, West Virginia; William Rasmussen, Irving, Texas; Mark Recker, Manchester, Iowa; Brian Redmond, Bradley, Illinois; Heriberto Reyes, Eagle Pass, Texas; Chuck Rhodes, Florence, Oregon; David Rihn, Bloomer, Wisconsin; Paula Rodriquez, Kingman, Arizona; Glenn Ross, Atlantic Beach, Florida; Ronnie Schuler, Atlantic, Iowa; Jenny Simpson, Grand Prairie, Texas; Robert Singo, New Middletown, Ohio; Jack Sisson, Duncan, Oklahoma; Jerry Smith, Winnsboro, Texas; Michael Smith, Elkton, Kentucky; Cesar Solis, Kennesaw, Georigia; Sidney Swails, Melba, Idaho; Reed Terrell, Las Vegas, Nevada; Greg Thomas, Gallipolis, Ohio; Jose Tovar, El Paso, Texas; Reynaldo Vazquez, Eagle Pass, Texas; Iris Villeneuve, Rokeby, Saskatchewan; Gary Wager, Belleville, Ontario; Sammy Wall, Aberdeen, North Carolina; Martin Walsh, Putnam, Connecticut; Joseph Walton, Sioux Falls, South Dakota; Bill Watkins, Guysville, Ohio; Troy Wheeler, Columbus, Ohio; Thomas Willhoite, Dyersburg, Tennessee; Patrick Williams, Hollywood, Florida; Bill Williamson, Atoka, Tennessee; and Darek Ziemrowski, East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania.