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AMSA Honors Top Truck & Van Drivers in the Moving & Storage Industry



January 29, 2016


(Alexandria, VA) — The American Moving & Storage Association (AMSA) proudly announces the 2015 AMSA Super Van Operator Awards honoring the nation's safest moving and storage company truck and van drivers. These annual awards recognize drivers and owner-operators who provide the best in safe, reliable and customer-oriented household goods truck transportation. Judging criteria include: miles driven; preventable or non-preventable accidents; lifetime driving record; time out of service for any "hours of service" or equipment violations; financial responsibility; community involvement; customer service; driving awards; and outside interests and activities.

The 2015 winners are:

  • Lifetime Achievement: Charles Racine of Fairfax, Va. Racine began his career in 1969 with the past 40 years at Paxton Van Lines, an Atlas Agent, where he works as an owner/operator of his own truck. He has driven more than 2 million miles in a commercial motor vehicle in his lifetime while not recording a single accident or moving violation. Racine has won numerous industry awards, including the Atlas Customer Service Award for 20 years in a row. He also serves as a mentor to new drivers in the industry.

  • Household Goods: Terrance Hocking of Nashwauk, Minn. Hocking began his career in 1978 with the past 21 years at the Beltmann Group, a North American Agent, where he works as an owner/operator of his own truck. He has driven more than 1.4 million miles in a commercial motor vehicle in his lifetime while not recording a single accident or moving violation. Hocking has won numerous industry awards, including the North American Van Lines 21-Year Safe Driving Award and the Road Pro—Million Mile Award, which recognizes drivers who have logged 1 million consecutive, accident-free miles, and numerous VanGuard Gold Awards, which honor outstanding customer satisfaction and safety. He is an avid pilot and has donated his time to fly as a lookout for forest fires during the spring and fall, as well as introduce young people to their first airplane ride through the Young Eagles program.

  • Special Commodities: David Cambell of Norman, Okla., for the second time he has won this award. Cambell is also a three-time winner of the United Special Commodities Driver of the Year Award. He began his career in 1985 with the past 25 years at Safeway Moving & Storage Systems, a United Agent. Cambell has driven more than 4 million miles in a commercial motor vehicle in his lifetime while not recording a single accident or moving violation. He also serves as a board member for a local charity dedicated to helping mentally challenged individuals.

  • Rookie of the Year: William "Brandon" Caldwell of Tucson, Ariz. Caldwell began his career in 2010 with Atlas Transfer & Storage, an Allied Agent. He has already driven more than 370,000 miles in a commercial motor vehicle. Caldwell has been named an Allied Master Mover, which honors outstanding performance, since 2011. He also has earned the Allied 4-Year Safe Driving Award and ranks in the top 15 percent of the fleet.

"The American Moving & Storage Association congratulates these outstanding drivers for their records of success and excellent service to customers," said Scott Michael, AMSA president and CEO. "Each of these drivers has shown their dedication to achieving the highest level of safety for their customers and themselves. They have boosted our industry's reputation thanks to their strong commitment to safe operations, and they are an inspiration to all of us both within the industry and in their local communities."

Each year AMSA recognizes the industry's best performing and highest achieving individuals and companies during AMSA's Annual Education Conference & Expo, which will be held this year in New Orleans, March 20-23.

More information about AMSA Awards at ProMover.org/awards.

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The American Moving & Storage Association, home of the ProMover certification program, is the national trade association representing the nation's moving and storage companies, which provide household goods moving services, specialized transportation for sensitive freight such as computers and trade show exhibits, and warehouse storage services. AMSA has approximately 4,000 members, including domestic and international companies and industry suppliers, and supports programs and activities that promote consumer protection, professional development, safety, and operational efficiency. Find out more at ProMover.org and Moving.org.