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AMSA Honors Moving & Storage Industry's Top Drivers


February 8, 2017


(Alexandria, VA) — The American Moving & Storage Association proudly announces the 2016 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 2016 winners are:

  • Lifetime Achievement: Robert "Mike" Westfall of Dover, Tenn., who had previously won the Super Van Operator Award for Household Goods in 2010. Westfall began his career in 1980 and drives for Ted R. Sanders Moving and Warehouse, an Allied Agent. He has driven nearly 2.8 million miles in a commercial motor vehicle in his lifetime while not recording a single accident or moving violation. Westfall has won numerous industry awards, including the Allied Driver of the Year Award and the 34-Year Safe Driving Award. He serves as a mentor for new drivers in the industry and actively supports numerous charities, including Homes for Our Troops and the White County Expo for Special Children.
  • Household Goods: Christopher Loftus of New Smyrna Beach, Fla. Loftus began his career in 1982 and drives for the Suddath Companies, a United Van Lines Agent. He has driven more than 3 million miles in a commercial motor vehicle in his lifetime while not recording a single accident or moving violation. Loftus has won numerous industry awards, including the United Driver of the Year Award and the Suddath Driver of the Year Award, as well as 30 safe driving awards. Following Hurricane Katrina, he hauled three trailers full of food and water for the victims, and performed several animal rescues with the American Humane Society.
  • Special Commodities: Ronald Kappellusch of Lake Havasu, Ariz. Kappellusch began his career in 1977 and drives for Planes Moving and Storage, a United Van Lines Agent. He has driven more than 3.5 million miles in a commercial motor vehicle in his lifetime while not recording a single accident or moving violation. Kappellusch has won numerous industry awards. He is a three-time winner of the United Driver of the Year Award and has earned a safe driving award annually for 36 consecutive years. Also, he supports several local charities and once received a Good Samaritan Award in Wisconsin.
  • Rookie of the Year: Daniel Lobbestael of Farwell, Mich. Lobbestael began his career in 2013 with Morse Moving and Storage, an Allied Agent. He has already driven more than 134,000 miles in a commercial motor vehicle while not recording a single accident or moving violation. Lobbestael has twice been named an Allied Master Mover, which honors outstanding performance, and won Allied's 2-Year Safe Driving Award.

"The American Moving & Storage Association congratulates these drivers for their outstanding records of success and excellent service to customers," said Scott Michael, AMSA president and CEO. "Each of these drivers has shown their strong dedication to the highest level of safety for their customers and themselves. They are an inspiration to those of us within the industry and in their local communities.".

More information about the 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.