WESTLAKE, Ohio--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
TravelCenters of America LLC (TravelCenters), operator of the TA® and
Petro Stopping Centers® travel center brands, today announced its third
annual "Citizen Driver" honorees during the Citizen Driver luncheon
ceremony at the 2016 Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, Kentucky.
Citizen Driver 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 we are proud to be associated.
The 2016 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 Honoree
package from TA and Petro.
Jon Osburn -- TA Boise, ID -- "J.D. Doc Osburn Travel Center"
Bill Underwood -- TA Greenwood, LA -- "Bill Underwood Travel Center"
Michael Eugene Zanella -- TA Hebron, OH -- "Michael Eugene Zanella
Bill Ater Jr. -- Petro Carl's Corner, TX -- "Bill Ater Jr. Stopping
Mary "Candy" Bass -- TA Nashville, TN --"Candy Bass Travel Center"
Denis Litalien -- TA Greenland, NH -- "Denis Litalien Travel Center"
Bill and Robyn Taylor -- TA Southington, CT -- "Bill and Robyn Taylor
With this group of honorees, there are now 19 TA or Petro Stopping
Centers locations across the country renamed to honor professional truck
"The Citizen Driver program is a truly special and honorable recognition
of the exemplary individuals within the trucking industry who pride
themselves on hard work and true leadership skills. We are extremely
proud of all our honorees and want to identify the drivers that the
trucking industry is proud to count among their own and give their
stories a chance to be heard," shared Tom O'Brien, President and CEO of
TravelCenters accepted nominations for the 2016 Citizen Drivers
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
Trucking; and Steve Sommers of America's Truckin' Network, judged the
submitted nominations and selected the honorees who excelled in the
The 2017 Citizen Driver nomination form, rules and other information
will be posted to the TA and Petro Stopping Centers web site in May
2016. Nominations will be accepted throughout 2016 and the new honorees
will be announced at the 2017 Mid-America Trucking Show.
In the most recent ‘Voted Best' professional driver survey, drivers
preferred TA and Petro 5 to 1 in the ‘Best Truck Stop Experience'
category. These results are based on TA and Petro survey of professional
truck drivers. The ratios depict professional driver preference for TA
and Petro versus the next closest truck stop brand.
About TravelCenters of America LLC
TravelCenters of America LLC (TravelCenters), headquartered in Westlake,
Ohio, conducts business in 43 states and Canada, principally under the
TA® and Petro Stopping Centers® travel center brands and the Minit Mart®
convenience store brand. For more information on TravelCenters, TA, and
Petro Stopping Centers, please visit www.ta-petro.com.
For more information on Minit Mart, please visit www.minitmart.com.
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TravelCenters of America
Tom Liutkus, 440-808-7364
Source: TravelCenters - General
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