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Well-Deserved Recognition

By on July 1, 2018
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MEET THE 2018 CITIZEN DRIVER HONOREES

The Citizen Driver program was launched in 2013 to recognize the professional drivers who keep America moving and embody the long-held values of the truck driving profession through citizenship, safety, health and wellness, community involvement, and leadership. The five drivers selected as 2018 Citizen Driver Honorees have more than measured up to the high standards set by those who were honored before them.

This well-deserved recognition was bestowed upon these drivers in a special ceremony held at the Iowa 80 Trucking Museum in Walcott, Iowa during May. The ceremony welcomed family, friends, several prior Citizen Driver Honorees, and some of their peers who had stopped at the Iowa 80 Truck Stop for the evening.

Collectively, the 2018 Citizen Driver Honorees have recorded some impressive average stats:

• 31.2 years of service

• Almost 100,000 annual miles

• Almost 3.0 million accident-free miles

• Numerous awards and good deeds are highlighted on the following pages

Each 2018 Citizen Driver has designated a TA or Petro location to carry his or her name. When you meet them on the road or at industry events, be sure to congratulate them for receiving this highest professional honor and the well-deserved recognition among their families, friends, co-workers and the trucking community at large.

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CD-Roland_BulducROLAND BOLDUC

EAST LONGMEADOW, MASSACHUSETTS
FEDEX EXPRESS
TA BRANFORD, CT – “ROLAND BOLDUC Branford TRAVEL CENTER”

The year before Roland Bolduc was born, his father purchased Kay’s Trucking, and the family business began. Early on, Roland spent summers washing trucks and learning how to drive. After high school, he worked in the family business for a while before moving to a foodservice company. He honed his skills driving a complicated route to Manhattan, the Bronx and Harlem. In 1993, Roland started driving for FedEx.

Roland loves trucking and is proud to be part of the industry. His reputation for going the extra mile in service to others is well documented across the Northeast and beyond. He is an amazing role model, is humble, and has a strong work ethic that makes him a great example of a professional driver.

Truck Driving Championships have proven to be a perfect match for Roland’s driving talents and dedication to safety. In his first competition, he finished ninth out of 10 entrants, but he was hooked! One year later in 1997, he won his first championship and the right to compete in the national competition. Little did he know then that he would capture 47 championships in 74 competitions, including the prestigious National Grand Championship in 2017.

Roland also became a FedEx Ramp Transport Administrator (CDL trainer) in 2000. He is adamant about instilling a strong sense of safety, which is evident in his students’ 100% pass rate. He’s also been competing, helping, and donating to several charities, including the Northeast Charity Challenge to benefit St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, the Make-A-Wish® Foundation and Wishes on Wheels. His industry leadership and many contributions to serving those in need have been recognized by his peers for years.

In His Own Words

“I’m so glad I was nominated a second time. Last year’s experience was gratifying. This year was absolutely fantastic. TA did something very amazing in starting the Citizen Driver program. It’s so humbling to be a part of it. I found out I was a little fish in a big pond. To join this distinguished group of dedicated professional drivers who care so much about their fellow human beings is beyond belief. Recognizing drivers, attaching their names to truck stops, and holding the profession in high esteem are worthwhile and very much appreciated. I can’t thank TA-Petro enough, not only for what they’ve done for me and my family, but to honor those in this industry who are doing fantastic work to elevate the profession.

“To go through the process and ultimately be recognized by the distinguished panel of judges is an amazing feeling. The May 8 ceremony at the Iowa 80 Trucking Museum was simply unbelievable. TA-Petro was beyond generous in welcoming us to this  outstanding venue. The presentation itself was extremely professional and heartwarming. It was quite gratifying to have so many prior Citizen Driver Honorees arrange their schedules to be there. The opportunity to meet all of them and learn more about their individual backgrounds and contributions inside and outside the industry was very eye opening for me. The whole Citizen Driver experience is something I will never forget.”

Noteworthy Accomplishments

  • 34-year professional driving career
  • 50,000 to 60,000 annual miles
  • 1.9  million accident-free, career miles
  • 47 state, regional and national truck driving championships
  • Served in many officer capacities and on boards
  • First in Massachusetts to receive Master Truck Driver Certification, 2015
  • Massachusetts TAM Driver of the Year, 2013
  • Connecticutt MTAC Driver of the Year, 2001
  • Recipient of the FedEx Humanitarian Award, 2009
  • Runs in the Rugged Maniac race with his daughter
  • Nominated to ATA’s America’s Road Team, 2000
  • Involved in ATA’s No Zone initiatives at schools
  • Participated in development of the Bose Ride seat

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CD-IngridBrownINGRID BROWN

MOUNTAIN CITY, TENNESSEE
ROLLIN’ B LLC (OWNER-OPERATOR)
PETRO OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – “INGRID R. BROWN OKLAHOMA CITY STOPPING CENTER”

She may be known as “Half Pint” because of her 5’-2” stature, but anyone who knows Ingrid Brown recognizes that her impact on the trucking industry is long on accomplishments. Ingrid has proven that she’s more than worthy of becoming a Citizen Driver Honoree through her dedication to safety, her willingness to give back to those in need, and her support for women in the industry.

From the day Ingrid’s dad gave her a truck for her 18th birthday, she has been standing tall in the industry. In 2016, she was chosen along with 76 other truck and bus drivers for the first annual Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) Safe Driver poster, which is displayed in Washington, DC. Additionally, she was selected as one of seven drivers for the 2015 NASTC America’s Safe Drivers team and NASTC’s 2015 Woman Driver of the Year.

Ingrid was also the only owner-operator among five women selected for the first Women In Trucking (WIT) Image Team in 2015. She was reelected in 2016 and 2017. Ingrid has also won WIT Safe Driving awards from 2010 through 2017 and was a member of the WIT Advisory Team from 2010 through 2013. These awards display Ingrid’s commitment to safe driving, as well as her extraordinary support for other women in the industry.

In June of 2017 she was diagnosed with hereditary stage 2B Melanoma cancer. Despite this diagnosis and after just a few months of numerous biopsies and surgeries, Ingrid and her truck, appropriately dubbed “Faith,” were back on the road. She believes meeting and helping others, who sometimes can’t help themselves, are the greatest rewards that God has blessed her with.

“When I received the phone call notifying me that I was a 2018 Citizen Driver Honoree, I was sitting in a restaurant. The first thing I did was scream; then I cried. I know so many others who’ve done great and wonderful deeds. I couldn’t imagine that I was actually worthy of receiving this honor. When I arrived in Iowa and learned that Carol Nixon was also a 2018 Honoree, I couldn’t believe it. Not because she’s not deserving. She’s more deserving than me. It was a huge surprise and a great honor to be chosen along with Carol. I also felt very honored and blessed that we were joining our friend Sandy Long in the ranks of Citizen Drivers. Even though she’s left this life, Sandy was there in spirit.

“The ceremony itself was beyond belief. The presentation, lighting, food, decorations, ice carving and much more were so thoughtfully prepared. In meeting and talking with the TA executives, it was clear the Citizen Driver program is not about where and how much fuel we buy. Rather, it’s all about taking the time and investing resources in recognizing drivers. In your heart, if you know of a driver who should be nominated for 2019 consideration, by all means, please nominate. In no way did not being chosen in 2017 dampen my enthusiasm for helping to elevate the image and reputation of the truck driving profession this year.”

Noteworthy Accomplishments

  • 38-year professional driving career
  • 93,000 annual miles
  • 4 million career miles
  • 4 million accident-free miles
  • Served in the U.S. Marines, 1982-1984
  • Charter member of Women In Trucking (WIT), 2007
  • WIT Image Team, 2015-2017
  • WIT Safe Driving Awards, 2010-2017
  • WIT Advisory Team, 2010-2013
  • WIT Mentor since 2010
  • First FMCSA Safe Driver Poster, 2016
  • NASTC America’s Safe Drivers Team, 2015
  • NASTC 2015 Woman Driver of the Year
  • Mobil Delvac Driver of the Month, 2011
  • Christmas Across America, Southern Region Chairman
  • Trucker Buddy International since 2004
  • Trucker Buddy International, Ambassador since 2013
  • Participant in the PACCAR/Peterbilt feedback forum
  • Involved in numerous charitable initiatives

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CD-BrownsDANNY & CINDY GEORGE

HENDERSON, COLORADO
U.S. XPRESS, INC.
TA WHEAT RIDGE, CO – “DANNY & CINDY GEORGE WHEAT RIDGE TRAVEL CENTER”

With six million accident-free miles, 14 U.S. Xpress safety awards and 29 years on the road as a team, Danny and Cindy George exemplify exactly what it means to be Citizen Driver Honorees.

With a history of trucking in their families, they met nearly 30 years ago while working for Texas Intermountain Transportation in Commerce City, Colorado. They decided the best way to get to know each other was to hit the road together. Living together for 29 years in a space not much bigger than a walk-in closet is a challenge, but Danny and Cindy make it work beautifully. These two are best friends, and each year that they spend together brings them even closer.

Even when they aren’t on the road for work, they enjoy traveling. To date, they’ve been to over 40 countries and territories including all seven continents. Wherever they go, they enjoy the beauty of different cultures, foods and scenery, while sharing their experiences on their Adventure Trucking blog.  They also use this platform to share diet tips, exercises and healthy-choice recipes with other professional drivers.

After earning a One Million Mile award with U.S. Xpress in 2008, the couple has since won an idle-reduction contest, a Zero Defects award, and they were invited to participate in two round-table safety discussions. Danny and Cindy support their community by sending aid to Insight for Living, Samaritan’s Purse, KTLF Christian radio and more. They also help out with the Denver Rescue mission and Salvation Army and support the global community by donating money to help children in Kenya.

In Their Own Words

“Five years ago, when the Citizen Driver program started, I thought I would like to nominate Danny,” said Cindy. “The deadline passed, and I never got it done. Fast forward to 2017, and the people at U.S. Xpress nominated us as a team. Going through the process was certainly a great experience. I’m so glad the ceremony was held at the Iowa 80 Trucking Museum. The 2018 Citizen Drivers are amazing people. The formal presentation was a real eye opener. It was very gratifying to see how many generous and gracious contributions drivers make to other people’s lives. We’re very humbled by the thought of being recognized along with the other 2018 Honorees and those in the four classes before us.”

“I’m thankful we completed the preliminary process,” continued Danny. “Although we normally wouldn’t be comfortable shinning a light on our good deeds, it was exciting to share our story, and ultimately nice to be recognized for consistently doing the right things over the course of many years. We were not made to feel as if we were seeking fame nor trying to be self-aggrandizing. Citizen Drivers provide examples for our industry. New drivers need an example of how to act on the road, and how they feel very comfortable when considering the opportunity of participating in the Citizen Driver program.”

Noteworthy Accomplishments

  • 34-year professional driving career
  • 50,000 to 60,000 annual miles
  • 1.9  million accident-free, career miles
  • 47 state, regional and national truck driving championships
  • Served in many officer capacities and on boards
  • First in Massachusetts to receive Master Truck Driver Certification, 2015
  • Massachusetts TAM Driver of the Year, 2013
  • Connecticutt MTAC Driver of the Year, 2001
  • Recipient of the FedEx Humanitarian Award, 2009
  • Runs in the Rugged Maniac race with his daughter
  • Nominated to ATA’s America’s Road Team, 2000
  • Involved in ATA’s No Zone initiatives at schools
  • Participated in development of the Bose Ride seat

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CD-NixonCAROL NIXON

BUFFALO, MISSOURI
RABBIT RIVER TRANSPORT II LLC
TA NORTH BEND, WA – “CAROL WOLDER-NIXON North Bend TRAVEL CENTER”

Entering the profession from a family that ran logging trucks, it was only natural that Carol Nixon would aspire to driving. Shortly after turning 21, she began her first trucking job, delivering groceries in northeastern Washington. Carol moved on to other jobs before joining FedEx for eight years and then joining Walmart’s Private Fleet in 2012. Shortly after the 2018 Citizen Driver ceremony in Walcott, she began refrigerated hauling with Rabbit River.

With Carol’s ever-present smile and upbeat attitude, she’s a true inspiration. Her most profound act of kindness began in 2015 when she met Deb Pollard, a fellow Walmart driver. When Deb shared that her husband, Craig, was on dialysis and needed a kidney transplant, Carol didn’t hesitate to volunteer one of hers. Her greatest reward was saving another person’s life, and says, “If it were possible, I’d do it again!”

Carol has a passion for helping other people and freely gives of her time and resources. She was an active member of the Walmart Heart program honoring children who have life-altering events or illnesses. Carol organized a Walmart Heart event for a local family with four special-needs children. She coordinated a 13-truck convoy to take the family from Redmond’s Candy Factory to their local Walmart store, where they were welcomed by costumed staff and provided with food, and lots of fun surprises.

Carol is a great asset representing Women In Trucking, its Image Team and the trucking industry with legislators, regulators, industry leaders and the media. She is very proud that every one of the 2.5 million miles she’s driven has been a safe mile. Carol’s motto of “take pride in yourself, be persistent, work smart and hard, and never take no for an answer” is reflected in the way she does her job and lives her life.

In Her Own Words

“If you asked me when I first began my professional driving career if anything like this would ever happen to me, I probably would have said, ‘I’ll never live that long.’” “Thinking about the entire Citizen Driver process, it’s amazing, unreal, proud, joyous, and very humbling. You might say many emotions wrapped into one. When I learned I was selected, I cried. Any of the 15 finalists could have become a 2018 Honoree. Their many accomplishments and good deeds within the industry and their communities speak volumes. It was very special for me to be a 2018 Honoree along with Danny, Cindy, Roland and my friend, Ingrid. With a heavy heart, I also thought about losing Sandy Long.”

“The Citizen Driver Honoree ceremony at the Iowa 80 Trucking Museum was simply fantastic. The entire event left me speechless, and for those who know me, I’m never speechless. This whole program, the Walcott event itself makes you want to do more. Drivers can do little things every day, greet others with a smile, offer encouragement, give time, maybe donate blood. For the many who live their lives in the spirit of being a Citizen Driver, I encourage them to nominate someone they know, and agree to be nominated if someone else nominates them. It’s a wonderful process that makes you appreciate all that you have and the values that you hold dear.”

Noteworthy Accomplishments

  • 27-year professional driving career
  • 100,000 annual miles
  • 2.5 million career miles
  • 2.5 million accident-free miles
  • Member of Women In Trucking Image Team
  • March 2017 WIT member of the month
  • Recipient of Walmart Good Sam award, 2016
  • Most Inspirational award from Walmart, 2017
  • Walmart 5-Year Safety Award
  • FedEx Safe Driving awards, 8 years running
  • Special ride-along provider in support of Citizens for Reliable And Safe Highways (C.R.A.S.H.)
  • Regular volunteer at WIT & industry events
  • Community activist, particularly serving underprivileged children and those less fortunate

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