Moving & Storage Industry Honors Top Drivers for 2019

March 4, 2020

ALEXANDRIA, VA — The American Moving & Storage Association proudly announces the winners of the 2019 Super Van Operator Awards honoring the nation’s top moving and storage company truck and van drivers. These annual awards recognize drivers and owner-operators who are the best of the best in providing 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 2019 winners are:

  • Lifetime Achievement: Frank Russell of Morton Grove, Ill., began his career in 1975 and drives for Reebie Storage and Moving, an Allied Van Lines Agent. He has driven almost 2.7 million miles in a commercial motor vehicle in his lifetime while not recording a single accident or moving violation. Russell has won numerous industry awards; Allied Driver of the Year in 2018, an Allied Van Lines Master Mover award for outstanding performance in customer service, safety and hauling with zero claims in each year from 1997 through 2019. In 2019, he was also honored with a 40 Year Safe Driving Award.
  • Household Goods: Danny Lee Collins of Patriot, Ind., began his career in 1980 and drives for Class Pays, a northAmerican® Van Lines Agent. He has driven more than 2.85 million miles in a commercial motor vehicle in his lifetime while not recording a single accident or moving violation. Collins has won numerous industry awards, including the 2018 – 2019 northAmerican Vanguard Gold award for outstanding performance in customer satisfaction, claims ratio, safety, and hauling plus a 2019 award for 31 years of safe driving. He has also earned high marks from customers for his professionalism and service.
  • Special Commodities: Kennith W. Bone of Bismarck, Mo., began his career in 1986 and drives for Fry-Wagner Moving & Storage, 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. Since 2017, Bone has been recognized as United Van Lines Driver of the Month three times, and has twice been awarded their Logistics Driver of the Year.
  • Rookie of the Year: Alvaro Vasquez II of Tucson, Ariz., began his career in 2014 with Atlas Transfer & Storage, an Allied Van Lines Agent. He has already driven almost 400,000 miles in a commercial motor vehicle while not recording a single accident. Since 2015, he has been awarded the Allied Van Lines Driver of the Month three times. In addition, he is an Allied Van Lines Master Mover for outstanding performance in customer service, safety and hauling with zero claims. Vasquez sponsors and mentors a local community football team for 10- to 12-year old kids. He and his wife also volunteer with Special Olympics Arizona.
“The American Moving & Storage Association congratulates these drivers for their excellent records of service,” said John Becker, interim president of the American Moving & Storage Association. “Each of these professional drivers has also shown a strong commitment to the highest level of safety for their customers and themselves. They inspire all of us within the industry and in their local communities for the support they give to those in need.”

More information about the AMSA awards at Moving.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 Moving.org.