Moving & Storage Industry Honors Top Safe Drivers
February 20, 2018
ALEXANDRIA, VA — The American Moving & Storage Association (AMSA) proudly announces the winners of the 2017 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 2017 winners are:
- Lifetime Achievement: Robert Fitzgerald of Corona, Calif., began his career in 1980 and drives for Hilldrup, a United Van Lines Agent. He has driven 2.6 million miles in a commercial motor vehicle in his lifetime while not recording a single accident or moving violation. Fitzgerald has won numerous industry awards, including several United Van Operator of the Month awards as well as Van Operator of the Year in 2015. He actively supports numerous local charities by participating in motorcycle rides to raise money for autism awareness and support Susan G. Komen in the fight against breast cancer, and to honor America’s veterans.
- Household Goods: Robert Greer of Scottsdale, Ariz., began his career in 1972 and drives for Bayshore Transportation, an Allied Van Lines Agent. He has driven more than 2.8 million miles in a commercial motor vehicle in his lifetime while not recording a single accident or moving violation. Greer has won numerous industry awards, including most recently the 44-Year Safe Driving Award, the Senior Safe Driving Award, and the Allied Driver of the Year in 2016. He has earned high marks from customers for his professionalism and service.
- Special Commodities: John Issel of Highland Village, Texas, began his career in 1980 and drives for Comtrans, an Atlas Agent. He has driven 3 million miles in a commercial motor vehicle in his lifetime while not recording a single accident or moving violation. Issel has won numerous industry awards, including Vanguard Driver for North American Van Lines as well as the Superior Achievement Award twice for Atlas. He supports several local charities, including Bikers Against Child Abuse.
- Rookie of the Year: Eric Klause of Okeechobee, Fla., began his career in 2013 with A-1 Moving & Storage, an Atlas Agent. He has already driven more than 230,000 miles in a commercial motor vehicle while not recording a single accident. Klause has twice won Atlas Customer Service Awards as well as their Safe Driver Award. In 2017, he hauled a relief supply of food to South Florida following Hurricane Irma.
“The American Moving & Storage Association congratulates these well-deserving drivers for their excellent records of safety and service to their customers,” said Scott Michael, AMSA president and CEO. “Every one of these professional drivers has demonstrated their strong dedication 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 provide to those in need.”
More information about the AMSA Awards at ProMover.org/Awards.
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. The association has approximately 3,500 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.