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Johnny Holland, Jr.

Associated Grocers

2017 Driver of the Year

Johnny Holland, Jr., LMTAs 2017 Driver of the Year, has been driving for his company for over thirty-two and a half (32.5) years – generating more than 1.5 million miles and twenty (20) years of safe driving.

Johnny has received many commendations over the years for offering to help others in difficult situations on the road and being a good citizen. In one incident he assisted a motorist in bad weather who suffered a blow-out on a bridge with debris entering his path. After checking his truck, he stayed with the driver and her family until help arrived. As she stated in her call to his company, “He is a compassionate man.”

Johnny is a community servant and often volunteers for the company for special non-profit events.  He is a man of faith and although he resides in Baton Rouge, Johnny still attends church in his hometown of St. Gabriel. He is the Chairman of the Men’s Day Committee and will soon serve on the Trustee Board and the Building Fund Committee.

With a full life with his wife, children and grandchildren, Johnny has successfully managed, with a great measure of joy, the ability to balance his family life and career.

“Mr. Johnny” takes particular pride in the relationships that he has built, especially among his customers to whom he makes regular deliveries. His loyalty and dedication to Associated Grocers is exemplified in his 29 years of perfect attendance.  Johnny is featured in an Associated Grocers driver recruitment campaign – that includes his photo on the back of a trailer bearing the message “Why I Driver for AG” and his bio is prominently displayed on the company website.

We are proud to honor Johnny Holland with Associated Grocers as the 2017 LMTA Driver of the Year.

doyHenry Bruster – UPS Freight

2016 Driver of the Year

Henry Brewster of UPS Freight in Port Allen has left his mark on the trucking industry as a professional driver with over 18 years and 1.2 million miles of total driving experience.

Accident free for 5 years, Henry has distinguished himself as a leader and advocate for the trucking industry as a Captain on the American Trucking Associations’ America’s Road Team since 2015.

Henry was in the Army for 6 years as a Squad Leader and Section Leader and was active in the Desert Seal Campaign.  He received several military citations including Good Conduct, two for Army Achievement and Sharpshooter.

He and his wife Tiffany have 2 children and reside in Woodville, Mississippi.

LMTA is proud to recognize Henry Bruster with UPS Freight as our 2016 LMTA Driver of the Year.

Donald GloverLMTA2015 Banquet

2015 LMTA Driver of the Year 

Donald Glover of Walmart Transportation has been a professional truck driver for over 27 years with over 1.8 million accident-free miles during the past 15 years!  And he is no stranger to the Truck Driving Championships having competed numerous times in both his company and state events.

Donald volunteers with school spring clean-up projects, Special Olympics, homeland security and local safety events and assists with training TeenCert, a program for young people who are interested in a career in public service as firemen, policemen or EMTs.

Donald is a certified presenter of Operation Lifesaver’s railroad safety program and one of his companies “Ambassadors” who helped develop and implement company supported projects to assist during Hurricane Katrina.

He feels that all professional truck drivers are ambassadors of the road and have a responsibility to present themselves in a positive and courteous manner and to assist the motoring public.

In fact, just last summer Donald was able to assist at an accident scene and received a compliment from the State Trooper on the scene, saying how impressed he was with how our driver handled everything.

 

Floyd Reeder

Driver of the Year
 2014 LMTA Driver of the Year 
    Floyd Reeder            

Ergon Trucking

Ergon Trucking, Inc.

2014 LMTA Driver of the Year 

Floyd Reeder of Ergon Trucking, Inc. has been a professional truck driver for over 29 years with over 2.3 million accident-free miles!  Floyd comes by trucking honestly…his dad was a truck driver for 50 years and his brother, who is 78 years old, continues to drive with over 40 years in the industry.

Floyd has driven for Ergon Trucking, Inc. for over 24 years.  A company he says is great to work for, where he feels appreciated and everyone helps one another. He often doubles as a driver trainer and mentors new recruits.  He is always willing to assist new drivers with information about loading facilities, customer safety requirements and proper equipment handling. In 2010 he received the XL Insurance Driver of the Year Award.  Throughout his career, Floyd has also assisted numerous motorists in need.

During Hurricane Katrina Floyd was chosen to transport fuel into the New Orleans area.  It’s not an experience he will forget – having to be escorted into the city to make his deliveries. 

Before joining the trucking industry, Floyd Reeder served in the U.S. Army 41st Artillery Unit and earned the Vietnam Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal and the National Defense Service Medal. He is a member of the American Legion and VFW.

A resident of Lake Charles, Louisiana, Floyd has four children, fourteen grand children and one great grandchild.  He also raised his step-son of whom he is proud for having graduated from Louisiana State University and receiving a Masters in Secondary Education.    

Floyd serves as an associate minister at New Light Baptist Church in Lake Charles and enjoys working with children through their youth ministry.  He derives great satisfaction from counseling children.

2013 Driver of the Year

  2013 LMTA Driver of the Year

 

 2013 Driver of the Year
 Keith L. Perkins
 Aeropres Corporation

Keith L. Perkins

Aeropres Corporation

    Keith L. Perkins of Aeropres Corporation has been a professional truck driver for over 34 years with over 3 million accident-free miles!

In late 2012, Keith was stopped in construction on I-20 in Birmingham, AL. He was on his way with a delivery to Atlanta and was pulling a double-barrel trailer loaded with 4,000 gallons of Liquefied Petroleum Gas in each barrel.  As traffic had come to a complete stand-still, he checked his mirrors to check traffic behind him and noticed another 18-wheeler coming up fast.  He realized that the driver had not noticed that traffic was at a complete stop and was not going to be able to stop in time.  He proceeded to pull his tractor/trailer over to the shoulder of the highway as much as he could without hitting the vehicle in front of him.  He only succeeded in getting his rig partially off the highway before impact.  The approaching 18-wheeler hit his rig going 70 miles per hour!  Thanks to Keith’s fast thinking, the other vehicle hit his trailer at an angle – completely knocking the back axles out from under our driver’s trailer – then crashed into a concrete wall.  The force of the impact knocked the engine of the tractor back into the cab.  Fortunately, there was no LPG release from our driver’s trailer.

There is no doubt that if the 18-wheeler had hit Keith directly from behind at that rate of speed, there most probably would have been a catastrophic event which would have caused a domino effect on the vehicles in front and on the side of our driver’s rig.  State Police and emergency response team personnel working the accident said that due to our driver of the year’s quick thinking the lives of many people were spared.

Keith L. Perkins is a member of CentralAssemblyChurch and participates in Prison Ministries.  In his free time he enjoys hunting, fishing and archery.  He and his wife Sue have 3 children and reside in Haughton, LA.

2012 Driver of the Year

 

 

 

2012 LMTA Driver of the Year

Joseph Guidry

Walmart Transportation

Joseph Guidry

Walmart Transportation 

LMTA’s 2011 Driver of the Year, Joseph Guidry, Jr. with Walmart Transportation, has been a professional truck driver since 1978 with over 4 million accident-free miles – that equates to over 29 years with no accidents!  Joseph credits his love for driving large equipment and trucks to growing up on a farm. He is an outstanding professional truck driver and a sincere person of positive character.

Joseph Guidry leads by example. His consistent, intuitive effort to respect every individual, to provide sincere customer service, and to strive for excellence have made him a professional driver whom others aspire to emulate.

His focus to remain accident/incident-free is seen daily through his thorough pre-trip inspections and direct feedback on equipment faults.  Joseph uses his experience in driving to share “best practices” with fellow drivers no matter the location.  His easy-going demeanor allows him to be approachable regardless of the circumstance.

Joseph’s commitment to his company is apparent by his assistance with their safety initiatives:  “Committed to Safety” and “Operation Lifesaver”. He brings a sincere, passionate message to high schools, safety alliances and businesses to aid in their understanding of sharing the road with trucks.

Joseph has many stories of selfless assistance to motorists in harms way.  His actions have proven to be priceless to other truck drivers, inexperienced motorists and older motorists alike.

Joseph has been married to the “love of his life”, Betty, for 27 years and they have 6 children.  They are parishioners of St. Edmond Catholic Church and live in Rayne.

2011 Driver of the Year

2011 LMTA Driver of the Year

Ricky Lopez

AAA Cooper Transportation

Ricky Lopez

AAA Cooper Transportation 

LMTA’s 2011 Driver of the Year, Ricky Lopez of AAA Cooper Transportation, has been in the trucking industry – and employed by the same company – for over 24 years.  Ricky has an exemplary safety record and began competing in the LMTA Truck Driving Championships in 1991.  He is always promoting safety and encouraging other drivers to participate.  He placed numerous times and has represented Louisiana at the National Truck Driving Championships.

On September 11, 2010, Ricky was on his usual run from New Orleans to Meridian, MS when he intercepted a call over the CB about an accident.  As he approached the accident scene, he could see that a car was upside down in the median.  Putting his flashers on, he pulled to the side of the road and approached the car. Two occupants had already climbed out but two were still inside the car.  Ricky helped the remaining 2 out of the car and called 911.  Noticing that all 4 occupants were teenagers, he offered to call their families.  He remained with the teenagers until medical personnel arrived at the scene.

Ricky and his wife Donna have 2 children, Ricky and Heather, and reside in Chalmette, Louisiana. He is the President of the West Pigeon Hunting Club and a member of the Our Lady of Prompt Succor Church.

2010 LMTA Driver of the Year
Marco Becerra
Con-way Freight

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2010 LMTA Driver of the Year
Marco Becerra
Con-way Freight

LMTA’s 2010 Driver of the Year, Marco Becerra of Con-way Freight, has been in the trucking industry for over 26 years.  He has competed in the LMTA Truck Driving Championships for over 16 years when prompted by a friend of his to compete and has been quite successful – placing in the top 3 a majority of the time.  In addition, Marco promotes participation among his fellow company drivers.

In 2008 Marco was headed to help his 80 year old uncle with clean up following Hurricane Katrina along with his young daughter when he noticed a driver lose control of their car and crash into the swamp.  Marco stopped to offer assistance, went into the swamp and found the driver, a lady with cuts all over her face and upper body.  She was moved roadside where emergency personnel were on hand to take over.  As Marco continued on his way, his daughter as him “Dad, why did you help those people?” to which he responded “Because I felt I had to.”  With a huge smile on her face, Marco’s daughter said “Dad, you were brave for doing that.”  What a feeling…to help someone in trouble and be seen as a hero in your daughter’s eyes!

Marco Becerra so impressed Con-way Freight, his current employer, that he was featured in their corporate magazine for his positive attitude and commitment to the company.  Marco is always positive and makes a positive impact on all who come in contact with him.  He always looks on the bright side…every when it’s cloudy out…how appropriate this weekend!

Marco Becerra served his country in the U.S. Marines for 4 years.  He and his wife Angele reside with their three children in Carriere, MS.  We are pleased to recognize Marco Becerra with Con-way Freight as the LMTA 2010 Driver of the Year.

2009 LMTA Driver of the Year
Stacy Sansom

YRC

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2009 LMTA Driver of the Year
Stacy Sansom

YRC

LMTA’s 2009 Driver of the Year, Stacy Sansom of YRC has been in the trucking industry for over 13 years.  He is a descendent of a long line of truck drivers in his family – both his grandfather and uncles were truck drivers their entire adult lives – and Stacy claims that their professionalism and excellent driving records “rubbed off” on him.

Stacy is currently a certified “Smith System” and “Tight Quarters Maneuvering” Trainer. He participates in the Trucker Buddy Program and is a present and past member of his company’s premier safety council.  In addition to his current training and volunteer activities, Stacy aspires to be a future Captain on America’s Road Team.

Stacy Sansom has received numerous safety and driving awards from his company.  Over his years as a truck driver he has witnessed numerous accidents for which he has offered assistance; summoned emergency personnel when necessary; helped redirect traffic and provided information as a witness – often remaining on the scene to insure everyone’s safety.

Stacy has always had a passion for truck safety and became involved in the LMTA Truck Driving Championships after a co-worker, Myron Randall, displaced from Hurricane Katrina relocated to his hometown. Stacy helped his Myron feel at home – offering his own home when yet another hurricane threatened New Orleans.  Myron, a veteran state and national Championship participant recognized his desire to succeed and encouraged him to participate in the LMTA Championships where, in his second year of competition, Stacy won his division and went on to participate in the ATA Championships in 2008.

Stacy also offers his carpentry skills to help those in need by volunteering his time away from his job to repair homes for and though his church, he continues to provide his skills to those in need.  He is an advocate for the trucking industry through his personal and professional accomplishments.

2008 LMTA Driver of the Year
Gerald Bonin

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.

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2008 LMTA Driver of the Year
Gerald Bonin

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.

LMTA’s 2008 Driver of the Year, Gerald Bonin of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. has over 29 years as a professional driver and over 2 million safe driving miles without a preventable accident.  He attributes the local, state and national truck driving championships – for which he holds numerous awards – plus an award for helping a stranded motorist as incentives for him to keep his career safe and accident free.  During his career he has also volunteered to haul emergency cargo to devastated areas of the country on several occasions.

In 1990 Gerald received an award for helping an injured motorist who had lost control of his vehicle and had been ejected into the travel lane of the highway.  He stopped his rig next to the badly injured person to prevent other motorists from hitting him and kept him warm and dry in heavy rain until help arrived.

Beyond driving, Gerald was born with a talent for art and painting.  He sometimes gets to help people in need by donating some of his prints and paintings to charity auctions.  And though his paintings are good enough to sell, he gets more enjoyment in giving them away than he ever could get by receiving money.

Gerald volunteers his time once a year to haul powered wheel chairs to kids afflicted with muscular dystrophy to the MD Anderson’s summer camp in Shreveport, LA.   Seeing the emotion, tears of joy and appreciation on these children’s faces when he arrives with their chairs gives him satisfaction beyond anything he could ever do as a professional driver.  As a matter of fact, we had to come up with a pretty good excuse for him to pass on his mission this year as it was the weekend he was recognized at the LMTA Safety Banquet!

Unfortunately, unlike most professional drivers, his time off isn’t spent without an additional load.  Gerald’s wife has been a victim of MD for the past 20 years, completely confined to a wheelchair.  As her primary caregiver, he is not only responsible for the housework, grocery shopping and yard work, but to also ensure that her needs are met while he is on the road.  He and his wife are thankful that they have a great support system in place with their three children pitching in.

 
Louisiana Motor Transport Association, Inc.
4838 Bennington Avenue | P.O. Box 80278 | Baton Rouge, LA 70898
Phone: 225-928-5682 | Fax: 225-928-0500