Herschel Evans is the first recipient of the Trucking Cares Foundation Premier Achievement Award. Evans, a driver for Holland and an America’s Road Team captain, was presented with an oversize check for $5,000 at American Trucking Associations’ Management Conference & Exhibition in Austin, Texas, on Oct. 29.
“Herschel has accumulated 3 million accident-free miles, he was awarded [Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s] 2018 International Driver Excellence Award. He is a six-time competitor at National Truck Driver Championships, and just last year he was Georgia’s Grand Champion,” ATA President Chris Spear said. “Yet today, we recognize Herschel for something more … for going that extra mile to make a difference in the lives of others.”
The check will go to the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation, an organization that Evans has worked with for many years.
Since 2015, he has raised thousands of dollars for the charity. He is the orchestrator of the Safety Drive for a Cure truck rodeo, a skills-and-safety competition that raises thousands annually. Last year, 116 drivers participated in the event, raising more than $30,000.
“Herschel embodies the spirit we wanted to celebrate when we launched the Trucking Cares Foundation last year, and because of that, we are thrilled to present him with this first-ever award, ” said Phil Byrd, president and CEO of Bulldog Hiway Express, chairman of the Trucking Cares Foundation and a former ATA chairman.
Evans has found other ways to give back to those in need. He is an active participant in the Convoy for Care organization, delivering supplies to areas that have been ravaged by natural disasters.
“The foundation could not have made a better choice for their first recipient. Herschel exemplifies all the best in our industry and in our state. He is professional, selfless and kind,” Georgia Motor Truck Association President Ed Crowell said. “He is always stepping up to assist, whether it’s helping kids battle cancer or families recover from disaster, Herschel can be found quietly, tirelessly working on the front lines.”