October 24, 2016 5:30 PM, EDT

ATA Names 33 Finalists for Next America's Road Team

John Sommers II for Transport Topics

American Trucking Associations named 33 professional truck drivers as 2017-2018 America’s Road Team finalists Oct. 24. The finalists have a total of 77.6 million safe-driving miles and 893 years driving commercial vehicles. The winners will be announced Jan. 12.

“These professional drivers were chosen as finalists for America’s Road Team because they are proven industry ambassadors with long safety records and professionalism that projects a positive image of our industry’s 3.5 million truck drivers,” ATA President Chris Spear said. “America’s Road Team will continue to serve as a voice for the trucking industry and build on its 30-year legacy of educating the public on highway safety and the trucking industry’s important role in our economy. We are honored to have these finalists participate in this prestigious selection process, and I look forward to meeting them in January.”

America’s Road Team, a group of professional truck drivers with superior safety records, was created in 1986. To be nominated to serve as an America’s Road Team captain, drivers must be employed or leased to an ATA member company, have an excellent safety record and demonstrate an ability to communicate his or her commitment to safety and passion for the industry. The current team has 19 members.

The finalists are:

  • Steve Brand, FedEx Freight, Union, Ohio
  • Jon Brockway, Wal-Mart Transportation, Westbrook, Maine
  • Brad Coffey, TCW, Murfreesboro, Tennessee
  • Bobby Covert, UPS Freight, Lexington, Kentucky
  • Scott Davis, ABF Freight, Kearney, Missouri
  • Duane Donner, Wal-Mart Transportation, Litchfield Park, Arizona
  • Donald Forrest, FedEx Freight, Winter Haven, Florida
  • John Gaddy, Carbon Express, Asbury, New Jersey
  • W. Scott Harrison, K-Limited Carriers, Cincinnati
  • Rhonda Hartman, Old Dominion Freight Line, Des Moines, Iowa
  • Gary Helms, Covenant Transport, Cleveland, Tennessee
  • Duane “Rusty” Holmes, UPS Freight, Odenville, Alabama
  • Bill Krouse, YRC Freight, Shakopee, Minnesota
  • David Livingston, TCW, Springfield, Georgia
  • Charles Lobsiger, Wal-Mart Transportation, Alachua, Florida
  • Ronnie Luckadoo, UPS Freight, Forest City, North Carolina
  • Thomas McIntosh, YRC Freight, Aurora, Colorado
  • Tim Melody, ABF Freight, Payette, Idaho
  • James Moore, Saia LTL Freight, Magnolia, Texas
  • Chris Outen, FedEx Freight, Vancouver, Washington
  • Charlton Paul Jr., UPS Freight, Chester, New York
  • Jeff Payne, Reddaway, Cedar City, Utah
  • James Quarles, Wal-Mart Transportation, Laurens, South Carolina
  • Larry Rhein, FedEx Freight, Harrison, Arkansas
  • Stephen Richardson, Big G Express, Decatur, Alabama
  • Michael Sheeds, Werner Enterprises, Bandera, Texas
  • Steven Smalley, ABF Freight, Mesa, Arizona
  • Gary Smith, Garner Trucking, Gomer, Ohio
  • James Starr, Groendyke Transport, Wichita, Kansas
  • Chris Sutton, UPS Freight, Erie, Pennsylvania
  • Barney “Earl” Taylor, Penske Logistics, Orlando, Florida
  • Tim Taylor, FedEx Freight, Valdosta, Georgia
  • Jimmie Wisley, YRC Freight, Wichita, Kansas