2022 Event Details

The "Best of the Best" of 2021 was recognized at the 2022 Safety Awards Ceremony Tuesday April 19th. The Ceremony and Dinner was at the Hotel Topeka At City Center (1717 SW Topeka Blvd, Topeka, KS 66612) Previously known as Capitol Plaza Hotel.


Professional Truck Drivers and their employers were recognized for their exceptional commitment to the safety of the driving public on April 19, 2022 in Topeka.

Representing over 320 years of experience and more than 19.4 million miles of safe driving during their careers, 12 drivers were chosen as 2021 Drivers of the Month. Winners included:


January


Max Slieter

J&H Trucking, Inc.


February


Guadalupe Heredia-Franco

National Carriers Inc


March


Kevin O'Moore

National Carriers Inc


April


Robert Boldra Jr.

National Carriers Inc


May


Stefanus D Voges

National Carriers Inc


June


Tyler Claussen

National Carriers Inc


July


Larry Willits

RedGuard LLC


August


Stephen R Madrigal

RedGuard LLC


September


Kenneth Minium

Wal-Mart Transportation LLC


October


Randy Duncan

Wal-Mart Transportation LLC


November


Robert "Bob" Oswald

Wal-Mart Transportation LLC


December


Tom Segebart

Wal-Mart Transportation LLC


2021 Kansas Driver of the Year

In addition to being chosen as a Driver of the Month, Robert “Bob” Oswald, Wal-Mart Transportation LLC was chosen as 

Driver of the Year. Bob has logged over 4.7 million miles during his career of 49 years. Bob takes part in Wal-Mart’s 

Hazmat and claims training programs. He was a Kansas Driver of the Month last year, is a New Driver Mentor and has been a Kansas Road Team Captain for the last four years. He competes in all local Wal-Mart TDCs, 9 State TDCs, and competed at ATA’s National TDC in 2012. Bob is a Knight of Columbus in Boonville and enjoys going to church, taking road trips with Gail and spending time with his two kids and six grandkids.




            

Margie Gayle Edwards and Robert "Bob" Oswald       Lieutenant Steve La Row, Kansas Highway Patrol, Margie Gayle Edwards, Bob Oswald,   Wal-Mart Transportation LLC, and Lieutenant Bryon Wilson, Kansas Highway Patrol



Kevin Hanschu with J&H Trucking, Inc. was chosen as the Safety Professional of the Year. Judges were particularly impressed with the dedication of Hanschu because of his effort he puts into his job every day. He delivers his ideas to better J&H Trucking, Inc. in a manner in which he is knowledgeable, believable, and most importantly trusted.



The Fleet Safety Contest
This competition acknowledges carriers who compete in their division category and submit their company’s accident records for review by the panel of judges who also judge other KMCA safety contests. The carriers are evaluated on their Kansas DOT accident frequency ratio, ISS-2 score, SafeStat score and miles traveled in Kansas during the contest year. 


The top fleets have driven 117 million miles in 2021, with an accident ratio of 0.197 accidents per million miles. Certificate winners of the fleet safety contest included:

AGRICULTURAL CARRIER DIVISION

Short & Son Inc., Goodland, KS


MOVERS CONFERENCE OF KANSAS

Kansas Van & Storage Criqui Corporation, Topeka, KS


PRIVATE CARRIER DIVISION

Occidental Chemical Corporation OCC DBA Basic Chemicals

Company, Wichita, KS

RedGuard LLC, Wichita, KS


LARGE PRIVATE CARRIER DIVISION

Wal-Mart Transportation LLC, Ottawa, KS


TANK TRUCK CARRIER DIVISION

John E Jones Oil Co., Inc., Stockton, KS


LARGE TANK TRUCK CARRIER DIVISION

Groendyke Transport Inc., Liberal, KS


LARGE LESS-THAN-TRUCKLOAD CARRIER DIVISION

ABF Freight System Inc., Wichita, KS

FedEx Freight, Inc., Kansas City, KS


TRUCKLOAD CARRIERS DIVISION

Debrick Truck Line Company, Paola, KS

Great Plains Trucking, Inc., Salina, KS

International Express Trucking Inc., Kansas City, KS

J&H Trucking, Inc., Andover, KS

Red Line Inc., Emporia, KS

RMJK Enterprises, Inc. dba HIT, Inc., Kansas City, KS


LARGE TRUCKLOAD CARRIER DIVISION

National Carriers Inc., Liberal, KS


(Pictured left to right): Steve Crider - RedGuard LLC, Brent Burrell - Occidental Chemical Corporation OCC dba Basic Chemicals Company, Judy Weis - Great Plains Trucking, Larry "Doc" Criqui - Kansas Van and Storage Criqui Corporation, Kevin Hanschu - J&H Trucking Inc, Jason Boyle - Groendyke Transport Inc., Curt Lewis - Wal-Mart Transportation LLC, Jill Maschmeier - National Carriers Inc., Kevin Nelson - Red Line Inc., Mark McNeely - FedEx Freight Inc, and Ross Johnston - RMJK Enterprises Inc. dba HIT Inc.



And division winners who received a plaque for outstanding achievement in highway safety included:

AGRICULTURAL CARRIER DIVISION

Short & Son Inc.

MOVERS CONFERENCE OF KANSAS

Kansas Van & Storage Criqui Corporation

PRIVATE CARRIER DIVISION

Occidental Chemical Corporation OCC DBA Basic Chemicals Company

LARGE PRIVATE CARRIER DIVISION

Wal-Mart Transportation LLC

TANK TRUCK CARRIER DIVISION

John E Jones Oil Co., Inc.

LARGE TANK TRUCK CARRIER DIVISION

Groendyke Transport, Inc.

TRUCKLOAD CARRIERS DIVISION

Red Line Inc.

LARGE TRUCKLOAD CARRIER DIVISION

National Carriers Inc

LESS-THAN-TRUCKLOAD CARRIER DIVISION

FedEx Freight, Inc.


(Pictured left to right): Mark McNeely - FedEx Freight Inc, Jill Maschmeier - National Carriers Inc., Jason Criqui - Kansas Van and Storage Criqui Corporation, Brent Burrell - Occidental Chemical Corporation OCC dba Basic Chemicals Company, Curt Lewis - Wal-Mart Transportation LLC, and Jason Boyle - Groendyke Transport Inc.

FedEx Freight Inc. was named the Large Fleet Safety Contest Grand Trophy winner. Large fleets are those which have more than 1,000 units. FedEx Freight Inc. has a 0.04% out of service rate for driver inspections and 12.3% out of service rate for vehicle inspections.


Pictured Left: Mark McNeely, FedEx Freight Inc.


Occidental Chemical Corporation OCC dba Basic Chemicals Company was the Grand Trophy winner for the Fleet Safety Contest. They have a 0% out of service rate in driver inspections and 1.7% out of service rate for vehicle inspections.


Pictured Right: Brent Burrell, Occidental Chemical Corporation

This annual ceremony hosted by the Safety Management Council of the Kansas Motor Carriers Association recognizes drivers and their companies for their constant commitment to the safety of our roadways. Winners are selected by a panel of judges from the Kansas Highway Patrol, and Kansas Corporation Commission.




2021 Safety Awards

The "Best of the Best" of 2020 were recognized at the 2021 Safety Awards Ceremony.  Due to the continued restrictions with COVID, KMCA had the ceremony via Zoom on June 18, 2021.

Awards were given for Drivers of the Month, Driver of the Year, Safety Professional of the Year and Fleet Safety Contest Winners.

The Kansas Drivers of the Month and Driver of the Year
The Drivers of the Month are nominated by their companies for years of safe driving, community involvement and acts of heroism. The winners are selected by a panel of judges from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Kansas Corporation Commission and the Kansas Highway Patrol.

    January Driver of the Month – John L Fouraker – Fairview Express LLC

    February Driver of the Month – Myron H Wiebe – Fairview Express LLC

    March Driver of the Month – Theodore Rilinger – FedEx Freight, Inc.

    April Driver of the Month – David Elias – FedEx Freight, Inc.

    May Driver of the Month –Robert David Standley – Occidental Chemical Corporation OCC

    June Driver of the Month – Larry Willits - RedGuard, LLC

    July Driver of the Month – Stephen Madrigal - RedGuard, LLC

    August Driver of the Month – Travis Harries - Wal-Mart Transportation LLC

    September Driver of the Month –Geoffory “Jeff” Davis - Wal-Mart Transportation LLC

    October Driver of the Month – Robert “Bob” Oswald – Wal-Mart Transportation LLC

    November Driver of the Month – William “Bill” Fisher – Wal-Mart Transportation LLC 

    December Driver of the Month – Fairy “Walt” Petree III - Wal-Mart Transportation LLC


    2020 - Kansas Driver of the Year
                   

    Geoffory “Jeff” Davis - Wal-Mart Transportation LLC

    He has been a professional driver for 39 years with 4.7 million miles driven.


    The Safety Professional of the Year
    Nominations for this award are submitted by a driver's company, or other individuals, for their successful implementation of safety programs within their company that have resulted in a superior safety climate within their company.

     

    Don Grubb - RMJK Enterprises Inc. (dba HIT Inc.)

       

       

       

      The Fleet Safety Contest
      This competition acknowledges carriers who compete in their division category and submit their company’s accident records for review by the panel of judges who also judge other KMCA safety contests. The carriers are evaluated on their Kansas DOT accident frequency ratio, ISS-2 score, SafeStat score and miles traveled in Kansas during the contest year. 

       


      2020 Fleet Safety Winners
      The Fleet Safety Winners
      received an award based on the best safety record in their division.

                     

      AGGREGATE CARRIER DIVISION

      Capital Trucking, LLC

       

       

      AGRICULTURAL CARRIERS DIVISION

      Golden Plains Trucking, Inc.

       

       

      MOVERS CONFERENCE

      James B Studdard Transfer & Storage Company, Inc.

       

       

      PRIVATE CARRIER DIVISION

      Occidental Chemical Corporation OCC

       

       

      TANK TRUCK DIVISION

      Occidental Chemical Corporation OCC

       

       

      LARGE TANK TRUCK DIVISION

      Groendyke Transport, Inc.

       

       

      LESS-THAN-TRUCKLOAD DIVISION

      FedEx Freight, Inc.

       

       

      TRUCKLOAD DIVISION

      Great Plains Trucking, Inc.

                     

       

        2020 Kansas Fleet Safety Contest Grand Trophy Winner
        The Fleet Champion of the 2020 Fleet Safety Contest had the best overall safety record of those who competed in the Fleet Safety Contest.

        Occidental Chemical Corporation OCC

         


        2020 Kansas Large Fleet Safety Contest Grand Trophy Winner          

         

        Groendyke Transport, Inc.



        2020 Fleet Safety Certificate Winners
        The Certificate Winners are determined by the Accident Frequency Ratio of .452 accidents per million miles traveled on Kansas Highways. Companies who entered that had an Accident Frequency Ratio of .452 received a certificate.

                       

        AGRICULTURAL CARRIERS DIVISION

        Short & Son Inc.

        Steve Hilker Trucking, Inc.


        PRIVATE DIVISION

        Hampel Oil Distributors Inc.

        RedGuard, LLC  


        TANK TRUCK DIVISION

        Hampel Oil Distributors Inc.


        LESS-THAN-TRUCKLOAD DIVISION

        ABF Freight System, Inc.

        Old Dominion Freight Line, Inc.


        TRUCKLOAD DIVISION

        Convoy Systems, LLC

        Debrick Truck Line Company

        J & H Trucking, Inc.

        Red Line, Inc.



        2020 Safety Awards Banquet Results

        The Kansas Drivers of the Month and Driver of the Year
        The Drivers of the Month are nominated by their companies for years of safe driving, community involvement and acts of heroism. The winners are selected by a panel of judges from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Kansas Corporation Commission and the Kansas Highway Patrol.

          January Driver of the Month – David Malloy - RedGuard, LLC

          February Driver of the Month – Steve Madrigal - RedGuard, LLC

          March Driver of the Month – Dwight Covey - Walmart Transportation

          April Driver of the Month – Matt Rohrer - Walmart Transportation

          May Driver of the Month –Don Kendall - Walmart Transportation

          June Driver of the Month – David Moffett - Walmart Transportation

          July Driver of the Month – Bruce Mitchell - Walmart Transportation

          August Driver of the Month – David Harris -Groendyke Transportation, Inc.

          September Driver of the Month –Nate Pennell - Sedona Trucking, Inc.

          October Driver of the Month – Milo Dean Gadelman Jr. - Convoy Systems, LLC

          November Driver of the Month – James Starr - Groendyke Transportation, Inc.

          December Driver of the Month – Duane Peck - FedEx Freight, Inc.


            2019 - Kansas Driver of the Year
                           

            Don Kendall - Walmart Transportation

            He has been a professional driver for 41 years with 5.2 million miles driven.
                             


             

            The Safety Professional of the Year
            Nominations for this award are submitted by a driver's company, or other individuals, for their successful implementation of safety programs within their company that have resulted in a superior safety climate within their company.

             

            Steve Crider - RedGuard, LLC

               

               

               

              The Fleet Safety Contest
              This competition acknowledges carriers who compete in their division category and submit their company’s accident records for review by the panel of judges who also judge other KMCA safety contests. The carriers are evaluated on their Kansas DOT accident frequency ratio, ISS-2 score, SafeStat score and miles traveled in Kansas during the contest year. 

               


              2019 Fleet Safety Winners
              The Fleet Safety Winners
              received an award based on the best safety record in their division.

                             

              AGGREGATE CARRIER DIVISION

              Capital Trucking, LLC

               

               

              AGRICULTURAL CARRIERS DIVISION

              Golden Plains Trucking, Inc.

               

               

              MOVERS CONFERENCE

              Kansas Van & Storage Criqui Corporation

               

               

              PRIVATE CARRIER DIVISION

              RedGuard, LLC

               

               

              TANK TRUCK DIVISION

              John E. Jones Oil Co Inc.

               

               

              LARGE TANK TRUCK DIVISION

              Groendyke Transportation Inc.

               

               

              LESS-THAN-TRUCKLOAD DIVISION

              FedEx Freight, Inc.

               

               

              TRUCKLOAD DIVISION

              Convoy Systems, LLC

                             

               

                2019 Kansas Fleet Safety Contest Grand Trophy Winner
                The Fleet Champion of the 2019 Fleet Safety Contest had the best overall safety record of those who competed in the Fleet Safety Contest. They have a 0% out of service rate in driver inspections and 0% out of service rate for vehicle inspections.                            
                                   

                RedGuard, LLC

                 

                2019 Kansas Large Fleet Safety Contest Grand Trophy Winner          

                They have a 0.1 out of service rate for driver inspections and 4.6% out of service rate for vehicle inspections.

                 

                FedEx Freight, Inc.



                2019 Fleet Safety Certificate Winners
                The Certificate Winners are determined by the Accident Frequency Ratio of .452 accidents per million miles traveled on Kansas Highways. Companies who entered that had an Accident Frequency Ratio of .452 received a certificate.

                               

                AGGREGATE CARRIER DIVISION

                Capital Trucking, LLC


                AGRICULTURAL CARRIERS DIVISION

                Garden City Co-op, Inc.

                Short & Son Inc.


                MOVERS CONFERENCE

                James B Studdard Transfer and Storage Company, Inc.

                Kansas Van & Storage Criqui Corporation


                PRIVATE DIVISION

                Occidental Chemical Corporation

                RedGuard, LLC  


                TANK TRUCK DIVISION

                Basic Chemicals Company LLC

                Garden City Co-op, Inc.

                John E. Jones Oil Co Inc.


                LARGE TANK TRUCK DIVISION

                Groendyke Transportation Inc.


                LESS-THAN-TRUCKLOAD DIVISION

                FedEx Freight, Inc.

                Old Dominion Freight Line, Inc.


                TRUCKLOAD DIVISION

                Great Plains Trucking, Inc.

                J & H Trucking, Inc.

                Red Line, Inc.




























                 


                 
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