Three drivers from Prime Inc. were honored at the 2013 Missouri Trucking Association (MoTA) Annual Safety Conference: Ronald Hoover, Glen Horack, and Thomas Miller.
Hoover, a reefer driver for more than 12 years, received two awards. He was recognized as the MoTA April 2012 Driver of the Month and he was named the 2013 MoTA Driver of the Year. Horack and Miller were also recognized as 2012 Drivers of the Month.
According to the MoTA, winners were "judged on the basis of their excellent driving records, contributions to highway safety, courtesy and participation in community affairs."
Hoover, who lives in Casper, WY, has received several distinctions throughout his career. He was the Prime Inc. December 2009 Refrigerated Division Driver of the Month and has been named the MoTA Driver of the Month three times: April 2009, November 2010, and March 2011. He also received 2010 and 2011 Safe Driving Club Awards from the MoTA. When he is not on the road, he raises and rides horses on his farm, where he lives with his wife Janet and their five children.
As the 2013 MoTA Driver of the Year, Hoover received a ring and an Ipad. "I was really excited and quite honored," he said. "I'm thankful that Prime nominated me and I'm thankful that the MoTA selected me for these awards."
A former U.S. Army solider and volunteer fire fighter, Hoover started with Prime Inc. in 2001. He has been driving professionally since 1983 and has driven more than 3.6 million miles throughout his career.
"Ron is a consummate professional. One of those guys who never has a negative word to say about anyone. He is a great trainer and role model," Steve Tassin, Prime Fleet Manager, said. "What you see is what you get with him. He is a real team player, with an upbeat, professional personality. We are proud of him and all of our other drivers for their dedication to safe, professional driving practices."
Horack of Elkland, MO, the MoTA 2012 August Driver of the Month, has been with Prime Inc. since 1992. He is married, has two children, and served as the Chairman of the 2008 MoTA Safe Driving Club. Like Hoover, he has won the MoTA Driver of the Month award three times. He has also been named the Overdrive Magazine Driver of the Month and received the Million Mile Safety Award by Prime Inc. twice. He was designated the Prime Inc. Contractor of the Year for the Refrigerated Division in 2005 and he has been recognized in Pride and Polish competitions throughout the majority of his career.
Miller, of IL, who is married, and has two children, started with Prime Inc. in 1999. Named the MoTA September 2012 Driver of the Month, he also serves as one of the 2013-14 America's Road Team Captains. He was named the Prime Inc. Contractor of the Month for Safety and Service in September 2002 and received the May 2011 Prime Inc. Contractor of the Month Award as well as the MoTA August 2011 Driver of the Month award. He was the chairman of the MoTA Safe Driving Club from 2009-2011 and served as the Captain of the Prime Inc. Truck Driving Championship Team.
About Prime Inc.
Founded in 1970 by Robert Low, Prime Inc. is North America's most successful refrigerated, flatbed, tanker and logistics trucking company. Headquartered in Springfield, Mo., Prime's personnel, equipment and technology remains on the cutting edge of the transportation industry, and the company's growth remains steady and well managed.