Driver of the Month/Year Awards
Driver Recognition Program
The purpose of the Driver of the Month Awards is to recognize the men and women that our industry is built upon. This program is intended to identify and honor drivers who have displayed a high degree of excellence and an impeccable driving record during their driving career. The process begins with a CTA member company nominating a driver.
2017 Driver of the Year North
Joe Addison, Safeway Inc.
Saturday, November 4
Hilton Sacramento Arden West, Sacramento
Saturday, November 4, professional truck driver Joe Addison was named Northern California’s Truck Driver of the Year at California Trucking Association’s Annual Driver of the Month/Driver of the Year Awards Banquet at the Hilton Arden West in Sacramento, CA. On hand to present the awards was Assistant Commissioner Scott Silsbee of the California Highway Patrol.
Mr. Addison has enjoyed a career of over 32 years as a professional truck driver. During his career, Joe has driven over 3.3 million miles accident, injury, and citation free. He has been driving for Safeway, Inc. for 18 years and during those 18 years he has received numerous safety awards. Joe is currently a line driver out of Safeway’s Tracy, CA terminal and covers the North Coast, from Tracy to Eureka/Crescent City.
Joe volunteers for Safeway’s accident review committee. Often times, Joe’s driving expertise and knowledge are utilized to help in figuring out delivery situations, and ensure the job gets done.
Joe has participated in the California Truck Driving Championships, placing first in the Tanker division earlier this year, making it all the way to the National Truck Driving Championships in August, representing California Tank Truck drivers.
Joe is an exceptional driver, with an impeccable record, and a passion for driving.
2017 Driver of the Year South
Paul Olson, Estenson Logistics
Saturday, November 11
Pacific Palms Resort, City of Industry
Saturday, November 11, professional truck driver, Paul Olson of Estenson Logistics out of Ontario, was named Southern California’s Truck Driver of the Year at California Trucking Association’s Annual Driver of the Month/Driver of the Year Awards Banquet at the Pacific Palms Resort in City of Industry, CA. On hand to present the awards was Assistant Commissioner William Siegl of the California Highway Patrol.
Mr. Olson has enjoyed a career of over 26 years as a professional truck driver. During his career, Paul has driven over 2.5 million miles accident, injury, and citation free. His record proves to everyone that Safety is # 1 on his priority list.
Paul has been with Estenson Logistics for 10 years. During those 10 years he has been active in several Estenson Logistics committees and programs, such as the Yard Safety Committee, Lead Driver training program, and the PACE Train. Paul has received a DriveCam award this year for no incidents. His years of experience, wisdom, and knowledge of driving professionally have really set the bar high for the younger generation to follow.
Paul served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1987 to 1990, the Marine Corps Reserve from 1990 to 1992, and the Army National Guard from 2001 to 2007, serving in both Gulf Wars!
Paul is fully engaged and committed to Estenson Logistics 100%. His customer service skills are exceptional. Paul is a positive force, serving as a mentor and role model to all employees within the company. Estenson feels very fortunate to have such a well rounded and experienced professional driver working on their team.
Every year California Trucking Association awards California’s best truck drivers with the distinguished honor of being named Drivers of the Month for the current year. A selection committee comprised of members of the California Highway Patrol, California Department of Motor Vehicles, Federal Motor Carriers Safety Administration, and independent safety professionals selects the award winners from a pool of nominations submitted by CTA member companies. From those nominations, the committee chooses those who best represent the trucking industry in an exemplary manner over the duration of their professional driving career. The program culminates each November with a banquet in the North and one in the South where each recipient is awarded a plaque and recognized for their outstanding service.
The night is also filled with great excitement and anticipation as the Driver of the Year honor is revealed for the first time and bestowed upon the unknowing recipient.