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Driver of the Year

The annual award recognizes outstanding female professional drivers who lead the industry in safety standards while actively enhancing the public image of the trucking industry.

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Peggy Arnold Named as 2022 Driver of the Year!


Sponsored by Walmart, the annual Driver of the Year award recognizes outstanding female professional drivers who lead the industry in safety standards while actively working to enhance the public image of the trucking industry. Congratulations to Peggy Arnold, company driver for Yellow Corporation!

Peggy is the first driver of the year we’ve been able to honor in person and we are truly thrilled to meet her and celebrate this accomplishment with her,” said Ellen Voie, president and CEO of WIT. 

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Peggy Arnold, a company driver at Yellow Corporation for nearly 30 years. She received Yellow's Million Mile Safe Driving Award with nearly 1.9 million accident-free miles. Arnold is proud to serve on Yellow’s leadership team, the Women's Inclusion Network Employee Resource Group and is also part of the safety team. “Our safety team spends countless hours helping our fellow drivers prevent on the job injuries and with a goal to be accident free. I am a part of our new drivers training program and take my job straight to the heart. Every day I do my best to train and teach to the best of my ability,” she said. Arnold was named as a 2022 Top Women to Watch in Transportation by WIT, American Trucking Associations America's Road Team Captains Finalist 2022, Yellow's Road to Excellence Award 2021, and Certified Safety Trainer 2021.

Finalists for the award also included Francis Hernandez, a professional driver with Waste Management, Inc. and Courtney Ohlandt, company driver for FedEx Freight.

The judging panel included: Tricia Tullis, general transportation manager, Walmart Transportation; Jeana Hysell, senior safety consultant, J. J. Keller & Associates, Inc.; Ellen Voie, WIT president and CEO.

The winner was announced at the Salute to Women Behind the Wheel event hosted by WIT on Friday, March 25 at the Mid-America Trucking Show (MATS) in Louisville, KY.

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2021 Driver of the Year: Nikki Weaver

Weaver has been a professional driver for over 20 years. For the first seven years of her career, she was an over-the-road driver. Then, she became a company driver with FedEx Freight and has been with the company for 13 years. She now has more than 2 million accident-free miles and zero moving violations. 

Since 2019, Weaver has served as an America’s Road Team Captain. She was most recently a finalist for the Luella Bates Award at FedEx Freight and is a two-time winner of the prestigious Bravo Zulu Award, an award created by FedEx Freight founder, Fred Smith. She speaks to community colleges about the trucking industry as well as the Pennsylvania State Police Academy’s new commercial officer cadets. She is an advocate for Truckers Against Trafficking and has attended their leadership conference and is also involved with outreach programs in her community. Her 10-year-old son is proud of her and loves what she does for a living. Read the full announcement

Watch the video below for the virtual winner announcement.

 


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2020 Driver of the Year: Susie De Ridder

Susie De Ridder, company driver for Armour Transportation Systems, was the winner of the first annual Female Driver of the Year award.

“Susie De Ridder has been a visible advocate for women in the trucking industry and we are so proud to honor her with the first-ever ‘Female Driver of the Year award.’ Her safety standards and community involvement enhance a positive public image of the trucking industry,” said Ellen Voie, president and CEO of WIT.

Watch the video below for the virtual winner announcement hosted by Drive My Way.


Questions?

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Contact Lana Nichols at (208) 217-2147 or programs@womenintrucking.org.