Claremont, NC- Cargo Transporters, Inc. is proud to announce that one of its Professional Drivers, Derrick Whittle, was selected as one of nineteen Professional drivers to represent the industry on the American Trucking Associations’ 2015-2016 America’s Road Team. The program, once again sponsored by Volvo Trucks North America, works to educate the public and communities about the importance of Professional Drivers and the trucking industry.
Mr. Whittle has driven 2.4 million miles over 22 years with Cargo Transporters. Among his many distinctions, he was named Driver of the Month for North Carolina Trucking Association in October 2011 and achieved 30 years of accident free safe driving from ATA. He currently operates one of three Ride of Pride tractors at Cargo Transporters providing community outreach services to school, veteran’s events and parades.
ATA received 2,039 nominations for this prestigious honor. The field was narrowed to 31 finalists who competed this week before a panel of judges near ATA’s Arlington, Va., headquarters. “We are grateful to have Derrick as part of our professional driver group” says John Pope, Chairman. “Our industry is made up of many professional ladies and gentlemen. It is this group of people that supply our everyday needs like groceries, clothes and gasoline. They do so in a safe and professional manner. Derrick will do an outstanding job representing the industry and Cargo Transporters as he travels the nation’s roads,” says Pope.
These nineteen drivers will serve as Road Team Captains for two years. The competition tested drivers’ knowledge of the trucking industry and communication skills, and reviewed their community service and safety records. The Captains have 453 combined years of experience and have logged more than 30.3 million accident-free miles.
The Captains will travel around the United States for the next two years as representatives of the trucking industry, speaking at community events and schools, and to the news media, public officials and fellow truck drivers.
Mr. Whittle resides in Fieldale, VA where he is active in his church. He is married to Teresa and is a father of three and grandfather of two.
For more on the American Trucking Assocations or the Americas Road Team, visit www.americasroadteam.com.
Cargo Transporters is the largest trucking company in Catawba County and ranked 20th largest employer in the county in 2013. Currently the company operates 500 trucks and 1600 trailers. More can be found about the company at their website, www.cargotransporters.com or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/cargotransporters