The Landstar Star of Quality Award

July & August 2019 Recipients 

Each month, deserving business capacity owners (BCOs), operators and agents earn Landstar’s Star of Quality Award.  The award, for members of the Landstar family who ago above and beyond the call of duty, recognizes those extra efforts and dedication to service.

The outstanding efforts made by these professional men and women earned them a Star of Quality Award. Our thanks and praise to the following members of the Landstar network who represent the best in the freight transportation industry.

Platinum:

Joshua Aaron “Buford” Williams

*A Platinum Star of Quality is awarded in exceptional circumstances such as those faced with a life or death situation.

Gold:

Robert Boyle, Robert L. Haas, David Michael Hawkins, Robert D. Hill Jr., Charles Kumalaa, Matthew Mickenberg, Alan D. Poole, Mark William Rosian, Richard Snyder Jr., Steven Grillo*, Robyn Eve Taylor*, William Asher Taylor*, Larry A. James*

*Going Beyond the Gold – recipients have received multiple Gold Star awards.

Silver:

Kenneth Adams, Ivan Evar Fridell, Lincoln Ryan Hunter, Vincent Leon Jackson, Jeron Long, Bryan L. Mair, Ryan James Nussbaum, Donald A. Ray, Jesus G. Valenzuela, Robert Esnayra Valenzuela

Bronze:

Michael Wayne Allen, Lance E. Allinson, Nicholas C. Altvater, Bryan Duane Arnesen, Thomas Baker, Elbert N. Banks Jr., Mustapha Benallou, Javier Betancur, Jorge Enrique Bueno Sr., Joe Lorence Caetano III, Melissa A. Caetano, Raymond John Calvosa, Juan M. Caracheo, Manuel Deveze, Louis A. Dominguez, Robert David French, Jibin George, Andres Fernando Giraldo, Jose Fernando Giraldo Murillo, John A. Giraldo, Lissa Gressley, Nestor Grijalva, Johnny Lewis Heath, Christopher S. Higgins, Christopher Lee Inson, Charles Lee Jones Jr., Robert Kimble, Daniel Glen Lea, William Shotwell Lee III, Sergio Hernan Lopera, Milton James Nolan Jr., Carlos Andres Osorio Jr., Samuel Erroll Parker, Steven David Pestor, Stephen D. Polan, Dennis B. Pugh, Alex S. Rebelatto, Giacomo Jack Riccobono Jr., Jeremy Jason Silcott, Jack Simpson, Patty Simpson, William Bryan Southard, Francine Undercoffler, Tracy E. Underwood, Christopher Wade, Matthew Caleb West, John Jerry White, Audrey Lynn Wilder

 


Free Lunch for BCOs during National Truck Driver Appreciation Week

Thank You Landstar BCOs!

National Truck Driver Appreciation Week (NTDAW) is when America honors all professional truck drivers for their commitment to one of the economy’s most demanding and important jobs.

Landstar appreciates the dedication of the country’s 3.5 million professional truck drivers every day of the year. During the 2019 NTDAW we show some extra gratitude to Landstar owner-operators by providing free lunch at Landstar orientation centers throughout the United States and in Canada.

Landstar business capacity owners (BCOs), Landstar’s term for independent contractor truck owner-operators exclusively leased to Landstar, are invited to any of Landstar’s orientation centers for lunch Monday Sept. 9 through Friday Sept. 13.

Lunch will be served at 12 p.m. local time at the Landstar U.S./Mexico Logistics Center in Laredo, Texas and at each of these Landstar orientation centers:

  • St. Augustine, Florida
  • Jefferson, Georgia
  • Rockford, Illinois
  • Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Sparks, Nevada
  • Brantford, Ontario*
  • Reedsville, Pennsylvania
  • Fort Worth, Texas

*BCOs in Canada, please call Orientation/CABS Coordinator Gerry Dorsay at 855-306-9517 prior to arrival at the Ontario orientation center.#ThankYouBCOs

We’ll also be celebrating Landstar BCOs on social media throughout NTDAW. Be sure to follow the Landstar Owner-Operator (BCO) Facebook page and @LandstarSystem on Twitter as we celebrate independent Landstar BCOs! You can participate in Landstar’s NTDAW social media conversation by following us and using Landstar’s #ThankYouBCOs hashtag in your own posts.


Inspection Connection

Follow the signs to get your Landstar trailer inspected and get hooked up with prizes during the first-ever Landstar Inspection Connection! The month-long trailer inspection event kicks off on Safety Thursday Sept. 19, and continues through Safety Thursday on Oct. 17.

For a chance t o win more prizes from vendors including Great Dane, Hyundai, Fontaine, TA/Petro and Vanguard, make plans to have your inspection during Safety Thursday on September 19. That day approved third-party inspectors will conduct on-site trailer inspections at the following Landstar locations:

  • Fort Worth, Texas
  • Jefferson, Georgia
  • St. Augustine, Florida
  • Laredo, Texas

If you can’t make it on Safety Thursday Sept. 19, make plans to have your trailer inspected anytime during the month-long Inspection Connection event! During Inspection Connection, independent Landstar business capacity owners (BCOs) will automatically be entered to win weekly prizes by having 120-day trailer inspections completed on their Landstar-owned or -rented trailers at any Landstar approved inspection site.

Every eligible BCO who has an inspection complete at an approved Landstar inspection site, by Oct. 17, also will be entered for a chance to win one of two grand prizes – a ride aboard the Goodyear Blimp or a two night stay at a condo in Orlando, Florida!

And there’s more! Every BCO who gets their Landstar trailer inspected between Inspection Connection kick-off and the end of this year, will also earn an additional truck entry in the 2020 Deliver to Win Truck Giveaway! www.DeliverToWin.com.

*Inspection Connection weekly prize drawings will take place after each 7-day period during the month-long event, starting Sept. 19, 2019. The Inspection Connection random grand-prize drawings will take place the day after the month-long inspection event on Friday, October 18. After each winner is notified, Landstar will announce prize winners on the Landstar Owner-Operator BCO Facebook page.


BCO Town Hall Conference Call – August 2019

During the BCO Town Hall conference call recorded on August 1, 2019, BCOs received an update about the state of the industry and Landstar’s current truckload market.

Plus, the call included a discussion about LandstarOne, a new mobile app from Landstar created to give owner-operators one stop for all of their business needs.

Visit www.LandstarOnline.com, click on the Podcast & Videos tile to access the call. Be sure to subscribe to the podcast to access recordings of future Landstar BCO Town Hall conference calls. 


Awarding Service Excellence

June 2019 Star of Quality Award Winners

Each month, deserving business capacity owners (BCOs), operators and agents earn Landstar’s Star of Quality Award. The award, for members of the Landstar family who go above and beyond the call of duty, recognizes those extra efforts and an individual’s dedication to service.

Our thanks and praise to the following members of the Landstar network who represent the best in the freight transportation industry. For their outstanding efforts, these men and women earned a Landstar Star of Quality Award during June.

Gold:

Bill E. Ater Jr.*, Robert Francis Barnard*, Emilio M. Coe, Kenneth E. Dodd, Steven Grillo*, James D. Henson*, James H. Kelly, Lloyd Edward Lampman*, Harmon Elwood Meeker III, Lloyd Cleve Tubbs*.

*Going Beyond the Gold – recipients have received multiple Gold Star awards.

Silver:

William Anderson, Paul E. Boitnott, Robert Bruce Boyle, Paul D. Christensen, Cary M. Dawson, Dennis Day, Kim Lloyd Dye, Dennis Fields, Phillip Lamar Frese, Damien L. Goff, David Michael Hawkins, Richard D. Healey, Joseph M. Kren, Christopher D. Kuczmarski, Frankie D. Langley, Terrill Antonio Lee, Dakota Lynn, Osvaldo Medina, Raul Medina Jr., Alan D. Poole, Glen E. Reams, Mark William Rosian, Richard J. Rukstalis II, Katherine M. Sheets, Lonnie R. Sheets, Richard Snyder Jr., Davor Zecevic.

Bronze:

Thomas E. Allen, Michael Barnes, Robert William Batten, Buddy Paul Baynum, Todd Blankenship, Larry D. Cothran, David C. Counce, Troy Lajon Daniels, Kirk D. Dayse, Robert L. Drechsel, Christopher Keefe English, Jeffery Evans, Chavis Jerad Everett, Derrick Lionnel Foster, Denard Desila Gauze, Travis Gilley, Lawrence James Glover, Donald Allen Growe, Kenneth Jason Harrell, Don Hill Jr., Mark Anthony Hoggs, Danny Dale Housley, Jorge A. Jacquez, Bobby Richard Johnson, Antonio Jaime Jones, James Jones, Guy Laman, Val lane, Jeron L. Long, John Garrick Lord, Dakota Lynn, George Antoni Maculo, Emanuel Mihai, Nick Morrow, Rondy Edward Mosley Sr., Jenna Lynn Nagy, Sandor Nagy, Kent L. Newsom Sr., Irena Marie Parsons, Matt L. Paulson, Edgar Noel Ramos, Joel Skye Ramsey, Larry L. Rice, Marshall Edward Rodgers, Jeremy Ray Ruhl, Carl A. Skees, Rheen John Smalls, Barry David Smith, Paul Daniel Smith, Jason Lynn Taylor, Jake Austen Waterbury, Greg Williams, Latravion Devonta Williams.

 

If you would like to nominate an independent Landstar owner-operator or agent for a Star of Quality Award, please email: StarQ@Landstar.com.


2019 AllStar Truck Winner

Roadstar Cecilia Logan Wins Landstar All-Star Giveaway Truck

Landstar gave away a new truck during the Landstar All-Star Truck Giveaway powered by Comdata. Independent Landstar Million Mile Safe Driver and Roadstar® Cecilia Logan was the lucky winner of the 2020 Kenworth T680, featuring a fuel efficient PCCAR MX-13 engine, PACCAR transmission and PACCAR drive axles. Continue reading


BCO Lifetime Achievement Award Presented to Art Trezise

Landstar presented its BCO Lifetime Achievement Award to Landstar Three Million Mile Safe Driver and Landstar Roadstar® Art Trezise during a special ceremony held on July 2, 2019.

The award was kept a surprise until Trezise’s name was revealed during the awards ceremony portion of the 8th Annual BCO All-Star Celebration. Each year, the event honors the company’s best and safest independent owner-operators.

During the award presentation, Landstar President and CEO Jim Gattoni called Art Trezise’s safety record “flawless.” Since leasing to Landstar in 1979, Trezise has driven more than 3.5 million miles at Landstar without incident.

“The BCO Lifetime Achievement Award is the perfect way to honor this 40-year safe driver,” said Gattoni. “The award is a testament to Art’s professionalism and excellence as an independent owner-operator at Landstar.”

Trezise, who lives in Springhill, Florida, was named a One Million Mile Safe Driver in 1993. In 2001, he reached two million safe miles with Landstar and also was named a Landstar Roadstar® recipient, one of Landstar’s highest awards for owner operators that recognizes their high levels of safety, productivity and excellence. In 2012, Trezise was honored as a Three Million Mile Safe Driver.

The BCO Lifetime Achievement Award was first introduced during the 2012 BCO All-Star Celebration. To be considered for the honor, nominees must be an active or retired Landstar BCO who has been leased on to Landstar for at least 20 consecutive years. Nominees must be at least a Two Million Mile Safe Driver and a Landstar Roadstar® recipient.

Independent owner-operators who receive the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award must also have consistently demonstrated professionalism by developing a positive reputation with regulatory and enforcement personnel, customers, agents and Landstar employees, as well as through industry recognition.


176 Owner-Operators Honored During BCO All-Star Celebration

Landstar honored the best and safest Landstar owner-operators during its 8th Annual Landstar BCO All-Star Celebration held earlier this month.

The event featured an awards program during which Landstar honored 176 business capacity owners (BCOs), the company’s term for independent owner-operators who provide transportation capacity under exclusive lease agreements.

During the ceremony, Landstar inducted 14 BCOs as Landstar Roadstar® recipients, 137 BCOs as new Million Mile Safe Drivers, 22 BCOs as Two Million Mile Safe Drivers, two BCOs as Three Million Mile Safe Drivers, and presented one BCO, Million Mile Safe Driver and Roadstar Art Trezise, with the company’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

The select group of honorees were celebrated during a three-day event held in Savannah, Georgia. The annual event recognizes outstanding safety records and professionalism behind the wheel. The Class of 2018 is one of the largest classes of Million Mile Safe Drivers inducted in Landstar history. Each of the inductees has driven more than one million consecutive miles without a preventable accident.

“Landstar is proud to showcase one of its largest classes of Landstar Million Mile Safe Drivers and Roadstar honorees as the industry’s best,” said Landstar President and CEO Jim Gattoni. “Their skill and dedication is worthy of a celebration.”

Of the 1,043 active Landstar Million Mile Safe Drivers, 14 individuals were awarded with the Roadstar distinction during the 2019 celebration. The Roadstar honor is one of Landstar’s highest awards for owner-operators who are chosen for their high levels of safety, productivity and excellence in customer service. Each of the 14 Roadstar inductees previously earned the Million Mile Safe Driver status. The new Roadstar class raises the total number of active Landstar Roadstar recipients to 176.

Landstar began presenting the Roadstar award in 1990.

“Landstar Roadstar recipients raise the bar for the entire trucking industry,” said Gattoni. “Their dedication to service and excellence has earned them the right to be called the most elite independent business capacity owners at Landstar.”

The Class of 2018 Roadstar® recipients

Gregory Bailey, Beverly Bickford, Michael Bickford, Lisa Brewer, Keith Campbell, Michael Cuatt, Newell Nixon, Sara Pingel, Raymond Riley, Craig Ringelstetter, Michael Smith, Charles Storey, Gene Tunney, Donald Ward

The Class of 2018 Million Mile Safe Drivers

One Million Mile Safe Drivers

Luis Alvarez, Luis Arroyo-Moctezuma, Jose Avila, John Baker, Tywarren Bandy, Daryl Batty, Gerben Bennett, Paul Benoit, Robert Berg, Casey Bergman, Bryan Bern, David Bestoyong, Beverly Bickford, Herbert Bisbey, Shaun Bladergroen, John Bledsoe, Lisa Brewer, Carl Broughton, Michelle Bump, William Bushendorf, Krzysztof Bystron, William Caldwell, Fredrick Campbell, Charles Canty, Faustino Chacon, James Christy, Charles Collins, Branko Copic, Hugo Corona, Kevin Cox, Ronald Coyle, David Craig, Fred Davidson, Bruce Davis, Mark Davis, Mark DeCooman, Pedro Diaz, Mario Dominguez, Edward Doss, Thomas Dulgar, Dwayne Dyok, Jason Eggleton, Ahmad El Amin, William Elliott, Kevin Fabrizius, Max Faulkner, William Leon Felder, Garth Ferguson, Michael Feurtado, Rodney Foley, William Forsee, Godolfredo Garcia, Miguel Garcia, Juan Garza, Milton Gernhart, Timothy Gibson, Edward Gipson, Julian Gonzalez, Gregory Green, Lola Ray Griffin, James Guhin, Oscar Guzman, Robert Haas, James Hall, David Harwell, Aaron Hayes, David Henderson, Jeanette Hendley, Phillip Herlein, Sammy Hipp, Michael Hook, Richard Horn, Randall Ince, Jeffrey Johns, Richard Johnson, Merrill Jones, Teddy Kennedy, David Lapierre, Mark Letterman, Peter Licon, Juan Luna, Miroslaw Majewski, Richard Martin, Larry Maynord, Halbert McNeill, Luis Medina, Janusz Mielniczek, Andre Morissette, Dan Morrison, Newell Nixon, Gregory Olesniewicz, Joram Ortiz, George Patenaude, John Peachey, Martell Perry, William Pierce, James Proe, Darrell Ragon, John Ralston, Ramiro Ramirez, Antonio Ramos, Gerald Rice, Steven Riddle, Ricky Rodgers, Paul Rousseau, James Rowland, Victor Ruiz, Kevin Ruth, James Schooley, Delinda Schumacher, Douglas Schuth, Ian Shaffer, Ron Shaw, Brian Sheesley, Khalid Shire, David Shortt, Ivan Sluder, James Smith, Zachary Smith, Ricky Sowell, Walter Stewart, Cary Stokes, Rocky L. Stonecypher, Jay Stuart, Bruce Tallada, Franklin Thompson, Robert Twyman, Joseph Tyler, Ronald Vibert, Cosmin Voivod, Jack Vossler, William David Voyles, Perry Warren, William D. Watkins, Daniel Willison, Jeff Wootton, Charles Wright

Two Million Mile Safe Drivers

John Babine, Willie Branch, Kim Dye, Thomas Garcia, Edward Gonzalez, Kenneth Graf, Gerald Jeffords, Charles Jones, Daniel Marg, Adrian Martin Sr., Teddy McCullough, Warren McCurdy, Mark Miglicio, Douglas Reeder, Edward Siders, Steve K. Smith, Danny Stockwell, Hubert Tobitt, Richard Vlasz, Wesley Westphal, Jeffrey Whitt, Thomas Wike

Three Million Mile Safe Drivers

John Hinckley and Michael Schmieks

2019 Landstar Lifetime Achievement Award

Art Trezise


A Jurassic Adventure

“I got a picture of my head in a T-Rex, can’t ask for a better day than that,” laughs Landstar Business Capacity Owner (BCO) James Morris. “I’ve been trucking for 30 years, and this was a really fun and exciting haul.”

Morris, a BCO fleet owner of Steed Trans Inc., used crates, straps and blankets to coax 20 interactive animatronic dinosaurs into vans and transport the reptilian replicas from the Columbus Zoo in Ohio back to their birthplace – a warehouse in Allen, Texas. Continue reading


Rosemberg Villarreal

Landstar Truck Giveaway Makes A Wish Come True

Landstar BCO Rosemberg Villarreal was one of five finalists, randomly selected from more than 217,000 entries during the 2019 Deliver to Win Truck Giveaway contest period (Jan. 1, 2018- Nov. 30, 2018). During each contest period, BCOs earn entries for the truck giveaway by hauling safe and compliant loads. Additional entries are earned by participation in Landstar safety meetings, events and business classes. Continue reading