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Earning the Star of Quality

The Landstar Star of Quality Award is intended for members of the Landstar network who go above and beyond in representing the freight transportation industry. Each month deserving business capacity owners and independent Landstar agents are awarded a bronze, silver, gold or platinum lapel pin recognizing their efforts and individual dedication to service. And sometimes it’s the actions members of the Landstar network take when they’re not moving freight that earns them a Landstar Star of Quality Award.

Kudos to the following BCOs for their notable efforts to help others in 2020:

Landstar BCO Daniel Morales was headed by train to pick up his truck in New Jersey when the actions he took to help another earned him the Platinum Star of Quality Award. The platinum award is given in exceptional circumstances, intended for those who are faced with a life or death situation.

According to Landstar BCO Chris Higgins, who nominated Morales for the award, “When Danny saw a person disoriented and fumbling near the train tracks, he called 911. Medical professionals soon arrived. If Danny had not witnessed this person and called for help, they might have died by the train.”

Landstar Business Capacity Owners Chawn and Sheila Pierce received a Silver Star of Quality Award nomination and praise from fellow BCO Kelly Allen after the Pierce team drivers went above and beyond to help Allen get her truck back on the road.

Landstar Business Capacity Owners Chawn and Sheila Pierce received a Silver Star of Quality Award nomination and praise from fellow BCO Kelly Allen after the Pierce team drivers went above and beyond to help Allen get her truck back on the road.

As Allen explains, when her truck broke down in Tennessee, she posted about the experience on Facebook, “The Pierces saw my post and drove 57 miles to get to the truck stop, picked me up, took me to Freightliner to get the parts for my truck, drove me back to the truck stop, and then fixed the truck themselves! That’s just…Wow!”

If you would like to nominate a member of the Landstar network for a Landstar Star of Quality Award, send an email to StarQ@Landstar.com.

Outstanding Customer Service and Professionalism

November & December 2020 Star of Quality Recipients

The Landstar Star of Quality Award is intended for members of the Landstar network who go above and beyond in representing the freight transportation industry. Each month, deserving independent business capacity owners (BCOs) and independent agents earn Star of Quality awards, recognizing their extra efforts and individual dedication to service.

The outstanding efforts made by these professional men and women during November and December 2020, earned them a Landstar Star of Quality Award.

Platinum:

Daniel Morales*

*Landstar’s Platinum Star of Quality Award is only given in exceptional circumstances, intended for Landstar Heroes of the Highway who are faced with a life or death situation.

Gold:

Paul E. Davis, Gregory Lee Huggins*, Matthew Mickenberg*, Eugene Smiley Jr.

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

Silver:

Kim John Blakely, Matt D. Cairns, Melvin Cairns, Hussein Hassan Dirshe, Nestor Grijalva, David James Matousek, Sheila McCraven-Pierce, James Henry Morris Jr, Chawn Pierce, Robert Rebman, Jack Simpson, Patty Simpson, Russell T. Whipps

Bronze:

Jason William Bass, Gregory Bazluki Jr., Monica Boykin Brown, Wade Allen Burns Jr., Lonnie V. Cephas, Stephen L. Champion, Lonnie Daniels, Charley Davis, Marcus Ramon Denning, Vincent Charles Fazio III, George E. Ford, Sammy Wayne Gregory, Mario Ambrus Hall, Jesse Hopwood, Cynthia Ann Hotop, Mark Hotop, Juan M. Lara Jovel, Clifton Osborne Kitson, Harjinder Singh Maan, James R. McKuin, Byron A. Mitchell Jr., Lyon Newsom III, Wesley Bruce Norton, Antonio F. Paz, Daniel Pompell, Edgar A. Recinos, Gordon E. Rickert Sr., Nolan  Jerome Russell, Elias Saldivar, Chris Sanford, Rodney D. Simpson, Lytle T. Smith III, Lonnie J. Smith, Steven Smock, Rodney D. Startin, Xingzhi Sun Sr., Larry James Sutton II, Mark J. Vike, Corey Dijon Williams, Owen Alexander Wimer

If you would like to nominate a member of the Landstar network for a Star of Quality Award, please email StarQ@Landstar.com.

The March and April 2020 Star of Quality Awards

Awarding Service Excellence

The Landstar Star of Quality Award is intended for members of the Landstar network who go above and beyond in representing the freight transportation industry. Each month, deserving independent business capacity owners (BCOs) and independent agents earn Star of Quality awards, recognizing their extra efforts and individual dedication to service. The outstanding efforts made by these professional men and women during March and April 2020, earned them a Landstar Star of Quality Award.

Gold:

Eugene Vincent Antinori*, Bill E. Ater Jr.*, Robert Francis Barnard*, Robert Bruce Boyle*, Nicolae Ilie, Joseph M. Kren, Jeron L. Long, Steven L. Loob, Anthony T. Mitchell, Andrea Elizabeth Perry*, Helen C. Smith, Shann Taylor and Ernest Ray Webb*

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

Silver:

Daouda Compaore, William Edward Denny, Jacquelaine Gardner, Henry Gilbert Jr., Larry James Knotek, Sergey Lozovskiy and Jacqueline L. Merkle

Bronze:

Armando Aguilar Jr., Raymond Douglas Amos, Jaime F. Arias, Atta Ullah Azam, Richard T. Barnes, Gregory Kenneth Bell, Ronald A. Bennett, Wayne Tshombe Boston, Roger D. Bradshaw, Christopher Andre Campbell, Grace Rita Chambers, Eddie Joe Chaplin Jr., Cris Conson, Michael John Cope, Tyler Michael Crisp, John Ivory Davis, George R. Dennis II, David B. Dreggors, Maria Escamilla, Andrew Gallegos, Bobby Ray Gilbreath, Howard Allen Goldman, Walter Jacobo Gonzalez, Billie Jo Gratz, Steven Keith Gratz, Carl Wayne Hall II, Gregory Harris, William D. Hollins, Joshua Neil Honkanen, Harry Alfred Jackson II, Jimmy Jones Jr., Moise Joseph, Leonard John Kammes, Anthony S. Kaufmann Sr., Benson Githinji Kinyua, Charles Krieg, Ruben Leal, Zachary Seth Lindler, Rashawne M. Lucas, Richard Musat, David V. McCullough III, Michael Dennis McGrew, Richard McIntosh, Jennifer Denise McNabb, Randall Scott McNabb Sr., Vernon Edwin Morreira, Annita Bryan Moso, Michael Allen Nettles, Eileen Danbe Noh, Gregory Omalho Jr., Douglas Ottesen, Pedro Moso Palomo, Gilbert Vasquez Perez, Khiry Pickett, Susan Fay Rachels, Amulya Rai, Odean Anthony Richards, Prince Fernando Richardson III, Robert D. Richards, George L. Roberts, Robert L. Roepke, Joe Leland Rowland, Lugman Bashir Said, Jose Salinas Maldonado, William Broadus Semple, Tracielyn I. Depodesta Smales, Ricky Lane Smith II, Gregory D. Stewart, Chester L. Stoltzfus, William Keene Summers, Eduardo Sustaita, Robert Joseph Taylor, Anthony Kentrell Thompson, Micah G. Turner, Robert Ray Turner, Ivan Noe Vasquez, Maxine A. Wedderburn, Robert S. Wedderburn, Anthony Wells, William Dale Wix, Cecil Claude Wooster and Michael Xayapraseuth

 

Awarding The Landstar Star of Quality

November & December 2019 Recipients

Each month, deserving business capacity owners (BCOs) 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. The outstanding efforts made by these professional men and women earned them a Star of Quality Award.

Platinum:

Lloyd Cleve Tubbs

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

Gold:

Phillip M. Herlein, Randy Wayne Ladd*, Robert L. Hail Jr.*, David Milton Pearce*, Bob A. Hinchey*, Gene Douglas Tunney*

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

Silver:

Jose M. Hincapie, Robert Kimble, James R. Lawson, Danial Evan Torrance Sr.

Bronze:

Hatem Abdelfattah, Korey Dion Allen, Luis Javier Alvarez Lopez, Reid Anderton, Marc E. Barry, Richard L. Blatter, Kyle Bret Bogle, William Othel Brown, Christopher Stephen Buckley, Clemente Caceres, James Caldwell, Randall Kieth Campbell, Dizella R. Carmichael, Donald Gene Colbert Sr., Lamar R. Dersone, Jesse O. Duenas, Douglas Laurence Ellis, Darla Lea Ferguson, Lori Ann Fogaras, Michael J. Fogaras III, Mark Anthony Green, Andrew Patterson Gregory, Joanne Catherine Guerrero, Charles David Hoffman Jr., Jesus Ipina Jr., Jason W. Jennings, David Legaux Jr., David Wayne Leleux, Clyde B. Linville, Timothy Dean Lucht, Anthony W. McIntyre, Ronald Gene McKim, Neil Perry Melvin, Louis H. Moseley Jr., Thomas Mowry, Anthony D. Nowicki, Michael John Payton, Emmanuel D. Presley, Thomas Lawrence Quigley, Jose Santos Rios Longoria, Terrance L. Scott, Joshua Dwain Simpson, Robert Slack, Rashied Hassan Smith, Robert Lawrence Smith, Kurt Daniel Sumner, Brian Lee Taff, Colton Lee Taff, Troy Calvin Thomas Jr.

 

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

Save Money, Download LandstarOne Today!

LandstarOne is a new mobile app from Landstar, created to give independent Landstar owner-operators one stop for all of their business needs.

“LandstarOne makes it even easier for BCOs to save money on fuel and gives them direct access to the Landstar apps they rely on to run their businesses more efficiently and effectively,” says Rocco Davanzo, Landstar Transportation Logistics executive vice president of capacity development.

Designed as a mobile portal to house all of Landstar’s exclusive mobile applications, LandstarOne gives business capacity owners (BCOs) instant access to:

  • LCAPP® Fuel Savings
  • Landstar’s Available Loads & Landstar Maximizer® apps
  • Important Landstar news and information

“Being able to subtract the LCAPP fuel discount and state IFTA is huge, it saves me work,” said Landstar BCO Jason Mollett. “The app gives me an easy way to compare fuel prices wherever I am.”

LandstarOne is available for download for iPhones in the App Store or for Android phones on Google Play. Once downloaded, BCOs should log on to LandstarOne using their LandstarOnline.com username and password. If you have questions about the LandstarOne app please email LandstarOne@Landstar.com.

LCAPP® – Landstar Contractors’ Advantage Purchasing Program is a unique, cost savings program available exclusively to Landstar business capacity owners. LCAPP frequently adds products and services to help Landstar BCOs lower their operating costs.  Visit www.LCAPP.com to learn more about the additional savings available for BCOs.

 

Steering Women Toward Their Dreams

Before Landstar owner-operator Deb LaBree embarked on a career in the trucking industry, she enjoyed helping others through her work in cosmetology and sales. LaBree didn’t become a professional truck driver until later in life. While her career took a big turn, her personality stayed the course as she climbed into the driver’s seat.

“There’s no greater feeling than helping people. It’s always been in my nature. I think people reach out to me with questions because I make them feel comfortable,” explains Landstar Business Capacity Owner (BCO) Deb LaBree.

When she became an over-the-road team driver with her husband Del, LaBree says she never imagined her trucking career would take her down the path of advising or coaching other owner-operators. The BCO laughed out loud when asked for a count of the number of drivers she’s mentored over the years.

“I can’t keep track. I just do it. I’ve always liked to help people and encourage them to do well in whatever they are trying to accomplish,” says LaBree, whose official work mentoring women began when she volunteered for the nonprofit organization Women in Trucking (WIT).

A WIT board member and administrator of the organization’s Facebook page, LaBree says she started by mentoring a few women who were new to the trucking industry.

“I’d help them apply for scholarships to help pay for truck driving school. When they finished school, I’d help them apply for their first over-the-road jobs,” says LaBree. “Many of them have become close friends, and some of them even call me ‘Momma Deb.’”

LaBree says she didn’t realize how impactful her advice to fellow drivers was until September 2018 when she was selected to appear on a national network television show during National Truck Driver Appreciation Week (NTDAW).

That week, LaBree traveled to New York City to appear on NBC’s Megyn Kelly Today. LaBree spoke candidly with Kelly about life on the road and being a female owner-operator in the transportation industry. Then, near the end of the segment, Kelly shocked LaBree by presenting her with a $10,000 check from segment sponsor Shell Rotella.

“After that segment aired, I heard from hundreds of professional drivers from coast to coast. Some were Landstar BCOs congratulating me, others were complete strangers who saw the segment and had questions of their own,” says LaBree. “It was incredible to hear from so many people within the industry and to offer them my advice.”

The segment also included a taped interview with one of LaBree’s mentees, Landstar BCO team driver Pam Kays, who spoke to NBC about her relationship with LaBree. Kays had originally contacted LaBree through Facebook four years ago when Kays was a new BCO looking for some advice from someone already leased to Landstar.

“Deb has helped me with paperwork and procedures over the years, anything I’ve needed. She is the kind of person who would literally give you the shirt off her back if you needed it,” explains Kays. “That mentorship has transpired into a true friendship.”

Despite their busy lifestyles, LaBree and Kays still find ways to connect. When they are out on long hauls and in the same area of the country, the two make it a point to meet – even if it’s for a quick hug at a truck stop.

“Through kindness, Del and I have met great people and built some beautiful friendships over the years,” says LaBree. “Everything we do to help our fellow owner-operators, is because we don’t want people go through the same struggles we did when we first started out on the road. Aside from that, it just feels great to help others.”

Awarding the Star of Quality

February 2019 Star of Quality 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 go above and beyond the call of duty, recognizes extra efforts and dedication to service.

The outstanding efforts made by these professional men and women earned them a Star of Quality Award in February 2019. Our thanks and praise to the following members of the Landstar network who represent the best in the freight transportation industry.

Gold:

Gary Buchs*, Anthony B. Fowler*, Victor Gomez*, William L. Martin*, James A. Ratcliff.

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

Silver:

Ronald E. Brantly Jr., Kevin Dale Wolfe, Arthur R. Yancey.

Bronze:

Emanuel Antwi, Cindy K. Anwiler, Duane R. Anwiler, Archie Bruce Atkinson, David Ray Barnett, Bobby J. Collier, Kennidy Auther Davis, Richard E. Dent, William J. Dobrie, Frank Leonard Domako, Allan Wayne Dooley, Raudel L. Duarte Lujan Sr., Jermikel Kashaun Gant, Vernon Guichard III, Albert Guilfoil, George William Hayden, James Klug, Danny Lampher, Shelva Lavanne Lemons, Christopher Alan Lisney, Sergio Maldonado, Ivan Pavlovich Mikhov, David Proctor, Regulo Ramirez Jr., Richard Dean Reynolds, Michael E. Roundtree, Terry Eugene Smith, Richardson Kwaku Sosoo, Donald Ray Willaford, Robert Christopher Williams.

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