April 10, 2013
/PRNewswire/ -- (NASDAQ: YRCW) -- The Michigan Trucking Association (MTA) has named
as their 2013 Driver of the Year. The honor is extended to just one
driver per year to recognize excellence in safety, work habits, and public and customer relations. The Driver of the Year is selected from the twelve Drivers of the Month. He accepted his award from
Secretary of State, at the MTA's annual Safety Awards Banquet.
are what make
the leader it is today," said
president. "We have great programs and offer customers tremendous value, but our company's success really comes down to the service delivered by drivers like Mike. We are excited to have him receive this honor, and privileged to have a driver of Mike's caliber be a part of Team Holland. We congratulate Mike for his victory and thank him for his continued commitment to customer service and safety."
Mike operates out of the
Birch Run, MI
service center, making his daily run to/from
South Bend, Ind.
His route takes him directly through a regional snow belt, making his safety record that much more impressive. He has been driving professionally for 34 years, 26 of those with
. In that time, Mike has built a perfect safety record, has never had a lost-time injury, and has accumulated over 3.2 million accident-free miles.
"Mike is a true leader and a great example for all our drivers," said
service center manager. "He takes pride in doing his job right and always tries to give customers more than they might expect. He is an outstanding, dependable employee who always gets the job done."
"I am humbled and proud of this recognition," said
. "Customer service and safe work habits are a part of what I do every day."
Mike has been married to his wife Carol for over 32 years and has two sons ages 26 and 23. He is an avid outdoorsman, taking every opportunity to hunt and fish. He served as National Team Advisor for F&S Suzuki motocross racing and volunteered for 12 years for canine search and rescue efforts with ambulance crews and paramedics where safety lessons were daily reinforced.