Driver of the Year
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Driver of the Year

For more than 50 years, the Minnesota Trucking Association has been honoring the industry's safest commercial drivers through its Driver of the Year program. The Minnesota Trucking Association's Driver of the Year program seeks to recognize truck driving professionals who make the trucking industry a success through their dedication to safety.

To nominate a driver for Driver of the Month, Complete this fillable pdf APPLICATION and email it back to us at mta@mntruck.org or fax it back at 651-641-8995

Congratulations to the 2018 Driver of the Year,
Art Stoen, Kane Transport

The Minnesota Trucking Association (MTA) named Austin, MN resident, Arthur “Art” Stoen, professional truck driver for Kane Transport in Inver Grove Heights, MN, the 2018 Minnesota Driver of the Year at its Driver of the Year Banquet.  Kane Transport is the Midwest’s premier transporter of Petroleum, Asphalt, Biodiesel and Ethanol.  Art has been driving a truck for 55 years and has driven more than 4.4 million safe miles.

“This award is a great way to honor the best in our industry. Driving safe is no easy task, especially when you take into consideration his daily driving conditions like congestion, driver distractions and Minnesota winters. Having 4.4 million safe driving miles is an astonishing accomplishment, especially given the unique challenge of safely delivering and unloading diesel and gasoline without incident,” says John Hausladen, MTA president.  “We’re proud to award Art for this outstanding achievement.”

“Art is hard working, safe, efficient and reliable, and truly understands customer service and expectations of a driver,” said John Shaleen, Director of Safety at Kane Transport.  “He is one of the best running and efficient drivers in our fleet, and always goes above and beyond.” 
In addition to being a great example of what it means to be an outstanding professional truck driver, Art enjoys traveling, fishing and spending time with his family.

Throughout 2018, exceptional drivers are nominated by their companies and one driver is chosen each month to be the Driver of the Month. The drivers who are chosen meet a high standard of requirements including an outstanding driving and work record; contribution to industry and highway safety; and involvement in the community. In January, MTA hosts the Driver of the Year Banquet and one of the twelve nominees is selected as Driver of the Year by a panel of judges including Matthew Marin, Division Administrator for Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Deb Ledvina, Director of Commercial Vehicle Operations at MnDOT and Captain Jon Olsen, Minnesota State Patrol. 


2018 Drivers of the Month

January
Jeremy Gallus
Coborn's Inc.
 
   
February
Greg Verootis
  Coborn's Inc.  
 
   
March
Mark Anderson
Wal-Mart Transportation 
 
   
April
Seth Klatt
Terminal Transport 
 
   
May 
Harlan Matthes
Manning Transfer
 
   
June
Terry Shaffer
Bay & Bay Transportation 
 
   
July 
Mark Fitterer
YRC Freight
 
   
 August
Michael Taltinick
Midwest Motor Express
 
   
September
Arthur Stoen
Kane Transport 
 
   
October
Timothy Lawler
Wal-Mart Transportation
 
   
November 
Richard New
Dart Transit
 
   
 December
Jerry Kraetsch
YRC Freight