2016 Driver of the Year Event Recap

  Friday, February 3, 2017

For those of you who are unfamiliar with our Driver of the Month program/each year’s Driver of the Year event, you can check out our recap of last year’s event.

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It’s always a special time when Maverick family comes together to celebrate and honor our Drivers of the Month. This year was no different, as both Maverick office employees and Black Hats (along with spouses) gathered to fellowship in Little Rock at Next Level Events for our annual Driver of the Year Banquet.

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Those in attendance heard speeches from VP of Operations John Coppens, Chairman & CEO Steve Williams, and President John Culp. It was a memorable time reflecting on Maverick’s humble beginnings and giving praise and special recognition to the twelve Drivers of the Month.

The next morning, while the Drivers Advisory Committee held their quarterly meeting, our Black Hats’ spouses went sightseeing in downtown Little Rock! Their stops included the Clinton Presidential Library (with its current exhibit: The Beatles!) and lunch at Forty Two.

Later in the afternoon, it was time for the Driver of the Year presentation! The Summit Conference Center was a packed house.

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2015 Driver of the Year Roger Wyble

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Then it was time for the Driver of the Year pronouncement! 12 outstanding and honorable Drivers of the Month were nominated, but the driver with the most votes throughout the fleet and office employees would be…

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Raurii Milbrandt!

Raurii “Pineapple” Milbrandt pronounced as 2016 Driver of the Year

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Emotions were definitely high as Raurii gave a heartfelt speech to the Maverick crowd.

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Raurii with Driver Instructor Kurt Ebersole

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Raurii with Fleet Manager Tim Seivertson

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Raurii with December 2016 Driver of the Month Tommy Walters

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Raurii with 2011 Driver of the Year Allen Coley

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Left to right: VP of Operations John Coppens, Chairman & CEO Steve Williams, Raurii, President John Culp

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Raurii with former Drivers of the Year

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2016 Drivers of the Month

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Congratulations Raurii! You will represent our fleet well throughout 2017 as our Driver of the Year!

2015 Driver of the Year Event Recap

  Wednesday, February 3, 2016

For those of you who are unfamiliar with our Driver of the Month program/each year’s Driver of the Year event, you can check out our recap of last year’s event.

This year’s Driver of the Year banquet was a very special one indeed! It was a wonderful evening honoring our 12 Drivers of the Month and their spouses in attendance.

After a meet and greet and fellowship between the Drivers of the Month and Maverick’s office employees, we heard moving speeches given by Maverick CEO Steve Williams, President John Culp, and VP of Operations John Coppens.

Our Black Hats were also recognized with a short video created to honor them and their role within the Black Hat program and at Maverick.

2015 December Driver of the Month Chris Davis and wife Mallory

As a special surprise, June 2015 Driver of the Month Troy Fegley and 2014 Driver of the Year Jimmy Fitzwater presented a very special gift to Kay Hendrix (lovingly known as “Momma Kay”) at the end of the banquet. She was given a plaque and a beautiful locket in recognition of her time at Maverick. Her legacy will never be forgotten, and she was moved to tears, as were the rest of us!

Former Drivers of the Year Dale Dunn (far left) and Tom Douglas (far right) flank Momma Kay as former President & COO Stephen Selig photo bombs!

On Friday, the Summit conference was packed to the brim with office employees and drivers alike for the Driver of the Year presentation!

Wives of Drivers of the Month being recognized

Black Hats awaiting their introduction video

Maverick CEO Steve Williams presenting 2014 DOY Jimmy Fitzwater with the Maverick flag

And then it was the moment we were all waiting for! Who was going to be named our 2015 Driver of the Year?

Roger Wyble! (Being congratulated by September DOM Joe Looney)

Our new 2015 Driver of the Year, folks! Here’s Roger pictured with Maverick’s President John Culp

Roger was congratulated by the entire office!

Roger’s wife Fay in his 15 year safety jacket and Roger in his new DOY jacket!

Congratulations, Roger! We’re confident you’ll represent the fleet well as our 2015 Driver of the Year! We’re so proud of you!