2020 Driver of the Year Recap

  Wednesday, February 3, 2021

While this year’s event looked a little different than those past, we were just as excited to honor and celebrate our incredible drivers with our 2020 Driver and Dedicated Driver of the Year ceremony.

At this virtual event, Maverick’s president, John Culp introduced our previous Drivers of the Year and highlighted their significant additions to Maverick during their tenure. We also heard from our Director of Dedicated Operations, Keith Archer and Vice President of Operations, John Coppens. Additionally, every Driver of the Month was introduced and was able to share a little about themselves.

Each of our 2020 Drivers of the Month and Dedicated Drivers of the Month received a commemorative photo book that included personal messages to them from their fleet manager and other members of Maverick.

Prior to the big announcement, we were able to hear from Maverick’s CEO, Steve Williams and our departing 2019 Drivers of the Year, Liz Imel and Brian Cady. They were able to provide some much-appreciated advice for our “black hats.”

Please allow us to introduce to you our 2020 Driver of the Year, TJ Hargis and our 2020 Dedicated Driver of the Year, Scott Claiborne. Congratulations to you both!

You can watch the video of the announcement here.

https://fb.watch/3pnjDDOw1Q/

2020 Special Olympic Truck Convoy

  Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Maverick has been a proud and long-time supporter of Special Olympics Arkansas , and we were honored to participate in this year’s Truck Convoy. The purpose of the convoy is to bring awareness and raise funds for Special Olympics. 2020 looked a bit different as it was a “virtual challenge” to reach 48 states in 14 days, but we were definitely up for taking on that challenge!

“The mission of Special Olympics is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.” (https://www.specialolympics.org/about/our-mission)

We are honored to support such a life-changing organization such as Special Olympics and we can’t wait to see what next year’s Truck Convoy brings!

Additionally, Maverick won the Special Olympics Arkansas flag this year! Athletes that participate, write their signatures on it and we are eager to display it at our North Little Rock, AR terminal.


Check out some great photos from this year's convoy below!

Brandon M. sent in this great shot from Kern County, CA. Check out that view!

Cliff C. visited Tulsa, OK with his Special Olympics banner in tow.

One of Maverick’s Salute drivers, Eric C. made a stop in Owatonna, MN last week.

Maverick glass driver, Kalyn T. visited beautiful New York to capture this great shot.

West Virginia provided the backdrop for Kevin G.’s convoy update.

West Virginia provided the backdrop for Kevin G.’s convoy update.

West Virginia provided the backdrop for Kevin G.’s convoy update.

Last but not least, Tom B. sent this great picture in from his stop in Midlothian, TX.

2019 Driver of the Year Recap

  Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Check out the photos of last year’s Driver of the Year event!

Maverick's annual Driver of the Year & Dedicated Driver of the year banquet and presentation was an excellent display of the talented drivers we employ. We anticipate this event every year as it gives us another opportunity to honor those known as a "Black Hat" - a Driver of the Month or Dedicated Driver of the Quarter.

This year's banquet was held at the Marriott Hotel in Downtown Little Rock.

Our President, John Culp spoke about our previous Drivers of the Year and highlighted their contributions to Maverick. We also heard from Director of Dedicated

Operations, Keith Archer and Vice President of Operations, John Coppens.

We heard from our Chairman and CEO, Steve Williams. He presented the Maverick flag to our 2018 Drivers of the Year, Randy S. and Scott S.

Our 2019 Driver of the Year, Liz Imel was announced. Congratulations, Liz!

Our 2019 Dedicated Driver of the Year, Brian Cady was announced. Congratulations, Brian!

Here are a few pics from the banquet. (More on Facebook) Thank you all for a great year!

Maverick Transportation Celebrates 40 Years in Business

  Tuesday, January 28, 2020

As we enter 2020, we pause to celebrate the past 40 years that have shaped who we are as a company and a family. From a one-room office in Texarkana, Arkansas to 8 locations throughout the United States, we continue to provide an unwavering commitment to our employees and customers.

Our Maverick team is comprised of industry leaders who are always prioritizing safety, doing things the right way and being innovative in all that we do.

We are grateful for our entire Maverick family, but especially for our professional drivers, who continue to show us what loyalty and dedication really mean. They work without end to ensure our reputation continues to be one of integrity and respect. Without them, we wouldn’t be who we are today, 40 years later.

Steve Williams, Chairman and CEO of Maverick Transportation, LLC said,I’m often asked if we are surprised at our success and did we ever anticipate that our company would be this large. The answer to that, is I am not sure that we ever had goals as large as this. There are many common themes that have resonated throughout the years. When we first started, it was because I wanted to do my own thing and I didn’t want to be held to the same paradigm as everyone else. We had the opportunity to do things differently…implementing an old school work ethic with a new school technology. We are a good example of a family-owned business that has priorities, values and we have stayed very disciplined to those. What remains the same is our passion about doing things the right way.”

2019 Driver Appreciation Week Schedule

  Thursday, September 5, 2019

Happy Driver Appreciation Week, everyone! Below you’ll find the food schedule for all of terminals across the US throughout the week.

Be sure to join us for food & fun if you can!

Thank you so much for all that you do - we wouldn't be the company we are today without our Maverick drivers!

2019 ARKANSAS TRUCKING CHAMPIONSHIP

  Thursday, July 25, 2019

You know it is Arkansas Trucking Championship season when the heat and humidity set in! Maverick had five drivers and two technicians compete in this years’ event. It was held July 11-13th at the John Q. Hammons Center in Rogers, AR. The drivers’ competition included a pre-trip inspection, written exam and driving test. Click here to view ATA’s truck driving championship photos. The truck and trailer technician competition consisted of both written and hands-on tests. Click here to view ATA’s tech photos.

Every individual worked so hard to prepare for this event and we are very proud of their dedication. Well done, Mavericks!

Drivers:

Kalyn Turner- 25th in 5-Axle

TJ Hargis- 8th in Flatbed

Paul Hillman- 11th in 3-Axle

Shawn Garrison- 19th in 4-Axle

Tom Garner- 21st in Sleeper Division

Technicians:

Tony Stover: 36th

Tyler Harmon- 47th

Check out some of highlights below!

Pictured from left: TJ Hargis, Tom Garner, Kalyn Turner, Paul Hillman, Shawn Garrison and Doug Cutler

Kalyn awaiting her time to compete!

The entire Maverick crew who was there to help cheer our drivers on!

TJ, Shawn, Kalyn, Paul and Tom ready for the banquet on Saturday evening.

2019 Employee Appreciation Week Schedule

  Friday, May 3, 2019

While Maverick appreciates all of its employees every day of the year, it's always special when we can set aside time to focus on that gratitude. For this year's Employee Appreciation Week, we're excited to add more festivities to the roster, and across more locations!

Our hope is that you feel celebrated and important, because you are. As one of the tenets of The Maverick Way, know that you are valued!

2018 Driver of the Year Event Recap

  Monday, February 4, 2019

Check out the recap of last year’s Driver of the Year event!

The annual Driver of the Year banquet and presentation is always a wonderful way to kick off the new year! We love celebrating our drivers, and especially honoring those who have worked hard to obtain the status of the "Black Hat" - a Driver of the Month or Dedicated Driver of the Quarter.

This year's banquet was held at the historic Union Station in Little Rock.

During the evening's festivities, we heard from Executive VP & COO Doug Richey, VP of Operations John Coppens, and Chairman & CEO Steve Williams.

There was also a surprise gift presented to VP of Operations John Coppens, on behalf of all current/former Drivers of the Year.

Here are a few pics of this year's attendees (more on our Facebook page):

Friday is always the day our Black Hats look forward to most! After a long day of meeting with the Driver Advisory Council and spending time in business unit breakout sessions, it was time for the presentation.

This year's Driver of the Year presentation was held in a new venue -- our Training Center. As all of our drivers become Mavericks through our training program, this was a special venue indeed.

2017 Driver of the Year Lou Webber and Dedicated Driver of the Year Gary Lipscomb being presented with their flags

The top 3 Dedicated Drivers of the Quarters are then announced:

Then the announcement of our 2018 Dedicated Driver of the Year, Randy Smith! Congratulations, Randy!

After the new DDY was announced, it was on to the OTR Driver of the Year!

Congratulations to our 2018 Driver of the Year, Scott Schwarzlose!

It takes hard work and dedication to become a Black Hat. It's an honor and a privilege to be able to celebrate all 20 of our Dedicated Drivers of the Quarter and Drivers of the Month. Congratulations to our new Drivers of the Year, we can't wait to see what 2019 holds for you and the Council!

2018 Driver Appreciation Week Schedule

  Thursday, September 6, 2018

Happy Driver Appreciation Week, everyone! Below you’ll find the food schedule for all of our locations across the US. We hope that most of our drivers can get through a terminal to partake in festivities.

Thank you so much for all that you do - we wouldn't be the company we are today without our drivers!

2017 Driver of the Year Event Recap

  Tuesday, February 20, 2018

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.

Here at Maverick, we absolutely love our drivers. And we especially love celebrating them! Every year, we honor our 12 Drivers of the Month at our Driver of the Year Banquet in Little Rock, AR. This year we added a few new drivers to the mix - 3 of the finalists from our new Dedicated Driver of the Quarter program, as well as our Rookie of the Quarter Cleo Williams and Trainer of the Quarter Herb Withrow.

Driver of the Quarter Royce Simons and Wife Lee

Driver of the Quarter Darryl Hammond and Wife Nancy

Musicians Ten Penny Gypsy with Buddy Case (pictured left) - Justin Patterson (pictured right), is an Area Logistics Manager at Maverick

The night was filled with good music, good food, and great company. Among our speakers were VP of Operations John Coppens, Chairman and CEO Steve Williams and COO John Culp. It was a wonderful evening filled with honoring our drivers, praising their hard work and the steps it takes to become a Driver of the Month/Quarter.

COO John Culp

Chairman & CEO Steve Williams

Driver of the Month Kenny Williams

2015 Driver of the Year Roger Wyble

The next day was full of meetings with drivers and office personnel - specifically, our quarterly Drivers' Advisory Committee meeting. Drivers also broke out into divisional meetings - it was a busy day!

VP of Driver Training & Safety Dean Newell

Driver of the Month Doug Hendry

But nothing brings excitement like the actual presentation event for our Driver of the Year/Dedicated Driver of the Year. The entire office comes out for this special event!

2016 Driver of the Year Raurii Milbrandt

Finally, the moment we were all waiting for! Our 6 Dedicated and OTR Black Hat finalists were eager for the final announcement.

Our winners: Dedicated Driver of the Year Gary Lipscomb and OTR Driver of the Year Lou Webber!

2017 OTR Driver of the Year Lou Webber

2017 Dedicated Driver of the Year Gary Lipscomb

Congratulations again to all of our drivers. You are the heartbeat of this company and we are thankful for each and every one of you!