TravelCenters of America Announces 2014 ‘Citizen Driver’ Award Recipients

  TravelCenters of America Announces 2014 ‘Citizen Driver’ Award Recipients  2014 Mid-America Trucking Show  Business Wire  WESTLAKE, Ohio -- March 28, 2014  TravelCenters of America LLC (TravelCenters), operator of the TA® and Petro Stopping Centers® travel center brands, today announced its first annual ‘Citizen Driver’ Award recipients during the 2014 Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, Kentucky. The Citizen Driver Award recognizes professional drivers who evoke respect for the truck driving profession.  TravelCenters launched the Citizen Driver program in the spring of 2013 in an effort to honor the many great, hardworking professional truck drivers moving loads to keep our economy going. Citizen Drivers not only have an exemplary career in trucking, they are great examples of the kind of people who honor the great profession of truck driving. By demonstrating their goodcitizenship, safety, community involvement, and leadership, they are shining examples of all of the hard working men and women in this industry with whom there is pride in being associated.  The 2014 Citizen Drivers are listed below. Each driver has picked their favorite TA or Petro Stopping Centers location, which will be renamed after them. Along with the many semi-finalists and finalists, Citizen Drivers also received a Citizen Driver Award package from TA and Petro.    *Henry Albert -- TA Laredo, TX -- “Henry Albert Laredo Travel Center”   *Jimmy Ardis -- TA Manning, SC -- “Jimmy Ardis Manning Travel Center”   *Linda and Bob Caffee -- Petro N. Las Vegas, NV -- “Linda and Bob Caffee     North Las Vegas Stopping Center”   *Charley Endorf -- Petro York, NE -- “Charley Endorf York Stopping Center”   *Jerry Fritts -- Petro West Memphis, AR -- “Jerry Fritts West Memphis     Stopping Center”   *Shawn Hubbard -- Petro Ontario, CA -- “Shawn Hubbard Ontario Stopping     Center”   *Norman Knight -- TA Columbia, NJ -- “Norman Knight Columbia Travel Center”  “There are 3 million professional truck drivers in the U.S.,” shared Tom O’Brien, President and CEO of TravelCenters. “Their impact on the average American’s life is largely unknown and underappreciated.  Consider that these professional drivers delivered 67% of the total domestic tonnage in 2012, representing 81% of the nation’s freight value. They deliver nearly everything our nation consumes or uses on a daily basis, including food, clothing, gasoline, building materials, automobiles, medicines, electronics, and raw materials, to name a few. They make those deliveries to every major city and small town across the country, enduring all types of weather and driving conditions. We are extremely proud to play a role in support of the companies and drivers that make up the great truck driving industry. Our Citizen Driver Award is a way to recognize the best of the best, not just for being good at their jobs, but for being good people that everyone, everywhere, both inside and outside of trucking, can admire and respect,” he added.  TravelCenters accepted nominations for the Citizen Driver Award throughout last year, and received nominations from a wide variety of people -- fleet owners and executives, other drivers, friends,husbands, wives, sons, daughters, mothers, fathers, trucking organizationmembers, and trucking industry suppliers -- wanting to recognize the deserving drivers who have touched their lives. Distinguished members of the trucking industry, including representatives from OOIDA, the American Trucking Association, the Truckload Carriers Association, Women in Trucking and four members from the trucking industry’s print and broadcasting media core, judged the submitted nominations and selected the winners who excelled in the identified categories.  O’Brien added, “The professional and personal standards held by this year’s Citizen Driver Award recipients are the same standards held by thousands of fellow professional drivers across this nation. We are looking forward to awarding Citizen Driver status to as many of these fine individuals as we can for years to come.”  The 2015 Citizen Driver Award nomination form, rules and other information will be posted to the TA and Petro Stopping Centers web sites in May 2014. Nominations will be accepted throughout 2014 and the new winners will be announced at the 2015 Mid-America Trucking Show.  In the most recent ‘Voted Best’ professional driver survey, drivers preferred TA and Petro 5 to 1 in the ‘Best Truck Stop Experience’ category. These results are based on an independent TA/Petro survey of Overdrive magazine readers. The ratios depict professional driver preference for TA and Petro versus the next closest truck stop brand.  About TravelCenters of America LLC  TravelCenters of America LLC (TravelCenters), headquartered in Westlake, Ohio, is a leading travel center business in 43 states and Canada operating under the TA® and Petro Stopping Centers® brands. With 249 convenient full-service locations off interstate highway exits, TA and Petro Stopping Centers offer customers diesel and gasoline fueling services, more than 500 full- and quick-service restaurants, 24-hour convenience stores, heavy truck maintenance services, RoadSquad Connect™ (24/7/365 emergency roadside service), Reserve-It™ (truck parking reservations), and many other services – all within large, high traffic facilities. TravelCenters also operates gasoline/convenience stores in Kentucky and Tennessee under the Minit Mart brand name. For more information on TravelCenters and TA, please visit www.tatravelcenters.com. For more information on Petro Stopping Centers, please visit www.petrotruckstops.com.  Contact:  TravelCenters of America Tom Liutkus,440-808-7364 tliutkus@ta-petro.com  
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