Lytx, Inc., a provider of video-based driver safety, recently announced the winners of its second annual “Driver of the Year” and “Coach of the Year” Awards. The announcement was made during an awards presentation at the third annual Lytx DriveCam™ Users Conference on Coronado Island in San Diego, CA.
“It is our profound honor to recognize these drivers and coaches who exemplify what we consider to be safest driving standards and behaviors found in the transportation industry today,” said Del Lisk, vice president of safety solutions for Lytx.
The winners of the “Driver of the Year” Award are being recognized across the following industries:
Industry: Services, Government and Utilities
- First Place — Johnny Bardge of Renzenberger, Inc. Bardge, who is based in Croxton, NJ, has been transporting crewmembers for Renzenberger, Inc. for more than 15 years. Johnny attributes both good driving habits and following the basic fundamentals rules as key cornerstones of safety. He offers his advice to fellow drivers – “To picture the whole road—anything around you and ahead of you—is your greatest defense.”
- Second Place — Jesse Diaz of ARS
- Third Place — Robert Schoeffmann of B&L Service, Inc.
- First Place — Carl Watts of Easton Coach Company. Watts has been a paratransit operator providing services to people with disabilities throughout Southern New Jersey for nearly 15 years. “The passengers are my motivation to perform my duties well on a daily basis,” said Watts. “I always say, if you follow proper policy and procedure, and you sincerely care about your clientele, your experience as a driver will be very fulfilling.”
- Second Place — Winston Borders of Greater Cleveland (Ohio) RTA
- Third Place — Jeffrey Mayo of Greyhound Lines, Inc.
- First Place — Jeff Bolstad of Long Haul Trucking, Inc. Based out of Albertville, MN, Bolstad, whose childhood dream was to drive trucks, has driven for 37 years and covered three and a half million miles. His advice to other drivers is, “Be more aware of the conditions around you. Don’t be in a hurry; look forward, keep moving your head around to see the whole picture, watch what you’re doing when backing up, and go slower around corners in cities.”
- Second Place — Jerry Dancy of Cargo Transporters, Inc
- Third Place — Gordon Rivenburg of TransAm Trucking, Inc.
- Third Place — Alain Désilets of Linde Canada, LTD.
- First Place — Michael “Lynn” Sherum of WCA Waste Corporation. Sherum, based in Alpine, AL, has covered four million miles in his 31 years driving trucks. “I’ve always tried to be a safe driver and look out for others,” said Sherum. His advice is, “Always keep looking around, and never follow too closely because you never know what the person ahead will do. Pay attention 100 percent at all times. Pace yourself; don’t get caught up in trying to get there.”
- Second Place — James Herron of Waste Management, Inc.
- Second Place — Clayton Rayment of Waste Connections, Inc.
- Third Place — Scott Bois of Progressive Waste Solutions
Overall Winner — Juan Grimaldi of MV Transportation, Inc. (Industry: Transit/ Motorcoach)
- Grimaldi, a former firefighter, has worked for MV Transportation, Inc., the largest American-owned passenger transportation contractor, for seven years. He currently coaches drivers in Orlando, FL using the DriveCam Program. “This tool is a life saver,” said Grimaldi. “I’ve seen several near collisions that were avoided due to the safety knowledge the operators have received over time, using the DriveCam Program as a learning tool. It helps protect the operators and our clients, prevents fraudulent claims, and raises the accountability of drivers.” His advice to other coaches of driver safety is, “Make sure drivers know how much you care about them and safety.”
- Second Place — Deborah Randolph of Easton Coach Company
- Third Place — Donnie Frayer Jr. of Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority
- First Place — Michael Hyziak of US Foods
- Second Place — Mitch Perry of Con-way Freight
- Third Place — Michel Viel of Linde Canada, LTD
- First Place — Dane Williams of Waste Management, Inc.
- Second Place — Jake Pack of WCA Waste Corporation
- Third Place — Jonathan Dawley of All Waste, Inc.