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The Roadstar Distinction

The Roadstar distinction is awarded to Landstar owner-operators recognized for their outstanding safety records and professionalism behind the wheel.

Roadstar award winners are considered to be the most elite of the company’s business capacity owners (BCOs) – Landstar’s term for independent owner-operators leased exclusively to Landstar.

Typically, it will take a Landstar BCO 10 years or more to earn the coveted Roadstar award.

Each Roadstar recipient is productive, profitable and exceptional in all aspects of operating his or her own business.

To be eligible for the honor, a Roadstar nominee must:

  • Have earned status as a one or more Landstar Million Mile Safe Driver
  • Provide an example to other truck operators in adherence to DOT regulations and Landstar’s safety-first culture
  • Produce significant revenue
  • Have a positive, cooperative attitude in his or her interactions with employees, agents and customers

June Star of Quality Awards Announced

 

When members of the Landstar family go above and beyond the call of duty, their extra efforts are recognized with Landstar’s Star of Quality Award. Deserving business capacity owners (BCOs) and agents receive bronze, silver, gold or platinum lapel pins recognizing their dedication to the best in transportation services.

Our thanks to the following Landstar owner-operators and agents who are among the most elite in the freight transportation industry.

Star of Quality Award Winners of June 2017:

Gold:

Bill E. Ater Jr.*, Dennis Brannon, Denise Anne Gibson, Donald E. Hogan, Lisa Patton*, John Robert Swangstue*

*Going Beyond the Gold – recipients have received multiple Gold Star awards.

Silver:

Alec S. Costerus, Gerald F. Fiset, Yan Krasnov, Sinisa Lukic, George Clayton Miller, Randall Eugene New, Paul Clayton Stone, Bartholomew Verdino, Terry L. Walter

Bronze:

Edwin Baker, Eugene C. Baker, Michael John Beaver, Roderick Laverne Benjamin, Rickey L. Black Jr., James Arthur Block, Mark Melcombe Chase, Dave Anthony Christian, Riza Ciftdogan, Sarah Cooper, George B. Cooper, Rusty Jay Dalrymple, Anthony R. Davis, Raul Diaz Sr., Antonio Tavories Dobson, Terry E. Ellis, Steffanie Gehl, Jennifer Gibson, William Grange Straw Jr., Richard D. Grim, Robert L. Hail Jr., Sammy Hipp, James Marquis Hollenquest, Gabriell “Gabby” Hudson, Alphaumare Jalloh, Dana R. Jones, Timothy Brice Keeney, Do Hyung Kim, Melanie Klein, Eric Lewis, Liviu Lisneanu, Robert Martin, Jean E. Mitchell, Donna More, Nancy Nicholson, Jeffrey Scott Robinson, Luis Felipe Alvarez Santiago, Mindy Schmitt, Earl D. Spradling, Timothy Lane Sullivan, Dedric Lakeith Sumpter, Darrell Duane Taylor, Eugene “Chip” Warner

If you would like to nominate a Landstar BCO or agent to receive a Star of Quality Award, send an email to StarQ@Landstar.com

 

 

 

BCO Appreciation Days 2017 Truck Giveaway

 

One lucky Landstar business capacity owner 2017-Truck-Giveaway(BCO) will drive home from the 2017 Landstar BCO Appreciation Days in Jacksonville, Florida in a brand new 2017 Peterbilt 579. The pierce candy red Peterbilt 579 features a 455-HP PACCAR MX-13 engine 10 speed Eaton Fuller transmission.

According to Peterbilt, the 2017 version of the 579 was built with maximum driver comfort in mind. Compared to previous years’ models, the cab is wider and provides 8 more inches of room between seats and an additional 2.9 inches in depth. Also, a 45 percent increase in glass, provides owner-operators with best-in-class visibility.

The 2017 model truck was designed with a new dash and sleeper. The 579’s spacious titanium colored interior provides an 80 inch high roof sleeper, a premium pocket spring mattress, and a rear wall storage cabinet. According to Peterbilt, the ergonomic dash was crafted for driver efficiency, increased visibility and improved driver comfort. The truck’s new sound abatement technology minimizes outside noise, giving owner-operators a more peaceful ride.

Equipped with an enhanced fuel efficiency package, the 579 takes fuel savings to new levels. Complete with aerodynamic styling, optimized powertrain, low rolling resistance tires and SmartTire Pressure Monitoring System, the 579 increases owner-operators’ bottom line with a 14 percent improvement in fuel efficiency over previous models, according to Peterbilt.

The Landstar Deliver to Win truck giveaway, powered by Comdata, will be held on the first night of the two-day event in Jacksonville this year, January 26-27. Landstar BCO Appreciation Days are held each year to thank BCOs for their service and dedication to safety.

 

ANNOUNCING LANDSTAR’S NEWEST MILLION MILE SAFE DRIVERS, ROADSTARS AND THE 1st TRUCK WINNER OF 2016

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Landstar System, Inc., a worldwide, asset-light provider of integrated transportation management solutions delivering safe, specialized transportation services, paid tribute to the best and safest Landstar owner-operators during the 5th Annual Landstar BCO All-Star Celebration event held in their honor earlier this month.

BCO is Landstar’s term for the independent owner-operators who provide the company with transportation capacity under exclusive lease arrangements. The event featured an awards program during which Landstar inducted 10 Business Capacity Owners (BCOs) as Landstar Roadstars. Landstar was also proud to honor 122 BCOs as new Million Mile Safe Drivers for driving one million consecutive miles without a preventable accident and eight BCOs as new Two Million Mile Safe Drivers for driving two million consecutive miles without a preventable accident and one BCO as a Three Million Mile Safe Driver, for driving three million miles without a preventable accident.

To top off the celebration, Landstar presented its first Landstar Truck Giveaway of 2016. The truck, a 2017 Peterbilt 579, was exclusively reserved for a Landstar Roadstar or Million Miler.

The select group of 2015 inductees were recognized during a three-day event held in Orlando, Florida, from July 1st through July 3rd for their outstanding safety records and professionalism behind the wheel.

Collectively, the 122 active BCOs who make up the Million Miler Class of 2015 have safely driven more than 122 million miles – which is close to the distance from the earth’s surface to the sun. On average it takes a truck operator 10 years to travel a million miles. The distance would take a typical driver about 67 years to complete.

“Landstar is proud to showcase the class of Landstar Million Mile Safe Drivers as the industry’s best. Their talent, hard work and dedication to safety is truly worthy of a celebration. These men and women make the roads safer for all of us; we are proud to honor them,” said Landstar President and CEO Jim Gattoni.

Of the 940 active Landstar Million Mile Safe Drivers, 10 earned the distinction of Roadstar during the celebration. Landstar Roadstars are chosen for their consistently high levels of safety, productivity and excellence in customer service.  Each was previously recognized as a Landstar Million Mile Safe Driver. The addition of the new Roadstars raises the total number of active Landstar Roadstars to 174. BCOs have received the Roadstar honor since Landstar began presenting the award in 1990.

“Roadstars’ outstanding productivity and safety records raise the bar for the entire trucking industry. The 2015 class of Roadstars have earned the right to be called Landstar’s elite,” said Gattoni.

Landstar President and CEO Jim Gattoni also presented Landstar BCO Fred Durbin with the BCO Lifetime Achievement Award. Durbin leased on to Landstar in 1978. In 1998 Durbin was named a Two Million Mile Safe Driver and in 2008 he was named a Three Million Mile Safe Driver.  LT5_8636_FredDDurbin also took home a brand new truck in 2008 after winning the Landstar Truck Giveaway and still drives the 2008 royal blue Freightliner Coronado today. Over the years, Durbin has received 37 annual safe driving awards with Landstar. In 2010, Durbin received the National Safety Council’s Safe Driver of the Year Award, which recognizes outstanding drivers throughout the country.

“Fred is an ambassador of safety. The BCO Lifetime Achievement Award is the perfect way to honor his years of service and safe driving. This award is a testament to the values that Fred lives and works by,” said Gattoni.

The awards ceremony also showcased Landstar’s All-Star Truck Giveaway. Each new Landstar Million Miler and each Landstar Roadstar automatically received one entry to win the truck. Those who attended the Landstar BCO All-Star Celebration received an additional entry as well.IMG_7879 That evening Million Mile Safe Driver Frankie Hill of Galax, Virginia, was the lucky winner to receive the truck keys and drive off with a brand new truck.

The Class of 2015 Landstar Roadstars inducted this year:

Bill Ater, German Burgueno, David Carothers, Bob Hinchey, Tonia Kennedy, Steve Otto, Steve Van Dyke, Gary Wager, Pat Webb, Sly Young

The Class of 2015 Landstar Million Mile Safe Drivers inducted this year:

Three Million Mile Safe Driver:

Jim Block

Two Million Mile Safe Drivers:

Bill Boyer, Antonio Garza, Jeffrey Pack, Stephen Pagel, Bob Plymale, Ronald Rogers, Don Ward

One Million Mile Safe Drivers:

Bill Ater, Randy Atkins, Bob Bade, Charles Bailey, Ilan Bankston, Jose Banuelos, Trent Bartlett, Esther Bell, Jerry Bergt, Perry Borntreger, Gregg Boss, Florencio Cardenas, William Carsey, Terry Carter, Ismael Cendejas, Aaron Chapman, Lonnie Clark, Jr., Mike Clark, Derrick Clarke, Dennis Cockerham Jim Cotner, Dwight Covey, Alvin Crawford, James Culbertson, Washington Curbelo, Bill Davenport, Paul Davis, Kenneth Delzeit, Mike DeMille, Danny Downey, Arthur Dubroski, Gail Ellick, Harry Farren, Ed Fritz, Jeffrey Fulmer, Bill Gammon, Kody Giacomo, John Goodman, Paul Gordon, Marshall Grady, Terry Gregory, Wiktor Grygoruk, Ron Haddan, Rick Haywood, Jim Heiser, Tom Herlston, Miguel Hernandez, Roger Hobbs Sr., Hugh Hood, Don Houchin, E. Victor Hounsell, Debbie Hudler, Carl Johnson, John Johnson, Brady Jones, Albert Keller, Weldon Kollock, Steve Kron, Phuong Lam, Henry Littleton, Jay Maclees, Sam Maldonado, James Marra, Roger Martin, Ed Masters, James Matthews, Larry McCostlin, Jeffery McDaniel, Wayne McGahey, Rich McIntosh, Tom McPherson, Henry Medina, Greg Michels, Mike Miles, Ricky Mills, Anthony Mitchell, Carlos Moreno, Lacy Murry, Jr., Dennis Musser, John Myers, Lori Nelson, Nanette Newton, Tuan Nguyen, Frank Ortega, Steve Otto, Vlad Ougriniouk, Ramiro Padilla, Robert Page, Vicky Percious, Don Pierson, Bill Pruim, Hubert Quarles, Donnie Raby, Malik Rahim, Scott Robinson, Cesar Rodriguez, Hersey Ross, Ted Russell, Louie Russo, Michael Rybicki, John Samples, Julio Sandoval, Jr., Mario Santizo, Dan Schumacher, David Shuler, Troy Sloan, Vickie Speer, Stanford Stowers, Rex Strickler, Bob Swearingen, Ron Taylor, Mike Truitt, Ed Tudor, John Waddles, Denny Walerius, Robin Walker, Rick Weiss, Rebecca Wilder, Jan Williams, Kenny Williams, Paul Williams, Vic Williams

A Message from Landstar President & CEO Jim Gattoni

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The June Safety Thursday Conference Call marked Landstar’s 300th call in the last 25 years.  The first ever safety call happened in June of 1991, under then CEO Jeff Crowe, Landstar’s first Chief Executive Officer.

Every year, Landstar prides itself in being one of the safest transportation providers in the industry and thanks to all of Landstar’s BCOs and agents, the focus on safety will continue and will always be a top priority at Landstar.

In 1991, when Landstar held its first ever safety Thursday Conference Call, I wasn’t yet an employee of the company; however, I was part of the team that was responsible for Landstar’s annual financial audit.  Back in 1991, Landstar had revenue of $595 million dollars and, in 2015, Landstar generated $3.3 billion.  In fact, in the first three months of 2016, we generated more revenue than the entire 1991 fiscal year.

We had 6,000 tractors provided by independent truck operators in 1991.  Today, we have more than 9,000 Business Capacity Owners (BCOs) providing truck capacity to the Landstar network.

Landstar’s growth over that 25 year period is exceptional and it is all due to the power of the network, the commitment and the contributions that every BCO contributes to Landstar.

I would like to personally thank all of the BCOs on the call with us today for their commitment to safety and for their contributions to the success of Landstar over the past 25 years.  You are the drivers of our success!  Thank you for all you do every day to make Landstar the best transportation company in the United States.

-Jim

Landstar Receives Top Recognitions from TCA

For the fifth consecutive year, Landstar received top honors and was recognized among the “Top 20 Best Fleets to Drive For,” during the Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) 2016 Annual Convention. Landstar Vice President of Safety and Compliance Mike Cobb attended the convention, held March 6-9 at the Wynn Las Vegas Resort.

“Landstar was honored to receive TCA’s National Fleet Safety Awards again this year.  We were pleased to also receive an exclusive honorable mention of being the only large fleet named in the ‘Top 20 Best Fleets to Drive For’ for five consecutive years,” said Cobb.

Landstar was also honored with two National Fleet Safety awards during TCA’s convention. Among 17 trucking companies to earn National Fleet Safety Awards, Landstar was recognized in the Division II 5-14.99 million miles and the Division VI 100+ million miles categories. Division winners were selected based on their accident frequency per million miles, as verified by an independent audit.

This is the eighth year of the TCA survey which is open to all U.S. and Canadian fleets that operate 10 or more trucks. To be considered, fleets must be nominated by one of their drivers, either a company driver or an owner-operator.

“Landstar’s owner-operators help make Landstar an industry leader by providing excellence in safety and service. We are proud that the owner-operators leased to Landstar feel they have freedom, opportunity and the support services they need to successfully run their own businesses,” said Landstar Executive Vice President of Capacity Development Rocco Davanzo.TCA mar8_2016-8835

24th Annual Romulus Safety Meeting

More than 230 Landstar professionals, owner-operators and agents took part in the 24th annual LSO/BCO Safety Meeting in Romulus, Michigan. The event, held each year in February, is designed to update Landstar BCOs on specific regulatory changes within the transportation industry and provide company safety performance data and discuss overall best safety practices. The meeting is hosted by LAN agency’s Mike and Brandon LePi20160206_090239or, and supported by nearly two dozen additional agents, as well as Landstar.

Guest speakers included Landstar Vice President of Loss Prevention Shelly Seaton, Region 2 Vice President Kendall Rump, Director of Compliance – Operator/Equipment Theresa Broadbent, Field Safety Manager Jeremy Bush and CABS Coordinators Rob Walter. Motivational speaker and transportation industry consultant Dan Baker also spoke to the crowd during the meeting. Baker became a professional speaker in the trucking industry in the 1980s and has since dedicated his life to motivating and mentoring truckers.  Ron Flowers, a regional Intelligence Officer with Canada Border Services Agency delivered specifics related to safe and legal border crossing policy and procedures.  IMG_1291

“Thanks to so many of our agents working together, we had a fantastic turn out this year,” said Landstar Vice President of Loss Prevention Shelly Seaton. “We discussed Landstar’s behavioral campaign focusing on speed and space management.”

In addition to discussion of the “Drive for Five” campaign, BCOs were reminded to communicate any challenges encountered during their loading/unloading process where LSOs might explore a M.U.S.T. customer visit (Mutual Understanding of Safety Together).

“Safety Meetings provide a platform for us to assist BCOs and LSOs in understanding the new rules and regulations they are facing in 2016,” said Seaton.

“Each year this event out-does the year before; we were so pleased with this year’s turnout – 120 Business Capacity Owners joined us for the meeting,” echoed Landstar Agent Brandon LePior.  20160206_090304After the safety meeting, 58 of the BCOs in attendance stayed on for a Continued Awareness of Business & Safety Class (C.A.B.S.). Orientation Coordinator Stephen Chambers taught the class, designed to help owner-operators review Landstar’s business model and safety practices.

Summer Holiday Cargo Alert from Landstar

A load at rest is a load at risk!

Cargo thieves do not take holidays off, they use the holiday season to capitalize on poorly coordinated dispatch. Cargo thieves are always on the lookout for unattended equipment loaded with High Risk Cargo (HRC) or other lucrative cargo which is easily marketed for a quick profit. It takes less than 5 minutes for a cargo thief to steal your truck, trailer and load.

With approaching holidays in Canada and the United States, Landstar is reminding all BCOs, Carriers and 3rd Party Logistics providers to be mindful of their trucks, trailers and cargo during this high-risk time.

Businesses will be closed as Canada celebrates Canada Day on Wednesday July 1st and Friday, July 3rd for Independence Day in the U.S.

Here are some tips to keep you secure:

  • Verify your shipper’s and receiver’s holiday schedule.
  • Remember to use your locks!
  • HRC cannot be taken home for any reason.
  • Secure yards available across the country, but they fill up quickly around holidays.

If you need assistance, contact Landstar Security and Cargo Loss Prevention at 800-872-9103.

U Drive. U Text. U Pay.

April is Distracted Driver Awareness month and to combat distracted driving, the Department of Transportation with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is leading an effort to stop texting and cell phone use behind the wheel.

The campaign, “U Drive. U Text. U Pay.” is an effort designed to crack down on distracted driving nationwide. From April 10th through the 15th, state and local law enforcement will aggressively ticket drivers who are found to be texting or using their mobile devices while driving.

The NHTSA campaign is also designed to save lives. NHTSA data shows at least 3,154 people were killed in crashes involving distracted drivers in 2013 and that 424,000 Americans were injured in distracted driving accidents.

NHTSA recommends motorists follow these guidelines in order to prevent distracted driving:

  • Turn off electronic devices and put them out of reach before driving
  • Be good role models for young drivers, talk to teens about distracted driving
  • Speak up if you are a passenger and the driver is using their electronic device while driving
  • Always wear your seat belt. Seat belts are the biggest defense against unsafe drivers

Since 2009, the U.S. Department of Transportation has launched a variety of creative campaigns to raise awareness about the dangers of distracted driving. You can learn more about the U Drive. U Text. U Pay. campaign on the official U.S. Government website for distracted driving: http://www.distraction.gov/

Follow this link from the NHTSA for more information and statistics on distracted driving: http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/Pubs/812132.pdf.