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176 Owner-Operators Honored During BCO All-Star Celebration

Landstar honored the best and safest Landstar owner-operators during its 8th Annual Landstar BCO All-Star Celebration held earlier this month.

The event featured an awards program during which Landstar honored 176 business capacity owners (BCOs), the company’s term for independent owner-operators who provide transportation capacity under exclusive lease agreements.

During the ceremony, Landstar inducted 14 BCOs as Landstar Roadstar® recipients, 137 BCOs as new Million Mile Safe Drivers, 22 BCOs as Two Million Mile Safe Drivers, two BCOs as Three Million Mile Safe Drivers, and presented one BCO, Million Mile Safe Driver and Roadstar Art Trezise, with the company’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

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BCO Lifetime Achievement Award Presented to Art Trezise

Landstar presented its BCO Lifetime Achievement Award to Landstar Three Million Mile Safe Driver and Landstar Roadstar® Art Trezise during a special ceremony held on July 2, 2019.

The award was kept a surprise until Trezise’s name was revealed during the awards ceremony portion of the 8th Annual BCO All-Star Celebration. Each year, the event honors the company’s best and safest independent owner-operators.

During the award presentation, Landstar President and CEO Jim Gattoni called Art Trezise’s safety record “flawless.” Since leasing to Landstar in 1979, Trezise has driven more than 3.5 million miles at Landstar without incident.

“The BCO Lifetime Achievement Award is the perfect way to honor this 40-year safe driver,” said Gattoni. “The award is a testament to Art’s professionalism and excellence as an independent owner-operator at Landstar.”

Trezise, who lives in Springhill, Florida, was named a One Million Mile Safe Driver in 1993. In 2001, he reached two million safe miles with Landstar and also was named a Landstar Roadstar® recipient, one of Landstar’s highest awards for owner operators that recognizes their high levels of safety, productivity and excellence. In 2012, Trezise was honored as a Three Million Mile Safe Driver.

The BCO Lifetime Achievement Award was first introduced during the 2012 BCO All-Star Celebration. To be considered for the honor, nominees must be an active or retired Landstar BCO who has been leased on to Landstar for at least 20 consecutive years. Nominees must be at least a Two Million Mile Safe Driver and a Landstar Roadstar® recipient.

Independent owner-operators who receive the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award must also have consistently demonstrated professionalism by developing a positive reputation with regulatory and enforcement personnel, customers, agents and Landstar employees, as well as through industry recognition.

Giveaway Truck Ready for 2019 All-Star Event

On July 2, one lucky business capacity owner (BCO) will get the keys to a new 2020 Kenworth T680 during the annual BCO All-Star Celebration. Each year Landstar gives away a new truck, including all registration fees and taxes, to one of its elite independent owner-operators – a pool of Roadstar® recipients and Million Mile Safe Drivers.

This year, the crisp-white Kenworth T680 is equipped with a fuel-efficient PACCAR MX-13 engine, PACCAR transmission and PACCAR drive axles. Touted as the most advanced, aerodynamic truck ever produced by Kenworth, the T680 includes ground-breaking technology and ergonomic comfort designed to elevate a driver’s experience.

Featuring fuel-saving intelligence, the truck’s idle management system is designed to eliminate the need for off-duty temperature control and integrate with real-time reporting technology to help a driver run for maximum fuel efficiency. Including the Kenworth Driver Performance Center, the truck’s 5-inch, full color display screen gives drivers an at-a-glance visual of fuel efficiency, truck diagnostics and performance indicators.  

Also equipped with the Bendix® Wingman® Fusion™ technology, the T680 offers owner-operators an enhanced level of safety. The technology system features adaptive cruise control, collision mitigation and lane departure warning to alert the driver of potential road debris, impacts, lane departures and speed limitations.  

The 2019 Landstar All-Star Truck Giveaway, powered by Comdata, will be the grand finale of the 2019 BCO All-Star Celebration being held in Savannah, Georgia, July 1-3, 2019. The annual event is an induction ceremony that honors the newest Landstar Million Mile Safe Drivers and Landstar Roadstar® recipients for their safe driving records and professionalism.  

While the All-Star truck giveaway is exclusively reserved for Million Mile Safe Drivers and Roadstar honorees, all of the more than 10,000 independent owner-operators leased to Landstar have another opportunity to win a new truck. The Landstar Deliver to Win Truck Giveaway is held each year during Landstar’s annual BCO Appreciation event where every eligible independent BCO has an opportunity to win.

In January, Landstar BCO Rosemberg Villarreal won the 2019 Deliver to Win Truck Giveaway and drove home to Grand Prairie, Texas, in a 2019 Peterbilt 579 Ultraloft. The next Deliver to Win Truck Giveaway is scheduled for September 2020 in Rockford, Illinois.

Save Money, Download LandstarOne Today!

LandstarOne is a new mobile app from Landstar, created to give independent Landstar owner-operators one stop for all of their business needs.

“LandstarOne makes it even easier for BCOs to save money on fuel and gives them direct access to the Landstar apps they rely on to run their businesses more efficiently and effectively,” says Rocco Davanzo, Landstar Transportation Logistics executive vice president of capacity development.

Designed as a mobile portal to house all of Landstar’s exclusive mobile applications, LandstarOne gives business capacity owners (BCOs) instant access to:

  • LCAPP® Fuel Savings
  • Landstar’s Available Loads & Landstar Maximizer® apps
  • Important Landstar news and information

“Being able to subtract the LCAPP fuel discount and state IFTA is huge, it saves me work,” said Landstar BCO Jason Mollett. “The app gives me an easy way to compare fuel prices wherever I am.”

LandstarOne is available for download for iPhones in the App Store or for Android phones on Google Play. Once downloaded, BCOs should log on to LandstarOne using their LandstarOnline.com username and password. If you have questions about the LandstarOne app please email LandstarOne@Landstar.com.

LCAPP® – Landstar Contractors’ Advantage Purchasing Program is a unique, cost savings program available exclusively to Landstar business capacity owners. LCAPP frequently adds products and services to help Landstar BCOs lower their operating costs.  Visit www.LCAPP.com to learn more about the additional savings available for BCOs.

Awarding Service Excellence

April & May 2019
Star of Quality Award Winners

Each month, deserving business capacity owners (BCOs), operators and agents earn Landstar’s Star of Quality Award. The award, for members of the Landstar family who ago above and beyond the call of duty, recognizes those extra efforts and an individual’s dedication to service.

Our thanks and praise to the following members of the Landstar network who represent the best in the freight transportation industry. The outstanding efforts made by these professional men and women earned them a Star of Quality Award during April or May.

Gold:

Robert Francis Barnard*, Alec S. Costerus*, Gregory Michael Gressley*, Randy Wayne Ladd*, Richard P. Mantooth II*, Victor Markle*, Thomas S. Masier*, Patrick David McGuire Jr., Anthony C. Rainwater, Lloyd Cleve Tubbs, Gene Douglas Tunney*, William E. Watson, Warren A. Wylds

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

Silver:

Daniel L. Catherman, Thaddeus F. Harper, Jessie Arthur Nash, Duriel Jovan Pittman, Tonya Mae Pomeroy, Terry M. Richmond. 

Bronze:

Dezmond Trevor Alexanders, Paul Allen, Themlma Adams Allen Rodrick Ondra Allen Sr., Anthony Basile, Tom Blinn, Thomas Brown, Orrett Orlando Brown, Gregory L. Colter, Andres Baltazar Cornejo, Terry Criner, Roy M. Crowder, Michael F. Cwikiel, Tammie Shree Docher, Jerzy Dwulit, Jeffry Harrod Flake, Yayah Fofanah, Howard W. Francis, Constantine G. Galanis, Joseph Gill, Ricardo E. Gomez Arbelaez Sr., Leland W. Green, Douglas Wayne Ham, Charles Henriques, Jessica Hernandez, Billy Lee Hills, Alfred Jerome Jenkins Jr., Tammy Marie Lancaster, Cynthia M. Lasby, Dennis M. Lasby, Randall Lathers, Terry M. Martzall, Matthew W. McNeil, Ralph Ferris Mendler, Keith Lyle Mitchell, Loranzo Leromy Mitchell, Taragayle Mitchell, Melody Ann Nicholson, Eugene Oprea, William Steve Pittman, Kelly J. Plumb, Ricardo Flores Quinones Sr., Michael D. Rice Sr., Eric Kenneth Seiser, Roger D. Slone, Jason Scott Speer, John W. Thomas, Ricky Lee Tyson Sr., Thomas B. Walker, John Fitzgerald Womack, Steven Johnell Wooders.

To nominate an independent agent or business capacity owner (BCO) for a Star of Quality Award, please email: StarQ@Landstar.com

LandstarOne: Now Available for Download

A new mobile app from Landstar, created to give you one stop for your business needs.

Now with LandstarOne you can:

  • Optimize your LCAPP® fuel savings, find the best prices wherever you go
  • Use the app features to see your fuel price net of IFTA credit
  • Access the Landstar Available Loads & Landstar Maximizer® mobile apps

We are not done yet. In the months ahead, LandstarOne will include:

  • Important news & information
  • More tools to run your business

Plus, redesigned access to the Landstar Available Loads, Landstar Maximizer® & Landstar Connect® mobile apps!

The LandstarOne mobile app is now available for download on the App Store or on Google Play.

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Awarding the Star of Quality

March 2019 Star of Quality Recipients

The Landstar Star of Quality is awarded to Landstar agents, business capacity owners (BCOs) and operators who regularly go above and beyond the call of duty.  Their constant dedication to safety and service is recognized with a bronze, silver, gold or platinum Star of Quality lapel pin.

Congratulations to the following men and women who received a Star of Quality Award during March 2019. Our thanks and praise to these professionals, their outstanding efforts provides customers with the best in transportation services.

Gold:

Alec S. Costerus*, Ben Easters, Darrell G. Eisenhauer, Jason Lloyd Mollett*, Craig S. Williams

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

Silver:

Robert C. Finch, George Robert Jacobs Jr., Rebecca Martin Jacobs, Stanley B. Rice, Gustavo Sanchez Jr., Michael L. Vickers

Bronze:

Josie Alvarez, William R. Bass Sr., James Louis Bell, Johnny Clark, Lisa Faye Clay, Juan Antonio Contreras, Johnny Lamell Ealy, Aaron Ellis, Ruben Fraire Jr., Ivan Evar Fridell, Cody Franklin Gallagher, Joe David Garcia, Scott Michael Grafton, Dujuan Deante Howard, Ty Lorn King, Shawn M. Loy, Mark Anthony Markin, Shawn Keith McCroskey, Mark Thomas McElwey, John Minckler, Darrell Mitchell, Zdzislaw “Ziggy” Mroczkowski Jr., Raymond Lewis Munoz Jr., Rodney Iderrick Orr, Volodymyr Samchuk, Nicky Derron Seville, Awwall Ajit Shah, Sami Radwan Smaisem, Keith Lamar Jay Spillman, Enouche Ramond Trosclair Jr., Harold Scott Wade, Marie Anne Wade, Winston J. Wells, John Robert Wilson

Steering Women Toward Their Dreams

Before Landstar owner-operator Deb LaBree embarked on a career in the trucking industry, she enjoyed helping others through her work in cosmetology and sales. LaBree didn’t become a professional truck driver until later in life. While her career took a big turn, her personality stayed the course as she climbed into the driver’s seat.

“There’s no greater feeling than helping people. It’s always been in my nature. I think people reach out to me with questions because I make them feel comfortable,” explains Landstar Business Capacity Owner (BCO) Deb LaBree.

When she became an over-the-road team driver with her husband Del, LaBree says she never imagined her trucking career would take her down the path of advising or coaching other owner-operators. The BCO laughed out loud when asked for a count of the number of drivers she’s mentored over the years.

“I can’t keep track. I just do it. I’ve always liked to help people and encourage them to do well in whatever they are trying to accomplish,” says LaBree, whose official work mentoring women began when she volunteered for the nonprofit organization Women in Trucking (WIT).

A WIT board member and administrator of the organization’s Facebook page, LaBree says she started by mentoring a few women who were new to the trucking industry.

“I’d help them apply for scholarships to help pay for truck driving school. When they finished school, I’d help them apply for their first over-the-road jobs,” says LaBree. “Many of them have become close friends, and some of them even call me ‘Momma Deb.’”

LaBree says she didn’t realize how impactful her advice to fellow drivers was until September 2018 when she was selected to appear on a national network television show during National Truck Driver Appreciation Week (NTDAW).

That week, LaBree traveled to New York City to appear on NBC’s Megyn Kelly Today. LaBree spoke candidly with Kelly about life on the road and being a female owner-operator in the transportation industry. Then, near the end of the segment, Kelly shocked LaBree by presenting her with a $10,000 check from segment sponsor Shell Rotella.

“After that segment aired, I heard from hundreds of professional drivers from coast to coast. Some were Landstar BCOs congratulating me, others were complete strangers who saw the segment and had questions of their own,” says LaBree. “It was incredible to hear from so many people within the industry and to offer them my advice.”

The segment also included a taped interview with one of LaBree’s mentees, Landstar BCO team driver Pam Kays, who spoke to NBC about her relationship with LaBree. Kays had originally contacted LaBree through Facebook four years ago when Kays was a new BCO looking for some advice from someone already leased to Landstar.

“Deb has helped me with paperwork and procedures over the years, anything I’ve needed. She is the kind of person who would literally give you the shirt off her back if you needed it,” explains Kays. “That mentorship has transpired into a true friendship.”

Landstar BCOs Pam Kays and Deb LaBree met four years ago on Facebook.

Despite their busy lifestyles, LaBree and Kays still find ways to connect. When they are out on long hauls and in the same area of the country, the two make it a point to meet – even if it’s for a quick hug at a truck stop.

“Through kindness, Del and I have met great people and built some beautiful friendships over the years,” says LaBree. “Everything we do to help our fellow owner-operators, is because we don’t want people go through the same struggles we did when we first started out on the road. Aside from that, it just feels great to help others.”

Awarding the Star of Quality

February 2019 Star of Quality Recipients

Each month, deserving business capacity owners (BCOs), operators and agents earn Landstar’s Star of Quality Award.  The award, for members of the Landstar family who go above and beyond the call of duty, recognizes extra efforts and dedication to service.

The outstanding efforts made by these professional men and women earned them a Star of Quality Award in February 2019. Our thanks and praise to the following members of the Landstar network who represent the best in the freight transportation industry.

Gold:

Gary Buchs*, Anthony B. Fowler*, Victor Gomez*, William L. Martin*, James A. Ratcliff.

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

Silver:

Ronald E. Brantly Jr., Kevin Dale Wolfe, Arthur R. Yancey.

Bronze:

Emanuel Antwi, Cindy K. Anwiler, Duane R. Anwiler, Archie Bruce Atkinson, David Ray Barnett, Bobby J. Collier, Kennidy Auther Davis, Richard E. Dent, William J. Dobrie, Frank Leonard Domako, Allan Wayne Dooley, Raudel L. Duarte Lujan Sr., Jermikel Kashaun Gant, Vernon Guichard III, Albert Guilfoil, George William Hayden, James Klug, Danny Lampher, Shelva Lavanne Lemons, Christopher Alan Lisney, Sergio Maldonado, Ivan Pavlovich Mikhov, David Proctor, Regulo Ramirez Jr., Richard Dean Reynolds, Michael E. Roundtree, Terry Eugene Smith, Richardson Kwaku Sosoo, Donald Ray Willaford, Robert Christopher Williams.

If you would like to nominate a Landstar agent, owner-operator or operator for a Star of Quality Award, please email: StarQ@Landstar.com.

 

Awarding the Star of Quality

December 2018 & January 2019 Recipients

Each month, deserving business capacity owners (BCOs), operators and agents earn Landstar’s Star of Quality Award.  The award, for members of the Landstar family who ago above and beyond the call of duty, recognizes their extra efforts and dedication to service.

The outstanding efforts made by these professional men and women earned them a Star of Quality Award in December 2018 and January 2019. Our thanks and praise to the following members of the Landstar network who represent the best in the freight transportation industry.

Gold:

Eugene Vincent Antinori, Robert Francis Barnard*, Marlaina Gayle Betnaza*, Linda M. Caffee, Vickie L. Hogue Dodwell*, Robert Eugene Dowdy*, Gregory M. Kinch*, Yan Krasnov, Lloyd Edward Lampman*, David R. Long, Andrea E. Perry, Billie Williams*, Kaye B. Williams*

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

Silver:

Lorenzo Carreon, Gary D. Foster, Catherine Johnson, Larry Johnson, Victor Juarez, Charles Kumalaa, David A. Mack, Michele Ann Mills, Marion Ricky Mills, Maria R. Morgan, Stephen S. Morgan, Ray Powell Sr., Russell Wayne Swarengin, Gerald L. Wong, Susan H. Wong

Bronze:

Abdulwahab Taleb Ahmad, Joseph Michael Ancona, Charles Gregory Banks, Muhammad Rais Blakhya, Willie Joseph Broussard, Steven Peter Burkhalter, Jorge Carlos Jr., Robert W. Carr, David E. Chavis, Janet E. Cuatt, Michael C. Cuatt, Cassandra Vanessa Davis, Andrew P. Dawsey, Stephon Dewberry, Jimmie Lee England, Lindell F. Germany, Steven Michael Habeck, Rockie Hadley Jr., George J. Hale Sr., Traci Ray Hargis, Ronald G. Harris, David Michael Hawkins, Alexander W. Heck, AJ Manuel Helms, Stephen H. Henry, Sheila Jo Hoffman, Ronald Anthony Howard, Randyl Hurlbut, William Richard Ingram, Bennie G. Keyes, John Krell, Ronaldo Martinez Jr., Jimmy D. Mathews, Carlton La Phrae McAlister, James Mills, Mukhtar Hassan Mohamed, Daniel Morales, Gerardo Navarro, Michael J. Nicol, Robert Gildae O’Hara, George Phillip Ogilvie, Juan M. Ordaz, Jerome Parish, Bolawale Pedro, Timothy Michael Ross, Babatunde Santana, Stacy R. Sharpley, Robert Esnayra Valenzuela, John Loyd Williams, Renetta Marie Williams, Torrance Wiseman, Joshua Gregory Zeledon, Lionel Zeledon Jr.