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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.

Landstar’s First Truck Giveaway of 2019

Landstar’s first truck giveaway of 2019 is just a few weeks away. The annual Deliver to Win Truck Giveaway sponsored by Pilot/Flying J will happen Thursday, Jan. 24, during Landstar’s BCO Appreciation Days event in Jacksonville, Florida.

One of Landstar’s nearly 10,000 independent owner-operators (BCOs), will drive home from the event in a new 2019 Peterbilt 579 UltraLoft. The UltraLoft, Peterbilt’s newest version of the 579, was released in 2018, designed and tested with driver experience in mind.

The giveaway truck, features a 450-HP Cummins X15 engine with an Eaton Endurant 12-speed automated transmission. The truck’s 80″ sleeper and spacious cab, designed for optimal driver comfort and efficiency, is touted by its maker to provide an estimated 2-percent aerodynamic improvement.

Also equipped with the Bendix® Wingman® Fusion™ integrated system, the truck’s technology uses a combination of camera, radar and brake system, to offer professional drivers a new level of safety. The Wingman Fusion system compliments safe driving by using a detailed data picture to alert a driver of potential road debris, impacts, lane departures and speed limitations.

During each Deliver to Win contest period, BCOs earn entries for the giveaway by hauling safe and compliant loads. Additional entries are earned by BCOs who voluntarily participate in Landstar safety meetings, events and business classes, as well as monthly online contest entries through DeliverToWin.com. During the 2019 contest period (Jan. 1, 2018 – Nov. 30, 2018), BCOs earned more than 217,000 entries.

The Landstar Deliver to Win Truck Giveaway, sponsored by Pilot/Flying J, will be held on the first night of the two-day event in Jacksonville, Florida, Jan. 24 and 25. Landstar BCO Appreciation Day events are held throughout each year to thank Landstar BCOs for their service, dedication and commitment to safety.

Watch the 2019 Peterbilt 579 UltraLoft getting ready for the Deliver to Win Truck Giveaway

Follow the excitement of the event and the Deliver to Win Truck Giveaway on the Landstar Owner-Operator Facebook page.

Awarding the Star of Quality

October & November 2018 Star of Quality Awards

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 those extra efforts and dedication to service.

The outstanding efforts by these professional men and women throughout October and November earned them a Star of Quality Award. Our thanks and praise to the following Landstar owner-operators and agents who represent the best in the freight transportation industry.

Gold:

Robert Francis Barnard*, Kenneth Boggess*, Jacob Bons, Robert James Brinkman*, Steve Grillo, Richard Hill, Clifton Daniel Parker, David Milton Pearce, Zenoviu O. Sirbu*, John Robert Swangstue*, Todd Taggart, Joseph Tyler*, Michelle Tyler*, Martin Walsh*.

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

Silver:

David W. Adams, Emilio M. Coe, Jose Cruz, Anthony F. Dodd, Louis Green Jr., E. Victor Hounsell, Dale Joles, Tina Joles, Patrick David McGuire Jr., Jose O. Mejicano, Ivan L. Odom, Alan Franklin Sheain Jr., Juan Manuel Tenorio.

Bronze:

Jon Timothy Adkins, Thomas Beliles, Jaroslaw Bozek, Rick L. Brehm, James R. Brophy, Anthony D. Brunson, Quantez L. Clark, Christopher L. Collins, Richard William Collins, Phylisia P. Compton, James B. Farnham, Almir Ferhatbegovic, Garrett Dwyane Fitzsimmons, David Harold Gilmore, Gary Wade Harr, Timothy Hinton, Keith Allen Holbert Sr., Denary Jones, Frenando Juarez, Kenneth G. Laxton, Denis Lewis, Fatmir Manaj, Nguyen “Win” Nguyen, Paul Nickles, Jorge Abraham Olivera, Anthony T. Pennello III, Cary Peters, Jim Renfro, Shakeeb S. Salamy, Katherine M. Sheets, Lonnie R. Sheets, Dustin Spears, Casey Tierney, Gabe F. Vadasz, Matthew F. Walsh, Chriostopher D. Watkins, Joshua A. Williams, Jasmin F. Zulovic.

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

Kevin Rutherford’s Business Advice for Owner-Operators

Kevin Rutherford, radio host of Trucking Business & Beyond on SiriusXM / Road Dog Trucking, explains to independent owner-operators the importance of investing in new equipment.

Your truck is a tool.  A tool that is instrumental for you to run your business and you can’t run a successful business with an inefficient tool. As an owner-operator, investing in a new truck is something that you may have to do a few times in your career in order to stay competitive with large fleets. Large fleets tend to get rid of trucks once they reach 400,000-600,000 miles. Although you may be able to stretch the life span of your truck longer than that if it’s well manufactured and well maintained, you’ll eventually get to a point where you start pouring more money into your truck than what it’s worth.

Costs of an Older Truck vs. Costs of a Newer Truck

There are four major costs that you need to keep in mind as you’re looking at newer trucks – truck payment, truck insurance, fuel and maintenance costs. It’s simple to compare the new payment and insurance costs to what you’re currently paying but fuel and maintenance costs can be a little difficult to calculate. Look for the most reliable sources, do your research and make your best guess. Understand that this isn’t always going to be an absolute numbers game.

Now, think about these costs on a per-mile basis, then compare it to the costs for your current truck. For example, what is your truck payment per mile with your current truck? What would your truck payment per mile be on a newer truck? If you discover that the new costs are similar to the current costs, it doesn’t make sense not to buy a newer truck.

In fact, you may find that purchasing a new truck would be cheaper than maintaining your current truck especially when it comes to fuel costs. Let’s say you have an older truck getting six or seven miles per gallon and see that a newer truck would get you eight or nine miles per gallon. On average, that one or two mile difference could save you $15,000 per year.

Throughout your research, maybe you’ll discover that a new truck is going to financially cost you more but will save you time. Service intervals are longer on new trucks therefore you would spend less time in the shop. Less time in the shop means more time on the road and more money in your pocket.

Purchasing a newer truck is a long-term investment so you need to look long-term before you make a decision. Maybe your purchase won’t save cash today but it could two years from now. The costs of maintaining an older truck will eventually get more expensive and ultimately, you’ll need to invest in a newer truck.

Trucks Made In 2012 and After

It’s hard to forget the years 2004-2011, otherwise known as “the decade of don’t own those engines.” Trucks that were manufactured during this time period were expensive to maintain, had a lot of emission related problems and constantly had to be serviced. Luckily truck manufacturers learned from the mistakes of previous years and implemented newer emission standards in trucks made in 2012 and after. Owning a truck that has these newer emission standards will even get you into California, which could open up a brand new market for you.

The dreaded decade may make you hesitant to purchase a newer truck but trucks have improved a lot since then and continue to do so each year. Pay attention, look around, talk to other owner-operators and you’ll see that purchasing a truck manufactured in 2012 and after is a good investment.

Upgraded Comfort and Safety Features

Thanks to better manufacturing processes and advancements in technology, newer trucks have safety and comfort features that your older truck probably doesn’t have. Some of the safety features common in newer trucks are lane departure warnings, front looking radars, automatic braking and adaptive cruise control. Having a truck with these features will help you remain competitive with other fleets.

Newer trucks are known for being better designed to support the modern truck driver’s lifestyle. The cab and sleepers are comfier and there’s better electrical outputs to sustain your kitchen appliances, laptops and cell phone chargers. While you’re driving, you can expect better aerodynamics, a smoother ride and a reduction in noise.

Investing In Your Business

We are in the autonomous trucking revolution therefore staying up to speed with other carriers and fleets will be crucial to the future of your business. Old trucks will be phased out before you know it and you’ll eventually have to spend the money on a newer truck. Outdated equipment isn’t going to cut it. If you think it’s time to start shopping around for a new truck, remember to look for one that has overall good value, will help you minimize future costs, is equipped with up-to-date safety features, and will be a smart investment for your business.

Kevin Rutherford is a business trainer, author of national articles on trucking and finance, small fleet owner, tax preparer, and radio host of Trucking Business & Beyond on SiriusXM / Road Dog Trucking. He started his career as an owner-operator 30 years ago, running a one-truck operation. He has authored several books on how to be successful as an owner-operator and has given seminars to thousands of owner-operators, drivers, and fleet executives in the U.S. and Canada. He also has prepared thousands of federal and state tax returns for owner-operators and company drivers. Visit www.letstruck.com for more information on Rutherford’s business and tune into his show, Trucking Business & Beyond, on SiriusXM Channel 146 every weekday from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. ET.

Take P.R.I.D.E. in Landstar Trailing Equipment

Landstar’s Trailer Inspection and Repair Initiative

It’s what people notice first – the Landstar® trailer with the blue star logo on the side. BCOs are proud to haul Landstar trailers, moving freight across North America. The Landstar P.R.I.D.E. initiative is one of the ways Landstar reminds and rewards independent contractor truck owner-operators leased to Landstar (or BCOs) to keep Landstar owned or rented equipment up to date on inspections and in good condition.

The P.R.I.D.E. initiative was created as a trailer maintenance incentive to encourage BCOs to keep all Landstar owned or rented trailers inspected and repaired.

Each month, BCOs who take Landstar equipment for the required 120-day inspection are automatically entered into a monthly drawing for a set of steer tires. At the end of each year, P.R.I.D.E. participants are entered into a grand prize drawing for a set of drive tires.

Thank you for helping keep Landstar’s fleet at the highest level of safety and performance through the Landstar P.R.I.D.E. initiative. Since the P.R.I.D.E. program’s inception in October 2014, Landstar® has awarded four sets of drive tires and 48 sets of steer tires.

Watch this video, as Landstar Transportation Logistics’ Vice President of Trailer Management Matt Miller explains P.R.I.D.E.

 

Maximizing Fuel Efficiency

In a world where the price of fuel is consistently trending upward and the average over-the-road truck gets roughly 6.5 miles per gallon (mpg), some owner-operators are going to great lengths to improve their fuel economy.

With a drive to increase efficiency and minimize fuel consumption, Landstar business capacity owners (BCOs), the company’s term for independent truck owner-operators, are no exception. BCOs Alec Costerus and Steve Kron, who each drive older model trucks, have made it their mission to reduce their trucks’ carbon footprints.

“To achieve double-digit fuel economy you have to pay attention to the minutest details in and around your truck,” says Alec Costerus. “Small changes can make a big difference.”

From side skirts, nose cones and trailer tails, to filling air gaps and removing unnecessary objects and emblems from the truck, both BCOs have spent years seeking maximum fuel efficiency.

“Every little detail matters when it comes to aerodynamics. I even go as far as to remove things that don’t need to be on the outside of the truck, like extra door handles and emblems,” says Kron. “Everything is in compliance, the things I remove aren’t necessary. When it comes down to details, the items take away from the aerodynamics of the truck.”

In addition to the tools available to improve aerodynamics on their trucks, advancements in wind speed, tire pressure and cargo weight monitoring technologies make the return on their fuel-saving investments clear.

“All of the technologies out there make it so much easier to track everything – and a lot of it is mobile app-based and free for owner-operators to use,” says Kron. “I wish these technologies were around when I started down this path 10 years ago – data on weight, wind and tire pressure helps me run my businesses better.”

Kron, a Million Mile Safe Driver who leased to Landstar in 1992, drives a 2001 International IHC 9400, achieving a steady 10 mpg fuel economy that he says pumps up his revenue.

“On average I can achieve double-digit efficiency,” says Kron. “The time I invest is worth the payback. It’s something I think every BCO should be doing no matter how old the truck. All the money I save on fuel, goes right back into the truck and to other modifications to improve efficiency.”

Costerus, who leased to Landstar in 2013, runs a 2011 Volvo VNL tractor. After years of updates to his truck, he reports running at more than 9 mpg on average.

“You can achieve great fuel economy in an older truck and run as efficiently as some newer models,” says Costerus. “There is so much more to fuel economy than engine horsepower, torque ratings and rear-end ratios. If the winds are right, trailer axel raised, conditions are perfect and everything is aligned properly, my truck will sometimes exceed 11 mpg,” says Costerus.

Both Costerus and Kron have transformed their trucks into fuel saving machines, proving fuel efficiency beyond the national average is possible with the right technology and know-how.

“It is so much better to work smarter, not harder and nowhere is that more applicable than for the hardworking professional truck driver,” says Costerus. “It is important. You are improving your bottom line while preserving the environment.”

All modifications made to Costerus’ and Kron’s trucks are within federal guidelines of the FMCSA and are in compliance with Landstar’s standards.

September 2018 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 those extra efforts and dedication to service.

The outstanding efforts by these professional men and women throughout September earned them a Landstar Star of Quality Award. Our thanks and praise to the following Landstar owner-operators and agents who represent the best in the freight transportation industry.

Gold:

Marlaina Gayle Betnaza, Dustin Jones*, Gregory M. Kinch, Derrick Wayne Preston, Zenoviu “Tavi” O. Sirbu, Clyde Thompson

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

Silver:

Todd E. Day, Brian E. Jordan, Kendall Scott Rosenberg, Zenoviu “Tavi” O. Sirbu, Heather E. Wogomon, Kenneth R. Wogomon

Bronze:

Phillip Wayne Cain, Randy Allen Cecil, Michael R. Cole, Jose Cruz, Thomas Davis, Keith Dodge, Kim Lloyd Dye, Randy G. Garr, Jason A. Hansen, Herbert Lee Hill, Jeffrey Johns, Joseph S. Knauff, Joseph Lotuk Longoli, Barry N. McLarty, Jose O. Mejicano, Robert L. Pinkston, John D. Rhodes Christopher Dewayne Scott, Jorge Ricardo Valdez, Gary Wire, Michael Wommack, Raul Edenilson Zelaya

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