Volvo Trucks recently had the honor of hosting McKenzie Tank Lines at the new Volvo Customer Center for their presentation of the company’s inaugural Driver of the Year award. McKenzie Tank Lines president and CEO Jim Shaeffer presented the award to Antonio Cruz, who has been a professional driver for two years following many years of service in the United States Army. 

“We congratulate Antonio on his outstanding performance and safety focus, exemplifying what it means to be a professional truck driver,” said Magnus Koeck, Volvo Trucks North America vice president, marketing and brand management. “We’re very appreciative of the partnership with McKenzie Tank Lines and applaud their safety focus and appreciation for professional drivers.”

As part of the 2017 Driver of the Year award, McKenzie Tank Lines presented Antonio with a 2019 Volvo VNL 740 flat-roof sleeper model that will be his assigned truck.

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“I’m proud to be named McKenzie Tank Lines’ 2017 Driver of the Year, but the pressure is on now because I have a standard to keep,” said Cruz. “This job requires a team effort and I always tell myself that I don’t want to ruin it for everyone else by compromising safety just to get from point A to point B faster. What I love about being a professional driver is that it gives me the opportunity to explore America, driving around the country and discovering places that I never knew.”

A twenty-year U.S. Army veteran, Antonio was wounded in combat in Afghanistan and lost his right leg below the knee. He received a special permit from the U.S. Department of Transportation that allows him to drive a Class 8 vehicle.

McKenzie Tank Lines regularly celebrates their drivers with a Driver of the Month program, which recognizes professionals for exceptional performance, safety, dedication, community engagement, leadership, mentoring and other areas. Components of the Driver Scorecard include longevity, revenue, miles driven, HOS efficiency, as well as Safety Event data points such as Hard Braking, Collision Mitigation, Excessive Curve Speeds, Excessive Lane Departure and Stability control.

Last year, 52 McKenzie Tank Lines drivers received awards for surpassing a million miles driven without a preventable accident. The company, based in Tallahassee, Florida, operates more than 300 trucks, of which 175 are Volvo.

Professional truck driver Antonio Cruz was recently named McKenzie Tank Lines’ 2017 Driver of the Year in recognition of his excellent performance based on the criteria in the company’s driver scorecard.

McKenzie Tank Lines president and CEO Jim Shaeffer presents 2017 Driver of the Year Antonio Cruz with the keys to his assigned new VNL 740.

McKenzie Tank Lines 2017 Driver of the Year recipient Antonio Cruz received this new VNL 740 as his assigned truck in recognition of his excellent performance based on the criteria in the company’s driver scorecard.

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