Five Drivers named as TCA 2023 Professional Drivers of the Year from Classic Carriers, John Christner Trucking, Knight Refrigerated, Maverick Transportation and Prime Inc.

Orlando, Fla.
drivers receive check

On Tuesday evening March 7, during the Annual Closing Banquet at the Truckload Carriers Association’s Annual Convention in Orlando, TCA and sponsors Cummins Inc and Love’s Travel Stops announced and celebrated the five winners of the 2023 TCA Professional Drivers of the Year. 

winners on stage with checks

These individuals were selected from a record nomination pool of drivers and are being recognized as the best -in-class within the professional driver community.  The TCA Professional Drivers of the Year all have compelling stories, a commitment to safety, demonstrable leadership on and off the road, and contributed significantly to the success of their companies, the trucking industry and their communities.  Each driver received $25,000 and standing ovations during the awards ceremony.

TCA’s 2023 Professional Drivers of the Year are:

Richard Boehrer, Knight Refrigerated 
Daniel Clark, Classic Carriers
Emily Plummer, Prime Inc.
Rose Rojo, John Christner Trucking
Thomas Sholar, Maverick Transportation


Each driver’s story and influence on the trucking industry has been profound and range from a deaf driver overcoming his disability to becoming a successful truck driver to another driver who tackled his cancer and treatment, not only once but twice, and came back to his trucking job and continues to do what he loves best, training drivers.  You can read each driver’s story at this link and watch a short driver feature video here.

Love’s Travel Stops Vice President of Sales Jon Archard said of the five drivers, “They are all winners and true trucking ambassadors. Loves is proud to support this driver recognition program that sheds light on the professional driver community”

José Samperio, Cummins Vice President and GM - North America On-Highway, said of the five drivers, “They are all shining examples of what it means to be great trucking citizens. We too are proud to sponsor this competition and highlight these drivers and the impact that they’ve had not only in their workspace but also the community”

Nominations for next year’s TCA Professional Drivers of the Year will open this fall and additional information can be found at

About TCA

Located in Alexandria, Virginia, TCA is the only trade association whose sole focus is the truckload segment of the motor carrier industry. The association represents dry van, refrigerated, flatbed, tanker, and intermodal container carriers operating throughout North America. Founded in 1938, the TCA represents operators of over 220,000 trucks, which collectively produce revenue of more than $40 billion in annual truckload revenue. For more information visit or contact Zander Gambill at [email protected]  or 571 444 0301.

About Cummins Inc.

Cummins Inc., a global power technology leader, is a corporation of complementary business segments that design, manufacture, distribute and service a broad portfolio of power solutions. The company’s products range from internal combustion, electric and hybrid integrated power solutions to components including filtration, aftertreatment, turbochargers, fuel systems, controls systems, air handling systems, automated transmissions, electric power generation systems, microgrid controls, batteries, electrolyzers and fuel cell products. Headquartered in Columbus, Indiana (U.S.), since its founding in 1919, Cummins employs approximately 73,600 people committed to powering a more prosperous world through three global corporate responsibility priorities critical to healthy communities: education, environment and equality of opportunity. Cummins serves its customers online, through a network of company-owned and independent distributor locations, and through thousands of dealer locations worldwide and earned about $2.2 billion on sales of $28.1 billion in 2022. 

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