Check out the photos of last year’s Driver of the Year event!
Maverick's annual Driver of the Year & Dedicated Driver of the year banquet and presentation was an excellent display of the talented drivers we employ. We anticipate this event every year as it gives us another opportunity to honor those known as a "Black Hat" - a Driver of the Month or Dedicated Driver of the Quarter.
This year's banquet was held at the Marriott Hotel in Downtown Little Rock.
Our President, John Culp spoke about our previous Drivers of the Year and highlighted their contributions to Maverick. We also heard from Director of Dedicated
Operations, Keith Archer and Vice President of Operations, John Coppens.
We heard from our Chairman and CEO, Steve Williams. He presented the Maverick flag to our 2018 Drivers of the Year, Randy S. and Scott S.
Our 2019 Driver of the Year, Liz Imel was announced. Congratulations, Liz!
Our 2019 Dedicated Driver of the Year, Brian Cady was announced. Congratulations, Brian!
Here are a few pics from the banquet. (More on Facebook) Thank you all for a great year!
As we enter 2020, we pause to celebrate the past 40 years that have shaped who we are as a company and a family. From a one-room office in Texarkana, Arkansas to 8 locations throughout the United States, we continue to provide an unwavering commitment to our employees and customers.
Our Maverick team is comprised of industry leaders who are always prioritizing safety, doing things the right way and being innovative in all that we do.
We are grateful for our entire Maverick family, but especially for our professional drivers, who continue to show us what loyalty and dedication really mean. They work without end to ensure our reputation continues to be one of integrity and respect. Without them, we wouldn’t be who we are today, 40 years later.
Steve Williams, Chairman and CEO of Maverick Transportation, LLC said, “I’m often asked if we are surprised at our success and did we ever anticipate that our company would be this large. The answer to that, is I am not sure that we ever had goals as large as this. There are many common themes that have resonated throughout the years. When we first started, it was because I wanted to do my own thing and I didn’t want to be held to the same paradigm as everyone else. We had the opportunity to do things differently…implementing an old school work ethic with a new school technology. We are a good example of a family-owned business that has priorities, values and we have stayed very disciplined to those. What remains the same is our passion about doing things the right way.”
Happy Driver Appreciation Week, everyone! Below you’ll find the food schedule for all of terminals across the US throughout the week.
Be sure to join us for food & fun if you can!
Thank you so much for all that you do - we wouldn't be the company we are today without our Maverick drivers!
You know it is Arkansas Trucking Championship season when the heat and humidity set in! Maverick had five drivers and two technicians compete in this years’ event. It was held July 11-13th at the John Q. Hammons Center in Rogers, AR. The drivers’ competition included a pre-trip inspection, written exam and driving test. Click here to view ATA’s truck driving championship photos. The truck and trailer technician competition consisted of both written and hands-on tests. Click here to view ATA’s tech photos.
Every individual worked so hard to prepare for this event and we are very proud of their dedication. Well done, Mavericks!
Kalyn Turner- 25th in 5-Axle
TJ Hargis- 8th in Flatbed
Paul Hillman- 11th in 3-Axle
Shawn Garrison- 19th in 4-Axle
Tom Garner- 21st in Sleeper Division
Tony Stover: 36th
Tyler Harmon- 47th
Check out some of highlights below!
Pictured from left: TJ Hargis, Tom Garner, Kalyn Turner, Paul Hillman, Shawn Garrison and Doug Cutler
Kalyn awaiting her time to compete!
The entire Maverick crew who was there to help cheer our drivers on!
TJ, Shawn, Kalyn, Paul and Tom ready for the banquet on Saturday evening.
While Maverick appreciates all of its employees every day of the year, it's always special when we can set aside time to focus on that gratitude. For this year's Employee Appreciation Week, we're excited to add more festivities to the roster, and across more locations!
Our hope is that you feel celebrated and important, because you are. As one of the tenets of The Maverick Way, know that you are valued!
Check out the recap of last year’s Driver of the Year event!
The annual Driver of the Year banquet and presentation is always a wonderful way to kick off the new year! We love celebrating our drivers, and especially honoring those who have worked hard to obtain the status of the "Black Hat" - a Driver of the Month or Dedicated Driver of the Quarter.
This year's banquet was held at the historic Union Station in Little Rock.
During the evening's festivities, we heard from Executive VP & COO Doug Richey, VP of Operations John Coppens, and Chairman & CEO Steve Williams.
There was also a surprise gift presented to VP of Operations John Coppens, on behalf of all current/former Drivers of the Year.
Here are a few pics of this year's attendees (more on our Facebook page):
Friday is always the day our Black Hats look forward to most! After a long day of meeting with the Driver Advisory Council and spending time in business unit breakout sessions, it was time for the presentation.
This year's Driver of the Year presentation was held in a new venue -- our Training Center. As all of our drivers become Mavericks through our training program, this was a special venue indeed.
The top 3 Dedicated Drivers of the Quarters are then announced:
Then the announcement of our 2018 Dedicated Driver of the Year, Randy Smith! Congratulations, Randy!
After the new DDY was announced, it was on to the OTR Driver of the Year!
Congratulations to our 2018 Driver of the Year, Scott Schwarzlose!
It takes hard work and dedication to become a Black Hat. It's an honor and a privilege to be able to celebrate all 20 of our Dedicated Drivers of the Quarter and Drivers of the Month. Congratulations to our new Drivers of the Year, we can't wait to see what 2019 holds for you and the Council!
Happy Driver Appreciation Week, everyone! Below you’ll find the food schedule for all of our locations across the US. We hope that most of our drivers can get through a terminal to partake in festivities.
Thank you so much for all that you do - we wouldn't be the company we are today without our drivers!
For those of you who are unfamiliar with our Driver of the Month program/each year’s Driver of the Year event, you can check out our recap of last year’s event.
Here at Maverick, we absolutely love our drivers. And we especially love celebrating them! Every year, we honor our 12 Drivers of the Month at our Driver of the Year Banquet in Little Rock, AR. This year we added a few new drivers to the mix - 3 of the finalists from our new Dedicated Driver of the Quarter program, as well as our Rookie of the Quarter Cleo Williams and Trainer of the Quarter Herb Withrow.
The night was filled with good music, good food, and great company. Among our speakers were VP of Operations John Coppens, Chairman and CEO Steve Williams and COO John Culp. It was a wonderful evening filled with honoring our drivers, praising their hard work and the steps it takes to become a Driver of the Month/Quarter.
The next day was full of meetings with drivers and office personnel - specifically, our quarterly Drivers' Advisory Committee meeting. Drivers also broke out into divisional meetings - it was a busy day!
But nothing brings excitement like the actual presentation event for our Driver of the Year/Dedicated Driver of the Year. The entire office comes out for this special event!
Finally, the moment we were all waiting for! Our 6 Dedicated and OTR Black Hat finalists were eager for the final announcement.
Our winners: Dedicated Driver of the Year Gary Lipscomb and OTR Driver of the Year Lou Webber!
Congratulations again to all of our drivers. You are the heartbeat of this company and we are thankful for each and every one of you!
Maverick Transportation LLC, named one of The National Transportation Institute’s Top Pay Carriers last year, has announced a $.05 per mile pay increase for its Flatbed and Glass OTR divisions. This pay increase is applicable to all drivers in both divisions, including student drivers.
“At Maverick Transportation, we pride ourselves on setting the industry standard when it comes to driver compensation,” says John Culp, president of Maverick Transportation. “We are constantly looking for ways we can put more money in our drivers’ pockets.”
The pay increase, which goes into effect December 18, 2017, will bring base pay for OTR flatbed drivers to $.51 - $.56 per mile, and regional OTR flatbed drivers to $.49 - $.54 per mile. Glass division drivers will now make $.55 - $.60 per mile base pay, while students will start between $.43 - $.50 per mile base pay, depending on division. Many of Maverick’s dedicated divisions will also receive pay increases. This is the second pay increase for Maverick Transportation drivers in recent months. The Arkansas-based carrier rolled out a $.04 per mile pay increase for its Temperature Control division at the end of last year.
Maverick drivers enjoy competitive pay with the ability to earn increases up to five years, a pay for performance bonus, and a driver referral bonus program. Other driver benefits include: excellent home time, weekend guarantee pay, paid orientation & training, paid weigh station bypass & tolls, 401k plan + match, company-paid life insurance, health and dental insurance options, and paid vacation. Additionally, Maverick is currently offering a $5,000 sign-on bonus for drivers with one year of verifiable experience.
To learn more about driving opportunities at Maverick visit our website or call 800-201-7695.
Congratulations to Ron Kneeland III, who was presented with the 2017 Hero of the Highway Award!
The Trucking Industry Defense Association’s (TIDA) Hero of the Highway Award is awarded annually to a commercial driver who is recognized for his or her heroic behavior and extraordinary public service. In May of this year, Ron Kneeland witnessed a highway accident on I-94 WB in Parma, MI. The vehicle was on fire. Ron stopped and ran back using his fire extinguisher, and shortly after another witness stopped and helped Ron pull the injured driver from the burning vehicle.
We are so incredibly proud of Ron and his quick thinking and selflessness in such a critical situation. He is absolutely deserving of this award, and is an excellent example of altruism for the rest of his Maverick family.
Ron was invited to TIDA’s Annual Seminar and was presented with a plaque and monetary gift of $2500 in Las Vegas. He was nominated by Maverick Senior Claims Manager Carole Whitted-Ridgeway.
A link to Ron’s TIDA phone interview is located here.
Congratulations again, Ron!