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Driver of the Year

Honoring the Industry's Safest Professional Drivers

The Ohio Trucking Association (OTA) is proud to honor the industry’s safest commercial drivers through its Driver of the Year award. This award recognizes truck driving professionals who showcase an impeccable driving record, a strong commitment to their profession, and a fervent dedication to enhancing road safety.

Congratulations to our 2023 Finalists!

  • Merle Ashbaugh, DHL Supply Chain
  • Steven Brand, FedEx Freight
  • Kevin Clagett , Quickway Transportation
  • Daniel Clark, Classic Carriers, Inc.
  • Roger Doerfler, Old Dominion Freight Line
  • Carl Dotson, Thomas E. Keller Trucking
  • Dave Hedicker, ABF Freight
  • David Horton, Pitt Ohio
  • Ricky Miller, Walmart Transportation
  • RaQuan Peoples, Walmart Transportation
  • Robert Ritter, Continental Express, Inc.
  • Rick Russell, Clopay Transportation Company

We invite you to join us on March 22, 2024, at the Awards Celebration honoring the Driver of the Year Finalists. This event, held at Nationwide Hotel and Conference Center in Lewis Center, Ohio, is your chance to congratulate these individuals and to watch us announce the 2003 Driver of the Year!

Please contact Bradie Berry at or 614-519-6462 if you have any questions.

Awards Banquet Information

Awards Banquet Event Date:
Friday, March 22, 2024

Schedule of Events:
5:30pm – Cocktail Reception
6:15pm – Dinner
7:15pm – Awards Ceremony

Event Location:
Nationwide Hotel and Conference Center
NorthPointe Ballroom (located inside the Virginia Building)
100 Green Meadows Drive South
Lewis Center, OH 43035

Hotel Accommodations:
A room block has been negotiated at the Nationwide Hotel and Conference Center. Room rate is $149 per night. Please call reservations directly at (614) 880-4300 and reference the "Ohio Trucking Association - Group Code 354809" or book online here. Reservation deadline for the group rate is Friday, March 1, 2024.

Congratulations to David Wolford - 2022 OTA Driver of the Year

On March 24, 2023, the Ohio Trucking Association named David Wolford of Continental Express, Inc. the 2022 Driver of the Year. Wolford has been a professional driver for 19 years, driving over 2.5 million safe miles. He has won a Continental Express annual safe driver award for the past 18 years and the Continental Express 2020 Dedicated Driver of the Year. Wolford hosts the Continental Express podcast, where he talks about industry events, tips, and safety and is involved with making the company’s driver training and safety videos for YouTube. In addition, he is a driver trainer and is very active in mentoring new drivers. Congratulations, Dave!


Thank You to our Presenting Sponsor:

2023 Event Photos & Highlight Video:

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