April 10, 2013 — After less than three months in the trucking industry, the last thing Jeremy Vance expected was to receive an honor from his employer usually reserved for much more experienced practitioners.
“I was surprised, especially being as new as I am,” said Vance, USA Truck’s Driver of the Month for March 2013. “I had heard I was being nominated, but I thought it was a joke.”
Vance’s performance is no laughing matter to USA Truck. Driver Manager Corey Robinson, who nominated Vance for the award, said the 31-year-old Troy, OH resident has proven to be a quick study in his brief tenure with the company.
“Jeremy’s performance has been exemplary,” Robinson said. “His safety record is unblemished, he provides outstanding customer service, and his overall demeanor and attitude could not be better. He is truly an asset to USA Truck.”
Vance was raised near USA Truck’s terminal in Vandalia. He said his grandfather and father were both truck drivers and that he always wanted to follow in their tire tracks, but a 12 1/2 year stint in the Marine Corps came first. After speaking with a high school classmate who works at the Vandalia terminal, Vance decided to come on board.
Vance left the Marine Corps with the rank of staff sergeant, having worked as an avionics technician and a recruiter, but the lure of the road was too strong to ignore.
“The most enjoyable part is the driving,” said Vance, who is married with five children. “I got tired of being tied to a desk. I like being a hands-on guy and I got tired of sitting around all day.”
USA Truck reserves its Driver of the Month honor for driver team members who consistently display their commitment to safety, DOT compliance, customer service, appropriate use of available hours and overall professionalism. Any full-time USA Truck driver team member is eligible and may be nominated by co-workers.
“We are proud of Jeremy, we appreciate his commitment and we are pleased to have him in the USA Truck family,” said John Simone, President and CEO of USA Truck. “As a driver-focused company, we understand how important our professional drivers are to our customers and to our company.”
For his recognition as March’s Driver of the Month, Vance will receive company safety awards points (good for validation among a vast inventory of store items), along with a certificate and companywide communication to honor his achievement.
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