Who’s your Highway Star?

Every fleet has a highway star within it. But few are formally recognized for going above and beyond to represent the company they work for, and the industry they work within.

That’s the reason we at Newcom Media formed the Highway Star of the Year award. We know these stars are out there and want to help recognize them. But we need your help. Truckers, by their nature, tend not to shout their virtues from the rooftops.

Rather, they just go about their business, doing what they do, with little expectation of recognition. One of he highlights of this job is calling a Highway Star of the Year winner and notifying them they’ve won. The reaction is always shock. Often, they don’t even know they’ve been nominated.

Former Highway Star of the Year Ronald Pridmore is awarded at ExpoCam. (Photo: James Menzies)

Every single winner has been extremely humble. And it’s more about the recognition than it is the $10,000 check, additional prizes, and trip to Truck World or ExpoCam, depending on the year.

Nominating a deserving driver is simple. And free. While we can only reward one driver each year, even those who are nominated are generally grateful of the recognition from their employer or peers. And you don’t have to be an employer to nominate a Highway Star of the Year, either. Anyone – family members, fellow drivers – can nominate a deserving candidate.

We’ve made the nomination process as simple as possible. You can access the nomination form here and submit it to us by email for consideration. Newcom Media has assembled a panel of judges to make the final determination.

What are we looking for in a winner? Here’s what we ask on the nomination form:

Is your candidate particularly active in your community? Does the candidate go that extra kilometer for colleagues? Perhaps your candidate is a particularly keen fundraiser who can be found helping others on a regular basis. Or maybe a model for young drivers. Has your candidate won driving competitions? We want to hear about it.

The deadline for nominations this year is Feb. 15. And of course, we couldn’t offer such substantial prizes without the help of our sponsors, so a special shout out to Freightliner and Eberspacher.

The 2022 Highway Star of the Year award returns after a brief hiatus as Covid-19 forced the cancelation of industry events and put a halt to non-essential travel. We’re excited to bring the program back. And after all professional drivers have endured over the past two years, continuing to drive the economy in the midst of a global pandemic, there’s never been a better time to recognize your brightest Highway Star.

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James Menzies is editor of Today's Trucking. He has been covering the Canadian trucking industry for more than 20 years and holds a CDL. Reach him at james@newcom.ca or follow him on Twitter at @JamesMenzies.

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  • Good morning,
    I drive OTR, for about 2 years now. While many great drivers helped me along the way, there is one driver who I would love to nominate. His name is Jim Hayes. He is 75 years old and has been driving for about 50 years now…accident free! If that’s not enough, jim helps whenever I have questions. Not sure if your trailer/flatdeck was loaded properly, or which highways to take in USA, or if you are lost in Regina, sask…call Jim. If you want to know how to go down a mountain or test your brakes, or where’s a good diner? He’s the guy to call.. Jim is kind and will help anytime. A good soul and one of the best in trucking. He is honest and hard working.
    I just want everyone to know .. Jim Hayes is a guru in trucking and a great mentor. Jim never asks for anything in return and deserves to know .. he is appreciated!