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ATA Driver of the Year

October 23, 2017

On Sunday, October 22, 2017, the American Trucking Associations recognized the winners of several of the industry’s top honors as part of the association’s Leadership and Awards Luncheon at its annual Management Conference & Exhibition.

Plant-smAmong those honored was ATA National Truck Driver of the Year Gary Plant, a professional driver with Walmart Transportation in Loveland, Colorado.

Mr. Plant was named Colorado Driver of the Year this past April, having been chosen by a panel of law enforcement and regulatory personnel, from more than 70 entries.
Plant has more than 41 years of professional driving and has accumulated 4.4 million accident-free and ticket-free miles. For the last 27 years, Gary has driven for WalMart Transportation out of Loveland, CO. Throughout his career, Gary has competed in 51 local, regional, state and national Truck Driving Championships. He has 12 Colorado State Champion trophies, along with a Grand Champion Trophy from 2017.

Mr. Plant has mentored both drivers and safety professionals throughout his entire career. Whether the subject is safe driving in high wind / icy roads / mountains or competing in truck driving events, Gary has been the first to offer advice and assistance to fellow drivers. Several of his co-workers credit Gary for their success at state or national competition, as well as the reason they were able to avoid collisions or incidents.

In addition, Gary has been a key partner to the safety professionals he works with on a daily basis, providing well-thought out perspectives from the driver seat and hands-on opinions regarding new technology, truck specifications and policies.

In addition to achieving a milestone that most drivers only dream about, Mr. Plant has maintained a low profile. In his humble words of acceptance – “I’m not sure I deserve this – I just do my job”. He credits his success to his wife and company officials, who support him every day. In an industry which typically rewards performance over safety and miles driven over family, Gary Plant has managed to strike an impressive balance. The operational demands of driving a truck have never kept Gary from finding time for his wife, children, grandchildren, community and pet projects.