Driver of the Year
Casey Jordan was named Ruan’s 2015 Driver of the Year after being selected from a pool of more than 4,400 professional drivers.
Jordan, who operates out of T582 in Phoenix, AZ, has been with Ruan since 1996 and has logged more than 3.3 million miles during his 33 years as a professional truck driver.
Ruan began the search for our eighth Driver of the Year when 181 drivers from Ruan’s 270 operations were named Region Finalists based on length of service, safety performance, driving records and exceptional customer service. Vice presidents of operations then narrowed the field further to 13 Region Winners, who traveled to Des Moines with a guest July 19-21 for an award ceremony and other festivities. Out of the 13 Region Winners, Ruan’s senior leaders selected Jordan as the 2015 Driver of the Year.
Each Region Winner was awarded a trophy and cash prize at the Driver and Terminal of the Year award ceremony at the World Food Prize Hall of Laureates. Jordan, who hauls for Ruan customer Freeport McMoRan, was honored with a trophy, $5,000 and the 2015 Driver of the Year title.
Terminal of the Year
Ruan’s Austin, TX, T230, led in 2015 by Terminal Manager William Burns, was named the 2015 Terminal of the Year.
Our field team members—terminal managers, transportation supervisors, dispatchers, professional drivers, office assistants, technicians and other personnel—all work together to safely and efficiently deliver our customers’ products each and every day. The Terminal of the Year program is intended to recognize the efforts of Ruan terminal teams as they demonstrate our Guiding Principles of Safety Focus, People First, Customer Satisfaction, Exceptional Performance and Continuous Improvement.
T230, which serves Whole Foods Market, was selected based on its demonstration of our Guiding Principles of Safety Focus, People First, Customer Satisfaction, Exceptional Performance and Continuous Improvement. The terminal was also recognized as a 2014 Terminal of the Year Region Winner.
To select the terminal of the year, each of our vice presidents of operations selected a terminal in their region that performs at the highest level. That performance was based on 12 criteria ranging from safety, employee retention, customer satisfaction and financial performance. Then each Region Finalist terminal completed a comprehensive workbook that combined data and answers to open-ended questions. Our senior team then narrowed the field to three Region Winners and selected the Terminal of the Year. In addition to T230, the Phoenix, AZ, operation, led by Terminal Manager Derek Martinez, and T038 in Tampa, FL, led by Terminal Manager Angie Way, were honored as Region Winners. Burn’s operation was named the 2015 Terminal of the Year from among the three Region Winners.
The 2015 Terminal of the Year received a trophy, awards for all winning terminal team members and a corporate-hosted celebration at the terminal, which will take place later this summer.
Congratulations to all of our winners!