Ruan Transport Corporation Names Driver of the Year

Jan 22, 2009

Paul Kinser of Tulare, CA Recognized for Outstanding Accomplishments


Des Moines, IA - What does it take to be recognized as Ruan Transport Corporation's "Driver of the Year?"  How about a dedication to safety proven with a driving record of more than 2 million accident-free miles; a commitment to customer service demonstrated by clients that frequently compliment his performance; and reliability evident by an excellent attendance record.


Paul Kinser, a 41-year driving professional with almost 24 years of service to Ruan, received Ruan's "Driver of the Year" award last week at the annual Ruan Leadership Conference. He was recognized for his high skill level and dedication to safety, customer service and reliability.


"Paul Kinser is a true asset to Ruan, demonstrated by the excellent service he provides to our company and our customers," says Eric Alexander, Ruan's Tulare, CA Terminal Manager. "He is a highly skilled and courteous driver who keeps safety and professionalism a priority in everything that he does."


During his driving career, Kinser has worked both in team driving and driving alone. His experience includes hauling commercial milk and juice and dry and refrigerated van hauling for large food and grocery companies. Working in Southern California, his routes include San Francisco and Los Angeles, where driving a 53-foot trailer can be a challenge when trying to maneuver into 40 foot docks. His co-workers noted his skill at managing situations such as these as one of his strengths.


Kinser's other accomplishments include serving in the U.S. Military from 1972-1984 where he earned a National Defense Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Certificate of Safety, Overseas Service Ribbon, Army Commendation Medal and Army Achievement Medal.


"Ruan's drivers are central to our business. They are the ambassadors of Ruan," says Jim Mulvenna, Vice President of Safety and Administration for Ruan. "Paul Kinser exemplifies Ruan's safety culture and customer service standards, which is why he deserves this recognition."


Ruan drivers are part of teams dedicated to continually improving the service that valued customers receive and expect. Drivers are assigned to individual shippers, so they handle the same type of equipment and cargo on every run.


The initial 138 finalists were chosen in December from a field of more than 4,400 drivers. The 18 regional finalists attended Ruan's Leadership Conference in Des Moines, Iowa, this month, where Paul Kinser was named "Driver of the Year." This is the first time in Ruan's 76-year history that a driver has been recognized as "Driver of the Year."