For those of you who are unfamiliar with our Driver of the Month program/each year’s Driver of the Year event, you can check out our recap of last year’s event.
It’s always a special time when Maverick family comes together to celebrate and honor our Drivers of the Month. This year was no different, as both Maverick office employees and Black Hats (along with spouses) gathered to fellowship in Little Rock at Next Level Events for our annual Driver of the Year Banquet.
Those in attendance heard speeches from VP of Operations John Coppens, Chairman & CEO Steve Williams, and President John Culp. It was a memorable time reflecting on Maverick’s humble beginnings and giving praise and special recognition to the twelve Drivers of the Month.
Maverick President John Culp
Fleet Operations Manager Lea Anne Lindsey and October 2016 Driver of the Month Vernon Rookstool
March 2016 Driver of the Month Tony Russo
Drivers of the Month with their wives
February 2016 Driver of the Month Ramon Gaucin
2012 Driver of the Year Brad Vaughn
Maverick Chairman & CEO Steve Williams
The next morning, while the Drivers Advisory Committee held their quarterly meeting, our Black Hats’ spouses went sightseeing in downtown Little Rock! Their stops included the Clinton Presidential Library (with its current exhibit: The Beatles!) and lunch at Forty Two.
(Photo credits: Lea Anne Lindsey, Sueena Brasfield and Felecia Young)
Later in the afternoon, it was time for the Driver of the Year presentation! The Summit conference room was a packed house.
2015 Driver of the Year Roger Wyble
Then it was time for the Driver of the Year pronouncement! 12 outstanding and honorable Drivers of the Month were nominated, but the driver with the most votes throughout the fleet and office employees would be…
Raurii “Pineapple” Milbrandt pronounced as 2016 Driver of the Year
Emotions were definitely high as Raurii gave a heartfelt speech to the Maverick crowd.
Raurii with Driver Instructor Kurt Ebersole
Raurii with Fleet Manager Tim Seivertson
Raurii with December 2016 Driver of the Month Tommy Walters
Raurii with 2011 Driver of the Year Allen Coley
Left to right: VP of Operations John Coppens, Chairman & CEO Steve Williams, Raurii, President John Culp
Raurii with former Drivers of the Year
2016 Drivers of the Month
Congratulations Raurii! You will represent our fleet well throughout 2017 as our Driver of the Year!