Each year, Maverick has the pleasure of hosting our Driver of the Year (DOY) banquet and presentation. We love celebrating the accomplishments of our drivers, and this is a chance for us to honor twelve outstanding Drivers of the Month who have worked hard throughout the year and have been specially hand-picked and recognized by their fleet managers and Maverick’s upper management for their impeccable safety record, as well as exemplifying the definition of what it means to be a true Maverick.
Each month, Maverick selects and honors a Driver of the Month and at the end of each year, everyone in our fleet and our office votes to select the Driver of the Year. That’s what makes this award and this event so special, that the winner is selected by his/her peers. In late January/early February, we come together as a company to celebrate the previous year’s nominees. Each Driver of the Month (also known as a “Black Hat”), along with his or her spouse, is invited to the DOY banquet at a downtown venue — this year we celebrated at Next Level Events, located in Little Rock’s Historic Union Station. We had a wonderful time with a meet and greet among each of the nominated Drivers of the Month, former Drivers of the Year, and office staff including our Executive team.
The evening included dinner, several moving speeches that brought the crowd to tears, letters read from drivers’ wives/family, and we also featured a video that further explored what it really means to be a Black Hat.
The next day, while the Drivers of the Month met in their Drivers Advisory Council, their spouses got together for breakfast and a tour of Little Rock!
That afternoon, all of the office staff and driver training classes gathered in our Summit conference room for the Driver of the Year presentation. Our 2012 Driver of the Year, Brad Vaughn, was presented with a Maverick flag, and gave his words of wisdom to the incoming Driver of the Year.
And then, the moment we had all been waiting for! The announcement of the 2013 Driver of the Year!
Bryce was completely surprised and delivered a short but sweet speech, and was congratulated by his fellow drivers and office staff. What a moment, Bryce! We’re so proud of you and can’t wait to see how you lead in the next year as Maverick’s Driver of the Year! Congratulations again!!!