DRIVER RECOGNITION

We Recognize Our Drivers

  • Driver of the Year is chosen from that year’s driver of the month list – the driver must exemplify great safety on and off the road, show timeliness & professionalism in their day to day duties, and exhibit the Hoekstra mission & vision in everything they do. In doing so, the driver of the year can win a cash stipend or an opportunity to spec out a brand-new truck.
  • Service Anniversary Recognition – drivers receive an engraved watch after 10 years of service. After 20 years of service they receive an engraved ring and after 30 years they get a diamond in the ring.

Drivers of the Year

Dan Watson

Dan Watson

2019

James Smock

James Smock

2018

Alan Bott

Alan Bott

2017

Dale Douglas

Dale Douglas

2016

Don Maxey

Don Maxey

2015

Chuck Reed

Chuck Reed

2014

John Lancaster

John Lancaster

2014

Jose Felix Mulero

Jose Felix Mulero

2013

Haris Begovic

Haris Begovic

2012

Don Maxey

Don Maxey

2011

Mark Miller

Mark Miller

2010

Wanda Winkleman

Wanda Winkleman

2009

Robert Eklund

Robert Eklund

2008

Larry Shouse

Larry Shouse

2007

Ron Leoni

Ron Leoni

2006

Ralph Larowe

Ralph Larowe

2005

Tom Chupp

Tom Chupp

2004

Kevin Meihls

Kevin Meihls

2003

Jim Read

Jim Read

2002

Eddy Archer

Eddy Archer

2001

Billy Lowe

Billy Lowe

2000

Kelly Coats

Kelly Coats

1999

Kendal Lamb

Kendal Lamb

1998

Recognition Through Respect

  • 2002 Truckload Carriers Assn National Fleet Safety Award Excellence in Safety 1st Place
  • 2009 NASTC Driver of the Year America’s Best Drivers
  • 2009 Armstrong World Industries Elite Carrier Award
  • 2015 American Cancer Society Division Driving Out Cancer Relay for Life Team Excellence Award
  • 2016 Illinois Trucking Association Good Citizen of the Year Award (to President & CEO Steve Hoekstra)
  • 2018 Kankakee Chamber of Commerce Technology and Innovation Award
  • 2019 Zonta International District 6 Centennial Recognition Award
  • 2022 Daily Journal Progress Award
  • Multiple Mid-West Truckers Assn Inc. Record Loss Management & Outstanding Member Awards
  • State of Illinois Senate Recognition for National Fleet Safety Award
  • 2 Year Illinois Professional Truck Driving Championship Participant
  • 6-Time Best Fleets to Drive for Finalist
  • Daily Journal Readers Choice Best of the Best Award “Best Midsize Employer”
  • Disabled American Veterans Appreciation Award