Five Drivers named as TCA 2023 Professional Drivers of the Year from Classic Carriers, John Christner Trucking, Knight Refrigerated, Maverick Transportation and Prime Inc.


March 8, 2023
Orlando, Florida

On Tuesday evening March 7, during the Annual Closing Banquet at the Truckload Carriers Association’s Annual Convention in Orlando, TCA and sponsors Cummins Inc and Love’s Travel Stops announced and celebrated the five winners of the 2023 TCA Professional Drivers of the Year.

These individuals were selected from a record nomination pool of drivers and are being recognized as the best -in-class within the professional driver community. The TCA Professional Drivers of the Year all have compelling stories, a commitment to safety, demonstrable leadership on and off the road, and contributed significantly to the success of their companies, the trucking industry and their communities. Each driver received $20,000 and standing ovations during the awards ceremony.

TCA’s 2023 Professional Drivers of the Year are:

Richard Boehrer, Knight Refrigerated
Daniel Clark, Classic Carriers
Emily Plummer, Prime Inc.
Rose Rojo, John Christner Trucking
Thomas Sholar, Maverick Transportation

Each driver’s story and influence on the trucking industry has been profound and range from a deaf driver overcoming his disability to becoming a successful truck driver to another driver who tackled his cancer and treatment, not only once but twice, and came back to his trucking job and continues to do what he loves best, training drivers. You can read each driver’s story at this link and watch a short driver feature video as well.

Love’s Travel Stops Vice President of Sales Jon Archard said of the five drivers, “To be selected as the best of the best, each of these professional drivers has displayed an impeccable safety record, a tireless work ethic, and a real devotion to their profession.”….“But as we learned, these individuals have shown their positive impact not just on the road, but within their local communities and families.”

Cummins Inc. Vice President and GM North America On-Highway, José Samperio, said of the five drivers, “They are all shining examples of what it means to be great trucking citizens. We too are proud to sponsor this competition and highlight these drivers and the impact that they’ve had not only in their workspace but also the community”

Nominations for next year’s TCA Professional Drivers of the Year will open this fall and additional information can be found at