Mark your calendars now and reserve your space at the following upcoming events:


June 12-13, 2007 — Greenville, South Carolina


September 13 & 14, 2007 — Holiday Inn, Arlington, Virginia


January 12-16, 2008 — Jacksonville, Florida


April 27-29, 2008 - Hilton Netherland Hotel & the Duke Energy Center, Cincinnati, Ohio


On Sunday, April 29, 2007, at the Opening Session of the NPTC's Annual Conference, 43 CTP candidates walked across the stage to receive their certificates of graduation.

The Class of 2007 included Fleet Owner-sponsored CTP Top Graduate Awardee — Jeff Chulack, Fleet Maintenance Manager of Talon Industries, Pittsburgh, PA. Members of the Class included: James W. Angel, Atrium Companies, Inc.; Michael Armour, Shaw Industries; James Auriemma, BOC; Jeff Bogart, PeopleNet; Steve C. Byrd, PHH FirstFleet; Mark Childers, Volvo Commercial Finance; Kevin P. Choate, Rinker Materials West, LLC; John M. Creager, Vanguard Services; Tony Cummings, PHH FirstFleet; Ralph Davis, McKee Foods Transportation, LLC; Katherine M. Fellenstein, Weyerhaeuser; Nakoa Gardner, Energy Dispatch, LLC; Todd Hennis, Lance, Inc.; Bob Hertzog, PHH FirstFleet; Kevin Horton, ADM Trucking, Inc.; Lance Huegi, Sealy Mattress Company; Steve Jansen, PHH FirstFleet; Ted Kabase, McLeod Software; Joe Laskowski, Medline Place; Thomas J. Lemke, Cadec Global, LLC; Jeff A. Lohrding, BOC; Matthew S. Ludwig, ProDrivers; Michael R. Malarney, Vanguard Services; Louis McAnally, PeopleNet; EJ Michaud, Shaw Industries; Daniel Norris, Pepsi Bottling Group; Rick Ochsendorf, PeopleNet; Alexander Popov, PHH FirstFleet; James Read, Wenger Feeds, Inc.; Dale Runkel, PHH FirstFleet; James Scullin, Giant Eagle; Scott Sigman, Vanguard Services; Brian P. Skinner, LFL Chambers; Michael A. Stephens, Giant Eagle; Jason R. Striker, Shaw Industries; Ralph E. Tentler, Shaw Transport, Inc.; Scott Terrell, Shaw Transport, Inc.; Brian T. Toomey, Clifford W. Perham; Kurt Troyer, McKee Foods Transportation, LLC; John Vaughn, Jr., PHH FirstFleet; Peter Wieboldt, Vanguard Services; Dennis Woods, BOC.

Since 1993, more than 500 fleet/transportation professionals have earned the right to add CTP after their names.


The NPTC/Bridgestone Firestone Fleet of the Year Award is presented to those companies whose fleets experienced the lowest ratio of accidents per million miles for the past year. The winners for 2007 are: Local Operations, Small Fleet, First Place: Barnes & Noble; Mixed Operations, Small Fleet, First Place, (tie) Gates Corporation and Pendleton Woolen Mills; Second Place, George's Foods, LLC; Third Place, Cooper Tire & Rubber Company; Mixed Operations, Large Fleet, First Place: Targa Midstream Services, LP; Second Place, General Nutrition Centers; Third Place, Russell Corporation; Regional Operations, Small Fleet, First Place, Jerico Services, Inc.; Second Place, Target Stores; Third Place, Webster Industries, Inc.; Regional Operations, Large Fleet, First Place, Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc.; Second Place, Basic Chemicals Co. LLC; Third Place, Milliken & Company.

Also recognized were those fleets with outstanding and/or improved safety records based on crash rates. Bronze Seal Award - ADM Trucking, Inc.; BP Products North America, Inc.; Campbell's Express; CHS, Inc.; Harley Davidson Motor Co.; Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc.; Logex Inc.; Orgill, Inc.; PV Transport., Inc.; Shaw Industries Group, Inc.; Tombigbee Transportation Corp.; Walgreen Company. Silver Seal Award - ADM Trucking, Inc.; Barnes & Noble; BP Products North America, Inc.; Dunkin Donuts, NE; George's Foods, LLC; Logex Inc.; Marathon Petroleum Company; Orgill, Inc.; Russell Corporation; Walgreen Company. Gold Seal Award - ADM Trucking, Inc.; Aeropres Corporation; BP Products North America, Inc.; Cooper Tire & Rubber Company; Dominion Virginia Power; Gates Corporation; Hittman Transport Services, Inc,; Jerico Services, Inc.; Logex Inc.; Orgill, Inc., Pendleton Woolen Mills; Targa Midstream Services, LP; Webster Industries, Inc.


Four truck drivers who have logged more than a combined 13 million miles of safe driving were inducted into the NPTC/Bridgestone Firestone Driver Hall of Fame. This year's inductees are: Carl M. Baker, Praxair, Inc.; Ashton J. Gordon, LOGEX; Higinio Ortiz, Army and Air Force Exchange Service; and Ernest B. Woodruff, III, Smithfield Transportation.