The Minnesota Trucking Assn. (MTA) named Nathan Wick, a professional truck driver for UPS Freight in Blaine MN, as Minnesota’s 2012 Truck Driver of the Year.

Wick was selected from among a group of distinguished drivers by a team of judges comprised of the division administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, a Captain from the Minnesota State Patrol and a Director at the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

He was chosen based upon his safe driving record, job performance and community service.

During his 15 years as a professional truck driver, Wick has logged over 25,000 hours on the road without a single accident. He is an organizer for the Special Olympics World’s Largest Truck Convoy, a supporter of the Trucker Buddy International program that connects professional truck drivers to elementary school classrooms across the country, as well as a participant in the annual Truck Driving Championships held by the Minnesota Trucking Assn.

The Minnesota Truck Driver of the Year Program has been in existence for over 50 years.