3 household goods movers recognized


Three drivers recently received the American Moving & Storage Association‘s (AMSA) 2018 Super Van Operator Awards, which recognize the nation’s top moving and storage company truck and van drivers.

The winners are:

  • Lifetime Achievement: Gary Eaves of Drakesville, Iowa, began his career in 1972 and drives for Dircks Moving & Logistics, a Mayflower Agent. He has driven 3.2 million miles while not recording a single accident or moving violation. Eaves has won numerous industry awards, including most recently as a Mayflower Van Operator of the Month in 2018.
  • Household Goods: Johnny Abbott of Danville, Virginia, began his career in 1978 and drives for Hilldrup, a United Van Lines Agent. He has driven more than 2.8 million miles while not recording a single accident or moving violation. Abbott has won numerous industry awards, including for safe driving and excellence, as well as the United Van Lines Operator of the Year 2018.
  • Rookie of the Year: Martin White Hat of Rapid City, South Dakota, began his career in 2013 with North Western Warehouse Co., an Allied Agent. He has already driven more than 250,000 miles while not recording a single accident. White Hat has been honored by the South Dakota Truckers Association as well as Allied Van Lines for their Five-Year Safe Driver Award.

Judging criteria include miles driven, preventable or non-preventable accidents, lifetime driving record, time out of service for any hours of service or equipment violations, financial responsibility, community involvement, customer service, driving awards, and outside interests and activities.

“The American Moving & Storage Association congratulates these drivers for their excellent records of service to their customers,” said Scott Michael, AMSA president and CEO. “Each of these professional drivers has also shown a strong commitment to the highest level of safety for their customers and themselves. They inspire all of us within the industry and in their local communities for the support they give to those in need.”