A woman driver for a Wisconsin-based company recently received a new truck specially wrapped to promote awareness of the Special Olympics.
Carmen Anderson was presented with the keys to a new Volvo VNL760 70” sleeper. The handover event was held at the headquarters of America’s Service Line in Green Bay, a private fleet of 200 trucks and 350 refrigerated trailers for whom Carmen is a company driver.
In addition to being behind the wheel professionally for more than 21 years and logging more than 2 million accident-free miles, Anderson was named a Women In Trucking’s Top Women to Watch in Transportation in 2021. In 2019, the Wisconsin Motor Carriers Association named her its driver of the year, the first woman to win the award not only in Wisconsin but in any state.
Anderson has long been active not only in supporting Special Olympics but in promoting highway safety as well via her service as a member of the WMCA Road Team. She is also involved in Truckers Against Trafficking, which works to quell human trafficking across the country, as well as the Trucker Buddy program, dedicated to helping educate and mentor schoolchildren via a pen pal relationship with professional truck drivers.
“I’m honestly taken aback by all the attention, the chance to drive this beautiful truck, and the opportunity to further spread the word about all the great things Special Olympics does,” said Anderson. “Volvo is known for high performing, safe trucks with the latest technology, and we’re sure to get lots of envious looks from fellow drivers traveling."
Kriete Truck Centers headquartered in Milwaukee, partnered with ASL in obtaining Anderson's new truck. David Kriete, company president and CEO, serves on the board of Special Olympics Wisconsin. Anderson's truck has Special Olympics branded graphics. It will be featured in SOWI’s annual Truck Convoy Saturday, Sept. 17, with Kriete Truck Centers as the presenting sponsor.
“As a long-time supporter of Special Olympics, and all the professional truck drivers out there every day delivering life’s essentials, we at Kriete Truck Centers are thrilled to be part of this effort,” said Kriete. “Carmen is a shining example of what can be accomplished through hard work and a commitment to serving others, values that are at the core of our culture at Kriete as well as Special Olympics.”
The Volvo VNL760 features a Volvo D13 425 hp engine with Turbo Compounding and a Volvo I-Shift automated manual transmission. Safety features include collision mitigation with lane deviation alert and a Rolltek seat with a side curtain airbag.