3 finalists named for WIT's driver of the year award

Updated Mar 14, 2022
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Three woman truck drivers will be honored later this month.

The Women In Trucking Association announced today the three finalists for the 2022 Driver of the Year award sponsored by Walmart Transportation. The third annual award recognizes outstanding female professional drivers who lead the industry in safety standards while actively enhancing the public image of the trucking industry. 

The winner will be announced at the Salute to Women Behind the Wheel event hosted by WIT Friday, March 25 at the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, KY.

The 2022 Driver of the Year finalists are:

Screen Shot 2022 03 08 At 9 40 42 AmPeggy Arnold is a company driver at Yellow Corporation for nearly 30 years. She received Yellow's Million Mile Safe Driving Award with nearly 1.9 million accident-free miles. Arnold is proud to serve on Yellow’s leadership team, the Women's Inclusion Network Employee Resource Group and is also part of the safety team. “Our safety team spends countless hours helping our fellow drivers prevent on the job injuries and with a goal to be accident-free," Arnold said. "I am a part of our new drivers training program and take my job straight to the heart. Every day I do my best to train and teach to the best of my ability." Arnold is named as a 2022 Top Women to Watch in Transportation by WIT, American Trucking Associations America's Road Team Captains Finalist 2022, Yellow's Road to Excellence Award 2021, and Certified Safety Trainer 2021.

Screen Shot 2022 03 08 At 9 41 05 AmFrancis Hernandez is a professional driver with Waste Management, Inc. for 25 years without a single accident. “I put safety above everything while I am behind the wheel. I want to be sure that I get home safe to my family each day and that those who share the road with me do also,” she said. Hernandez is a mentor and a certified trainer. She enjoys giving new drivers a solid foundation to be safe and productive for the company she works for. Hernandez also participates on the Green Team, helping with disaster clean-up across the country. Supervisors and peers describe her as someone who leads with safety at her forefront, has a team attitude, is dependable, and customer-oriented. 

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Screen Shot 2022 03 08 At 9 41 32 AmCourtney Ohlandt pulls 28-foot triple trailers for FedEx Freight. During her 28-year career at FedEx Freight, she has logged more than two million safe-driving miles and has joined the ranks of the Master President’s Safety Team. Ohlandt started her career in the industry when she was just 18 years old with encouragement from her father. She has always been up for a challenge and worked in a variety of roles such as hostler driver, management, pick-up and delivery driver, and road driver. Supervisors describe Ohlandt as dedicated to safety and efficiency, reliable and inspiring for those around her.  

The judging panel includes: Tricia Tullis, general transportation manager, Walmart Transportation; Jeana Hysell, senior safety consultant, J. J. Keller & Associates, Inc.; Ellen Voie, WIT president and CEO.