Two women drivers are among 24 new America's Road Team Captains

Updated Jan 30, 2024
America's Road Team Captains
American Trucking Associations

Two women drivers are among the new group of America's Road Team Captains.

The American Trucking Associations recently announced its new team of 24 professional truck drivers to the 2024-2025 America's Road Team. The drivers will serve as trucking industry ambassadors, traveling the country to spread the message of safe driving, while teaching about the trucking industry and its opportunities.

Part of the team are:

  • Molly Shultz, who drives for TransLand, Missouri
  • Emily Plummer, a driver for Prime Inc., Missouri

The rest of the 2024-2025 America’s Road Team Captains are:

  • Ben Atkinson, ABF Freight System Inc., Florida
  • Willie Baylor, FedEx Freight, Indiana
  • Terry Bennett, ABF Freight System Inc., Florida
  • Perry Carter, Cargo Transporters Inc., North Carolina
  • Damon Evans, United Parcel Service, California
  • Dennis Hall, Tyson Foods Inc., Texas
  • David Hedicker, ABF Freight System Inc., Ohio
  • Lloyd Howell, TCW, Alabama
  • John Lemmons, United Parcel Service, Tennessee
  • Rodney McNew, Groendyke Transport Inc., Texas
  • Michael Middleton, Old Dominion Freight Line Inc., Tennessee
  • Peter Palczynski, Walmart Transportation, Illinois
  • Wayne Ponschke, United Parcel Service, California
  • Scott Post, FedEx Ground – Spartan Logistics, Minnesota
  • John Antoine Sadler, Walmart Transportation, North Carolina
  • Brian Sheehan, CRST The Transportation Solution Inc., Indiana
  • Anthony Tirone, Walmart Transportation, Florida
  • Chevelle Walker, Werner Enterprises, Florida
  • Bernard Wanyo, United Parcel Service, Pennsylvania
  • Michael Whitehead, FedEx Freight, South Dakota
  • James "Gragg" Wilson, United Parcel Service, Nevada
  • David Young, FedEx Freight, North Carolina

The drivers on this year’s team hail from 14 different states, represent 14 different motor carriers, and have a total of 61.6 million accident-free driving miles.

ATA held its final round of selections from Jan. 14-16 at ATA Headquarters in Washington. The drivers were judged on their ability to express their knowledge of the industry, their skills in effective communication about safety and transportation, and their overall safe driving record. The panel of judges included trucking executives and the trade press.

Founded in 1986, America’s Road Team is an elite group of professional truck drivers with superior safety records that represents the trucking industry. Captains, with support from their companies, dedicate time each month to attending industry events, speaking at schools or meeting with policymakers on behalf of the trucking industry.

America’s Road Team is sponsored by Volvo Trucks.

The new captains will tour the country in ATA's Interstate One Image Truck, a Volvo VNL 760, towing an American flag-emblazoned trailer that contains a state-of-the-art truck driving simulator and mobile classroom.

To learn more about the 2024-2025 America's Road Team, visit the official America's Road Team webpage.