WTI Transport gives away truck to show driver appreciation

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WTI Transport gave away this 2014 Kenworth T660 to driver Liberato Lupo.WTI Transport gave away this 2014 Kenworth T660 to driver Liberato Lupo.

WTI Transport, a Daseke company headquartered in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, gave away a 2014 Kenworth T660 to one of its drivers as part of its National Truck Driver Appreciation Week celebration on Wednesday, Sept. 12.

Over 200 drivers’ names were put into a basket and WTI Transport President Jack Potthoff and Vice President of Operations Josh King drew one name out of the basket to determine who would get the truck. Liberato Lupo, from Tampa, Florida, was the winner. When King called Lupo to inform him he had won, he was in disbelief.

“At first, I didn’t believe it. I’m really excited,” Lupo said.

Lupo was a Navy Reservist before he became a truck driver. He has been signed on with WTI for three years and, before winning the truck, was an owner-operator under the fleet’s lease maintenance program.

“It’s going to feel awesome,” Lupo said about driving the truck. “That’s like somebody having cash and buying a brand new car or house for the first time.”

The truck has a Stratus 7 satellite XM radio, Cobra LX CB radio, 19-inch television, and a new fridge. Lupo said driver appreciation events like the truck giveaway are great ways to make drivers feel valued.

“It’s a morale booster. It’s an incentive. It’s a way for the company to give back to the employees even though it’s only one employee that wins it, but everybody has a chance,” Lupo said.

Lupo will stay leased on with WTI as an owner-operator.

King said he hopes the truck giveaway and the fleet’s other driver appreciation events, like the free lunch Wednesday, help its drivers feel appreciated.

“This is definitely going to give somebody a jump start,” King said.

After announcing driver Liberato Lupo as the winner of the 2014 Kenworth T660, WTI Transport Vice President of Operations Josh King calls Lupo to share the good news.After announcing driver Liberato Lupo as the winner of the 2014 Kenworth T660, WTI Transport Vice President of Operations Josh King calls Lupo to share the good news.

WTI Transport Vice President of Operations Josh King calls driver Liberato Lupo to let him know he won the drawing for a 2014 Kenworth T660.WTI Transport Vice President of Operations Josh King calls driver Liberato Lupo to let him know he won the drawing for a 2014 Kenworth T660.

WTI Transport Vice President of Operations Josh King announces driver Liberato Lupo as the winner of the 2014 Kenworth T660.WTI Transport Vice President of Operations Josh King announces driver Liberato Lupo as the winner of the 2014 Kenworth T660.

WTI Transport President Jack Potthoff, left, and Vice President of Operations Josh King, right, draw a name from a basket to decide which of the fleet's drivers will win a 2014 Kenworth T660.WTI Transport President Jack Potthoff, left, and Vice President of Operations Josh King, right, draw a name from a basket to decide which of the fleet's drivers will win a 2014 Kenworth T660.

Left to right: WTI Transport President Jack Potthoff, Vice President of Operations Josh King, and business analyst John Jernigan prepare to randomly select the winner of a 2014 Kenworth T660.Left to right: WTI Transport President Jack Potthoff, Vice President of Operations Josh King, and business analyst John Jernigan prepare to randomly select the winner of a 2014 Kenworth T660.

As part of its driver appreciation event and truck giveaway, WTI Transport hosted a free lunch for its drivers and staff at its Tuscaloosa headquarters.As part of its driver appreciation event and truck giveaway, WTI Transport hosted a free lunch for its drivers and staff at its Tuscaloosa headquarters.

Over 200 drivers' names were placed in a basket and a winner was randomly selected via a drawing. The winner won a 2014 Kenworth T660.Over 200 drivers' names were placed in a basket and a winner was randomly selected via a drawing. The winner won a 2014 Kenworth T660.

WTI Transport driver Liberato Lupo won this 2014 Kenworth T660 during a driver appreciation event at the fleet's Tuscaloosa headquarters.WTI Transport driver Liberato Lupo won this 2014 Kenworth T660 during a driver appreciation event at the fleet's Tuscaloosa headquarters.

The truck is equipped with a Sirius XM radio, a Cobra LX CB, 19-inch television and new fridge.The truck is equipped with a Sirius XM radio, a Cobra LX CB, 19-inch television and new fridge.

WTI Transport, headquartered in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, gave away this 2014 Kenworth T660 as part of its National Truck Driver Appreciation Week activities. The winner was selected via a random name drawing.WTI Transport, headquartered in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, gave away this 2014 Kenworth T660 as part of its National Truck Driver Appreciation Week activities. The winner was selected via a random name drawing.