Owner-operator and OOIDA member Scott McCurry has been named 2001 Independent Contractor of the Year by the Truckload Carriers Association. Among his many prizes is a 2003 International 9000i Series tractor.
McCurry, from Eagle Grove, IA, was honored during a ceremony earlier this week at the association's annual convention. Scott has been contracted by Umthun Trucking since 1969 and has driven more than 3.4 million accident- and injury-free miles.
Scott comes from a long line of professionals in the trucking industry. His father, Keith McCurry, drove for Umthun for 20 years, and his son, David, is a diesel mechanic at the company. Scott is an active member of Umthun's Million Mile Club, a participant in his state truckdriving rodeo championships, and has placed several times in the National Truck Driving Championships. Scott has been a finalist in the TCA Independent Contractor of the Year contest seven times.
"Scott has always been held in high esteem by his peers as he portrays an attitude of helpfulness to not only experienced drivers, but to those just beginning a career in the industry," said Umthun President Alan T. Coyne. "Scott takes safety very seriously... and also exhibits a superior attitude with our customers. In reality, he is a humble person and tends to shy away from the spotlight of recognition, but those that come in contact with him along the way, even for a short while, cannot help but see a man of integrity, honesty, respect and commitment."
Other finalists included fellow OOIDA members Lanny and Connie Beyer of Hancock, MN, who finished third overall. The couple has logged more than 2.9 million miles with no violations.