& Maintenance Council awarded its first Gerri Murphy Award
to OOIDA member Darrell Hicks, who serves as president of Trucker
Buddy’s Board of Directors.
The TMC created
the award to honor the late Gerri Murphy, a member of the staff
who worked tirelessly to promote the organization almost four
decades. As a tribute to her determination, the Gerri Murphy Award
was established to honor a member of the organization who exemplified
her efforts in furthering the development of TMC.
Duke Drinkard announced the recipient of this year’s award, Darrell
Hicks, as a “model citizen” who “has promoted the benefits of
TMC membership wherever his travels take him.” Hicks has been
a recognized associate of the organization for nearly 20 years
and was awarded the TMC honor of “Silver Spark Plug” in 1992.
to his duties for the Penray companies, a supplier of heavy-duty
and automotive chemicals, Hicks serves as president of the Board
of Directors for Trucker Buddy International. Trucker Buddy is
a nonprofit organization that matches professional drivers with
elementary students to correspond with each other to bring the
transportation industry into the classroom.
to his position on the board of directors, Hicks corresponds with
classes in New Jersey and California and has been a Trucker Buddy
since 1996. In recognition of Hicks’ passion for the program,
a $2,500 donation to Trucker Buddy was made in his name.
when he's giving to someone else,” Janet Howells-Tierney, TMC’s
director of council development, said. “He's truly a giver, not
Executive Director Ellen Voie presented Hicks with an oversized
check as a memento of the occasion.
has been around Darrell for any length of time will understand
his passion for the Trucker Buddy program,” Voie said. “He’s truly
dedicated to the transportation industry and his involvement in
both Trucker Buddy and the TMC.”
Tankersley, feature editor