Four OOIDA members? Oops, it's five

By Greg Grisolano, Land Line staff writer | 3/15/2013

Editor's note: On Friday, reported erroneously that four of the five members of Run Team Smart were OOIDA members. We want to clarify that all five Freightliner Run Team Smart members are OOIDA members and apologize for the misinformation.

The drivers are – Henry Albert, a senior member out of Statesville, NC, and members Linda Caffee, Silex, MO; Jeff Clark, Kewaunee, WI; Jimmy Nevarez, of Yorba Linda, CA; and Joey Slaughter, of Ringgold, VA.

The corrected version appears below.


Five OOIDA members picked for 'Run Smart Pros'

Five members of the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association will bring their skills and expertise to the digital world as members of Freightliner’s “Team Run Smart Pros” program.

Developed by Freightliner Trucks, the program provides five owner-operators with the opportunity to drive a Freightliner Cascadia truck equipped with a Detroit DD15 engine. The drivers will also blog about their impressions of the trucks and engines, as well as offer tips to other drivers on a range of topics, including keeping operating costs low and staying healthy on the road.

The drivers are – Henry Albert, a senior member out of Statesville, NC, and members Linda Caffee, Silex, MO; Jeff Clark, Kewaunee, WI; Jimmy Nevarez, of Yorba Linda, CA; and Joey Slaughter, of Ringgold, VA.

All five members have distinguished themselves within in the trucking industry, and represent a diverse cross-section of carriers.

Albert, who owns Albert Transport Inc., hauls general freight primarily on long hauls throughout the U.S. He was recognized as Overdrive Magazine’s 2007 Trucker of the Year, and was part of Freightliner’s “Slice of Life” blog effort.

“It’s an honor to continue with (Freightliner),” he said. “What it started out was a way to introduce a new product. Since then, it’s become so much more. It’s become a conduit of information, not just from ourselves, but from other drivers we meet.”

Caffee and her husband Bob have been team driving for the past eight years. She said she believes one of the most important aspects of the program will be highlighting the diversity of the team members.

“We are actually running an expediter a straight truck, so we come from a little bit of a different segment than the rest of the guys,” she said. “I thought they did a fantastic job of picking people not only with different business operations but different places we live. … It doesn’t matter what you drive; it has information for everybody. It’s not just about Freightliner; it’s about truck drivers.”

Freightliner Trucks accepted applications from professional drivers to become Team Run Smart Pros, and selected the drivers who had distinguished themselves as industry experts.

“The Team Run Smart Pros were selected based on their amount of knowledge, professionalism and dedication to the industry,” Mike McHorse, marketing segment manager, on-highway for Freightliner Trucks said in a press release issued Thursday. “With the addition of these experienced professionals, the Team Run Smart community grows stronger and stands as the definitive guide to helping business-minded drivers succeed and lead healthy lifestyles on the road.”

About the Team Run Smart Pros (biographical information courtesy of Freightliner):
Henry Albert is the owner of Albert Transport Inc., based in Statesville, N.C., and hauls general freight throughout the United States. Albert, who has been a trucker for more than 25 years, was recognized by Overdrive magazine as its 2007 Trucker of the Year. Albert was part of the Freightliner Trucks “Slice of Life” program, where he blogged about his impressions of the 2010 Freightliner Cascadia and tips for achieving optimal fuel mileage. Albert is involved with the Trucker Buddy program and is a Trucker Buddy Ambassador.

Linda Caffee has had her Class A CDL for 29 years and has been team driving with her husband Bob for the past eight years as Owner Operators out of Silex, MO. Her passion is recruiting new professionals to the trucking industry and helping them to become successful. She is on the Women in Trucking Board of Directors as well as the St. Christopher’s Board of Directors. Linda is a founding member of the Trucking Solutions Group and chairperson of the Trucking Solutions Group Driver Health Council. Bob and Linda are involved in the Trucker Buddy program as well as being Trucker Buddy Ambassadors. Linda was selected as one of the 2012 NASTC Drivers of the Year.

Jeff Clark is based in Kewaunee, Wis. and has been involved in the trucking industry for 30 years. He enjoys discussing the business side of trucking and working with customers. An avid runner and bike rider, Clark will also write about healthy living for Team Run Smart. Clark was recognized by Truckers News as its 2008 Highway Health Hero of the Year and has written columns for Truckers News and eTrucker.

Jimmy Nevarez has been in the trucking industry for 11 years following his honorable discharge from the United States military. Based out of Yorba Linda, Calif., Nevarez has a bachelor’s degree in business. He owns his own company, Angus Transportation Inc., and will offer insights on how to improve a driver’s bottom line. Driving runs in the family for Nevarez; he was heavily influenced by his grandparents, who were team drivers. He is also familiar with recent environmental laws that have come out of California and will write about their impact on the trucking industry.

Joey Slaughter is the owner of Blue Ridge Transport, LLC, an auto carrier based in Ringgold, Va. Since 1992, Joey has operated dry vans, reefers, gasoline tankers, hot shots, doubles and most recently a car hauler. He is also a certified transportation broker, a U.S. Army veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom, and still serves as a Sergeant Major in the Virginia Army National Guard.

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