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The Log Book: SuperRigs winner wins Best of Show award for second time

The logbook is a weekly digest of human interest stories related to the transportation industry. This week: Theresa DeSantis wins a second SuperRigs Best of Show award, Schneider donates to an LGBTQIA+ nonprofit, and Swift honors POW/MIA veterans with a newly wrapped Kenworth.

SuperRigs winner wins Best of Show award for second time

Shell Rotella SuperRigs celebrated its 40th anniversary in Branson, Missouri at a three-day event earlier this month. The show included a light truck contest, fireworks and a parade of trucks through Branson Landing. Since 1983, SuperRigs has exhibited more than 2,000 trucks, handing out cash and prizes to winners of its beauty contest.

This year’s Best of Show winner was Theresa DeSantis of Apache Junction, Arizona, who presented her 1985 Peterbilt 359 decked out in a “Wizard of Oz” design titled “The Witches Inn.” The set also won him the Steve Sturgess Award for Best Theme.

DeSantis won $10,000 for being selected Best of Show, an honor she also claimed in 2019.

Selected virtually online for the first time this year, the People’s Choice Award went to Daniel and Phyllis Snow of Harrison, Arkansas, showcasing their 1996 Freightliner Classic XL.

Schneider donates $25,000 to Stonewall Columbus

In tribute to LGBTQIA+ people involved in the Stonewall Riots in New York City on June 28, 1969 – the event honors Pride Month – Schneider National announced a donation of $25,000 from its Diversity, Equality Grants and inclusion at the non-profit organization Stonewall Columbus.

Stonewall Columbus strives to increase the “visibility and acceptance” of the LGBTQIA+ community in the Columbus, Ohio area. Its programs focus on areas such as identity enrichment, personal health and well-being, and economic empowerment.

As part of this donation, Schneider also plans to sponsor the local Pride Parade with Stonewall Columbus for a second year.

“We need to lead by example as an organization,” said Tom Andrejcak, chief operating officer at Schneider, in a local report on the company’s continued support of the LGBTQIA+ community in Ohio. “One of our core values ​​is respect – respect for all. It’s not just respect for all but or respect for all but. It’s respect for all.”

Forbes recently recognized Schneider as Best Diversity Employer for the second year in a row. The award was based on employees’ ranking of the company based on parameters such as the age, gender, ethnicity, disability and sexual orientation of its workers.

“You can’t just organize diversity by accident,” Andrejcak said. “You have to have action plans in place. Our organization is working feverishly towards greater workforce diversity. It takes a lot of work and a lot of action.

Swift Unveils Kenworth in Honor of POW/MIA Veterans

Phoenix-based Swift Transportation unveiled its newly boxed Kenworth T680 Next Gen this month in honor of the nation’s prisoners of war and missing. This is the company’s sixth truck honoring veterans.

Swift truck wrapped by POW/MIA. (Photo: Rapid Transit)

“Honoring veterans is a core part of our culture,” Swift Chairman Adam Miller said during the unveiling ceremony at company headquarters. “We owe so much to the military men and women who put their lives on the line defending our freedoms. … I have so much gratitude to those who are willing to do this for our country.

Miller also said the packed truck will be driven by Swift driver and veteran David McCloskey. During the Vietnam War, McCloskey’s uncle was MIA for several weeks.

Swift also invited Rear Admiral Darius Banaji, deputy director of operations for the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency to speak at the event. The agency employs more than 600 military and civilian personnel to continue to search for the more than 83,000 Americans missing in previous conflicts.

“We recognize Swift and other companies who are such strong advocates for our service members, our veterans and their families, and the efforts it takes to recover missing Americans,” Banaji said.

From left to right: Rear Adm. Darius Banaji, relative of McCloskey and McCloskey. (Photo: Rapid Transit)

The full unveiling ceremony is available to watch here.

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