The Louisiana Motor Transport Affiliation (LMTA) Basis not too long ago introduced its trucker of the yr award winner, and honored a security skilled of the yr as nicely.
Nelson Landry with South Louisiana Neighborhood School is the 2023 Louisiana Truck Driver of the 12 months. Kenny Shares of The R Group II is the 2023 Louisiana Security Skilled of the 12 months.
Landry was chosen for his over 31 years within the trade and his contributions to the incoming workforce. Nominated by South Louisiana Neighborhood School (SLCC), the place Landry serves because the lead examiner, he acquired his industrial license in 1992. Throughout his profession, he has pushed over 3 million miles with a zero-accident document.
Whereas driving professionally, Landry was identified to exit of his manner to assist these in want, as soon as coming into Florida throughout a hurricane to ship mills for radio stations and hospitals throughout a compulsory evacuation, using out the storm in his truck and staying to assist in the aftermath. Landry’s dedication to serving to others has continued into his retirement as for the previous seven years.
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He has labored with SLCC turning his time and skills over to instructing the following era of drivers, considerably impacting the incoming workforce for the trucking trade, in response to the LMTA Basis.
Because the 2023 Louisiana Truck Driver of the 12 months, Landry can be featured on the duvet of Open Street journal, in addition to featured on a choose variety of billboards throughout the state in the course of the month of September, celebrating Nationwide Truck Driver Appreciation week. Landry was acknowledged in the course of the LMTA Basis’s Truck Security Awards on the Renaissance Baton Rouge on March 4.
Shares was nominated by the R Group II for his accomplishments as the corporate’s first-ever devoted security officer overseeing a fleet of over 75 autos. In his two years with the corporate, Shares has prioritized training and compliance throughout the fleet and with drivers, strengthening the corporate’s security tradition and elevating every worker’s security profile.
Shares has additionally created a complete onboarding and coaching program, decreasing the quantity and severity of citations with the corporate’s fleet whereas introducing new applications equivalent to incentivizing secure drivers and implanting fleet analysis metrics. Shares holds over 30 years of security and compliance expertise throughout the trucking historical past and 14 years of army service in the US Marine Corps.
“Our Security Skilled and Truck Driver of the 12 months are the center of our trade’s workforce,” mentioned Renee Amar, govt director of the LMTA Basis. “This yr’s recipients showcase one of the best of Louisiana’s trucking trade. We had a bunch of excellent candidates for each awards, and it was a particularly aggressive yr.”