ATD names Truck of the Year, Dealer of the Year

Jan. 26, 2015

The American Truck Dealers (ATD) handed out several awards at its Convention & Expo in San Francisco last week, including its Truck of the Year.

The Kenworth T880 vocational truck with a Paccar MX-13 engine garnered the top award as Truck of the Year, besting the International WorkStar 7600 and the Peterbilt Model 567, ATD said.

According to the group, judges selected the T880 for its exceptional handling, power, torque and outstanding visibility from all quarters of the driver’s seat. The judges, a panel of select journalists, selected the winners from categories including innovation, design, safety and driver satisfaction.

ATD also named Scott McCandless, president of McCandless Truck Center in Colorado, Truck Dealer of the Year.

“My father showed me that this business is about taking care of customers, being involved in the community, and developing good working relationships with employees and suppliers,” said McCandless. “What a complete honor. It is especially humbling to be selected from such a select group of dealers.”

Brian Bruckner, president of Bruckner Truck Sales, Amarillo, Texas, was named the finalist for the award. The four other nominees were Kevin G. Holmes, president and CEO of Tri State Truck Center Inc., Shrewsbury, MA; Robert A. Neitzke, president of GATR Truck Center, with multiple locations in Iowa and Minnesota; Kari J. Rihm, president and CEO of Rihm Kenworth, with multiple locations in Minnesota and Wisconsin; and James Sayre Jr., president of G.L. Sayre Inc., Conshohocken, PA.

State, metro and national association leaders selected the nominees for the annual award. They were evaluated on dealership performance, industry leadership and civic contributions. A panel of professors from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business chose the winner and finalist, ATD said.

About the Author

Fleet Owner Staff

Our Editorial Team

Kevin Jones, Editorial Director, Commercial Vehicle Group

Cristina Commendatore, Executive Editor

Scott Achelpohl, Managing Editor 

Josh Fisher, Senior Editor

Catharine Conway, Digital Editor

Eric Van Egeren, Art Director

Voice your opinion!

To join the conversation, and become an exclusive member of FleetOwner, create an account today!

Sponsored Recommendations

Leveraging telematics to get the most from insurance

Fleet owners are quickly adopting telematics as part of their risk mitigation strategy. Here’s why.

Reliable EV Charging Solution for Last-Mile Delivery Fleets

Selecting the right EV charging infrastructure and the right partner to best solve your needs are critical. Learn which solution PepsiCo is choosing to power their fleet and help...

Overcoming Common Roadblocks Associated with Fleet Electrification at Scale

Fleets in the United States, are increasingly transitioning from internal combustion engine vehicles to electric vehicles. While this shift presents challenges, there are strategies...

Report: The 2024 State of Heavy-Duty Repair

From capitalizing on the latest revenue trends to implementing strategic financial planning—this report serves as a roadmap for navigating the challenges and opportunities of ...