Landstar System Inc gave away a new truck during the company’s All-Star Truck Giveaway powered by Pilot/Flying J and Western Star. David Zelsdorf, Landstar Million Mile Safe Driver, was the winner of the 2019 Western Star 5700XE tractor spec’d with a Detroit DD15, 14.8L engine and a Detroit DT12 automated manual transmission.
The random drawing and giveaway was the highlight of the seventh annual Landstar BCO All-Star Celebration held in Savannah GA recently. Each year, Landstar gives away a truck, including all registration fees and taxes, to one of its Million Mile and Roadstar safe truck owner-operators.
Zelsdorf, whi lives in Albertville AL, was one of eight semi-finalists randomly drawn from 989 eligible business capacity owners (BCOs), Landstar’s term for independent truck owner-operators who provide transportation capacity under exclusive lease arrangements. Zelsdorf leased with Landstar in 1997 and was named a One Million Mile Safe Driver in 2007.
“We are proud of the safety-first owner-operators who are leased to Landstar, especially those who have reached the Million Mile Safe Driver and Roadstar milestones. Landstar is pleased to continue the tradition, which started in 1994, of giving away at least one new truck each year to one of our BCOs,” said Jim Gattoni, Landstar president and CEO. “We also appreciate the contributing support of our sponsor companies Pilot/Flying J and Western Star in helping us reward service excellence with a chance to win such a life-changing prize.”
Representatives from contributing sponsors Pilot/Flying J and Western Star were on site at the event, drawing the names to narrow down the eight semi-finalists to the four finalists who appeared on stage for the final round of the giveaway.
The event featured an awards program during which Landstar honored 166 BCOs. Landstar recognized 14 BCOs as Landstar Roadstar recipients, 138 as new Million Mile Safe Drivers, 12 BCOs as Two Million Mile Safe Drivers, one BCO as a Three Million Mile Safe Driver and one BCO as a Four Million Mile Safe Driver.
Of the 989 active Landstar Million Mile Safe Drivers, 14 were awarded the Roadstar distinction during the 2018 celebration. The Roadstar designation is one of Landstar’s highest honors for owner-operators who are chosen for their consistently high levels of safety, productivity and excellence in customer service. Each of the 14 inductees previously earned Landstar Million Mile Safe Driver status. The new Roadstar inductees raise the total number of active Landstar Roadstar recipients to 174. Landstar BCOs have received the Roadstar honor since Landstar began presenting the award in 1990.
Go to www.landstar.com to learn the names of the honorees.