The announcement was made during TCA’s 40th Annual Safety & Security Meeting in St. Louis.
This honor is bestowed upon a trucking industry professional whose actions and achievements have made a profound contribution to enhancing safety on North America’s highways, TCA said.
Boehler started in the industry as a professional truck driver, and in 1997 he became a driver trainer for Erb Transport, which specializes in temperature-controlled, time-sensitive food transportation. He later moved into the safety space and has been Erb’s director of safety and compliance since 2008. In this role, Boehler led the committee to design, plan, and implement the Erb Pro-Drive driver safety incentive program for reduced idling, speed, and hard-braking incidents. He led the analysis, selection, and implementation of event recorders in all Erb trucks to enhance driver safety and provide a means to coach safe driver behaviors. Additionally, through his leadership, Erb has initiated regular monthly driver tailgate sessions, regular online training, and semi-annual driver meetings for broader safety topics.
“We are thrilled to hear the news Tom has been named the TCA Safety Professional of the Year—Clare C. Casey recipient,” shared Erb Transport's President and CEO Wendell Erb. “Tom has dedicated his career to safety, and it is quite an honor to be recognized.”
On behalf of Erb Transport, Boehler has accepted numerous fleet safety awards from TCA, as well as winning the grand prize twice.
Nominees for TCA’s award must exemplify leadership and demonstrate the goals of protecting lives and property in the motor transportation industry while serving their company, industry, and the motoring public. The award is named after Clare Casey, a safety professional who actively served TCA from 1979 until 1989. He was devoted to ensuring that all truckload safety professionals build a strong safety network and was instrumental in forming the first annual Safety & Security Division meeting in 1982. The first Clare C. Casey Award was presented in 1990, one year after his death.