2015 Awards Banquet

Walmart Transportation driver Thomas Ennels of Seaford, Delaware, was named the Delaware Motor Transport Association’s 2015 Driver of the Year. He received the award at DMTA’s annual Awards Banquet on Saturday, November 14.

Ennels was one of 12 drivers nominated by their employer as a DMTA Driver of the Month. From this highly qualified field the Delaware State Police Truck Enforcement Unit selected him as  “the best of the best.”

Tom Ennels has a career driving record that is hard to top. He began as a professional driver in 1969. During his 46 years on our nation’s highways he has amassed more than four million safe driving miles.

A familiar face at DMTA’s annual Truck Driving Championships, Tom has earned the right to participate in ATA’s National Truck Driving Championships twice. In addition to that honor, Walmart Transportation awarded him Driver of the Month in December of last year at their Smyrna facility.

Tom is quick to volunteer for charity events and has driven in Delaware’s leg of the World’s Largest Truck Convoy, an event that raises money for the Special Olympics, every year.

Tom brings a good attitude to work. He said he always yields the right-of-way when necessary to avoid collisions caused by motorists who are either distracted or inattentive and unaware of his presence.

Ken Smith, General Manager–Transportation at the Smyrna Distribution Center says that Tom brings the best qualities of a professional driver with him to work every day, and that even better is that “Tom Ennels is a good person to be around.”

In addition to DMTA’s Driver of the Year the other 11 Drivers of the Month also were truly representative of the best of America’s professional driving force. DSP Sgt. Walter Newton from Truck Enforcement had the following to say about the Drivers of the Month:

Once again the candidates who were selected showed professionalism in their skill and to the trucking companies they represent.

Professional drivers also are tasked with the safety of other motorists, who have no idea of the limitations of an 80,000 pound tractor and trailer. Commercial drivers have to look out for the unintended event, the motorist who makes an unsafe lane change because they missed their exit or who is impatient and passes on the right during a wide right turn. The list is endless and the seasoned driver has “seen it all.”

Another area that shows the commitment and professionalism of these drivers is the amount of community involvement. Many if, not all of these activities consume a lot of the driver’s personal time. The amount of time required on the road and for family obligations is significant, but the ability to carve out time to help others is exemplary. 

All the nominees for this year’s award should be very proud. The resumes I have had the privilege to review have been exceptional on their merit.

2015 Team of Champions

In addition to the Driver of the Month/Year awards, DMTA also recognized its Team of Champions. These were the drivers and technicians who represented Delaware in ATA’s National Truck Driving Championships held at St. Louis, Missouri and the National SuperTech Competition held in Orlando, Florida.

Richard A. Smith

Richard A. Smith III, a student at Delaware Technical Community College’s Commercial Transportation Program at the Owens Campus, was awarded the 15th. Annual DMTA Scholarship.

Attendance at this year’s Awards Banquet was 120. DMTA thanks all of the sponsors, advertisers, donors, volunteers, members and others who made the 2015 Awards Banquet possible.

We offer a big THANK YOU to all of our drivers for all they do for our industry.