JERRY STALDER NAMED TRALA’s 2014 DRIVER OF THE YEAR

Lawrence NationaLease Nominee

Alexandria, VA – March 20, 2014 – The Truck Renting and Leasing Association (TRALA), a voluntary, non-profit national trade association that provides a unified and focused voice for the truck renting and leasing industry, announced the winner of its annual “Driver of the Year” Award which is sponsored by the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company. The announcement and awards presentation was made at the 2014 TRALA Annual Meeting in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Picture of Jerry and his wife Cathy.

Picture of Jerry and his wife Cathy.

The award honors one driver among those who are nominated by TRALA member leasing companies. In Jerry’s case, he was nominated by our own Lawrence NationaLease. Jerry Stalder, an employee of Clopay Transportation of Troy, Ohio (A Lawrence NationaLease customer) has logged over 4.7 million accident-free miles, driving tractor-trailers for the past 38 years. For that lifetime performance of safe driving, Jerry was selected as TRALA’s 2014 Driver of the Year.

“Since 1975, Jerry Stalder has driven without an accident and maintained a perfect driver’s log,” said Tom James, president and CEO of TRALA. “This year Jerry stood out among a field of highly qualified peers as possessing the highest excellence in driving and safety standards throughout his career.”

Jerry in his “office”

Jerry in his “office”

With over 38 consecutive years of city and over the road driving experience, Jerry Stalder’s accomplishments speak for themselves. He has been employed with Clopay Transportation Company for 20 years, and Jerry has received every company’s safety award for which he was eligible. He is the only employee at Clopay who can claim this honor. In 2005, he received the Walter McGreevy Award, which is a peer award that is presented annually. Most recently, he was nominated for the state of Ohio’s Driver of the Year.

According to Steve Lawrence, CEO of Lawrence NationaLease, “Without Jerry, and truck drivers throughout the country just like Jerry, commerce as we know it would stop. These drivers transport nearly everything we consume with little of the recognition they deserve.” Steve adds, “Clopay has always understood the value of their drivers, and we are honored to have them as a full-service lease customer.”

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