National trucking company honors Quenemo driver for dedication to job

Billy Gilbert, of Quenemo, Kan., is NCI’s driver of the month for January 2020.

National Carriers Inc. has named Billy Gilbert, of Quenemo, Kan., as the company’s driver of the month for January 2020. Gilbert has run with NCI’s Hide division for six years and has shown himself to be a mainstay in all aspects of his work.

National Carriers is a diversified motor carrier servicing all 48 states in the continental United States and Gilbert hired on to run a dedicated route.

Gilbert said at first he wasn’t sure he’d be able to stick with the job.

“I thought a dedicated route would be boring,” said Gilbert. “But a friend of mine in the Hide division had recommended the job, and I figured I’d give it a try. As time went by, I got to know the people on my route and the folks I worked with. The scenery constantly changes, and frequently, I notice new landscapes for the first time. It’s not boring at all.”

Outside of NCI, Gilbert serves as a staff sergeant in the Kansas Army Reserve, from which he’s scheduled to retire this summer. But he said he has no plans to leave trucking anytime soon.

Each month, drivers are nominated for NCI’s driver of the month award. Anyone affiliated with the company can nominate an outstanding driver, who are then measured by criteria including but not limited to: clean and neat appearance, positive attitude, and no preventable accident or cargo claim, preventable service failures, or failed DOT inspections in the past 365 days.

In addition to earning a $1,000 as driver of the month, Gilbert is now in the running for the company’s driver of the year award and the accompanying $10,000 prize.

Information thanks to NCI.

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