Derek Boykin Named 2015 Wheel Master

by Justyn Hardy on Tuesday, February 16, 2016 in Awards & Recognition


TMC Transportation has named Derek Boykin of Buckeye, AZ as the recipient of the highest driver honor given by TMC, the Wheel Master Award for 2015. Boykin has been with the company for nearly two decades and has accumulated over two million safe driving miles. This distinction comes just one year after being named Driver of the First Quarter for 2015, the award that makes a driver eligible to be named as a Wheel Master.


Boykin (Center) recieved his Driver of the First Quarter award for 2015 last spring. He is pictured with (from left to right) Damon Gehrels, VP Dedicated Operations, Tom Rubbo, former Operations Manager, Travis Johnson, Executive VP Operations, and Todd Bunting, VP Safety.

A seasoned industry veteran, Boykin is considered one of the best of the best in the pool of TMC’s talented drivers. He’s worked hard over the years to get here, and is determined to stay at the top. “You have to be dedicated. Take charge and be a leader, not a follower,” he says. “It is important to treat every day like it is your first day. Never act like you know everything because there is always something new to learn.”

Boykin will be honored at the annual Wheel Master Meeting that will take place at TMC’s headquarters in Des Moines, Iowa on March 5. Each spring, former Wheel Masters, some retired, many still active drivers, gather for a luncheon to catch up and induct the newest Wheel Master.

“I haven’t had the opportunity to work with Derek for very long, but in the short time I have had the privilege to, it is clear why he is being awarded as a Wheel Master,” says Chris York, Boykin’s Fleet Manager. Boykin has only been on York’s team for three months, but his reputation has certainly preceded him. “His dedication to doing things right is second to none. His attitude about even the worst situation is great. I am very happy for him being recognized and I can’t think of anyone more deserving.”

The Wheel Master award was created as a way to recognize TMC’s best drivers. Each year a driver is honored with the Wheel Master distinction based on years of service with the company, safe driving record and overall quality performance.

Boykin was humbled by the news of this award. “It is an honor just to be considered. I never thought I’d become a Wheel Master, I must be doing something right,” he laughed. His successes wouldn’t be possible without the support of his wife and kids, however. “I’m lucky to have them by my side. They’re the ones who sacrifice the most.”