Lorin Mendenhall Named Driver of the Fourth Quarter for 2015

on Wednesday, February 24, 2016 in Awards & Recognition


TMC Transportation, the largest employee-owned flatbed carrier in the nation, recently named Lorin Mendenhall as Driver of the Fourth Quarter for 2015. Lorin will be celebrating 10 years with the company this summer, and has accumulated over one million safe driving miles.

Prior to coming to TMC, Lorin, a California native and Midwest transplant, spent nine years in the Navy, which included two tours overseas. When looking to transition into the trucking industry, TMC immediately stuck out to Lorin because of the top of the line equipment and consistent home time. A decade later, Lorin couldn’t be happier making a living out on the road.

“I love being able to drive and have the flexibility and freedom to make my own decisions,” he says. “My last job in the Military was ‘driving a desk’, and that wasn’t very exciting.”

According to Lorin, being successful at TMC is easy as long as you’re willing to work for it. “TMC gives you the tools to do everything, you just have to put them to use,” he explains. “They give you top notch equipment and have great people in the office that have your back. All you have to do is work hard, pay attention and be cautious.”

“Lorin is a loyal, ‘get things done’ kind of guy and an excellent driver for TMC,” says Ritchie Thornburg, Lorin’s Fleet Manager. “I have a deep respect for him. No matter what the situation is, he handles it without a complaint and does the job right.”

Lorin currently resides in Reinbeck, Iowa with his wife of 17 years and their two children ages six and three, who’s support he says is essential to his successes as a professional driver at TMC.

Criteria for Driver of the Quarter recognition includes years of service with the company, safe driving record, excellent customer service, professionalism and overall quality performance. Once a driver is recognized as a Driver of the Quarter they are eligible to receive the prestigious Wheel Master Award.