Derek Boykin Named TMC Transportation's Wheel Master
on Tuesday, February 16, 2016
Awards & Recognition
TMC Transportation has named Derek Boykin as the recipient of the highest driver honor given by TMC: our 2015 Wheel Master Award. Boykin has been with TMC 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.
A seasoned industry veteran, Boykin is considered one of the best of the best in the pool of TMC's talented flatbed 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 5th. 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."
Boykin was humbled by the news of earning this honorable distinction. "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. However, he notes that his success wouldn't be possible without the support of his wife and kids. "I'm lucky to have them by my side. They're the ones who sacrifice the most."
The Wheel Master Award was created as a way to recognize TMC Transportation'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. Congratulations to Mr. Derek Boykin on this honorable distinction!