Meet TMC's 2019 Driver of the 2nd Quarter, Mike Pennington!
A 15 year veteran of the trucking industry, Mike started his professional driving career with TMC in May 2004 and went on to become a driver trainer four years later. Mike says he knew TMC was a good fit from day one. “I’ve always liked the job and work that I do, and it’s continued to be something I enjoy and look forward to each day,” he explains.
In June 2018, Mike was named TMC’s Trainer of the Month for his outstanding efforts in shaping the future of TMC. “I wanted to make a difference in the company and make sure new guys were getting things done the right way,” he says.
When it comes to his training, the Bluefield, WV native keeps safety at the forefront of everything he does. “Drivers should always focus on operating the truck safely first, and pay extra attention to load securement,” says Mike. “If you take your time and do these things correctly, everything else comes together pretty easily.”
“Mike is one of the cornerstones of my fleet and also for TMC,” says his Fleet Manager, Pat Barr. “He is ranked in the top 10% of all drivers at TMC for revenue, has 1,764,119 safe miles, and often has a trainee with him. He spends the needed time with each trainee to ensure they are confident when they get their own truck. Mike cares about his co-drivers and doing the job right, and does so in a low key, "get the job done without fanfare" sort of way. It is a privilege and honor to get to work with Mike day in and day out.”
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.
Congratulations, Mike, on this well-deserved distinction!