Announcing: The Seventh Professional Tank Truck Driver of the Year
At its 2021 Annual Conference & Exhibits, the National Tank Truck Carriers (NTTC) crowned Ronald Baird of Hoffman Transportation / G&D Trucking as the association’s 2019-2020 Professional Tank Truck Driver of the Year Grand Champion, awarding him the William A. Usher, Sr. trophy. Triumphing over a pack of eight Champion finalists with over 27 million accident-free miles between them, Ron is the seventh person to win the tank truck sector’s top driver honor.
The Professional Tank Truck Driver of the Year Award recognizes an exemplary tank truck company driver or independent contractor with the most reliable and safe record for transportation of liquid and dry bulk commodities. The winner represents the best the tank truck industry has to offer, with a demonstrated record of safety and a tireless involvement in community and charity organizations.
Originally from Indiana, Ronald Baird grew up on a large dairy farm, where like many, he was driving farm trucks. Ron had a love for trucking at a young age: his career began in 1963, four days before his 18th birthday. He bought his first truck before turning 19, and when Ron entered the military, he still drove a truck running lowboys, hauling bulldozers, and even taught truck driving school.
Ron has over 57 years in the industry and has accumulated a remarkable 7.1 million accident-free miles. For the past 22 years Ron has been hauling dry & liquid bulk for G&D Trucking / Hoffman Transportation.
“Congratulations to Ron and the whole team at Hoffman Transportation and G&D Trucking,” said NTTC President Ryan Streblow. “Our industry is extremely proud of the reputation that the tank truck industry has for safety, and Ron is the best of the best.”
As the Professional Tank Truck Driver of the Year, Baird becomes the face of driver safety in the tank truck industry. He will attend NTTC events to speak on the importance and value of safety and will serve as a spokesperson for the association, offering the perspective of the drivers whose hard work is the backbone of the tank truck industry.