Bennett International Group’s Annual Driver Appreciation Day Highlights 40 Years of Success

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From women drivers to million milers, 'Spirit of Bennett' takes center stage

Marcia Taylor, president and chief executive officer, and members of the Atlanta Falcons Cheerleaders celebrate the "Spirit of Bennett" on Sept. 19 at Driver Appreciation Day in McDonough, Georgia.

It’s a beautiful truck that everyone will be proud to see as it rolls down the road, David Pittman said. It’s something we all share and another way to show others who we are as a company.

Shiny trucks, Atlanta Falcons Cheerleaders, a health fair, and much more were all part of Bennett International Group’s Annual Driver Appreciation Day held Sept. 19 at several locations across the U.S. including McDonough, Georgia, Rock Island, Illinois, Houston, Texas, Cleveland, Ohio, Waco, Texas, Bristol, Illinois, Chattanooga, Tennessee, Rancho Dominguez, California, Louisville, Kentucky, and Cincinnati, Ohio. More than 370 drivers attended the daylong event.

At the corporate office, located in McDonough, Georgia, the company unveiled the “Spirit of Bennett,” a one-of-a-kind custom designed and wrapped Kenworth truck commemorating the company’s 40th anniversary. The truck is a gift to the company owners and those who have contributed to the company’s success, and it serves as a constant, visual reminder of the company’s first 40 years. Members of the Atlanta Falcons Cheerleaders were on hand to help celebrate as the “Spirit of Bennett” took center stage and drivers and employees saw the truck for the first time.

David Pittman, chief operating officer and chief financial officer, said the truck was envisioned to mark the milestone and is a source of pride for all who are connected with Bennett.

“It’s a beautiful truck that everyone will be proud to see as it rolls down the road,” Pittman said. “It’s something we all share and another way to show others who we are as a company.”

In addition, signatures of current Bennett employees will be added to the design of the truck before it hits the highways.

Marcia Taylor, president and chief executive officer, addressed the crowd about the company’s new “Women In the Driver’s Seat” program. Bennett women drivers and women employees in company locations across the U.S. donned the signature “Women in the Driver’s Seat” blue shirts and visors. Taylor acknowledged Bennett owner operator Guadalupe (Lupe) Potter for being selected as the Women in Trucking Member of the Month for August 2014, and new members of the President’s Million Mile Club were also recognized.

Ellen Voie, president of Women In Trucking, joined the celebration to help kick off the Women in the Driver’s Seat program. She also made a special presentation to Potter for being selected as the Judges Choice winner in the Women In Trucking’s “I Heart Trucking” video contest.

During the festivities, drivers showed off their polished rigs in a “Show and Shine” contest. Winners were announced in four categories: Classic Truck - Ben Cadle, Work Truck - Guerin St. Hilaire, Show Truck - Chuck Malinski, and Viewer’s Choice - David Gruel. The winners were awarded a trophy and cash prizes.

A raffle was held with the proceeds going to Bennett’s Driver Relief Fund, a fund set up by drivers for drivers offering financial assistance during times of need. Several raffle winners won Pace Car Victory Laps and satisfied their need for speed at Atlanta Motor Speedway later that afternoon.

For more information and photos, visit http://www.bennettig.com/driver-appreciation-day-2014/.

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About Bennett International Group
McDonough-Ga.-based Bennett International Group is a woman-owned, Women’s Enterprise Business Council (WBENC) certified, diversified transportation company. Through its seven affiliated operating companies Bennett International Group delivers integrated transportation and supply chain management solutions worldwide. For more information, visit http://www.bennettig.com.

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