February 1 , 2014


(Alexandria, VA) — The nation’s top van operators (drivers) and safest company fleets in the U.S. moving industry during 2013 have been selected for annual honors by the American Moving & Storage Association (AMSA).

The 2013 Super Van Operator Lifetime Achievement Award goes to Richard J. Toth of Deerfield Beach, Fla., who drives for Graebel Van Lines of Aurora, Colo. Dennis D. Putnam, Jr. of Clifton Ford, Va., who drives for Hilldrup Moving & Storage, a United agent in Stafford, Va., is Super Van Operator for Household Goods; while Bryan Brownell of Enid, Okla., a driver for Boulevard Moving & Storage, a Mayflower agent in Waukesha, Wisc. picks up Super Van Operator honors in the Special Commodities category. Rookie Super Van Operator for 2013 is David L. Harber of Indiana, Pa., who drives for McNaughton Brothers Moving & Storage, an Allied Van Lines agent in Indiana, Pa.

AMSA’s Super Van awards recognize drivers who provide safe, reliable, and customer-oriented household goods truck transportation. Judging criteria include miles driven, accidents (preventable or non-preventable), lifetime driving record, time out of service for any hours-of-service or equipment violations, financial responsibility, community involvement, customer service, driving awards and outside interests and activities.

AMSA also presents a series of annual fleet safety awards to recognize carriers demonstrating the best overall safety performance during the year. The 2013 Fleet Safety Award winner in the over 50 million miles category is United Van Lines of Fenton, Mo., for the second consecutive year. Graebel Van Lines of Aurora, Colo. again receives the award in the 20 million to 50 million miles category; as well as the Fleet Safety Improvement Award. The five to 20 million miles award goes to JK Moving Services of Sterling, Va. Interstate Van Lines of Springfield, Va. is the winner in the under five million miles category. ABC-Fry-Wagner Moving & Storage, a United agent based in Lenexa, Kan., wins the award in the intrastate category for the third straight year. All of the winners are certified ProMovers, AMSA’s program to help consumers easily identify a quality, professional mover.

“AMSA congratulates these exemplary drivers and companies,” said AMSA President & CEO Linda Bauer Darr. “They have demonstrated the highest level of dedication to safety for their customers and themselves during the past year, and as a result each has enhanced our industry’s image and record by being strongly committed to safe operations.”

All awards will be presented during AMSA’s 95th Annual Education Conference & Expo in San Diego from February 9-12, 2014.

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