Safety Awards Banquet

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Date / Time
03/07/2020 - 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm


5:00 p.m.  Registration
5:30 p.m.  Reception
6:30 p.m.  Welcome /  Invocation
Doug Martyniuk, Chairman, WCSS

6:45 p.m. Master of Ceremonies
Neal Kedzie, President, WMCA

*2019 Drivers of the Month
*2019 Road Team
*2020 Road Team

Ellen Voie, President, Women in Trucking
Cliff Johnson, Acuity

Presentation of Awards
Neal Kedzie, President, WMCA
Superintendent Tony Burrell, WI State Patrol
Cliff Johnson, Acuity

2019 Driver of the Year Announced

During the Annual Safety Awards Banquet one of the twelve Drivers of the Month, one will be selected as the 2019 Driver of the Year. The 12 Drivers of the Month will be honored during the banquet.

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Direct Contact Information
In the case, there might be a room needed, please contact The Osthoff, Alison Marx.
Email: or directly call Alison at 920-876-5804 to inquire on room availability.



$120 – Couple
$65 – Individual
$550 – Table of Ten (10)
$40 – Road Team Alum

2019 Honored Drivers

January – Dan Kudela, Walmart Transportation

February – Roger Walker, Veriha Trucking

March – Keith Skonning, Americas Service Line

April – Paul Gilstad, Marten Transport

May – William  Bancroft, WEL Companies

June – Bill Oakes, Walmart Transportation

July – Roger Lietzau, Klemm Tank Lines / Kenan Advantage Group

August – Carmen Anderson, America’s Service Lines

September – HarJan Sloots, Marten Transport

October– Lisa Buhrow, Walmart Transportation

November – Brian Zerbst, Skinner Transfer

December – Richard Nelson, Veriha Trucking

Superintendent Tony Burrell, WI State Patrol
A respected leader throughout the state and national law enforcement community.  Tony Burrell began his career in 1990 as a trooper in St. Croix County.  He was promoted to sergeant in 2006, lieutenant in 2012, and then named captain of the state Patrol’s 11-county Northeast Region in March 2015. Following the tragic shooting death of Trooper Trevor Casper on March 24, 2015, Burell was awarded the Medal of Valor – the State Patrol’s highest decoration for bravery.  He was promoted to Major and Deputy Director of the State Patrol’s Bureau of Field Operations in December 2016.
President of the National Black State Troopers Coalition, Burrell has a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance and a minor in Management from Upper Iowa University. He is also a graduate of the Northwestern University Center for Public Safety.

Cliff Johnson, Acuity
Cliff Johnson is Acuity’s Trucking Specialist with over 30 years of trucking related experience.  Including education from University of WI Stout MS Risk Control Program. Cliff holds many years of actual behind the wheel driver experience currently holding a Class A, B, C, D and M Driver’s License. Experienced within the insurance industry as a Loss Control Representative visiting motor carriers and helping them with their FMCSR compliance programs. Cliff has also worked for Nordic Track and Pactiv Corp as their Environmental, Health and Safety Manager having significant warehousing and trucking experience. From 2001 to 2014 owned and operated a regional trucking business within a tri state area. Cliff’s current role is as a resource to underwriting, claims, agents and insured’s on issues related to reducing liabilities of the motor carrier and driver.

Ellen Voie, Women in Trucking
Ellen Voie is an internationally recognized speaker and authority on gender diversity and inclusion for women working in non-traditional careers in transportation. As founder of the Women In Trucking Association in March of 2007, Voie currently serves as the nonprofit organization’s President/CEO. The Women In Trucking Association was formed to promote the employment of women in the trucking industry, to remove obstacles that might keep them from succeeding, and to celebrate the successes of its members.Voie’s prior role was the Manager of Retention and Recruiting Programs at Schneider, Inc. She was responsible for creating corporate-level programs to encourage non-traditional groups to consider careers in the trucking industry and designed initiatives to eliminate (or reduce) irritants that lead to driver dissatisfaction, which ultimately affects turnover.  Voie’s background in the trucking industry began as the assistant and later Traffic Manager for a steel fabricating plant in central Wisconsin. She then worked as a dispatcher for a grain hauling carrier before becoming co-owner of a small fleet. After starting a family, she used her background to become a freelance transportation consultant to carriers in Wisconsin, licensing and permitting trucks for more than 16 years. Ellen has received countless awards and recognition for her dedication to the transportation industry. Click here to read further on Ellen Voie. 

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