|By PR Newswire||
|August 16, 2014 10:00 PM EDT||
PITTSBURGH, Aug. 16, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, Jeffrey Langenhahn, a Con-way Freight professional truck driver based in Plover, Wisc., was named the 2014 Bendix Grand Champion at the 77th annual National Truck Driving Championships.
"The National Truck Driving Championships competitors are the best of the best – the safest, most skilled and most knowledgeable among professional drivers," said ATA President and CEO Bill Graves. "I applaud all the competitors for their achievements and dedication to safety, and congratulate Jeffrey on his Grand Champion award which showcases his superior driving skill and commitment to safety."
To win the coveted title, Langenhahn's driving skills and knowledge of transportation and truck safety information topped those of 426 other professional drivers from all across the United States in the "Super Bowl of Safety" sponsored by American Trucking Associations.
In route to his title, Langenhahn has logged 28 years as a driver, with over 1.9 million miles behind the wheel. Jeffrey began competing in his state truck driving championships in 1997, and this is his fourth trip to the National Truck Driving Championships. He succeeds Gary Harms, a professional truck driver with Walmart Transportation, as the National Grand Champion.
Also today, David Guinn, a professional driver for Publix Super Markets Inc. from Mulberry, Fla. was named 2014 Rookie of the Year after competing in the Five-Axle division and the North Carolina truck driving championship team won honors as the highest scoring state.
The contestants were the state champions in nine truck types from all 50 states. Collectively, they have driven 653,677,080 accident-free miles.
In their respective classes, drivers tested their expertise in the driving skills they use daily. The competition course inside the David L. Lawrence Convention Center challenged their knowledge of safety, equipment and the industry. The skills course tested drivers' ability to judge distances, maneuver tight spaces, reverse, park, and position their vehicle exactly over scales, before barriers or around curves.
Jeffrey also won the individual tank truck driving competition. Joining Langenhahn as champions in their respective classes:
Straight Truck: Brendan Sharp, FedEx Freight (Henderson, Colo.)
Three-Axle: Basher Pierce, FedEx Freight (Sophia, N.C.)
Four-Axle: James Quarles, Walmart Transportation LLC (Laurens, S.C.)
Five-Axle: Wayne Gootee, Walmart Transportation (Brooklyn, Mich.)
Sleeper Berth Class: Matt Awbrey, Walmart Transportation (Franklin, Ga.)
Twins: Jeffrey Langenhahn, Con-way Freight (Plover, Wisc.)
Flatbed Class: Paul Brandon, FedEx Freight (Oxford, Conn.)
Tank Truck Class: Christopher Miller, United Petroleum Transportation (Cowetta, Okla.)
Step Van: Christopher Shaw, FedEx Express (Albuquerque, N.M.)
*Editors: A full list of winners is below and high-resolution photos from the competition are available.
ATA's Truck Driving Championships include top professional truck drivers from around the nation competing at state and regional levels to make it to the national competition in Pittsburgh Aug. 13-16. The NTDC annually attracts over 2,500 cheering friends, family, colleagues and spectators.
American Trucking Associations is the largest national trade association for the trucking industry. Through a federation of 50 affiliated state trucking associations and industry-related conferences and councils, ATA is the voice of the industry America depends on most to move our nation's freight. Follow ATA on Twitter or on Facebook. Trucking Moves America Forward
2014 National Truck Driving Championship Winners:
Grand Champion: Jeffrey Langenhahn, Con-way Freight
National Rookie of the Year: David Guinn, Publix Super Markets, Inc.
State Team Trophy: North Carolina
Vehicle Condition Award: Jeffrey Payne, Reddaway
Neill Darmstadter Professional Excellence Award: Jeffrey Payne, Reddaway
Life-Time Volunteer Award: Sam Gillette
Straight Truck Class
First Place: Brendan Sharp, FedEx Freight (Henderson, Colo.)
Second Place: Rene Molinary, FedEx Express (Coral Springs, Fla.)
Third Place: Guy Frederickson, FedEx Ground (Kaukauna, Wisc.)
First Place: Basher Pierce, FedEx Freight, (Sophia, N.C.)
Second Place: Edward Pennington, FedEx Freight (Jacksonville, Fla.)
Third Place: Joseph Hicks, Con-way Freight (Johnston, R.I.)
First Place: James Quarles, Walmart Transportation LLC (Laurens, S.C.)
Second Place: Roy Garcia, Peninsula Truck Lines, Inc. (Otis Orchards, Wash.)
Third Place: Edward Carlson, FedEx Freight (Portland, Ore.)
First Place: Wayne Gootee, Walmart Transportation (Brooklyn, Mich.)
Second Place: William Hill, Old Dominion Freight Line (Marsing, Idaho)
Third Place: Richard Hill, Walmart Transportation (Conway, N.H.)
First Place: Paul Brandon, FedEx Freight (Oxford, Conn.)
Second Place: Brian Walker, UPS Freight (Randleman, N.C.)
Third Place: Randall Stromlund, UPS Freight (Sparks, Nev.)
Tank Truck Class
First Place: Christopher Miller, United Petroleum Transports (Cowetta, Okla.)
Second Place: Gary Nickell, The Boeing Company (Fox Island, Wash.)
Third Place: James Kroschel, US Foods (Maplewood, Minn.)
First Place: Jeffrey Langenhahn, Con-way Freight (Plover, Wisc.)
Second Place: David Martinez, H-E-B (Natalia, Texas)
Third Place: Jeffrey Payne, Reddaway (Cedar City, Utah)
Sleeper Berth Class
First Place: Matt Awbrey, Walmart Transportation LLC (Franklin, Ga.)
Second Place: Ralph Garcia, ABF Freight System Inc. (Albuquerque, N.M.)
Third Place: Steve Elliston, Walmart Transportation, LLC (Sparta, Mich.)
First Place: Christopher Shaw, FedEx Express (Albuquerque, N.M.)
Second Place: Thomas Reinold, FedEx Express (Sutton, Mass.)
Third Place: Nick Frazier, FedEx Ground (Granby, Mo.)
SOURCE American Trucking Associations
If there is anything we have learned by now, is that every business paves their own unique path for releasing software- every pipeline, implementation and practices are a bit different, and DevOps comes in all shapes and sizes. Software delivery practices are often comprised of set of several complementing (or even competing) methodologies – such as leveraging Agile, DevOps and even a mix of ITIL, to create the combination that’s most suitable for your organization and that maximize your busines...
Apr. 30, 2016 08:15 PM EDT Reads: 1,778
In his session at @ThingsExpo, Chris Klein, CEO and Co-founder of Rachio, will discuss next generation communities that are using IoT to create more sustainable, intelligent communities. One example is Sterling Ranch, a 10,000 home development that – with the help of Siemens – will integrate IoT technology into the community to provide residents with energy and water savings as well as intelligent security. Everything from stop lights to sprinkler systems to building infrastructures will run ef...
Apr. 30, 2016 05:30 PM EDT Reads: 688
SYS-CON Events announced today that Peak 10, Inc., a national IT infrastructure and cloud services provider, will exhibit at SYS-CON's 18th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Peak 10 provides reliable, tailored data center and network services, cloud and managed services. Its solutions are designed to scale and adapt to customers’ changing business needs, enabling them to lower costs, improve performance and focus inter...
Apr. 30, 2016 04:45 PM EDT Reads: 990
You think you know what’s in your data. But do you? Most organizations are now aware of the business intelligence represented by their data. Data science stands to take this to a level you never thought of – literally. The techniques of data science, when used with the capabilities of Big Data technologies, can make connections you had not yet imagined, helping you discover new insights and ask new questions of your data. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Sarbjit Sarkaria, data science team lead ...
Apr. 30, 2016 04:45 PM EDT Reads: 578
Whether your IoT service is connecting cars, homes, appliances, wearable, cameras or other devices, one question hangs in the balance – how do you actually make money from this service? The ability to turn your IoT service into profit requires the ability to create a monetization strategy that is flexible, scalable and working for you in real-time. It must be a transparent, smoothly implemented strategy that all stakeholders – from customers to the board – will be able to understand and comprehe...
Apr. 30, 2016 04:45 PM EDT Reads: 1,044
So, you bought into the current machine learning craze and went on to collect millions/billions of records from this promising new data source. Now, what do you do with them? Too often, the abundance of data quickly turns into an abundance of problems. How do you extract that "magic essence" from your data without falling into the common pitfalls? In her session at @ThingsExpo, Natalia Ponomareva, Software Engineer at Google, will provide tips on how to be successful in large scale machine lear...
Apr. 30, 2016 04:15 PM EDT Reads: 1,034
Machine Learning helps make complex systems more efficient. By applying advanced Machine Learning techniques such as Cognitive Fingerprinting, wind project operators can utilize these tools to learn from collected data, detect regular patterns, and optimize their own operations. In his session at 18th Cloud Expo, Stuart Gillen, Director of Business Development at SparkCognition, will discuss how research has demonstrated the value of Machine Learning in delivering next generation analytics to im...
Apr. 30, 2016 04:15 PM EDT Reads: 1,663
In the world of DevOps there are ‘known good practices’ – aka ‘patterns’ – and ‘known bad practices’ – aka ‘anti-patterns.' Many of these patterns and anti-patterns have been developed from real world experience, especially by the early adopters of DevOps theory; but many are more feasible in theory than in practice, especially for more recent entrants to the DevOps scene. In this power panel at @DevOpsSummit at 18th Cloud Expo, moderated by DevOps Conference Chair Andi Mann, panelists will dis...
Apr. 30, 2016 04:15 PM EDT Reads: 546
See storage differently! Storage performance problems have only gotten worse and harder to solve as applications have become largely virtualized and moved to a cloud-based infrastructure. Storage performance in a virtualized environment is not just about IOPS, it is about how well that potential performance is guaranteed to individual VMs for these apps as the number of VMs keep going up real time. In his session at 18th Cloud Expo, Dhiraj Sehgal, in product and marketing at Tintri, will discu...
Apr. 30, 2016 04:15 PM EDT Reads: 735
Unless you don’t use the internet, don’t live in California, or haven’t been paying attention to the recent news… you should be aware that self-driving cars are on their way to becoming a reality. I have seen them – they are real. If you believe in the future reality of self-driving cars, then continue reading on. If you don’t believe in the future possibilities, then I am not sure what to do to convince you other than discuss the very real changes that will roll out with the consumer producti...
Apr. 30, 2016 04:00 PM EDT Reads: 542
Up until last year, enterprises that were looking into cloud services usually undertook a long-term pilot with one of the large cloud providers, running test and dev workloads in the cloud. With cloud’s transition to mainstream adoption in 2015, and with enterprises migrating more and more workloads into the cloud and in between public and private environments, the single-provider approach must be revisited. In his session at 18th Cloud Expo, Yoav Mor, multi-cloud solution evangelist at Cloudy...
Apr. 30, 2016 03:30 PM EDT Reads: 1,434
There is an ever-growing explosion of new devices that are connected to the Internet using “cloud” solutions. This rapid growth is creating a massive new demand for efficient access to data. And it’s not just about connecting to that data anymore. This new demand is bringing new issues and challenges and it is important for companies to scale for the coming growth. And with that scaling comes the need for greater security, gathering and data analysis, storage, connectivity and, of course, the...
Apr. 30, 2016 03:15 PM EDT Reads: 723
This is not a small hotel event. It is also not a big vendor party where politicians and entertainers are more important than real content. This is Cloud Expo, the world's longest-running conference and exhibition focused on Cloud Computing and all that it entails. If you want serious presentations and valuable insight about Cloud Computing for three straight days, then register now for Cloud Expo.
Apr. 30, 2016 02:30 PM EDT Reads: 1,700
IoT device adoption is growing at staggering rates, and with it comes opportunity for developers to meet consumer demand for an ever more connected world. Wireless communication is the key part of the encompassing components of any IoT device. Wireless connectivity enhances the device utility at the expense of ease of use and deployment challenges. Since connectivity is fundamental for IoT device development, engineers must understand how to overcome the hurdles inherent in incorporating multipl...
Apr. 30, 2016 02:15 PM EDT Reads: 1,447