In acknowledgement of her many industry and community accomplishments, professional truck driver Carmen Anderson was presented with the keys to a new Volvo VNL760 70-in. sleeper specially wrapped to help raise awareness of Special Olympics.
The handover event was held at the headquarters of America’s Service Line (ASL) in Green Bay, Wis., a private truck fleet of 200 heavy-duty trucks and 350 refrigerated trailers for whom Anderson is currently a company driver.
In addition to being behind the wheel professionally for more than 21 years and logging more than 2 million accident-free miles, Anderson was named a Women In Trucking’s Top Women to Watch in Transportation in 2021. In 2019, the Wisconsin Motor Carriers Association (WMCA), a non-profit trade association based in Madison, Wis., representing commercial motor vehicle users, named her Truck Driver of the Year, the first woman to win the award not only in Wisconsin but in any state.
Anderson has long been active not only in supporting Special Olympics, but in promoting highway safety as well via her service as a member of the WMCA Road Team. She also is actively involved in Truckers Against Trafficking, which works to quell human trafficking across the country, as well as the Trucker Buddy program, dedicated to helping educate and mentor schoolchildren via a pen pal relationship with professional truck drivers.
Kriete Truck Centers headquartered in Milwaukee, family owned and operated for more than 70 years with 10 medium- and heavy-duty truck sales and service locations across Wisconsin, partnered with ASL in obtaining the new Volvo truck that Anderson will now be driving.
Kriete President and CEO David Kriete serves on the board of Special Olympics Wisconsin (SOWI), which was established in 1972 to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Travis Stuckart, who has been a Special Olympics athlete for two decades and will serve as an athlete-coach in softball for Team Wisconsin at the 2022 Special Olympics USA Games next month in Orlando, took part in presenting Anderson with her new Volvo truck at the event.
Featuring Special Olympics branded graphics, the truck, with Anderson behind the wheel, will be featured in SOWI’s annual Truck Convoy, taking place Saturday, Sept. 17th, 2022, with Kriete Truck Centers as the presenting sponsor: truckconvoy.org.
“As a long-time supporter of Special Olympics, and all the professional truck drivers out there every day delivering life’s essentials, we at Kriete Truck Centers are thrilled to be part of this effort,” says Kriete. “Carmen is a shining example of what can be accomplished through hard work and a commitment to serving others, values that are at the core of our culture at Kriete as well as Special Olympics.”
The VNL760 features a Volvo D13 425 hp engine with Turbo Compounding and a Volvo I-Shift automated manual transmission, working seamlessly together to maximize fuel economy, lower emissions and reduce driver fatigue. Safety features include collision mitigation with lane deviation alert and a Rolltek seat with side curtain air bag. And long-haul drivers like Anderson, often on the road for several days at a time, appreciate the vehicle’s numerous comforts of home, like a reclining bunk with memory foam mattress and refrigerator.
“I’m honestly taken aback by all the attention, the chance to drive this beautiful truck, and the opportunity to further spread the word about all the great things Special Olympics does,” says Anderson. “Volvo is known for high performing, safe trucks with the latest technology, and we’re sure to get lots of envious looks from fellow drivers traveling America’s highways.”