Bekins Driver Honored with the AMSA Super Van Operator Lifetime Achievement Award

Hillside, Ill. – Michael Petersen, President & CEO of Bekins Van Lines, LLC is pleased to announce that the American Moving & Storage Association (AMSA) has selected one of its’ own fleet drivers, Wallace L. Sparks as the winner of the AMSA’s 2008 Super Van Operator Lifetime Achievement Award.  This prestigious award will be presented to Mr. Sparks at the AMSA’s Annual Education Conference and Expo being held in Dallas, Texas in February 8-11th.

AMSA’s Super Van Operator awards the nation’s top van operators and safest company fleets in the U.S. moving industry.   AMSA recognizes the 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.

Wallace Sparks of Henderson, Texas has been with Bekins Van Lines for 19 years and is an award winning member of Bekins fleet. Michael Petersen stated, “Wallace Sparks set such a high standard of quality on every shipment he is a pat of.  He is focused on providing the highest levels of customer satisfaction and we are very honored to have a drive of such high integrity as a Bekins family member.”
Some of Wallace Sparks significant career achievements include: 

o Driver of the Month - 8 times in his career with Bekins
o Driver of the Year-2001
o Six time winner of Bekins Presidents Award for Customer Service Excellence
o Fifteen time winner of the Safe Driving Award

Jim Mazzuca, Bekins Sr. Vice President of Operations added, “The best thing about Wallace Sparks is that he always has a positive attitude about everything and is always willing to do anything asked of Bekins dispatch.  An amazing fact is that Wallace Sparks has never had a cargo claim nor has he ever been late on a shipment and has always maintained a clean driving record.   This is quite an accomplishment in our industry. “

"The 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, and as a result have enhanced our industry’s record as strongly committed to safe and reliable operations.” 

About The American Moving & Storage Association
The American Moving & Storage Association, headquartered in Alexandria, Va., is the trade association representing the nation’s moving and storage companies, which provide household goods moving services, specialized transportation for sensitive freight such as computers and trade show exhibits, and warehouse storage services. The association has 3,200 members, including more than 300 international members, and sponsors programs and activities that promote consumer protection, professional development, safety, and operational efficiency.


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