‘Not An Easy Feat To Get Here’ – Drivers Honored At Annual Banquet

Matt Ritter, President of Ritter Transport, and Chairman of the Maryland Motor Truck Association, has no problem finding CDL applicants at his business.

The challenge, he told those gathered for the MMTA’s Drivers of the Month/Driver of the Year Awards Banquet Jan. 23 in Catonsville, is finding qualified drivers.

He said people obtain a CDL thinking it will be an easy way to earn money. But the reality is, maintaining a safe driving record for thousands, if not millions, of miles, keeping the country’s economy flowing by delivering goods, and having a positive attitude while doing so, isn’t an easy feat, and those drivers are a challenge to find.

As he looked out at the Drivers of the Month being honored, Ritter said, “Your companies should be proud.”

Russell Brehm, Chairman of the Safety Management Council for the MMTA agreed saying, “It’s not an easy feat to get here.”

CJ Miller’s Driver George “Buddy” Petry III, the Driver of the Month for September, was among those honored at the banquet. Buddy has driven for CJ Miller for three years, and has 15 years of experience under his belt driving commercial vehicles. He normally operates a roll off/roll back truck for the company but will hop in other equipment as needed.

Buddy accepts his award
CJ Miller Driver Buddy Petry accepts his Driver of the Month Award from Captain Michael Gelormino of the Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division of the Maryland State Police and Matt Ritter, Chariman of the Maryland Motor Truck Association.

“Buddy is willing to do whatever, wherever,” said CJ Miller’s Dispatch Superintendent Tim Talbert. “You’ll never get an argument from him.”

Safety Director Royce Foltz pointed out Buddy’s willingness to step up 24/7 to help the company and always interact with courtesy and a positive demeanor.

Buddy has been a volunteer member of the New Windsor Fire Department in Carroll County for more than 30 years. Through CJ Miller, Buddy has participated in Touch-A-Truck events which enable young children to explore a variety of vehicles first-hand, including several trucks from CJ Miller’s fleet.  Buddy often takes his own time to ensure his vehicle is perfectly polished for such events.

Major Bill Dofflemyer, the longest-serving commander of the Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division of the Maryland State Police, also congratulated the drivers and emphasized the following tips for drivers:

  • Importance of the Pre-trip (Drivers get pulled over often for things they should easily have been aware of)
  • Driving Behavior (Nothing speaks more of a company than how your driver behaves)
  • Cognizance of Medical Cards (Take the documentation seriously and don’t be a repeat offender)
  • Cell Phone Use in Commercial Vehicles has been on the rise (They recently pulled someone over who was watching a movie with his IPad on the steering wheel)

CJ Miller is proud to have one of our drivers among the prestigious group of honorees who were recognized for their stellar safety records, job performance and community outreach. Congrats, Buddy, on your well-deserved honor!

Buddy with Dispatch Superintendent Tim Talbert

CJ Miller Driver Buddy Petry with Dispatch Superintendent Tim Talbert.


Buddy displays his new jacket from the MMTA

Each Driver of the Month was presented with a new jacket from the MMTA.

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