Ericka Rountree, a truck driver at M.T.S., was recognized as one of Trucking Moves America Forward's Black History Month leaders.  - Photo: TMAF

Ericka Rountree, a truck driver at M.T.S., was recognized as one of Trucking Moves America Forward's Black History Month leaders. 

Photo: TMAF

Trucking Moves America Forward last month recognized eight black truck drivers and trucking professionals as TMAF’s Black History Month leaders for their success and dedication to the industry.

This year’s Black History Month Leaders are:

Ericka Rountree, Professional Truck Driver, M.T.S.

Rountree makes daily round trip deliveries from Ohio to Kentucky and is a second-generation truck driver. Her father drove trucks in the military and later started team driving with his wife. Rountree would get to ride along in the truck with her father on trips from Ohio to other states, including California and Florida.

Herbert Holmes, Professional Truck Driver, M.T.S.

Herbert Holmes of M.T.S. - Photo: TMAF

Herbert Holmes of M.T.S.

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Holmes first started driving in 1999. During his work week, depending on what needs to be delivered, Holmes usually drives to the Cleveland, Ohio, area as well as Louisville, Kentucky. While on the road, he says he is committed to safety. He always stays alert and drives defensively.

Brandon Bibbs, Regional Vice President of Sales, U.S. Xpress

Bibbs started in the industry at Schneider, then joined U.S. Xpress team almost a year ago. At U.S. Xpress, he is a member of the company’s Diversity and Inclusion Council. He is dedicated to changing the narrative within the historically Black colleges and universities (HBCU) community by speaking to classes to enlighten students about the career opportunities the trucking industry has to offer, Bibbs told TMAF.

Charlton Paul, Professional Truck Driver, UPS Freight

Paul has been a professional truck driver for over 25 years, accumulating more than 2.2 million accident-free miles, and has worked for UPS Freight for the past 23 years. He has been honored at the White House and featured in the UPS Magazine.

Derrick Whittle, Professional Truck Driver, Cargo Transporters

Derrick Whittle of Cargo Transporters. - Photo: TMAF

Derrick Whittle of Cargo Transporters.

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Whittle has been a professional truck driver for over 41 years, accumulating more than 3.8 million accident-free miles. This July, Derrick will be celebrating 29 years with Cargo Transporters.

Dee Sova, Professional Truck Driver, Prime

Dee Sova of Prime Inc. - Photo: TMAF

Dee Sova of Prime Inc.

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Sova has been a professional truck driver nearly 30 years and has accumulated almost 3 million safe miles. Sova operates as an over-the-road truck driver hauling fresh, frozen and dry goods. She teams with her husband along with their 11-pound Chihuahua.

LaQuenta Jacobs, Chief Diversity Officer, XPO Logistics

 Jacobs joined XPO as head of human resources in 2018. As the Chief Diversity Officer, LaQuenta is responsible for helping her organization drive diversity, equity and inclusion. Over her 23-year-career LaQuenta has championed inclusivity in senior HR roles with Delta Air Lines, The Home Depot, Turner Broadcasting System and Georgia-Pacific.

Jeff Greer, Senior Vice President of Human Resources, FedEx Freight

Greer is responsible for all human resource and safety functions at FedEx Freight, which employs 45,000 team members across the U.S., Canada and Mexico .An attorney by trade, Greer first started working for the FedEx organization over 21 years ago and has since transitioned from law to his current role in HR. Prior to joining FedEx, Greer worked for the Department of Defense’s Defense Logistics Agency.

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