Kottke Trucking’s Fourth Annual Duane and Connie Kottke Distinguished Driver of the Year is Carlo Garcia

On January 6, 2018, Kottke Trucking held its fourth annual Driver of the Year banquet at Jackpot Junction Casino and Hotel in Morton, MN. The fourth annual Duane and Connie Kottke Distinguished Driver of the Year award was presented to Carlo Garcia.

Garcia started with Walbon on July 1, 2014 and came on to Kottke Trucking following Kottke Trucking’s acquisition of Walbon’s over-the-road division in July 2016. Garcia was named the First Quarter Jim Doering Award of Excellence honoree which qualified him for the Duane and Connie Kottke Distinguished Driver of the Year.

Kottke Trucking statement on Garcia:

“Carlo believes in team, meaning that Carlo believes that everyone in Kottke Trucking is all one big team and we should all help each other succeed. Whenever you need anything done, you can count on Carlo. You have to be careful to no over wok him, that is just how hard of a worker Carlo is.

“If Carlo has a bad day, nobody would know about it – he is professional and always puts his best foot forward. When someone says Kottke, they may think of Carlo and that makes us proud.”

Kottke Trucking’s Driver Board created the idea of the Duane and Connie Kottke Distinguished Driver of the Year and it was carried out by our staff. The Driver of the Year award is named after our second generation visionaries: Duane and Connie Kottke. Their ability to build the foundation that our company stands on today, does not go without notice.

Garcia’s fellow nominees come from the other quarterly winners of the Jim Doering Award of Excellence winners: Second Quarter winner Don Braegelmann, Third Quarter winner Ken Kottke and Fourth Quarter winner Dennis Gray. The award is named after Kottke Trucking’s first long-time driver and nearly 40-year employee Jim Doering.

Previous winners of the Duane and Connie Kottke Distinguished Driver of the Year are Tom Erickson, Ricky Pautzke and Jeff Bass.

Kurt Kottke, Kyle Kottke, Carlo Garcia and Kory Kottke after the presentation of the Duane and Connie Kottke Distinguished Driver of the Year award.

Carlo Garcia, the fourth annual Duane and Connie Kottke Distinguished Driver of the Year.

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