Celebrating Our Drivers: National Truck Driver Appreciation Week

Young’s Market Company, along with Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America (WSWA) and American Trucking Associations (ATA), honor the millions of professional truck drivers this week who work to deliver the widest variety and choice of beverage alcohol anywhere in the world. During National Truck Driver Appreciation Week, September 10 – 16, Young’s Market Company is proud to highlight several exemplary truck drivers to recognize their strong work ethic and passion for representing Young’s with professionalism.

Recognizing Safety, Reliability, and Customer Service



Semi-truck driver Ed Roy Phillips has worked with Young’s for 32 years and has had an impressive 28 years of accident-free driving. Ed was among the many Southern California drivers who, in 2016, drove a combined 2 million miles (that’s 402,674 customer stops!) Ed exemplifies a strong work ethic and commitment to safety.





Since joining Young’s in 1999, John Tortia has driven semi-trucks in Northern California with zero incidents and zero injuries. John is a three-time winner of Young’s coveted “Best in the West” award and is a firm believer in customer service. “If the customer is happy, then I’m happy! If the customer has a problem, it’s my problem and I do whatever I can to help.” John is one of many Young’s drivers who – together in 2016 – made 350,000 customer stops across 1.8 million miles in Northern California.





In Arizona, Julio Montijo is one of our hard-working drivers who contributed to a total of 1.1 million miles to make 150,644 customer stops – and that’s just in 2016! Mike Letter, Director, Drivers and Delivery describes why Julio is an exemplary team member: “Julio is an extremely reliable driver with a positive attitude and excellent communication skills.”






From the great state of Hawaii, Scott Shinsato is known for being helpful to coworkers and offering new drivers suggestions on routes. In 2016, Young’s drivers in Hawaii covered 186,627 miles, making 67,341 deliveries. Scott averaged 3.09 customer stops per hour.





Together, wine and spirits wholesalers employ more than 16,500 professional truck drivers. These professional men and women deliver 80 percent of all wine and spirits sold at wholesale in the United States to neighborhood restaurants, bars and stores. The efficiency and safety of these drivers allow businesses and American citizens to confidently receive the widest variety of beverage alcohol anywhere in the world.

To learn more about how essential truck drivers are to our communities and the economy, visit www.wswa.org/ntdaw or www.ntdaw.org.