, Kingston, NH

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September 27, 2012

My Opinion: September 27, 2012

RAYMOND – I was very pleased to be invited to a special award ceremony at the Governor and Executive Council Chambers on September 17th, put on by the New Hampshire Motor Transport Association to recognize special truck drivers into their “Master Truck Driver Certification” program. This prestigious program recognizes drivers who have achieved a high level of professionalism as a safe driver, that also are involved in a community service program, or a leadership role with their employer.

This year, Wal-Mart Transportation Center DC 6830, in Raymond, recommended three tractor trailer drivers for this “Master Truck Driver Certification”. They were recommended by the DC’s Safety Manager George Orchard and the Transportation Manager Pat Maloy.

The three drivers are:

Brian Gaines driving for various businesses for over 33 years, logging over two million accident free miles, and is an active member of Wal-Mart Heart Program, who reach out to children with medical conditions doing different events and fundraisers with donations going for medical research. Events such as baseball games help to make a difference in a child’s life.

George Treantafel is the DC’s organizer of their “Pull for a Cure” team for the Wounded Warriors. This year’s team of 25 drivers competed against 15 other teams during the Airshow at the Pease Tradeport, pulling a 757 aircraft 12 feet. Their efforts raises money for the NH Brain Injury Association, and helps our Wounded Warriors returning from war with brain injuries.

Mark Bailey was Captain/Lead Store Ambassador of “Wal-Mart’s Store Ambassador Program”. His duties and responsibilities included working with Store and Market Managers as well as home office managers. This program fosters a relationship between the stores and the transportation office. It recognizes associates that go above and beyond as well as working to resolve any opportunities that may arise. Mark oversaw 10 other store ambassadors. Mark has just transferred to Florida.

“Congratulations and Well Done!” to all three, and “Thank You!” for all your hard work.

(Editor’s Note: NH State Representative Mike Kappler can be reached at



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