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Kari Fisher – Winner of 2012 Jason Rivenburg Making a Difference Award

There are many people making a difference in the world and the Trucking Social Media Convention has created its own criteria and award for the winner of the “Making a Difference Award” within the trucking industry.

Last year’s winner of the Making a Difference Award was Hope Rivenburg for her determination and tenacity towards the passing of Jason’s Law for more safe truck parking.

This year the Trucking Social Media Convention is proud to announce the winner of the 2012 “Jason-Rivenburg- Making a Difference Award” is Kari Fisher of the Missing Truck Driver Alert Network.

Missing Truck Driver, as it’s known, started earlier this year when veteran truck driver Mark Williams was reported missing.

His family had not heard form him in a few days, and although there was a police report, the search was going extremely slow.

A friend of Jonda Williams, the wife of the missing driver, contacted Kari Fisher on FaceBook, and in a matter of hours Kari’s announcement  of the missing trucker went viral using the power of social media.  Kari quickly created a page for Missing Truck Drivers on FaceBook and people from all over the popular social media platform joined to help in the search.  A description of the truck, trailer, route and last known location was posted, along with a photo of Mr. Williams.

Many from within the newly formed group, including driver Hal Kiah, started making calls and reporting the missing driver on forums, blogs, twitter and radio shows.  Within hours, Mr Williams’ truck was discovered at a T/A Truck Stop in Tuscaloosa, Alabama by fellow driver Brandt Geiger. Geiger had recognized the truck from listening to a trucking radio show,  unfortunately Mr. Williams was found deceased in his truck.

Hope Rivenburg – 2011 Making a Difference Award

There are many professional drivers who go missing every year, only to be found deceased in their trucks.  There have been reports that some of these drivers go missing for weeks before finally being discovered by either law enforcement or someone who happened to notice the truck being there for an unusual amount of time.

The overwhelming call for this needed unified group sparked Kari to create the Missing Truck Driver website and alert notification.

This years Sponsor for the JR-Making a Difference Award is GoTruckStop.  Owner and founder T. J. Graff will award $500.00 to Mrs. Fisher and $100.00 gift certificates to all other candidates; Kylla Leeburg, Sandy Long, Desiree Wood and Kathy Cass.

The award ceremony will take place Sunday, October 28th, 2012, day two of the Truck Driver Social Media Convention.  There will be a ceremonial cake celebrating the passing of Jason’s Law in the Transportation Bill, also recognizing that October 28th is Jason Rivenburg’s birthday.

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Registration for 2012 Trucking Social Media

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By: Allen Smith

Allen Smith is a 37 year veteran who started at an early age in a household goods family moving business. He began driving straight trucks in 1977 and moved to the big rigs in 1982. His experience within the industry includes; owner operator, company driver, operations manager, and owner of a long distance HHG moving business, taking many of the long haul moves himself when needed. Allen Smith, a truck driver advocate who is driven by the desire to help others succeed within an industry where injustice, unrewarded sacrifice, and lack of respect and recognition exists. Allen and his wife Donna are hosts of Truth About Trucking ”Live” on Blog Talk Radio. Other websites include AskTheTrucker, TruckingSocialMedia, NorthAmericanTruckingALerts, TruthAboutTrucking, and many Social Media websites. In 2011 Allen and Donna hosted the first Truck Driver Social Media Convention, designed to create unity and solutions for the trucking industry. This is now being extended through the North American Trucking Alerts network as those within the industry join forces for the betterment of the industry. Allen strongly supports other industry advocates who are also stepping up to the plate to help those who share honesty, guidance and direction. He believes that all those involved in trucking need to be accountable for their part within the industry, including drivers, carriers, brokers, shippers, receivers, etc… The list of supporters and likeminded people grow daily, networking together and sharing thoughts and ideas for the betterment of trucking. He has coined the popular phrase "Raising the standards of the trucking industry"

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