Bill Kerry DMC Driver of the Year





DMC Insurance is proud to name Rudy Kroll of CTI, Inc. the 2022 DMC Driver of the Year. The DMC Driver of the Year Award is awarded annually to identify and celebrate the best-in-class drivers of DMC’s insureds. The judging committee scores nominees based on driving record, service to the community, involvement as a mentor within their company, and areas in which they have displayed leadership efforts in support of the industry. Only one Driver of the Year is chosen from the many deserving applications submitted.

Rudy was unanimously selected as the winning driver by a committee comprised of trucking industry experts. The award and accompanying prize package will be presented to Rudy during an appreciation event that DMC will hold at the CTI headquarters, in Rillito, AZ, on Friday, July 15, 2022. Representatives from DMC Insurance, along with executives and staff from CTI, will be onsite to recognize Rudy and celebrate his achievement. Lunch and gifts, provided by DMC, will be given to the drivers and staff of the Rillito terminal in honor of Rudy.

“Rudy is a man with great integrity, honor, and who has lived a life of self-sacrifice for the good of his country, his family, and also, our company.” – Christie Blair, Nominator and Senior Risk Manager at CTI, Inc. 

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“Rudy has been employed with CTI for nearly 38 years. I cannot think of any driver more qualified and deserving of DMC Driver of the Year than he, and I am both honored and humbled to be permitted the opportunity to nominate him.

Despite his long career as a driver with CTI and over two million miles, Rudy has never been involved in a single accident, collision, or incident. Rudy is our most senior driver and has always been a model example for all drivers with our company. Rudy is very conscientious about the work that he does and follows all rules and regulations to a superior degree. Safety has always been key to Rudy, not only in his driving habits but down to making the most thorough and detailed pre-and post-trip inspections. Rudy also consistently goes above and beyond to be there for all of our drivers, serving as a most excellent mentor. He is always kind, personable, and willing to help anyone and everyone. 

Not only is Rudy’s commitment to CTI exemplary, but his entire life has been one of sacrifice for his country and family. During the Vietnam War era, Rudy honorably served his country in the United States Marine Corps. He continues to be a person of impeccable character and integrity. We are grateful to Rudy for his service not only to our country but also to our company. Moreover, this past year Rudy lost his beloved wife and partner for several decades, and yet Rudy did not take time off work, continuing to care for his adult children and grandchildren. He is also active in community service through his dedicated involvement with his church. 

In the nearly forty years he has been with CTI, Rudy has been one of the most dependable employees, second to none, and willing to always go the extra mile when need be. In conclusion, I cannot think of anyone who is better suited or better deserving, both personally and professionally, than Rudolph Kroll for DMC Driver of the Year.”

– Sincerely, Christie Blair, J.D., Senior Risk Manager at CTI, Inc.

CTI team with Winning DMC Driver of the Year

The CTI, Inc. team pose with Rudy after learning of his win. (From left to right, David Seia, VP of Operations; Tom Jones, President; Rudy Kroll, Driver and winning DMC Driver of the Year; Fermin Samorano, Director of Safety & Mining; Christie Blair, Nominator and Senior Risk Manager; Jonathan Schindler, Bulk Logistics Manager and Rudy’s Terminal Manager; Kerry Barrette, VP of Human Resources.)

Rudy has been a professional driver with CTI for the past 38 years, accumulating over two million miles, without ever being involved in a single accident, collision, or incident. In addition to his safe-driving record, Rudy has been a long-time mentor to his fellow drivers at CTI and is meticulous in his safety practices, from navigating regulations in his area to the most detailed of pre-and post-trip inspections. Rudy served in the United States Marine Corps during the Vietnam War and has continued to live a life of service through dedicated involvement within his church and community. Christie Blair, Senior Risk Manager at CTI, nominated Rudy for the award noting, “Rudy is not only the most excellent driver and employee a trucking company could hope for, but he is one of the kindest, most humble people you could ever meet.”

CTI, Inc. is a dry bulk and liquid cargo tank company whose operations encompass the entire state of Arizona and the western areas of New Mexico. They service infrastructure growth by transporting hazardous and non-hazardous materials in multiple configurations of equipment by directly supporting the mining communities, power plants, airports, and commercial industries. To learn more about driving with CTI, visit

Congratulations, Rudy!


Rudy Kroll CTI Driver

                     Rudy Kroll poses with his “36 years of service” sticker in 2020.

Thank you to all of the 2022 nominees for your dedication to safe driving!

We were extremely impressed with the caliber of drivers that were nominated by our insureds. Each and every one deserves recognition for their hard work, safe driving, and commitment to the trucking industry. Thank you to all nominators that took the time to submit a candidate and share their stories. 

DMC Insurance