We're not quite to halftime of the 2010 Mid-America Trucking Show, but I think I may have seen the highlight for this year. It will be difficult to top Arrow Truck Sales' reveal of the 2010 Back on the Road winner.
Owner-operator Robert Snyder of Dunnellon, FL, was announced Friday morning as this year's recipient. Robert was joined by his wife and daughter, who nominated her dad for Back on the Road.
As you could imagine, it was an emotional moment for the family and many others gathered to watch. Robert's story is a familiar tale during these tough economic times. During the past couple of years he has struggled to continue driving his 14-year old truck, which has nearly 1.5 million miles, while keeping up the family home and paying bills on time.
After the announcement, with an eye-catching 2007 Volvo VNL 670 to their backs, the Snyders watched arm-in-arm a video of their story. The promise of better days ahead was present on their joyful faces. An opportunity to remove much of the stresses experienced during the past couple of years is now a reality.
I cannot think of a better moment at this year's show.