About Jerry Fritts and American Overland Freight
Jerry Fritts is a third generation owner/operator with over 40 years of freight experience and over four million miles of safe driving. He has hauled general commodities, fragile, high value, hazardous materials (including explosives), and classified cargo throughout the United States and Canada; including - The Yukon Territories and Alaska.
Jerry has been an owner/operator for twenty two years and was leased to the largest owner/operator system in North America. During that time he was claim free, drove nearly two million accident free miles (accumulated another two million miles as a company driver for another top ten LTL common carrier), was selected Contractor of the Year 1992, and elected by the American Trucking Assoc. as one of the top twenty professional truck drivers in America on America’s Road Team.
He's also earned numerous other recognitions for claims free service, safety, customer service, revenue production, and professional attitude.Jerry has been published in op-ed article of Transport Topics August 15, 2011, “No Longer A Penny Business”, concerning more effective carrier / supply chain communications for a different perspective in understanding carrier operating costs.
While waiting for the freight market to shift back to a more profitable trend he seized the opportunity to pursue civic responsibilities. Jerry's earned the 2010 New Volunteer of the Year Award at the Mid- South Chapter of the American Red Cross. As a volunteer, he became the fleet manager, disaster shelter manager, worked to develop sheltering relationships within religious organizations, disaster preparedness presentations, developed and taught disaster contingency planning, and designed/managed large Red Cross promotions at events such as air shows. In 2011 he was awarded the Mid –South American Red Cross Chapter “Partnership Award.”
In conjunction with his time at Red Cross he accepted a one year project for AmeriCorps Vista to
perform relationship development with local county governments in West Tennessee for disaster
preparedness, contingency, and recovery. A colleague and I earned the AmeriCorps Vista National
Service Impact Award in Disaster Services for this project.