Updated: Sep 1, 2021
Kevin Kocmich was one of three finalists for the 2018 Owner-Operator of the Year award. This was the third time Kevin has been nominated for the award. Kevin has been an ATBS client since 2018. Recently, we reached out to ask him a few questions about the nomination and his experience working with ATBS.
ATBS: What goes into the decision making for the Owner-Operator of the Year Award?
Kevin: The Owner-Operator of the Year Award is the biggest award a truck driver can get. It’s not just a safety award. You are given an intense background check where you are judged on multiple factors. You have to have a minimum of a million miles without any load claims, tickets, or ever being put out of service. You also have to turn in five years of back taxes where they look at how productive you have been, what you own, how often you trade, and how often you have changed companies. They also look at miscellaneous things like where you drive, your CSA score, whether you have been in the military, or any other public service.
ATBS: What have you done to be nominated for the award three times?
Kevin: I have driven three and a half million miles all accident-free. I have a clean record without any tickets or ever being put out of service. I have a CSA score of zero and I have been a member of OOIDA for 28 years.
ATBS: How long have you been an ATBS client?
Kevin: I have been an ATBS client for one year.
ATBS: What’s the most useful part of the service ATBS provides?
Kevin: The most useful part is learning about deductions you can claim that you haven’t before. It was nice to be able to lower my taxable income and pay less in taxes this year. I also like having all of my records on one account.
ATBS: What do you like most about working with ATBS?
Kevin: The first thing, is ATBS is very trustworthy. I also like how easy it is to get you guys all of my paperwork and receipts. As I mentioned earlier, I like having everything on one account so I don’t have to ask every time I want to see my profit and loss statement. It’s also nice that every time I have any questions I get a phone call or email back with an answer very promptly.
ATBS: If somebody was to ask you if they should use ATBS, what would you say to them?
Kevin: I would say definitely. ATBS is very easy to use, they are trustworthy and whenever you ask a question you always get an answer.
We want to thank Kevin for taking the time to answer a few of our questions. ATBS is proud to be able to work with such a successful and accomplished owner-operator. Hopefully, we can continue our partnership for many years to come.