CINCINNATI--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Roger Lemírande was missing from the crowd at booth 69172 on Saturday, March 29, at the Mid-America Trucking Show. In fact, he was eating breakfast when his name was drawn from thousands of entries to win Great American Insurance Group’s Big Rig Giveaway.
It took multiple phone calls from Mark Calkin, Divisional President of Great American Insurance Group’s Trucking Division, before Lemírande actually returned the call. “I was sure it was a crank call,” said Lemírande. “I just figured it was some of my buddies messing with me.”
It finally struck home when he made his way to the Great American Insurance Group booth a few minutes later and saw “The Great American Dream” waiting for him. It’s a 2010 Kenworth, customized just for the Giveaway. He had entered on a whim earlier in the week and never gave it a second thought. “I have never won anything,” he stammered as he walked up to the truck. “I’m just in shock right now and don’t even know what to say.”
Lemírande has been driving for 35 years. Based out of Oconto Falls, Wis., he takes regional runs mostly to the Chicago area and is home nearly every night. His current truck is a 1989 model, so the newer Kenworth will give him more opportunities to increase his income. He plans to sell his old truck and begin driving his new rig as soon as possible.
The 2014 Big Rig Giveaway marked the eighth time Great American Insurance Group awarded a truck at the Mid-America Trucking Show. Great American created the Big Rig Giveaway to highlight the Trucking Division’s products and services, and to give back to the trucking community and say “thank you” for the work truckers do to keep America moving. Great American’s Trucking Division is a leading provider of insurance products for the long-haul trucking industry and specializes in service to independent contractors.
Since its inception, the popular drawing has received more than 45,000 entries. Each year, the “Big Rig” receives a custom overhaul. This year, it featured a new paint job and new chrome features, “Great American Dream” graphics and a deer guard for added protection. The custom work was done by Elizabeth Truck Center in New Jersey, one of Great American Insurance Group’s Rig Ready shops.
Great American Insurance Group’s roots go back to 1872 with the founding of its flagship company, Great American Insurance Company. Based in Cincinnati, Ohio, the operations of Great American Insurance Group are engaged primarily in property and casualty insurance, focusing on specialty commercial products for businesses, and in the sale of traditional fixed and fixed-indexed annuities in the retail, financial institutions and education markets. Great American Insurance Company has received an “A” (Excellent) or higher rating from the A.M. Best Company for over 100 years (most recent rating evaluation of “A+” (Superior) as of February 21, 2014). The members of the Great American Insurance Group are subsidiaries of American Financial Group, Inc. (AFG), also based in Cincinnati, Ohio. AFG’s common stock is listed and traded on the New York Stock Exchange and NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol AFG.