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TMC Transportation’s Kyle Lee Named Trucking’s Top Rookie

Cash and prizes awarded at Great American Trucking Show

TUSCALOOSA, Ala., (August 2013) – Randall-Reilly announced TMC Transportation company driver Kyle Lee  as the winner in its Trucking’s Top Rookie program at a ceremony on Friday, August 23 during the Great American Trucking Show in Dallas.

Lee was chosen for the award by an expert panel of judges, which included representatives from motor carriers, training schools, suppliers and trade associations. As Trucking’s Top Rookie, Lee won $10,000 in cash and the following prizes:

  • A custom plaque from Award Company of America, a division of Randall-Reilly
  • A GPS unit and Bluetooth-enabled CB radio from COBRA Electronics
  • American Trucking Associations “National Truck Driver Appreciation Week” prize package
  • A Year’s supply of 5-Hour Energy drinks
  • $1,000 cash and 100,000 MyRewards points from Pilot Flying J
  • A Rand McNally Motor Carrier Road Atlas.

Immediately following the awards ceremony, Red Eye Radio’s Eric Harley conducted a live interview with Lee, who will soon be featured in Randall-Reilly’s Student Driver Placement and Company Driver publications.

An Ottawa, Kansas native, Redvay received his CDL at MTC Truck Driver Training in St. Louis. Before becoming a driver with TMC Transportation, Lee spent four years active duty in the Army and is now in the National Guard. Kyle served three years in Germany and one in Afghanistan, where he was a mechanic and drove heavy machinery.

“Being recognized as Trucking’s Top Rookie was a huge honor,” says Lee.  “This program is great and let me and the other nominees know that the trucking industry cares about us. I was very fortunate to get a great start with my CDL training at MTC and find a supportive, family-friendly company in TMC. I feel so blessed to have won this award.”

The Trucking's Top Rookie contest was created to highlight the opportunities in the truck driving profession and promote the truck driving career choice during a severe shortage of drivers. Carriers were asked to nominate their top rookie who had graduated from a PTDI certified, or NAPFTDS- or CVTA-member driver training school within the past year and had been employed by their trucking company for less than one year. Nominees were judged on their safety performance, customer service and achievements within their organization.

Nine other finalists for the Trucking’s Top Rookie award each received $1,000 in cash and a variety of other prizes. The other finalists were Michael Bonniwell, who trained at American Institute of Technology and drives for Werner Enterprises; Jeffrey Finkel, a graduate of Heavy Metal Truck Training who is leased to Dart Transit; Joseph Haas, a driver for Swift Transportation who came through National Tractor Trailer School; Immanuel Odongkara and Timothy Pye, who both graduated from a Roadmaster Drivers School and are employed by Werner Enterprises; Nathan Reardon and Sandra Sherill, H.O. Wolding drivers who both trained at a National Tractor Trailer School; Kevin Smith, a Commercial Driver Institute graduate now employed by TMC Transportation and Dan A’Zaire Snow, who trained at Diesel Driving Academy before going to work for TMC Transportation.

“Congratulations to Kyle Lee and to all of TMC’s Trucking’s Top Rookie Finalists,” comments Duane Boswell, Vice President of Recruiting for TMC.  “Kyle Lee, Kevin Smith and Dan A’Zaire Snow all did TMC very proud by placing in the top ten finalists group.  They are great examples of new drivers who were attracted to the trucking industry because of the substantial opportunity to support their families and personal dreams.

Kyle took the big prize, winning Top Rookie honors and bringing tears of joy to his wife Kayla at the awards ceremony. We share in her pride and joy and are confident that Kyle will represent our industry well as it seeks to attract many more high quality people like Kyle. A special thanks to the wonderful spouses of these men; Kayla Lee, Samantha Snow and Deborah Smith are all great examples of supportive spouses who contribute immeasurably to the ability of these drivers to succeed in their new careers,” continues Boswell.

Trucking’s Top Rookie is a partnership between Randall-Reilly, Truckload Carriers Association, Commercial Vehicle Training Association, Shell ROTELLA, National Association of Publicly Funded Truck Driving Schools, Pilot Flying J, American Trucking Associations and the Red Eye Radio Network.

TMC’s Kyle Lee named Trucking’s Top Rookie, wins $25k in prizes

Source: overdriveonline.com/tmcs-kyle-lee-named-truckings-top-rookie-wins-25k-in-prizes/

Kyle Lee won the Top Rookie of the Year award.TMC Transportation’s Kyle Lee was named the winner of the third annual Trucking’s Top Rookie contest and has won $25,000 in cash and prizes.

Lee was selected from 10 finalists in attendance, which was narrowed down from 46 original nominations.

As part of prize package, Lee was presented with a $10,000 check from Randall-Reilly (publisher of Overdrive) and will also receive a RoadPro Getting Started LIving On-the-Go Package; $1,000 cash and 100,000 from Pilot Flying J; a year’s supply of 5-Hour Energy; a GPS unit and CB radio from Cobra Electronics; an American Trucking Associations “Good Stuff Brings It” package and a Rand McNally Motor Carrier Road Atlas.

The other nine finalists will each receive $1,000 in cash and a variety of other prizes. Trucking’s Top Rookie is a partnership between Randall-Reilly, Truckload Carriers Association, Commercial Vehicle Training Association, Shell ROTELLA, Pilot Flying J, National Association of Publicly Funded Truck Driving Schools, American Trucking Associations and the Red Eye Radio Network.

The contest is designed to promote professionalism among new drivers and a boost retention efforts of fleets.

Source: overdriveonline.com/tmcs-kyle-lee-named-truckings-top-rookie-wins-25k-in-prizes/

Finalists Announced For Trucking's Top Rookie Program Cash and prizes to be awarded at Great American Trucking Show

TUSCALOOSA, Ala., (August 2013) - Randall-Reilly has announced the finalists in its Trucking's Top Rookie contest. The program, which received 46 nominations this year, is designed to increase pride and professionalism among new drivers, and to promote truck driving as a career choice during a severe driver shortage.

An expert panel of judges, which included representatives from motor carriers, training schools (both public and private), suppliers and trade associations, named 10 finalists:   

  • Michael Bonniwell, who trained at American Institute of Technology and drives for Werner Enterprises;
  • Jeffrey Finkel, a graduate of Heavy Metal Truck Training who is leased to Dart Transit;
  • Joseph Haas, a driver for Swift Transportation who came through National Tractor Trailer School;  
  • Kyle Lee, who went to MTC Truck Driver Training before signing on with TMC Transportation;
  • Immanuel Odongkara and Timothy Pye, who both graduated from a Roadmaster Drivers School and are employed by Werner Enterprises;  
  • Nathan Reardon and Sandra Sherill, H.O. Wolding drivers who both trained at a National Tractor Trailer School;
  • Kevin Smith, a Commercial Driver Institute graduate now employed by TMC Transportation
  • Dan Snow, who trained at Diesel Driving Academy before going to work for TMC Transportation.

More than $25,000 in cash and prizes will be awarded to these deserving drivers at a ceremony on Friday, August 23 during the Great American Trucking Show in Dallas. Trucking's Top Rookie will be chosen from these 10 finalists. Eric Harley of the Red Eye Radio Network will interview the winner, who will receive a variety of prizes including: a $10,000 check; a custom plaque from Award Company of America, a division of Randall-Reilly; a RoadPro Getting Started Living On-The- Go Package; $1,000 cash and 100,000 MyRewards points from Pilot Flying J; a year's supply of 5-Hour Energy drinks; a GPS unit and CB radio from Cobra Electronics; an American Trucking Asso­ciations "Good Stuff Trucks Bring It" pack­age, and a Rand McNally Motor Carrier Road Atlas.

The other nine finalists will each receive $1,000 in cash and a variety of other prizes. Trucking's Top Rookie is a partnership between Randall-Reilly, Truckload Carriers Association, Commercial Vehicle Training Association, Shell ROTELLA, Pilot Flying J, National Association of Publicly Funded Truck Driving Schools, American Trucking Associations and the Red Eye Radio Network.

We would like to congratulate all the CVTA Members who trained and hired these very deserving drivers.  Congratulations one and all! 


15th Annual Trucking Roundup Planned for Great American Trucking Show

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August 2013, Dallas, Texas – Trucking companies and other industry attendees at the Great American Trucking Show in Dallas are invited to attend the 15th Annual Trucking Roundup, co-sponsored by Randall-Reilly Recruiting Media, the National Association of Independent Truckers (NAIT) and the Commercial Vehicle Training Association.

The event will be held on Wednesday, August 21 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at the House of Blues Dallas, located downtown, just north of the Convention Center.

Guests will enjoy open bar, passed hors d’oeuvres and an acoustic concert featuring Lindsay Lawler, a rising country music star who is also the spokesperson for the Truckload Carriers Association’s Highway Angel program.

Space for the event is limited, so make your reservations early. You can RSVP by calling Jeannie Colson at 205-248-1336. For more information on the venue, visit  www.hob.com/DALLAS.


Randall-Reilly Announces 2013 Trucking’s Top Rookie Program

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Two years ago, Recruiting Media, a division of Randall-Reilly pursued a suggestion from the CVTA and launched a Trucking’s Top Rookie contest to increase pride and professionalism among new drivers, and promote the truck driving career choice during a severe shortage of drivers. Through its many trucking periodicals and industry partners like Shell ROTELLA and the Red Eye Radio Network, Randall-Reilly was able to promote the contest and to recognize 29 nominees.

“We had a great response to last year’s contest  thanks to our sponsors and support from the association partnerships (TCA and their school committee, ATA, CVTA, NAPFTDS and PTDI),” Scott Miller, Senior Vice President, Sales for Randall-Reilly, said. “Trucking’s Top Rookie continues to grow and was recently endorsed as an official Image and Outreach Program by the American Trucking Associations. We also have an additional sponsor this year, Rand McNally. With $25,000 in cash and prizes plus more time for entries, this year’s contest promises to be bigger and better.”

Any CDL holder who has graduated from a PTDI certified, or NAPFTDS or CVTA member driver training school within the past year and has been employed by a trucking company for less than one year, is eligible for the award.

Nominations may be made by motor carrier employers, training organizations, the general public and/or other interested parties. There is a standardized nomination form, which can be completed o
nline at www.truckload.org/rookie between May 15 and  June 21, 2012.

An expert panel of judges, which includes representatives from motor carriers, schools (both public and private), suppliers and trade associations, will identify 10 finalists. The winner will be interviewed by Eric Harley on RedEye Radio Network and will be recognized during a press conference at the Great American Truck Show in Dallas, TX.

The 2013 Trucking’s Top Rookie winner will receive: a $10,000 check; a custom plaque from Award Company of America, a property of Randall-Reilly; a RoadPro Getting Started Living On-The- Go Package; $1,000 cash and 100,000 MyRewards points from Pilot Flying J; a year’s supply of 5-Hour Energy drinks; a GPS unit and CB radio from Cobra Electronics; an American Trucking Associations “Good Stuff Trucks Bring It” package, and a Rand McNally Motor Carrier Road Atlas.

The other nine finalists will receive $1,000 and a similar prize p
ack.

Please nominate your deserving drivers today!


Randall-Reilly Names Carolyn Mason to New Content Marketing Post

TUSCALOOSA, ALA. (February 2013) – To help marketers find more innovative ways to target, connect and engage their customers, Randall-Reilly has created a new content marketing services department and has named Carolyn Mason as its director.

In her new role, Mason will lead Randall-Reilly’s efforts to create and deploy quality content through various channels to strengthen brands and grow audiences for the company’s construction and trucking clients. Mason will tap the company’s subject matter experts and unmatched digital, data, print, mobile and event capabilities to develop content-based programs that capture, qualify and convert leads through the sales life cycle.

“Our new content marketing services initiative is yet another way Randall-Reilly is helping our clients find and keep customers, says Brent Reilly, Randall-Reilly president. “We are excited to have someone with Carolyn’s broad background and wide-ranging skills lead this endeavor.”


An award-winning writer, Mason has held a variety of roles since joining Randall-Reilly in 1997, including stints in editorial, marketing, public relations, events and social media. She has contributed to the company’s trucking, construction and landscaping media and has developed and executed special projects for major industry suppliers, including oil companies, truck makers, and financial services firms.

Mason teaches writing in the University of Alabama Honors College. She has held her commercial drivers license since 2001. She can be reached at 205-248-1429 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
 


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