Contact: Brad Bentley
Cash and prizes to be awarded at Great American Trucking Show
Earlier this year, Randall-Reilly Recruiting Media pursued a suggestion from the Commercial Vehicle Training Association (CVTA) to create a national Trucking’s Top Rookie contest to highlight the opportunities in the truck driving profession. With a theme of "TRAIN. RETAIN. GAIN.” the contest was designed to increase pride and professionalism among new drivers, and promote the truck driving career choice during a severe shortage of drivers.
Randall-Reilly used its many trucking periodicals and industry partners like CVTA, Progressive Insurance, American Trucking Associations, the National Association of Independent Truckers, Truckload Carriers Association, Shell ROTELLA, the National Association of Publicly funded Truck Driving Schools and the Midnight Trucking Radio Network to promote the contest. After receiving more than two-dozen nominations, an expert panel of judges, which included representatives from motor carriers, training schools (both public and private), suppliers and trade associations, has now identified 10 finalists for the Trucking’s Top Rookie award.
The finalists are: Jackie Rhodes, Crete Carrier Corp.; Theodore Mueskes, Trimac Transportation; Clayton Tuma, Grand Island Express; Darek Paul, TMC Transportation; Lorissa Strychowskj, MacKinnon Transport; Brian Knott, Maverick Transportation; Matthew Underhill, Con-Way; Wesley Baker, Cargo Transporters; Christopher Thiel, Grand Island Express and Damon Frazee, Crete Carrier Corporation. More than $20,000 in cash and prizes will be awarded to these deserving drivers at a ceremony on Friday, August 26 during the Great American Trucking Show in Dallas, TX.
The Midnight Trucking Radio Network’s Eric Harley will then interview the Trucking’s Top Rookie winner, who will receive: $10,000 cash; a one-year complimentary membership in the National Association of Independent Truckers (NAIT); a year’s supply of 5-Hour Energy drinks; a RoadPro Getting Started Living On-The-Go Package: 12-Volt SnackMaster Deluxe Family Size Cooler/Warmer, 12-Volt 5 Motor Heated & Massaging Seat/Back Cushion, Large Aluminum Forms Holder, 12V Oven and Pizza Maker, 12-Volt Wet/Dry Canister Vacuum, 62-Piece First Aid Kit with Carry Case, Plaid Blanket with Handy Storage Wrap, 12-Volt/USB Powered 16oz. Heated Travel Mug, Digital Compass with Time, Temperature and Ice Alert , Quick Cup Coffee Maker, 12-Volt Sandwich Maker; a NAIT OGIO briefcase and duffle bag; an American Trucking Associations “Good Stuff Trucks Bring It” package, which includes a logoed polo shirt, baseball cap, model truck and utility knife; a GPS unit and CB radio from COBRA Electronics and 1 free year of access to Pro-Tread training series from Instructional Technologies, Inc.