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Search is on for Trucking's Top Rookie

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                   Contact: Elisabeth Barna

May 13, 2016                                                                                            703-838-1945


Search is on for Trucking’s Top Rookie


A check for $10,000 and a package of prizes will be awarded to one skillful professional truck driver when Trucking’s Top Rookie is named in August.


The award, named in honor of the late Mike O’Connell, recognizes the best professional truck driver who has been on the job for less than a year.


The Trucking’s Top Rookie contest is a partnership between Truckers News, the Truckload Carriers Association, Commercial Vehicle Training Association, Rand McNally, Pilot Flying J, Progressive Commercial Insurance, National Association of Publicly Funded Driving Schools, American Trucking Associations and the Red Eye Radio Network.


Nominations open May 16 and close at 5 p.m. on June 24.


Nominations may be made online at http://truckload.org/rookie


“The contest gives great insight on the first impressions we as an industry make on new drivers,” said Debbie Sparks, vice president of development at TCA. “The content that the nominees provide can help carriers in crafting their recruitment practices and messaging.”


A panel of seven judges will review each nominee and select 10 finalists. The winner will be announced Friday, Aug. 26 at the Great American Trucking Show in Dallas.


“Recognizing the excellence of new truck drivers has never been more important than it is today,” said David Hollis, editor of Truckers News. “Encouraging new drivers to make a career out of trucking and show them they're appreciated is a great way to stem the driver shortage.”


The winner receives:


·        $10,000 cash


·        $1,000 cash and 100,000 Pilot Flying J MyReward points                                                                                                      


·        A custom plaque from Award Company of America


·        Interview on Red Eye Radio Network with Eric Harley


·        A feature in Truckers News


·        $1,000 worth of DAS Products merchandise featuring the RoadPro Getting Started Living On-The-Go Package                                    


·        American Trucking Associations “Good Stuff Trucks Bring It” package, which includes a logoed polo shirt, baseball cap, model truck and utility knife                                                                                             


·        A dash camera from COBRA Electronics


·        A GPS unit and a Motor Carrier Road Atlas from Rand McNally


The nine other finalists receive:


·        $1,000 cash


·        50,000 MyRewards points from Pilot Flying J


·        A custom plaque from Award Company of America


·        $100 worth of DAS Products Merchandise, featuring the RoadPro MobileSpec Portable Life Package


·        American Trucking Associations ‘ “Good Stu Trucks Bring It” package which includes a logoed polo shirt, baseball cap, model truck and utility knife


·        A CB radio from COBRA Electronics


·        A GPS unit from Rand McNally


Last year’s winner was Frederick Weatherspoon, a 52-year-old veteran of three branches of the military and a driver for Dartco.


Other previous winners include:


2014 Julie Matulie

2013 Kyle Lee

2012 Keith Redvay

2011 Derek Paul


The late Mike O’Connell was formerly the executive director of the Commercial Vehicle Training Association, and originated the idea of honoring a top rookie driver to help show new drivers they are important to and appreciated by the trucking industry.


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