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Trucking’s Top Rookie Finalists Named for 2017
Ten drivers moved a step closer to being named Trucking’s Top Rookie for 2017 and winning $10,000 and a package of prizes in the contest presented by Truckers News.
The panel of judges from the trucking industry and truck driver education organizations narrowed the field to 10 finalists who will be recognized at the Great American Trucking Show in Dallas later this month. The winner will be announced at GATS on Friday, August 25.
This year’s 10 finalists, their employer and the driving school they attended include:
The award recognizes outstanding professional truck drivers who have been in the industry for a year or less.
“These 10 drivers represent the future of the American trucking industry,” said Truckers News Editor David Hollis. “So based on their qualifications, driving records, service to customers, the recommendations of their employers and their answers to several questions, that future has to be considered bright. They may be rookie drivers, but they conduct themselves and perform like seasoned veterans.”
One of the goals of the contest is to recognize talented professional drivers who are new to the industry so they know their hard work is appreciated. It also is meant to reinforce their decision to make truck driving their career of choice.
Hollis said the contest also helps focus attention on the innovative work done by those at the many professional driver training schools and programs across the country. Partnering with Truckers News in the search are the three national organizations overseeing truck driver training:
The winner leaves Dallas with:
The other nine finalists receive:
Recognizing the top rookie driver was the idea of the late Mike O’Connell, who was formerly the executive director of the Commercial Vehicle Training Association. He believed that honoring a top rookie driver helps show new drivers they are appreciated the trucking industry.