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Finalists Announced For Trucking’s Top Rookie Program

Cash and prizes to be awarded at Great American Trucking Show

Tuscaloosa, Alabama:

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 and 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.

August 2013