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Monday, July 28, 2014

Finalists Announced For 2014 Mike O’Connell Memorial Trucking’s Top Rookie Program

Cash and prizes to be awarded at Great American Trucking Show

Randall-Reilly has announced the finalists in its 2014 Mike O’Connell Memorial Trucking’s Top Rookie contest. The program, which received 55 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 training schools (both public and private), suppliers and trade associations, named 10 finalists: Dion Blair, who went to All State Career School before signing on with TMC Transportation; Elisee Carnelli, a Hogan Transports, Inc driver who attended MTC Truck Driver Training; Steven Jameson, a graduate of Interstate Truck Driving school who is leased to Dart Transit; Amanda Kidd, who trained at Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute and drives for Cargo Transporters; Jason Kiser, a driver for Stevens Transport who came through Stevens Driving Academy; Michael Kline, who attended Roehl Driver Training Center and is employed by Roehl Transport; Williams Mills, who went to Universal Technical Institute before going to work for Britton Transport; Julie Matulle, who trained at Fox Valley Technical College and now drives for H.O. Wolding; Carlos Nordquist, a Roadmaster Drivers School graduate who is employed by Werner Enterprises and John Spofford, a Premier Crude driver who trained at Del Mar College.

More than $25,000 in cash and prizes will be awarded to these deserving drivers at a ceremony on Friday, August 22 during the Great American Trucking Show in Dallas. The Mike O’Connell Memorial 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 GPS unit and Motor Carrier Road Atlas from Rand McNally; a dash camera from Cobra Electronics and an American Trucking Asso­ciations “Trucking Moves America Forward” gift pack­.

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

 
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