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Trucking's Top Rookie - 2011

Cash and prizes awarded at Great American Trucking Show

Tuscaloosa, Alabama: 

Photo:  Darek PaulRandall-Reilly Business Media & Information announced TMC Transportation company driver Darek Paul as the winner in its Trucking’s Top Rookie program at a ceremony on Friday, August 26, 2011, during the Great American Trucking Show in Dallas.

Paul was chosen for the award by an expert panel of judges, which included representatives from motor carriers, training schools (both public and private), suppliers, and trade associations. As the Top Rookie, Paul won $10,000 in cash and the following prizes:

  • One-year complimentary membership in the National Association of Independent Truckers
  • A Year’s supply of 5-Hour Energy drinks
  • RoadPro Getting Started Living On-The-Go Package
  • NAIT OGIO briefcase and duffle bag
  • American Trucking Associations' “Good Stuff Trucks Bring It” package
  • A GPS unit and CB radio from COBRA Electronics
  • 1 year of free access to Pro-Tread training series from Instructional Technologies, Inc.

Paul will be featured in Randall-Reilly’s Student Driver Placement and Pro Trucker publications and in an interview with Midnight Trucking Radio’s Eric Harley.

A Nashville native, Paul received his CDL training at CDI in Christiana, Tennessee. Before becoming a driver with TMC, Paul served in the Army for three years and spent 15 months in Iraq. In late August, he also celebrated his one-year anniversary with TMC.

“Darek is a fine young man and we are so proud of him,” says Duane Boswell, vice president of recruiting. “Since he was in orientation and earned the honor roll award for his high test scores Darek has stood out. He performs his job safely, efficiently and most importantly with pride. He is the type of person we wish to hire and attract to the profession. Darek is an excellent representative for this award and our company. We look forward to his future success at TMC.”

The Trucking's Top Rookie contest was created to highlight the opportunities in the truck driving profession and promote the truck driving career choice during a severe shortage of drivers. Carriers were asked to nominate their top rookie who had graduated from a PTDI-certified or NAPFTDS- or CVTA-member driver training school within the past year and had been employed by their trucking company for less than one year. Nominees were judged on their safety performance, customer service, and achievements within their organization.

Nine other finalists for the Trucking’s Top Rookie award each received $500 in cash and a variety of other prizes. The other finalists were Jackie Rhodes, Crete Carrier Corp.; Theodore Mueskes, Trimac Transportation; Clayton Tuma, Grand Island Express; Lorissa Strychowskj, MacKinnon Transport; Brian Knott, Maverick Transportation; Matthew Underhill, Con-Way Truckload; Wesley Baker, Cargo Transporters; Christopher Thiel, Grand Island Express; and Damon Frazee, Crete Carrier Corporation.

Trucking’s Top Rookie is a partnership between Randall-Reilly, Truckload Carriers Association, Progressive Insurance, the National Association of Independent Truckers, Commercial Vehicle Training Association, Shell ROTELLA, National Association of Publicly Funded Truck Driving Schools, American Trucking Associations, and the Midnight Trucking Radio Network.