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Trucking's Top Rookie - 2012
Cash and prizes awarded at Great American Trucking Show
Randall-Reilly Business Media & Information announced Crete Carrier Corporation company driver Keith Redvay as the winner in its Trucking’s Top Rookie program at a ceremony on Friday, August 24, during the Great American Trucking Show in Dallas.
Redvay was chosen for the award by an expert panel of judges, which included representatives from motor carriers, training schools, suppliers, and trade associations. As Trucking’s Top Rookie, Redvay won $10,000 in cash and the following prizes:
Immediately following the awards ceremony, Red Eye Radio’s Eric Harley conducted a live interview with Redvay, who will soon be featured in Randall-Reilly’s Student Driver Placement and Company Driver publications.
A Franklin, Indiana, native, Redvay received his CDL training at Roadmaster Drivers School. Before becoming a driver with Crete Carrier Corporation, Redvay served in the Army for 26 years, retiring as a Battalion Sergeant Major and was involved with returning soldiers who would be looking for civilian work in the near future. Keith was preparing to join the trucking industry once he retired from the military, and worked diligently to promote the transportation industry to these returning servicemen and -women. He is now a proud member of Crete Carrier Corporation’s new Patriot Fleet that transports freight around the United States thanking our servicemen and -women for a job well done.
“Keith’s transition to the trucking industry from the military has been seamless. The skills and training that Keith received while in the military allowed him to be successful in Crete’s training program and now in the trucking industry. Keith is an exceptional representative of Crete Carrier, the Military, and the Trucking’s Top Rookie honor,” says Jeff Dady, Driver Development Manager at Crete Carrier Corporation.
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 $1,000 in cash and a variety of other prizes. The other finalists were Scott Curry, Werner Enterprises; Annette Dellinger, C.R. England Global Transportation; Michael Gartner, Roehl Transport; Roberto Jaimes, Werner Enterprises; Andrew Lee, TMC Transportation; James Perdue, Roehl Transport; Mike Samra, Schneider National; Paul Webb, Epes Transportation; and Jerry Wolff, TMC Transportation.
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 Red Eye Radio Network.