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Trucking's Top Rookie - 2013
Cash and prizes awarded at Great American Trucking Show
Randall-Reilly announced TMC Transportation company driver Kyle Lee as the winner in its Trucking’s Top Rookie program at a ceremony on Friday, August 23, 2013 during the Great American Trucking Show in Dallas.
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, Lee won $10,000 in cash
and the following
Immediately following the awards ceremony, Red Eye Radio’s Eric Harley conducted a live interview with Lee, who will soon be featured in Randall-Reilly’s Student Driver Placement and Company Driver publications.
An Ottawa, Kansas native, Lee received his CDL at MTC Truck Driver Training in St. Louis. Before becoming a driver with TMC Transportation, Lee spent four years active duty in the Army and is now in the National Guard. He served three years in Germany and one in Afghanistan, where he was a mechanic and drove heavy machinery.
“Being recognized as Trucking’s Top Rookie was a huge honor,” says Lee. “This program is great and let me and the other nominees know that the trucking industry cares about us. I was very fortunate to get a great start with my CDL training at MTC and find a supportive, family-friendly company in TMC.I feel so blessed to have won this award.”
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 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; 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 andDan A’Zaire Snow, who trained at Diesel Driving Academy before going to work for TMC Transportation.
“Congratulations to Kyle Lee and to all of TMC’s Trucking’s Top Rookie Finalists,” comments Duane Boswell, Vice President of Recruiting for TMC. “Kyle Lee, Kevin Smith and Dan A’Zaire Snow all did TMC very proud by placing in the top ten finalists group. They are great examples of new drivers who were attracted to the trucking industry because of the substantial opportunity to support their families and personal dreams.
Kyle took the big prize, winning Top Rookie honors and bringing tears of joy to his wife Kayla at the awards ceremony. We share in her pride and joy and are confident that Kyle will represent our industry well as it seeks to attract many more high quality people like Kyle. A special thanks to the wonderful spouses of these men; Kayla Lee, Samantha Snow and Deborah Smith are all great examples of supportive spouses who contribute immeasurably to the ability of these drivers to succeed in their new careers,” continues Boswell.
Trucking’s Top Rookie is a partnership between Randall-Reilly, Truckload Carriers Association, Commercial Vehicle Training Association, Shell ROTELLA, National Association of Publicly Funded Truck Driving Schools, Pilot Flying J, American Trucking Associations and the Red Eye Radio Network.