The "Transition Trucking: Driving for Excellence" campaign, first launched in the spring of 2016, is part of an overall effort to inspire the hiring of more veterans, national guard members, and reservists into the trucking industry. As the main part of the initiative, deserving veteran drivers who have made a successful transition from military service to the trucking industry were nominated by their carriers for the chance to win a fully-loaded Kenworth T680 truck to accelerate their newfound careers.
Since nominations closed on June 30th for this year’s hopefuls, the exceptional pool of candidates has been narrowed to the elite Top 10.
The Top 10 finalists include (listed in alphabetical order of last name):
- Mary and Larry Berman (Mary, US Army National Guard and Reserves; Larry, US Coast Guard and Army). Carrier: U.S. Xpress
- Phillip Cooper (US Navy). Carrier: Melton Truck Lines
- Sean Harding (US Army). Carrier: Stevens Transport
- Christopher King (US Air Force). Carrier: TMC Transportation
- Britney Motes (US Army). Carrier: Werner Enterprises
- James Rogers (US Army). Carrier: Prime, Inc.
- Wayne Roy (US Marine Corps). Carrier: U.S. Xpress
- Daniel Shonebarger (US Navy). Carrier: Melton Truck Lines
- Gregg Softy (US Army). Carrier: Stevens Transport
- Robert West (US Air Force). Carrier: Werner Enterprises
“Each of these candidates is an incredible ambassador to display what military talent brings to the trucking industry,” said FASTPORT President Brad Bentley. “We’re proud to say that all five United States military branches are represented in this diverse and qualified group, which is simply another proof point that the military, regardless of military occupation or branch, provides a unique and significant foundation for a professional truck driving career.”
The Top 10 Finalists will be recognized at the Great American Trucking Show in Dallas, TX on August 25, 2016 during the U.S. Department of Labor’s Transportation & Logistics Sector of Excellence in Apprenticeships (SEA) Conference and ApprenticeshipUSA Accelerator. To register to attend this event, please use the following link: http://info.fastport.com/gats-dol-registration.
The previous evening, these new drivers will also be recognized at the President George W. Bush Library during a tour and reception where last year’s winner and Navy veteran, Mr. Troy Davidson, will attend and discuss how his military experience enabled him to become named the best new driver in America and how the Transition Trucking award has impacted his life. B.J. Ganem, Wounded Warrior, will also be a guest speaker. To RSVP for the Transition Trucking Reception, email [email protected]
For more information on the Transition Trucking: Driving for Excellence Award, please visit transitiontrucking.org.
About Kenworth Truck Company
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About Hiring Our Heroes
Hiring Our Heroes is a nationwide initiative of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation to help veterans, transitioning service members, and military spouses find meaningful employment. Working with a vast network of state and local chambers and other strategic partners from the public, private and nonprofit sectors, Hiring Our Heroes has helped hundreds of thousands of veterans and military spouses find meaningful employment. In March 2012, Hiring Our Heroes and Capital One launched Hiring 500,000 Heroes, a national campaign to engage the business community in committing to hire half a million veterans and military spouses by the end of 2014. This milestone was achieved in June 2015 when 500,000 veteran and military spouse hires were confirmed.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation is dedicated to strengthening America’s long-term competitiveness and educating the public on how the free enterprise system improves society and the economy.
FASTPORT, Inc. is an employment software development company that builds products to help Veterans, members of the Guard and Reserve, transitioning service members and military spouses find meaningful employment. Using its proprietary technology, FASTPORT is committed to matching job seekers to employers actively hiring from the military community.
FASTPORT, Inc. is a Department of Labor Industry Intermediary to increase apprenticeship programs for civilian and Veteran talent and has a commercial co-venture with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Hiring Our Heroes Program to develop the preeminent employment marketplace to connect employers and military candidates. For more information, visit fastport.com.