A Stevens Transport driver and retired 28-year U.S. Army veteran won the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Hiring Our Heroes 2017 Transition Trucking Driving for Excellence award — and with it, a new Kenworth T680.
Gregg Softy was recognized Friday at a ceremony at the Chamber’s Washington headquarters as part of the contest, which is supported by Kenworth and FASTPORT.
Softy, a native of Athens, Ala., is a retired lieutenant colonel, and was nominated for the award by Stevens Transport.
The other finalists considered for the Transition Trucking award were:
Roy and Shonebarger each received $10,000 for being finalists.
“Following a distinguished military career, Gregg leveraged his skills to successfully launch a second career in the trucking industry,” said Eric Eversole, president of Hiring Our Heroes and vice president at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. “We are honored to play a role in helping Gregg find a meaningful employment opportunity, and congratulate him for winning this year’s award.”
Launched in 2016, the annual Transition Trucking: Driving for Excellence campaign is focused on curbing the emerging truck driver shortage and inspiring more companies to hire more veterans, National Guard members and reservists into the trucking industry.
Affected tractors are equipped with an automated Eaton UltraShift Plus or Eaton Advantage Transmission with right hand stalk shifter. In the affected trucks, the display on the instrument panel can indicate “N” when the shifter is set into “D” or “R,” causing the truck not to move.