The search for Trucking’s Top Rookie is underway, and the deadline to submit nominations is Friday, June 23.
Presented by Truckers News, the goal of the contest is to identify and recognize the best professional truck driver who has been on the job for less than a year.
The 10 finalists will be named July 28, and 2017’s top rookie will be announced Aug. 25 at the Great American Truck Show in Dallas.
Partnering with Truckers News in the search are the three national organizations overseeing truck driver training: the Commercial Vehicle Training Association, the National Association Of Publicly Funded Truck Driving Schools and the Professional Truck Driver Institute.
“Identifying and recognizing the best new professional truck drivers with this award is one way to help focus attention on the American trucking industry’s continuing efforts to attract, train and retain top talent for a vitally important job,” said David Hollis, editor of Truckers News. “The Trucking’s Top Rookie Award helps underscore truck driving as an important career option for men and women joining the workforce or for veteran employees looking to make a career change.”
The winner receives:
The other nine finalists receive:
Sponsors include: the RoadPro Family of Brands, Rand McNall, Cobra Electronic, Progressive, RedEye Radio and ATA.
Recognizing the top rookie driver was the idea of the late Mike O’Connell, who was formerly the executive director of the Commercial Vehicle Training Association. He believed that by honoring a top rookie driver helps show new drivers they are important to the trucking industry.