DALLAS — Kenworth has teamed with the FASTPORT Trucking Track Mentoring Program and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Hiring our Heroes Program to name the finalists in the initiative to find America’s top rookie military veteran who has made the successful transition from active duty to driving for a commercial fleet.
The three finalists in the “Transition Trucking: Driving for Excellence” recognition program with their branches of service and employers include:
The top three finalists were revealed at the Great American Trucking Show here last week.
For the second consecutive year, Kenworth will donate The Driver’s Truck, a fully-loaded Kenworth T680 Advantage with a 76-inch sleeper and PACCAR MX-13 engine, to serve as the program’s recognition award.
The winner will be announced in December in Washington, D.C.
“We have a very elite group of drivers who have achieved significant accomplishments in their military careers and as professional truck drivers,” said Brad Bentley FASTPORT president. “It is important for organizations across the United States to do what they can to especially reach out to our veterans to help them make a smooth transition back into civilian life. This is one way that the trucking industry is doing its part.”
Other drivers recognized at GATS that made the Top 10 list of finalists include:
Drivers were nominated by trucking companies that made a hiring commitment and pledge to hire veterans on www.truckingtrack.org or, by members of the National Association of Publicly Funded Truck Driving Schools, or Commercial Vehicle Training Association-member school.
“We are again donating a T680 Advantage as our way of thanking our military veterans for their service,” said Kurt Swihart, Kenworth marketing director. “It is important for the trucking industry to provide career opportunities and support to those who have served and made sacrifices for our country. Congratulations to Wayne Roy of U.S. Xpress, Daniel Shonebarger of Melton Truck Lines, and Gregg Softy of Stevens Transport for making the top 3, and to all the other drivers who made the Top 10.”
All the drivers were recognized August 24 at the President George W. Bush Library during a tour and reception.
The winner will be announced December 15 during a ceremony at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation.
For further information on the Transition Trucking: Driving for Excellence award program, visit www.transitiontrucking.org.