Local boy makes good

We are so proud to announce that John Spofford, a driver for Premier Crude of Corpus Christi, Texas, is a finalist in the Randall-Reilly 2014 Mike O’Connell Memorial Trucking’s Top Rookie program.

John trained at Corpus Christi’s Del Mar College Transportation Training Services and used BUMPER TO BUMPER, The Complete Guide to Tractor-Trailer Operations,  in his program so we’re going to take all the credit for his success.

Seriously, John Spofford’s achievement is worth crowing about. The program, which received 55 nominations this year, is designed to increase pride and professionalism among new drivers, and to promote truck driving as a career choice during a severe driver shortage. An expert panel of judges, which included representatives from training schools (both public and private), suppliers and trade associations, named 10 finalists.

More than $25,000 in cash and prizes will be awarded to these deserving drivers at a ceremony on Friday, August 22 during the Great American Trucking Show in Dallas. The Mike O’Connell Memorial Trucking’s Top Rookie will be chosen from these 10 finalists. Eric Harley of the Red Eye Radio Network will interview the winner, who will receive a variety of prizes including: a $10,000 check; a custom plaque from Award Company of America, a division of Randall-Reilly; a RoadPro Getting Started Living On-The- Go Package; $1,000 cash and 100,000 MyRewards points from Pilot Flying J; a GPS unit and Motor Carrier Road Atlas from Rand McNally; a dash camera from Cobra Electronics and an American Trucking Asso­ciations “Trucking Moves America Forward” gift pack­.

The other nine finalists will each receive $1,000 in cash and a variety of other prizes. The Mike O’Connell Memorial Trucking’s Top Rookie contest is a partnership between Randall-Reilly, Truckload Carriers Association, Commercial Vehicle Training Association, Rand McNally, Shell ROTELLA, Pilot Flying J, Progressive Commercial Insurance, National Association of Publicly Funded Truck Driving Schools, American Trucking Associations and the Red Eye Radio Network.

All the finalists deserve a big hoo-rah and we wish them all the best.

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