Meet each of the Trucking’s Top Rookie finalists

Trucking’s Top Rookie finalist Matthew Donahue signed on with H.O. Wolding after graduating trucking school. (Image Courtesy of Matthew Donahue)Trucking’s Top Rookie finalist Matthew Donahue signed on with H.O. Wolding after graduating trucking school. (Image Courtesy of Matthew Donahue)

One truck driver will be named as the 2018 Mike O’Connell Trucking’s Top Rookie award winner at the Great American Trucking Show in a ceremony this Friday. They’ll leave the truck show with $10,000 in cash and more prizes than they can carry.

The eight runners-up won’t leave the truck show empty-handed, either. They each will receive $1,000 cash as well as a package of other prizes.

The winner will be announced at a ceremony on the America Strong Stage in Hall “A” Friday at 1:30 p.m.

Over the past few weeks, Truckers News has been profiling each of the nine finalists.

You can get to know each of the finalists by clicking on their name below and reading about how they got into the industry and what their career goals are:

  • James Bell – Stevensville, Montana; Jim Palmer Trucking; Sage Truck Driving School
  • Adam Cobb – Deltona, Florida; Celadon Trucking; Sage Truck Driving School
  • Matthew Donahue – Weedsport, New York; H.O. Wolding; National Tractor Trailer School
  • David Drummond – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Melton Truck Lines; Allstate Careers
  • Terrence Goodau – Springfield, Missouri; Tri-State Motor Transit; Midwest Technical Institute
  • Larry Maser – McKinney, Texas; Stevens Transport; Stevens Training Academy
  • Darell Philpott – Martinsville, Virginia; Epes Transportation Systems; CDS Tractor Trailer Training
  • Quinton Ward – Westville, Florida; Werner Enterprises; U.S Truck Driving School

    Angela and Adam CobbAngela and Adam Cobb

Partnering with Truckers News in the search for Trucking’s Top Rookie are the three national organizations overseeing truck driver training:

  • Commercial Vehicle Training Association
  • National Association of Publicly Funded Truck Driving Schools
  • Professional Truck Driver Institute

Sponsors giving prizes to the finalists include:

  • RoadPro Family of Brands
  • Cobra
  • Rand McNally

The Trucking’s Top Rookie winner receives:

  • $10,000 cash
  • More than $1,000 worth of DAS Products merchandise including a BlueParrott B450XT headset, RoadPro saucepan, Garmin Speak, Rand McNally tablet with GPS and dash cam, Plantronics earbuds, Black Canyon Hi-Impact gloves, Black Canyon canvas backpack, and a Road King 5640 CB radio and mic
  • ClearDryve 200 two-in-one headset and stereo headphones and a Deluxe Motor Carriers’ Road Atlas from Rand McNally
  • A 29 LX MAX CB radio and a Dash 2308 Super HD Dash Cam with iRadar from Cobra
  • A custom plaque from Award Company of America
  • Feature story in Truckers News
  • Interview on Red Eye Radio Network with Eric HarleyTop Rookie 750

The other eight finalists will receive:

  • $1,000 cash
  • $100 worth of DAS Products merchandise
  • ClearDryve 200 two-in-one headset and stereo headphones from Rand McNally
  • A Dash 2308 Super HD Dash Cam with iRadar from Cobra
  • A custom plaque from Award Company of America

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 honoring a top rookie driver helped show new drivers they are appreciated by the trucking industry.