For the first time in the history of the award, a woman won the top prize in Pilot Flying J’s Road Warrior campaign.
Jacqueline Rocha of Acworth, Georgia is this year’s grand prize winner. She receives $10,000.
Announcing the winner, Pilot Flying J said, “As a long haul driver who joined the professional driving community just after she turned 21, Rocha is an advocate for the industry, encouraging millennials and females to consider careers in trucking. In her career as a professional driver, Rocha strives to learn from the veterans of the road, while simultaneously helping those new to the industry excel. As she continues her career, Rocha hopes to start a nonprofit organization that funds the costs associated with commercial driver’s license school, particularly aimed at recruiting young women to the industry. Rocha represents the first woman Road Warrior contest winner.”
The other Road Warriors are Kevin Mailand of Lawrence, Kansas, who receives $5,000 for second place and Charles Johnson of Dubuque, Iowa, who won $2,500 for finishing third.
“We are always so inspired by the passion and determination of professional drivers,” said Ken Parent, president of Pilot Flying J. “All three winners, and so many of their fellow drivers, are excellent representations of the professional driver community, and we are thrilled to recognize them with this Road Warrior honor.”