Nominations are now open for the 2019 Mike O’Connell Trucking’s Top Rookie Award contest, presented by CCJ sister publication Truckers News.
Truckers News is looking for the best driver who has been behind the wheel for no more than a year. The winner receives $10,000 and a package of prizes. Nine other finalists will each receive $1,000 and prizes packages as well.
The winner will be announced Friday, Aug. 23 at The Great American Trucking Show at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas.
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
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.
Last year’s top rookie was Mordaunt “Platt” Brabner, a 58-year-old Texan who drives for TMC Transportation.