Four finalists named in Transition Trucking competition

August 26, 2019

Land Line Staff


Four finalists have been named in the Transition Trucking: Driving for Excellence recognition program.

The program recognizes distinguished military veterans who have recently begun careers as professional truck drivers.

This is the fourth year for the program, which was created by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Hiring Heroes program, Fastport Trucking Track Mentoring Program, and Kenworth Truck Co.,

The winner will receive a 2019 Kenworth T680 with a 76-inch sleeper, which is valued at $155,000.

The top four, with their branches of service and employers, are:

  • Christopher Bacon, U.S. Marines, TMC Transportation.
  • Wade Bumgarner, U.S. Navy, Veriha Trucking.
  • Joseph Campbell, U.S. Marines and U.S. Army, Roehl Transport.
  • Steve Harris, U.S. Marines, Stevens Transport.

The four finalists were chosen from a field of 10 announced July 23. Other truck drivers named to the top 10 finalists list and recognized at GATS are:

  • Thomas Blitch, U.S. Navy and Naval Reserves, Werner Enterprises.
  • Keso Going, U.S. Army, Epes Transport.
  • Kevin Lassing, U.S. Army, U.S. Xpress.
  • Maliq Melton, U.S. Army, Melton Truck Lines.
  • Monte Morrone, U.S. Army and U.S. Marines, Prime Inc.
  • Timothy Raub, U.S. Navy, Averitt Express.

The winner will be announced Dec. 6 in Washington, D.C. during a ceremony at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation in Washington, D.C.

To be eligible for the award, the truck driver were required to:

  • Be a legal resident of the continental United States.
  • Be a military veteran or a current or former member of the National Guard or Reserves.
  • Have graduated from a PTDI-certified or NAPFTDS or CVTA member driver-training school and be a current CDL holder.
  • Have been employed by any for-hire carrier or private fleet that has pledged to hire veterans.
  • Have been first employed as a CDL driver between Jan. 1, 2018, and June 20, 2019.
  • Agree to all of the award rules, including attending the Great American Trucking Show in Dallas.