Nominations Open for Transition Trucking: Driving for Excellence Award


March 13, 2018 — Lowell, MA — Nominations for the Transition Trucking: Driving for Excellence Award open today and will run until June 30, 2018. Employers and training institutions are encouraged to nominate rookie drivers with military experience who would be excellent ambassadors of the trucking industry to win a fully loaded Kenworth T680 truck.

Transition Trucking was launched in 2016 by Kenworth, FASTPORT, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation's Hiring Our Heroes Program in an effort to educate veterans and America about the support from leading manufacturers and service providers that enhance the safety and comfort of the 3.5 million professional truck drivers while performing their duties — and provide an incredible head start to one veteran's entrepreneurial career.

Sponsors for the Transition Trucking: Driving for Excellence Award include the American Trucking Associations (ATA) and Combined Insurance. To learn more about sponsorship opportunities, please click here

The winner will be selected following a year-long competition among veterans, guard members and reservists who have made the successful transition in the trucking industry following military service.

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The winner's T-680 truck boasts a stamped aluminum cab and integral sleeper, and has a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of approximately $155,000. Additionally, the campaign will recognize the employer and CDL credentialing institution that hired and trained the winner. Runners up will receive a cash prize of $10,000 each.

"Kenworth recognizes the importance of our veterans, and the donation of our on-highway flagship Kenworth T680—the Driver's Truck—is one way to thank them for their military service. We encourage those transitioning from military service to consider the trucking industry as their future career, and urge fleets in America to nominate their best drivers who have served to protect our country," said Kurt Swihart, Kenworth marketing director. 

"About 200,000 service members transition out of the military into the private sector annually. A key part of FASTPORT'S mission is to inform veterans about the trucking industry's excellent career opportunities. We also like to showcase the best equipment available, and the Kenworth T680 Advantage is certainly a quality truck that receives more attention from our military community," said Brad Bentley, president of FASTPORT. 

"Hiring Our Heroes helped more than 16,000 new veterans make the transition into trucking last year, said Eric Eversole, U.S. Chamber of Commerce vice president and Hiring Our Heroes president. "The 2018 'Transition Trucking' award campaign is another opportunity to highlight the impact veterans are making in the transportation industry and introduce a new generation of veterans to the real economic opportunity a career in trucking can represent."

 Gregg Softy, 2017 winner of Transition Trucking

Gregg Softy, 2017 winner of Transition Trucking

 Troy Davidson, 2016 winner of Transition Trucking

Troy Davidson, 2016 winner of Transition Trucking

2017 winner Gregg Softy graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point spent more than 28 years of distinguished active duty in the Army before retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel to begin a second career at Stevens Transport after receiving his MBA degree.

2016 winner Troy Davidson is a Navy Veteran from Pensacola, FL who drives professionally for Werner Enterprises. During his military service, Troy was an E-5 Jet Engine Mechanic and received the Navy Good Conduct Medal (twice), the National Defense Medal, and the Navy Achievement Medal. Since his nomination, Troy was promoted to become a driver trainer to help guide the newest members of the trucking industry become excellent drivers.

To learn more about the award and nominate up to five drivers for consideration, visit

Reflecting on the Importance of the Wounded Warrior Amputee Football Game

 Members of the Wounded Warrior Amputee Football Team surveying the field before the charity football game begins where they defended their undefeated record. 

Members of the Wounded Warrior Amputee Football Team surveying the field before the charity football game begins where they defended their undefeated record. 

While Eagles fans still celebrate their victory over the Patriots in the 2018 Super Bowl, many remember another incredible football game—one that happened the night before those two famous team stepped on the field. On the eve of the Super Bowl, military heroes showed us their athletic grit and inspired all those who watched. 

On that Wednesday, FASTPORT had the opportunity to sponsor the Wounded Warrior Amputee Football Team as it defended its 7-year strong undefeated record against NFL alumni at Concordia University's Sea Foam Stadium in St. Paul, Minnesota. FASTPORT was honored to witness the game as well as get to know the incredible players who make up the team, including its captain and Marine Veteran BJ Ganem. 

“This game is a tremendous opportunity to show just what wounded warriors can do - that the human spirit is powerful as we explore endless possibilities in our professional and personal lives,” said Ganem, who lost a leg below the knee in Iraq in 2004. “To play against some of the NFL’s most iconic players, whom many of us grew up watching on television, is also incredible. And we appreciate the support we receive from Americans of all walks of life who come out to watch us play in support of this endeavor.”

Ganem had joined FASTPORT earlier in 2017 to help honor finalists in the Transition Trucking: Driving for Excellence Award program at the George W. Bush Library and Museum where his painted portraits done by former President Bush hung within the museum's larger collection. Ganem's continued support of the Veteran community matched well with FASTPORT's dedication to provide the military community with economic opportunity through career matching, so they committed to work together in that shared foundation. 

With the game now past and their record still undefeated, the Wounded Warrior Amputee Football team stands as a remembrance for all that these wounded warriors are truly that—warriors. We thank them for the service they performed in their military careers, how they inspire those with their charity football games, and how their partnership is directly helping their fellow Veterans. 

FASTPORT’s Gulf Coast Military Hiring Fair Receives Support from La Quinta Inns & Suites by Offering Discounted Hotel Rates for Transitioning Service Members and Veterans

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Transitioning service members and veterans traveling to FASTPORT’s Gulf Coast Military Hiring Fair on January 26, 2018 can receive discounted rates at La Quinta hotels in the Mobile, AL area. The event will take place from 11:00 am - 2:30 pm CST at the Medal of Honor Aircraft Pavilion, just steps away from the USS Alabama battleship and the day before the Reese’s Senior Bowl. The hiring event is co-sponsored by the Reese’s Senior Bowl, The South Alabama Veterans Council, Centurion Military Alliance and Kaplan University.

With La Quinta’s military discount, current and former service members will save money as they seek to travel to this unique venue and event. There are several La Quinta Inns & Suites close to the Mobile area so the attending military community will have multiple lodging options that will honor the military discount, including:

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La Quinta Inns & Suites – Satsuma / Saraland

La Quinta Inn Inns & Suites – Daphne

Inbound travelers simply need to call the hotel direct and ask for the Military Rate Discount or book online at using the military rate discount code (Military). The guestrooms and military rate discount at each participating location is based on availability at time of the reservation.

“La Quinta recognizes that no one understands service like the military and that’s why we want to serve them,” said Liesl Vargas, La Quinta’s Vice President of Talent Acquisition. “We are honored the military community can use our discount to explore new career path opportunities at the upcoming Gulf Coast Hiring Fair.”

“As a military friendly employer, La Quinta has a long history of supporting service members, and this is a strong statement of how it will continue to serve our nation’s heroes in the future,” said Brad Bentley, FASTPORT President. “We are thrilled out-of-town service members will be able to travel with less cost as they seek new career paths from national, regional, and local employers in Mobile, and we look forward to helping them find great jobs at companies like La Quinta that value military service and training.”

La Quinta also offers a rewards program for all active duty service members, veterans or military spouses. It's called La Quinta Returns Military Rewards and is the company’s way of saying "thank you" for your service. To join, visit: and for career opportunities at La Quinta, visit:

Centurion Military Alliance (CMA) and FASTPORT Announce Collaboration to Help Employer Veterans in Gulf Coast

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Centurion Military Alliance & FASTPORT Present the 1st Annual Gulf Coast Military Hiring Fair with opportunities to network with employers from throughout the country. Service Members and Veterans are invited to participate in 1st Annual Gulf Coast Military Hiring Fair hosted by FASTPORT.

Houston, Texas (January 8, 2018) — Our military heroes get world-class training throughout their career and as they transition; are prepared to bring these much-valued skillsets to perspective employers. However, when they get ready to return to civilian life, they may need some additional preparation to navigate the job market. Two organizations are working together to do just that by helping to prepare and equip those who are transitioning from their military career to civilian life.

Centurion Military Alliance (CMA) and FASTPORT are collaborating together for the first time to better prepare military members for the civilian job-seeking process during the 1st Annual Gulf Coast Military Hiring Fair on Friday, January 26th 2018 at the Medal of Honor Aircraft Pavilion adjacent to the USS Alabama Battleship in Mobile, AL. The event is open to service members, veterans and their spouses, where attendees will participate in networking and exchanging information with local and global employers looking to find qualified talent to fill their vacancies.

WHEN: Friday, January 26th 2018 | 11 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
WHERE: Medal of Honor Aircraft Pavilion next to the USS Alabama Battleship in Mobile, AL
WHO: Hosted by FASTPORT, the South Alabama Veterans Council and the Reese’s Senior Bowl


About CMA
Established in 2011, Centurion Military Alliance’s mission is to serve the transitioning military service members, veterans, wounded warriors, primary caregivers to wounded warriors, and military spouses by providing vetted resources and military-to-civilian cross-trained expertise. CMA focuses on supporting and preparing the military community for professional career opportunities while providing personalized assistance to better serve them in achieving their short- and long-term employment readiness and job placement goals.

FASTPORT is a veteran employment software company with the sole mission to help all members of our nation’s military community find rewarding career opportunities with likeminded employers. We are delighted to help connect any Veterans, transitioning service members, members of the Guard and Reserve, and military spouses who need employment across the country by leveraging technology to help eliminate veteran unemployment.

Media Contact
Chaunte Myers, Chief Operating Officer

FASTPORT Organizes Military Hiring Fair to Benefit Job Seekers and Employers in the Gulf Coast Region







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FASTPORT announces a military hiring event to take place at the Medal of Honor Aircraft Pavilion, adjacent to the USS Alabama Battleship in Mobile, Alabama. The event will occur on Friday, January 26th from 11:00am – 2:30pm in a partnership with the Reese’s Senior Bowl that will take place the following day.

Local, regional and national employers are anticipated to attend from ten different industries in the mission to hire an estimated 200 job seekers into careers. Veteran-owned, local and small businesses as well as educator booths are available at a discounted rate. Due to venue’s size and in an effort to ensure each employer can engage with each job seekers, the hiring fair will be limited to the first 30 who register at

Each purchase of an employer booth  includes a catered brunch for two representatives along with two tickets to the Senior Bowl and VIP access to both the Coca-Cola Meet the Players event and to the Piggly Wiggly Tailgate Party. Proceeds will benefit the Wounded Warrior Amputee Football Team.

“Employers who understand the benefits of hiring from the military talent pool have a strategic advantage over their competition because they source the best talent. Veterans are well trained with the knowledge, skills and abilities that make them highly valued assets for teams in a variety of industries,” said Brad Bentley, FASTPORT President. “We are honored to help connect these industry leaders within eyesight of the historic USS Alabama with our nation’s heroes who are poised for incredible success in the civilian workforce.”

Employers interested in registering for this unique hiring event can visit



FASTPORT, Inc. is an employment software development company that builds products to help Veterans, members of the Guard and Reserve, transitioning service members and military spouses find meaningful employment. Using its proprietary technology, FASTPORT is committed to matching job seekers to employers actively hiring from the military community.

FASTPORT, Inc. is a Department of Labor Industry Intermediary to increase apprenticeship programs for civilian and veteran talent and has a commercial co-venture with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Hiring Our Heroes Program to develop the preeminent employment marketplace to connect employers and military candidates. For more information, visit