Final 4 Revealed in 2019 Transition Trucking: Driving for Excellence Award 

‘Driving for Excellence Award’ Winner To Receive Kenworth T680 and Top 10 FInalists Honored in Dallas 

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DALLAS, Texas., Aug. 23, 2019 – FASTPORT, Kenworth, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Hiring our Heroes Program to find America’s top rookie military veteran, who has made the successful transition from active duty to driving for a commercial fleet. 

All finalists were honored during a dinner at the George W. Bush Library and Museum the night before the announcement for who is moving forward to the voting process. These men and women had the rare opportunity to walk through the presidential museum, taking a moment to reflect on their military service and how it plays a role in American history. Then, they sat down to dinner especially set aside to give the group insight into each finalist, showcasing why each one of them are deserving of the ultimate prize.

Left to right: Steve Harris (Stevens Transportation), Wade Bumgarner (Veriha Trucking), Monte Morrone (Prime, Inc.), Kevin Lassing (US Xpress), Timothy Raub (Averitt), Joseph Campbell (Roehl Transport), Keso Going (Epes Transport), Maliq Melton (Melton Truck Lines), Christopher Bacon (TMC Transportation), and Thomas Blitch (Werner Enterprises)

Left to right: Steve Harris (Stevens Transportation), Wade Bumgarner (Veriha Trucking), Monte Morrone (Prime, Inc.), Kevin Lassing (US Xpress), Timothy Raub (Averitt), Joseph Campbell (Roehl Transport), Keso Going (Epes Transport), Maliq Melton (Melton Truck Lines), Christopher Bacon (TMC Transportation), and Thomas Blitch (Werner Enterprises)

American Trucking Associations Chairman Kevin Burch speaks at the Driver Salute Dinner at the George W. Bush Library and Museum’s Cafe 43 where Top 10 finalists were honored.

American Trucking Associations Chairman Kevin Burch speaks at the Driver Salute Dinner at the George W. Bush Library and Museum’s Cafe 43 where Top 10 finalists were honored.

The following day, finalists are again recognized at the Great American Trucking Show (GATS) where the Final 4 are announced. For the fourth consecutive year, Kenworth will provide The Driver’s Truck™ – a fully-loaded Kenworth T680 equipped with a 76-inch sleeper – to serve as the Transition Trucking: Driving for Excellence recognition program award.  The Kenworth T680 features the complete PACCAR Powertrain with a PACCAR MX-13 engine, PACCAR 12-speed automated transmission, and PACCAR 40K tandem axles. 

 

The rookie drivers moving on in the next phase of the award program are (in alphabetical order by last name): 


Christopher Bacon 

TMC Transportation (trained at MTC Driver Training) 

U.S. Marines

Christopher Bacon is a 31 year-old native of the St. Louis, MO area and a United States Marine Corps Veteran. Chris served two combat tours, one each in Afghanistan and Iraq, as an Anti-tank Missileman. After an honorable discharge in 2010, Chris worked as an automotive technician and service advisor before deciding to fulfill his dream of becoming a truck driver as his grandfather and great grandfather had done. Chris earned his Class A CDL at MTC Driver Training and went to work for TMC Transportation as a professional flatbed truck driver where he remains today. 


Wade Bumgarner

Veriha (trained in the Veriha Apprenticeship Program) 

U.S. Navy

Wade Bumgarner was born and raised in a military family. His father was in the Air Force for 23 years and then US Customs for another 13. He served as a Titan missile mechanic and an air traffic controller during the Vietnam War and also served during the Korean War. Wade joined the U.S. Navy in 1976 and has been actively involved in helping transitioning Veterans for many years, volunteering his time, resources and expertise to local Veteran groups and the DWD by assisting Vets with job search skills, resume writing (converting military speak to mfg. speak) and job search strategies. In 2014, he saw the need for manufacturing to become actively involved in helping our Vets obtain valued practical experience to help further their career in the civilian world, so he championed (and helped design) and internship program for Vets at The Manitowoc Company where he was employed at the time. This program was a great success and earned The Manitowoc Company the Large Manufacturer of the Year Award from both the American Legion and the DAV.


Joseph Campbell 

Roehl Transport (trained in Roehl Transport Apprenticeship Program)

U.S. Marines and U.S. Army

Joseph Campbell is a professional truck driver in Roehl’s Flatbed Division. His first responsibility is protecting the motoring public and then picking up and delivering cargo on-time and undamaged. Joseph completed his first year of employment accident free, completed the first year of a two-year apprenticeship program, is training to become a certified trainer, and is a member of the Driver Advisory Group. He hopes to become an owner operator soon. Joseph served 24 years in the United States Marine Corps and United States Army and achieved multiple accolades for successes while serving stateside and abroad in combat zones.


Steve Harris

Stevens Transport (trained at Georgia Driving Academy)

U.S. Marines

Steve Harris was born and raised in Atlanta, GA. After he graduated from high school, he attended the Army Mountain Warfare School. Upon completion in 2002, Steve joined the United States Marine Corps, where he was deployed to Iraq, Syria, and Afghanistan, during which time he received the Combat Action Ribbon. After his deployments, Steve worked as a corrections officer for one year in Georgia but wanted more freedom in his job. He found trucking and Stevens and hasn’t looked back since.

 

“Congratulations to finalists Christopher, Wade, Joseph, and Steven—and to the other seven successful drivers who achieved Top 10 status in this year’s Transition Trucking: Driving for Excellence recognition program,” said Kurt Swihart, Kenworth marketing director. “We once again are providing a Kenworth T680 as the program’s top award in appreciation to our military veterans for their service.  It is important for the trucking industry to continue its efforts to offer support and career opportunities to our veterans.”

Top 4 Finalists in front of Kenworth T680 trucking that will be awarded to the ultimate winner of the Transition Trucking: Driving for Excellence Award. From left to right: Steven Harris, Wade Bumgarner, Christopher Bacon, and Joseph Campbell.

Top 4 Finalists in front of Kenworth T680 trucking that will be awarded to the ultimate winner of the Transition Trucking: Driving for Excellence Award. From left to right: Steven Harris, Wade Bumgarner, Christopher Bacon, and Joseph Campbell.

“This year’s three finalists had significant accomplishments in their military careers, and now are making excellent achievements as professional truck drivers. We urge the trucking industry and organizations across the United States to especially reach out to our veterans and help them make a smooth transition back into civilian life,” said Brad Bentley FASTPORT president.

Other truck drivers, who achieved the Top 10 finalists list and were 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.

Tim Raub/ U.S. Navy/Averitt Express

Drivers were nominated by trucking companies that made a hiring commitment and pledge to hire veterans on with FASTPORT or, by members of the National Association of Publicly Funded Truck Driving Schools, or Commercial Vehicle Training Association-member school.  

Public voting to help determine the winner will take place on transitiontrucking.org October 1st. 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.

For further information on the “Transition Trucking: Driving for Excellence” award program, please visit www.transitiontrucking.org.










FASTPORT National Apprenticeship Program Employer Network Reaches 10,000 Apprentices

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August 8, 2019 - Lowell, MA - Today, FASTPORT announced the 10,000th apprentice enrolled in its National Standards for the U.S. Department of Labor’s Registered Apprenticeship programs, quadrupling the number of apprentices forecast within 3 years of a 5-year timeline. 

In September 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration’s Office of Apprenticeship made a historic investment in apprenticeships by awarding $20.4 million in contracts to national industry intermediaries to increase apprenticeship opportunities, and FASTPORT was selected to help extend and diversify those opportunities in the Transportation & Logistics sector. Every year since, FASTPORT’s employer network has exceeded the number of apprentices forecast to be enrolled.

In his Executive Order to expand Apprenticeships in America, President Donald Trump declared, “In today’s rapidly changing economy, it is more important than ever to prepare workers to fill both existing and newly created jobs and to prepare workers for the jobs of the future.” 

President Trump continued, “Expanding apprenticeships...[will enable] more Americans to obtain relevant skills and high-paying jobs.  Apprenticeships provide paid, relevant workplace experiences and opportunities to develop skills that employers value. Additionally, they provide affordable paths to good jobs and, ultimately, careers.”

FASTPORT’s National Director of Apprenticeship Dave Harrison said, “Employers are recognizing the value of Registered Apprenticeship because the programs work for their unique business challenges. Each program can be customized to meet each company’s specific needs as they work to recruit, reskill, and retain an expert workforce.”

Employers using FASTPORT as their industry intermediary to create, tailor and enhance their Registered Apprenticeship programs include: 

  • American Central Trucking 

  • Boyd Bros

  • Conexus 

  • CTI Leasing 

  • Holland

  • J.B. Hunt

  • JRayl 

  • KeHE Distributors 

  • Melton Truck Lines

  • PAM Transport 

  • Paschall Truck Lines

  • USF Reddaway

  • Ryder

  • SAIA

  • Service King

  • TA Operating, LLC

  • TMC Transportation

  • Total Transportation 

  • TransForce, Inc. 

  • TRJ Transportation 

  • Venture Logistics 

  • Schnieder 

  • Fischer Refrigeration

  • General Refrigeration 

  • Tempest 

  • Innovative Refrigeration 

  • Freija 

  • U.S. Xpress

  • USA Truck 

Importantly, industry associations have also come to the forefront of these training efforts by partnering with FASTPORT to help communicate the value of Registered Apprenticeship programs to their extensive membership. These associations include the National Association of Publicly Funded Truck Driving Schools (NAPFTDS), the Commercial Vehicle Training Association (CVTA), Global Cold Chain Alliance (GCCA), the International Institute of Ammonia Refrigeration (IIAR), the Refrigerating Engineers & Technicians Association (RETA), the Ammonia Refrigeration Foundation (ARF), the Succession Planning for Railroads Investing in the Next Generation (SPRING), Sierra Delta, and the Transportation Intermediaries Association (TIA).

President of FASTPORT Brad Bentley affirmed, “Recruiting and, ultimately, retaining the best talent is the most significant act to set businesses up for success. Apprenticeship programs enable employers to access a talent pool of workers ready to find the right skills to support and lead companies into the future. While candidates receive industry-leading training as they earn a salary, employers cultivate a highly skilled and invested workforce. FASTPORT is proud to help make those connections possible as an industry intermediary and looks forward to continuing this work with our employer partners.”

For more information on how to attract new candidates through Registered Apprenticeship programs, visit nationalapprenticeship.org.


Iron Mountain Partners with FASTPORT to Employ Veterans

 
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Iron Mountain Incorporated (NYSE: IRM), the global leader in storage and information management services, announced a commitment to hire the military community, including Veterans, transitioning service members, members of the Guard and Reserve and military spouses through the Fast Track, a military-to-civilian employment online network powered by FASTPORT, Inc. as a way to fulfill that hiring commitment.

“Iron Mountain is committed to cultivating an incredible workforce, reflective of the communities where we live and work every day,” said Ty Ondatje, Senior Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer, Iron Mountain. “The knowledge, skills, and abilities that our nation’s military members bring to bear have a place in Iron Mountain, helping us to reinforce our company values of security and trust in delivering best-in-class service to our customers.”

Executive Director, Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Captain Juliet Perkins, United States Navy Reserve (left) and Tonja Wilhelms Senior Manager, Field Recruitment for Iron Mountain (right) displaying signed Statement of Support

Executive Director, Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Captain Juliet Perkins, United States Navy Reserve (left) and Tonja Wilhelms Senior Manager, Field Recruitment for Iron Mountain (right) displaying signed Statement of Support

“We have personally seen Iron Mountain’s commitment to hiring and supporting the military community, with the perfect illustration just a few weeks ago at the Pentagon where they signed a Statement of Support for National Guard and Reserve,” said FASTPORT President Brad Bentley who organized the event. “Iron Mountain offers a wide range of global career opportunities with room for professional growth and advancement, the chance to work with industry-leading tools and technologies, and the opportunity to work with world-class customers in various fields. We are honored to help connect Veterans, transitioning service members, Guardsmen, Reservists, and military spouses to these employment opportunities.”

For more information on the Iron Mountain’s Veteran and Military Spouse Employment Programs, visit their Fast Track Employer Page, or visit their Careers Page here.



About Iron Mountain

Iron Mountain Incorporated (NYSE: IRM), founded in 1951, is the global leader for storage and information management services. Trusted by more than 225,000 organizations around the world, and with a real estate network of more than 85 million square feet across more than 1,400 facilities in over 50 countries, Iron Mountain stores and protects billions of valued assets, including critical business information, highly sensitive data, and cultural and historical artifacts. Providing solutions that include information management, digital transformation, secure storage, secure destruction, as well as data centers, cloud services and art storage and logistics, Iron Mountain helps customers lower cost and risk, comply with regulations, recover from disaster, and enable a digital way of working. Visit http://www.ironmountain.com for more information.




About FASTPORT, Inc.

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 works to develop the preeminent employment marketplace to connect employers and candidates. For more information, visitfastport.com.

U.S. Department of Labor Awards HIRE Vets Medallion to FASTPORT in Recognition of its Mission to Employ Veterans

 
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November 8, 2018 – The U.S. Department of Labor has recognized FASTPORT as a leading Veteran-ready and military-friendly employer by naming it a recipient of the inaugural HIRE Vets Medallion Award. The Award recognizes leadership in recruiting, employing, and retaining our nation’s Veterans.

FASTPORT joins 239 recipients of the 2018 HIRE Vets Medallion Program Demonstration Award ranging from small businesses and community-based non-profits to leading Fortune 500 companies from 42 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico.

Rep. Paul Cook (R-Apple Valley) (center) discuss the HIRE Vets Award Program and its significance with FASTPORT’s leadership present at the U.S. Department of Labor after being awarded the Gold Medallion for Veteran hiring.

Rep. Paul Cook (R-Apple Valley) (center) discuss the HIRE Vets Award Program and its significance with FASTPORT’s leadership present at the U.S. Department of Labor after being awarded the Gold Medallion for Veteran hiring.

The HIRE VETS program came about when President Trump signed into law Representative Cook’s (a former U.S. Marine) bill, H.R. 244, the HIRE American Military Veterans Act) creating the HIRE Vets Medallion Program. Representative Cook said, “It’s an honor to see this legislation come to fruition. Today’s recipients deserve to be recognized for making significant strides toward hiring more veterans. Veterans who serve this country honorably shouldn’t struggle to find employment, and this bill creates an innovative system to encourage and recognize employers who make veterans a priority in their hiring practices. I look forward to seeing full implementation of the program next year.”

The Department of Labor looks forward to shining the spotlight on employers who make hiring Veterans a priority and encouraging other employers to hire our nation’s heroes.
— HON Alexander Acosta, United States Secretary of Labor
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Today, the U.S. Department of Labor recognized FASTPORT as one of the recipients of the 2018 HIRE Vets Medallion Program Demonstration Award during an award ceremony at the U.S. Department of Labor. The HIRE Vets Medallion Program is the only federal-level award that recognizes job creators who successfully recruit, hire, and retain America’s Veterans.

FASTPORT CEO Bill McLennan (left) and VP of Military Engagement Adam Rocke (right) showcase newest award honoring Veteran hiring in American companies.

FASTPORT CEO Bill McLennan (left) and VP of Military Engagement Adam Rocke (right) showcase newest award honoring Veteran hiring in American companies.

“FASTPORT is a Veteran-ready employer with a laser-focused goal to enable other employers to reach that same status,” said FASTPORT Vice President of Military Engagement Adam Rocke. “Becoming Veteran-ready is more than just achieving a point-in-time goal, though. We and our partner employers are making constant strives to increase military affinity programs, paid training programs such as Registered Apprenticeships, and other initiatives that provide a cycle of high-quality employment and care to Veterans as they begin a new career so they can flourish in the civilian job market.”

The HIRE Vets Medallion program is the result of the Department of Labor’s mission to honor employers who hire our nation’s Veteran community. The program set out a rigorous list of criteria each employer needed to fulfill to showcase the organization’s commitment to the life-cycle of Veterans’ careers, which includes their hiring, retention, and long-term development. Taken together, these attributes signal to the military community that an employer is committed to and supports their careers.

“It is significant that the DOL awarded FASTPORT the HIRE Vets Medallion so close to Veterans’ Day,” said FASTPORT CEO Bill McLennan. “That day is upheld to celebrate America’s Veterans for their love of country, honor their willingness to serve and to recognize their sacrifices. FASTPORT believes that Veterans need more throughout the year, including aid to translate their knowledge, skills and abilities learned in the service into potential civilian careers. When our Veterans understand their own employment value and employers understand how Veterans can lead and grow within their organizations, the growth opportunities are limitless for them both.”

One of the ways FASTPORT has helped educate employers and help them attract these Veteran candidates is an annual Employment of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) Statement of Support signing ceremony where organizations across multiple industries gather at the Pentagon in Washington D.C. This year’s event will take place on Friday, December 14th when Veteran employment leaders will affirm or re-affirm their understanding of USERRA laws and their commitment to follow them as they employ members of the Guard and Reserve. To join this employer coalition, register here: https://www.fastport.com/pentagon-statement-of-support-ceremony/.









Top 10 Finalists Named for 2018 Transition Trucking: Driving For Excellence Award

The "Transition Trucking: Driving for Excellence" award campaign, first launched in the spring of 2016, is part of an overall effort to inspire the hiring of more veterans, national guard members, and reservists into the trucking industry. As the main part of the initiative, deserving veteran drivers who have made a successful transition from military service to the trucking industry were nominated by their carriers for the chance to win a fully-loaded Kenworth T680 truck to accelerate their newfound careers.

Since nominations closed on June 30th for this year’s hopefuls, the exceptional pool of candidates has been narrowed to the elite Top 10.

The Top 10 finalists include (listed in alphabetical order of first name):

Brian “Kelley” Ward

Veriha Trucking (trained at Veriha Driving Academy)

US Navy, E4, Hull Technician (HT3)

Brian "Kelley" Ward is a father, husband, and U.S. Navy Veteran. To know him is to also know that an American Flag is displayed somewhere nearby but that being father to his daughter Hannah is what brings him the most pride. He joined the Navy in 1994 and was stationed aboard the USS Rushmore LSD-47. In 1999, he moved to the Midwest to start a life in Kenosha, WI with his soon-to-be wife Curren whom he also met while aboard the Rushmore. Today, he is employed by Veriha Trucking based out of Marinette, WI.

Christopher Young

Stevens Transport (trained at Central Texas College/Ft. Hood)

US Army (Active Duty and current Reservist), E5, Petroleum Supply Specialist

Christopher W. Young was born at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, FL and raised in the beautiful Puget Sound region of Washington state. In February 2002, after doing a little world traveling, Christopher enlisted in the United States Army where he attended basic training at Fort Jackson, SC and Advanced Individual Training at Fort Lee, VA. Christopher is proud to have served his country and continues to do so as an Army Reservist.

Jeremiah King

PAM Transport (trained at Del Mar College)

US Navy, E6, Hospital Corpsman

After graduating high school in 1998, Jeremiah enlisted in the US Navy, spending 20 years serving in many different capacities in the medical field. His first duty station was in Puerto Rico where he was selected as the Radiation Technician of the year. Following that, Jeremiah was transferred to the USS Eisenhower then the USS Enterprise. After his time at sea, he was transferred to the Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB). While assigned to the NMCB, Jeremiah was deployed twice, once to Kuwait and then to Iraq. He was then transferred to the USS Kentucky and was the sole medical provider and advisor to the submarine commander. Jeremiah spent his final years as an instructor training others in pre-hospital trauma and combat casualty care. After retiring, he and his wife and three children settled down in San Antonio, TX.

Mordaunt "Platt" Brabner

TMC Transportation (trained at Roadmaster Drivers School)

US Marines and Navy, O5, Advanced Electronic Technician

Mordaunt “Platt” Brabner enlisted in the United States Marine Corps graduating Boot Camp with honors. Assigned as an Air Traffic Control Navigational Aids Technician. Graduated Summa Cum Laude from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University with Bachelor Degrees in Professional Aeronautics and Electronic Engineering. Commissioned as a Naval Flight Officer flying in EA-6B carrier aircraft. Honorably retired from the US Navy. University of Nebraska, EMBA. Pursuing a career as a professional flatbed truck driver with TMC Transportation. Always looking for another opportunity to excel.

Phillip "Tom" Vargo

Roehl Transport (trained at Roehl Transport, Get Your CDL Program)

US Navy, E5, Operations Specialist

Service to our nation and helping others are in Tom's blood. He served in the U.S. Navy as an Operations Specialist, Petty Officer Second Class. After that, Tom served as a corrections officer and a police officer as he raised his two sons. Tom is proud to continue his service to our nation as a safe, Class-A professional driver. In that role, he is also proud to train inexperienced drivers, helping them, their families and our industry. In addition, Tom volunteers with groups helping law enforcement and veterans, in particular talking and listening one-on-one with veterans to help prevent suicide.

Quinton Ward

Werner Enterprises (trained at US Truck Driving School)

US Army, E5, Bradley Fighting Vehicle System Trainer, Quartermaster and Chemical Equipment Repairer, and BCC Battalion Career Counselor

Born at Fort Polk Louisiana to a military family, the military has been in Quinton Ward's blood from birth. After graduating high school, Quinton enlisted in the Army, completing Basic and AIT at Fort Knox, Kentucky. During his military career, he worked as a Mechanic, Instructor and Career Counselor and was medically retired in 2010. After six years of undergoing medical treatment, with his service dog Kirra by my side, he began to seek a new career. Utilizing the VA Vocational Rehabilitation Program, Quinton graduated with a CDL-A in Fountain, Colorado and joined Werner Enterprises.

Ricardo Sumrall

Melton Truck Lines (trained at Advanced Technology Institute)

US Navy, E6, Culinary Specialist, Submarine Qualified CS1

Ricardo Sumrall is from Norfolk, Virginia and served in the U.S. Navy for over 20 years. Ricardo’s service began as a Culinary Specialist then continued to First Class Petty Officer, Submarine Qualified, and CS1 (SS) ranking. After earning his Class-A CDL license from Advanced Technology Institute, Ricardo joined the Melton Truck Lines family in August of 2017. When deciding on a career after the military, Ricardo found trucking to be highly suitable to the values and skills he acquired during his tenure in the Navy.

Summar Hanks

US Xpress (trained at Diesel Driving Academy)

US Air Force and Air National Guard, E6, Information Management Specialist

Born and raised in Crowley, LA, Staff Sergeant Summar N. Hanks began her military career on July 2008 as an active duty member of the United States Air Force where she served as an Information Management Specialist. On November 2016, Summar switched to the Louisiana Air National Guard to start her trucking career. Preparation for the career change included five months of school at Diesel Driving Academy in Baton Rouge, and she started her trucking journey in May 2017. Summar is about to graduate with a degree in business management from Trident University. She holds an Associates degree in Applied Science, Information Management. Her assignments since 2008 have taken her from Kuwait to Seoul and throughout the continental United States.

Tilford Sereal

TMC Transportation (trained at Coastal Truck Driving School)

US Navy, E6, Culinary Specialist First Class, Galley and Wardroom Supervisor, and Military Police

Tilford Sereal resides in Carencro, LA and is a 20-year Navy Veteran. He joined the TMC team in September 2017 as a professional truck driver. Due to his dedication and work ethic, Tilford also recently became a driver trainer where he takes pride in producing safe, educated drivers for America's highways. In his free time, Tilford's hobbies include carpentry and handyman services. He also enjoys restoring his home and classic vehicles.

Toby Hunt 

Prime, Inc. (trained at Tampa Truck Driving School) 

US  and Army, Petty Officer 2nd Class (Navy) and E5 Sergeant (Army), Damage Controlman DC2 (Navy) and 88M (Army)

Toby Hunt is a 13-year Navy and Army Veteran who has enjoyed serving his country honorably and feels privileged to have served with the best men and women of our Armed Forces. Toby served as a Damage Controlman DC2, being honorably discharged at the rank of Petty Officer Second Class. He also served in the U.S. Army at the Rank of Sergeant as an 88M (truck driver). Toby earned his Class-A CDL through the Tampa Truck Driving School and started driving for Prime in January 2018.

“Each of these candidates is an incredible ambassador to display what military talent brings to the trucking industry,” said FASTPORT President Brad Bentley. “They represent a wide variety of military branches and occupations, showing once again that a professional driving career is open and beneficial to all service members, regardless of what their specific job was in the military. Culling the list of nominees to the Top 10 was a difficult task, one not taken lightly. These finalists are outstanding and truly show the best of the best.”

The Top 10 Finalists will be recognized at the George W. Bush Library and Museum during a reception where they will be honored for their contributions to the military and civilian sectors by trucking and transportation leaders as well as government and association representatives. On that night, the Final 3 will be revealed and will enter into a popular vote to help determine who will be the ultimate recipient of the Kenworth T680 truck donated by Kenworth, a PACCAR company.  

In addition to the Driver Recognition Dinner and Announcement, FASTPORT will also host an Apprenticeship Accelerator meeting at the George W. Bush Library and Museum to help companies and organizations begin DOL-approved Registered Apprenticeship programs. Multiple drivers in the Top 10 of Transition Trucking (as well as the award program’s first winner Troy Davidson and last year’s second runner-up Daniel Shonebarger) started their careers as apprentices. Leading companies helped them bridge their skills gaps with this program, and FASTPORT is ready to help other companies attract and retain this kind of incredible talent with similar training models.

To register to attend these events, please visit https://www.fastport.com/dallas-events. To learn more about the Transition Trucking: Driving for Excellence Award, please visit transitiontrucking.org.


About Kenworth Truck Company

Kenworth Truck Company is the manufacturer of The World’s Best® heavy and medium duty trucks. Kenworth’s Internet home page is at www.kenworth.com. Kenworth is a PACCAR company.

About Hiring Our Heroes

Hiring Our Heroes is a nationwide initiative of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation to help veterans, transitioning service members, and military spouses find meaningful employment. Working with a vast network of state and local chambers and other strategic partners from the public, private and nonprofit sectors, Hiring Our Heroes has helped hundreds of thousands of veterans and military spouses find meaningful employment. In March 2012, Hiring Our Heroes and Capital One launched Hiring 500,000 Heroes, a national campaign to engage the business community in committing to hire half a million veterans and military spouses by the end of 2014. This milestone was achieved in June 2015 when 500,000 veteran and military spouse hires were confirmed.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation is dedicated to strengthening America’s long-term competitiveness and educating the public on how the free enterprise system improves society and the economy.

About FASTPORT

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 fastport.com.