For the second year in a row, Roadmaster Drivers School congratulates two of our graduates, Immanuel Odongkara and Timothy Pye, who were among the Top 10 Finalists for the 2013 Trucking’s Top Rookie Award! The finalists were selected by an expert panel of judges, including representatives from motor carriers, training schools (both public and private), suppliers and trade associations.  The Top Rookie contest was designed to increase pride and professionalism among new drivers during a severe driver shortage. Each of the finalists received $1,000 in cash among a variety of other prizes.

Top Rookie 

Odongkara and Pye graduated from Roadmaster Drivers School of Jacksonville, one of 12 Roadmaster training schools across the country, and are both currently employed as professional truck drivers with Werner Enterprises.  John Frey, Vice President Driver School Relations at Werner, commented, “It is always a pleasure to work with Roadmaster graduates. Roadmaster graduates arrive at Werner well trained to take on the new endeavors of becoming a professional truck driver.  Roadmaster Drivers School is a professional training program and we recognize your training school as a definitive leader in the training of entry level drivers, and one that meets Werner Enterprises’ high standards.  Your comprehensive program provides students with a solid foundation that enables them to advance easily within our training program.”

In a recent interview, Pye was asked what plans he holds for the future, he replied, “From the beginning of my trucking career, I’ve set high goals for myself. I finished number one in my class with a 99.8 percentile, and was awarded the Directors Achievement Award. I became a trainer for Werner Enterprises after 90 days as a qualified driver. I’m currently in the process of owning my own truck and eventually starting a small fleet. I have accomplished every goal I have set for myself from the beginning. My next goal will be no different.”

“To have two of our graduates among the ten finalists for America’s Top Rookie is such a great honor, especially following last year when a Roadmaster graduate from our Indianapolis location won the top prize.  These two extraordinary individuals were chosen due to their great determination and exceptional work ethic.  This is also a testament to our school staff who works very hard to prepare Roadmaster students for a successful career as a professional truck driver.  The shortage of truck drivers is projected to grow for many years and Roadmaster is putting Americans on the road to success” — Brad Ball, Roadmaster Vice President.