Eligibility for Nomination:

To be eligible to be nominated for the 2019 Transition Trucking: Driving for Excellence Award (the “Award”), a Nominee must:

  1. Be a legal resident of the continental United States;

  2. Be a military veteran or a current or former member of the National Guard or Reserves;

  3. Have graduated from a PTDI-certified or NAPFTDS or CVTA member driver training school and be a current CDL holder;

  4. Have been employed by any for-hire carrier or private fleet that has pledged to hire veterans.

  5. Was first employed as a CDL driver between January 1, 2018 and June 20, 2019.

  6. Agree to all of the Award Rules, including attending the Great American Trucking Show in Dallas.

Employees, officers and directors of Sponsors and any affiliated entities, and their respective immediate families (parents, spouse, children, siblings) or individuals residing in their household (whether or not related) are not eligible Nominees.

Nomination Procedure:

Nominations may be made by any for-hire carrier or private fleet employers, training organizations, the general public and/or other interested parties using the nomination form on beginning March 13, 2019. Nominations will be valid only if the form is fully completed and submitted online any time before 5:00pm EDT on June 25, 2019 to the email address

Criteria for Selection of Preliminary Finalists:

An independent Selection Committee, including representatives from motor carriers, driver training schools, suppliers and trade associations, will choose ten (10) preliminary Finalists from among all eligible Nominees.

The criteria the Selection Committee will use to evaluate eligible Nominees to select the ten (10) preliminary Finalists are the eligible Nominee's:

  • Availability for loads

  • On-time delivery

  • Highway safety performance

  • Customer relations

  • Work record

  • Military service record

  • Non-job related activities/community service

Odds of being named a preliminary Finalist depend on the number of eligible Nominees received on or before June 25, 2019.

Nominators and Preliminary Finalists will be notified on or before July 20, 2019 through the contact information provided in the Nomination.

Preliminary Finalists will need to enter into a Preliminary Finalist Agreement confirming their eligibility for Nomination, confirming that they will supply information as to their qualifications, including but not limited to proof of license and driving record, to the Selection Committee, as requested, and otherwise representing that they have read and understand the Award Rules and agree to the terms and conditions of the Award Rules, within fourteen (14) days of notification. If such notification cannot be made or the Agreement is not executed and timely returned, the Selection Committee will be free to nominate another preliminary Finalist until there are ten (10) preliminary Finalists who meet these requirements, or to proceed with fewer than ten (10) preliminary Finalists, in the Selection Committee’s and Sponsor’s sole discretion.

Selection of Transition Trucking: Driving for Excellence Award Winner and Runners-Ups:

Preliminary Finalists must agree to attend the Salute, and confirm and supply information as to their qualifications, and otherwise abide by the terms and conditions of the executed preliminary Finalist Agreement and the Award Rules. In addition, each preliminary Finalist must submit a complete preliminary Finalist submission, which will include a video profile and proof of driving record, and a Qualifying Photograph.

Each preliminary Finalist will be recognized during the Salute. Preliminary Finalists must be present at, and participate fully in, the Salute to be considered for the Award or the two (2) Runners-up.

Each preliminary Finalist will receive a Prize Pack valued at approximately $500 and provide a video recorded interview, which will be used to create profile videos to be posted on from October 1, 2019, through November 1, 2019.

The public will have the opportunity to recognize their favorite preliminary Finalist through an online vote on who the public believes should win the Award. The voting will open at 12:01 a.m. EDT on October 1, 2019, and will close at 11:59 p.m. on November 1, 2019. The public vote will not directly determine the Award Winner or the Runners-up.

One Award Winner and two Runners-up will be selected from among the eligible preliminary Finalists by the Selection Committee based on:

  1. The video profiles of the preliminary Finalists;

  2. The completed submissions by the preliminary Finalist, which will include evidence of driving records; and

  3. The public voting.

The Award Winner and the two Runners-up will be announced at a ceremony at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Hall of Flags in Washington, DC, on Friday, December 6, 2019.


The Award Winner will receive:

  1. A round-trip economy class airline ticket to Washington, DC from the winner’s legal residence in the continental U.S. to attend the Award ceremony; value depends on flight departure location;

  2. Two night hotel stay in Washington, D.C.;

  3. A 2019 Kenworth T680, with an MSRP of approximately $155,000.

Each of the two (2) Runners-up will receive:

  1. A round-trip economy class airline ticket to Washington, DC from the runner-up’s legal residence in the continental U.S. to attend the Award ceremony; value depends on flight departure location;

  2. Two night hotel stay in Washington, D.C;

  3. $10,000.00 in prize money.

If there is a final 4, the 3rd and 4th place winners will split the $10,000 prize and receive $5,000.00 in prize money respectively.

Award Winner, Runners-up and preliminary Finalist names, and state of legal residence, will be available after December 6, 2019 at U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, Hiring Our Heroes, 1615 H Street, NW, Washington, DC 20062 for a period of two months.

General Rules:

All applications must be submitted online. Only those applications submitted through the online application process will be accepted. Applications received by any other means will not be considered. No application can be individually acknowledged, returned or withdrawn after submission. Neither Sponsors nor their parents, affiliated entities or agents, are responsible for any illegible, lost, stolen late, damaged, incomplete, mutilated or misdirected Nominations or other documents. Nominating party and Nominees are responsible for insuring proper contact information has been submitted and is maintained throughout the Award contest to allow communications about the Award contest.

Any for-hire carrier, private fleet, driving training school, or other interested party may nominate up to five drivers; however, only one driver per employer or training organization can be named a preliminary Finalist.

If a driver is part of a Team, only one member of the team is eligible to be nominated.

Erroneous or false information provided in the application will result in immediate disqualification of the Nominee. Sponsors and the Selection Committee otherwise retain the right to disqualify any Nominee in their sole discretion.

If, for any reason, the Award contest is not capable of running as planned, Sponsors reserve the right in their sole discretion to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Contest at any time.

By making a Nomination, or by being a Nominee, you understand that there is no joint venture, partnership, employment or agency relation between you and Sponsors arising from any nomination, Prize or Award.

Preliminary Finalists, Runners-up and the Award Winner are individually responsible for payment of all applicable local, state and federal taxes. Preliminary Finalists, Runners-up and the Award Winner will be required to submit taxpayer identification information and any other information required for the reporting of any Award, Prize Pack or other payments made as Prizes or Awards as part of this contest.

Preliminary Finalists must furnish a digital photograph (of a quality not less than 300 dpi) featuring the entrant’s head and shoulders and taken within the last year (“Qualifying Photograph”). Qualifying Photograph must be submitted as part of the preliminary Finalist’s application.

The Preliminary Finalist Agreement requires that each preliminary Finalist grant permission to Sponsors to use the Qualifying Photograph, name, likeness, statements, biographical information, including city and state of residence, and the submitted Application information in perpetuity, worldwide, royalty fee in any and all media now known or which may be developed in the future to promote the Award and the objectives the Award seeks to further.

The decisions of the Selection Committee are final, and Nominees and preliminary Finalists specifically agree that the decision of the Selection Committee and any decision of Sponsors is not subject to review or appeal in any forum whatsoever, including courts of law.


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By making a Nomination or being a Nominee, you agree on behalf of yourself and each of your respective heirs, executors, administrators, legal representatives, agents, successors and assigns (“Releasing Party”) to the Award Rules and the decisions of the Selection Committee and Sponsors, as applicable, and any affiliated entities or persons, and by making a Nomination or being a Nominee, you release, defend and hold harmless Sponsors, and their affiliates, advisors, agents, licensees, and any social or other media used for the Award, and individuals on the Selection Committee, and any of their respective officers, directors and employees as applicable (“Released Parties”), from any and all causes of action, suits, debts, dues, sums of money, accounts, reckonings, bonds, bills, covenants, contracts, controversies, promises, lost profits, indirect or direct damages, consequential damage, incidental damages, punitive or exemplary damages, judgments, claims and demands whosoever, in law, or equity, whether known or unknown, foreseen or unforeseen, which any Releasing Party has or may ever had, now or hereafter, arising from or related to the Award contest, these Official Rules, any Nomination materials, including but not limited to any use or non-use of any Nomination materials, delivery, misdelivery, acceptance, possession, attendance at, travel related to, misuse, and/or use of or inability to use, any Prize, or technical or other failures of any kind.

The sponsors of this contest are:


175 Cabot Street, Suite 304
Lowell, MA 01854


10630 NE 38th Place
Kirkland, WA 98033


Hiring Our Heroes
1615 H Street, NW
Washington, DC 20062