22-Year Army Veteran Drives Off The Winner
Grand Prize: 2022 Kenworth T680
We are very proud to announce that Stevens Transport Driver and United States Army Veteran Jimmy Reddell has been named the winner of the 2021 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.
Jimmy, a native of A native of Little Rock, AR, knew from a young age he wanted to serve his country. Shortly after his 17th birthday, a conversation he had with an Army recruiter would “shape his future.” Impressed with what his recruiter had to offer; Jimmy soon enlisted in the Army for what would be a 22-year long career. Jimmy was assigned to a variety of mission critical positions and was deployed to South Korea where he served as an 88M transporting Patriot Missile Radar Systems. “The job required me to drive across mountain passes and roads that weren’t designed for heavy trucks, so I picked up valuable driving experience with the Army that is helpful today”, said Reddell. Prior to his retirement, Jimmie played a key role in the Hurricane Katrina rescue and cleanup missions. “It was hard to see the destruction Hurricane Katrina caused and how many people were displaced from their homes. When I arrived, I joined a team that distributed food, water, and other essential goods to those in need. It was the most rewarding experience of my career.” said Jimmy. In his final assignment, Jimmy’s career came full cycle when he retired as an Army recruiter helping the men and women of our country answer their own call to serve.
Jimmy plans to use the new Kenworth T680 to start his own fleet, and one day hopefully add more trucks to it. As an owner operator, Jimmy’s career in trucking has rapidly stepped forward and this great award will give Jimmy all the tools necessary to maximize his earning potential. Stevens Transport is extremely thankful to have Jimmy as a member of our premier driving force. Jimmy is pleased to continue his service to our country, by delivering essential good across our great nation, now behind the wheel of his very own truck.
Jimmy Reddell joins Stevens Transport Director of Recruiting Gregg Softy as the second Stevens Transport driver to win this great award, over its six-year history.