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Driver Makes Top 12 Semi-Finalist List


Veteran Paul Gouker Earns A Semi-Finalist Spot

2022 Transition Trucking: Driving For Excellence Award

Stevens Transport is proud to announce Paul Gouker has been selected as a Top 12 Finalist for this year’s 2022 Transition Trucking: Driving for Excellence Award!

See more about the announcement at: https://www.transitiontrucking.org/2022-semifinalists

On Thursday, September 1st, the Transition Trucking: Driving for Excellence Award program announced the top 12 semi-finalists in running for the ultimate prize of a fully loaded Kenworth T680 Next Generation truck. Launched in 2016 as part of an overall plan to help promote careers in the transportation industry to transitioning military Veterans, National Guard members and Reservists, the annual award has gained national recognition with a record number of fleets and driver training schools making nominations this year. This year’s group of nominees was the largest and most diverse in the seven-year history of the Transition Trucking: Driving for Excellence Award. Stevens Transport is proud to have nominated a top three finalist five of the last six years. We are honored to have a Stevens Transport Veteran/Driver be named the grand prize winner in both 2017 and 2021!

A Georgia-native, Paul Gouker answered the call to serve our country at 18 years old in 1992. Paul enlisted and served our country for eight years in the National Guard before transitioning to active duty in the year 2000. While on active duty, Paul deployed multiple times in support of the War on Terrorism to various locations including Iraq, Afghanistan, and Bosnia. As a Cavalry Scout, Paul’s primary mission was to conduct Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance, and when necessary, close with and destroy the enemy. Paul is married with four children. Two of his children currently serve in the military. Paul attended the Georgia Driving Academy to earn his Class A CDL.

National Veterans Memorial Welcome Event

Adding the the prestige of this award, the Top 12 will be recognized throughout the month of September, and each will be attending a special welcome event at the National Veterans Memorial in Columbus, OH on Thursday, September 22nd. On September 23rd, the finalists will tour the Kenworth manufacturing facility in Chillicothe, OH, and the Top 3 Finalists will be announced at the MHC RoadReady Center.

Stevens Transport is honored to have Paul Gouker as a valued member of our driving corps and representing Stevens Transport as a Finalist for this great award. Thank you, Paul, for proudly serving our country for nearly three decades!

Stay tuned for more details about how to support Paul and these deserving veterans.

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