38-year-old Stevens driver Dwight Arnold is the winner of the 2019 Mike O’Connell Trucking’s Top Rookie Award presented by Trucker News.
Dwight Arnold, who lives in Clarksville, Tennessee, was announced as the award winner Friday at the Great American Trucking Show in Dallas. He won $10,000 and prizes from the RoadPro Family of Brands and Rand McNally. Arnold also received $1,000 from his company for winning the award.
It’s a dream come true.
2019 Trucking’s Top Rookie Winner
“It gives you a buffer so I can work harder and get more done, clear debt and prepare a better life for my family,” he said of winning and the cash prize. “It’s a dream come true.”
Dwight was born in Kissimmee, FL and raised in Jacksonville, FL. In 2001, Dwight made the decision in 2001 to join the United States Army. During his time in the service, Dwight served as an Ammunition Specialist, Military Recruiter, and a Special Unit Transportation Officer. Dwight also received many awards in the Army, including the Army Commendation Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal with a Campaign Star, and an Afghanistan Campaign Medal with two stars.
After retiring in August of 2014, Dwight wanted a profession that matched what he was already used to and allowed him to see his family more. Having experience in the transportation industry, he realized that a profession as a truck driver would be the perfect fit. Dwight obtained his CDL from Tennessee Truck Driving School and graduated from orientation at Stevens in August of 2018.
Today, Dwight is a member of our Independent Contractor Division and is driving in our Kraft dedicated fleet. “Trucking has given me the opportunity to make a better home dynamic for me and my family. As for my future plans with Stevens, I’m hoping to start a fleet with 4-5 trucks. I also hope to build financial stability with my family, thanks to the financial success that I have had with trucking so far.”
Dwight is a driver that I know will complete every task presented to him with a positive attitude.DeAnthony MontgomeryDwight’s Driver Manager
Dwight’s Driver Manager, DeAnthony Montgomery, spoke high praise about Dwight’s success at Stevens. “Dwight is a driver that I know will complete every task presented to him with a positive attitude. He consistently delivers every load on time and is a very motivated and exemplary driver. I am glad to have him on my team!”
In addition to winning $10,000, Dwight also receives a prize package worth $530 from the RoadPro Family of Brands, which includes a RoadKing Noise Cancelling Bluetooth Headset, LUMAGEAR Headlamp, PowerDrive 1000-Watt Bluetooth Pure Sine Wave Power Inverter, BlackCanyon 64 oz. water bottle, BlackCanyon Large Duffle Bag, MobileSpec Qi Wireless Charging Mount, and RoadPro 12-Volt Soft Side Cooler. The winner also receives a ClearDryve 200, Rand McNally’s premium noise-canceling 2-in-1 headphones with removable earpieces and adjustable boom mic and the current Deluxe Motor Carriers’ Road Atlas.
The Top Rookie award is presented by Truckers News with the support of the Commercial Vehicle Training Association, National Association Of Publicly Funded Truck Driving Schools, and Professional Truck Driver Institute.