TMC's Mario Cardenas Named as a Top 10 Finalist for the 2016 Trucking's Top Rookie Contest

on Thursday, July 21, 2016 in Awards & Recognition


The top ten finalists for the annual Truckload Carriers Association “Trucking’s Top Rookie” contest have been announced, and we are pleased to report that TMC’s Mario Cardenas has made the cut!

Mario was born and raised in Mexico and moved to the United States in October of 2013. He is an outstanding asset to TMC and the trucking industry as a whole, and we are honored to have him as a professional driver in our fleet.

When Mario moved to San Antonio, Texas two years ago, he was looking for a challenge and a way to improve himself. He initially signed on with an insurance company, where he worked for just over a year. Feeling restless, he once again became motivated to do more with his life. He left the insurance company and enrolled in Roadmaster Drivers School, where he obtained his CDL with the aspiration of traveling around the country behind the wheel of an 18 wheeler.

“What made me want to become a truck driver was the opportunity to travel around the country doing something that many people do not appreciate,” says Mario. “I like to believe that professional drivers like myself help to move this country and contribute to a better economy.”

Upon becoming a part of the TMC Family in June of 2015, Mario quickly became a top contender in the fleet. He holds the certification and revenue level of a tenured driver, always goes the extra mile and puts safety at the forefront. What really sets him apart is his discipline, hard work and self motivation.

Mario attended a four-year college, graduated with a 3.7 GPA and holds a dual degree in Business. Mario is very family oriented, and devotes much of his free time and resources to helping his family. He is even assisting his younger brother in paying for his college education. “My brother is the reason I wake up some days at 3 am without hesitation,” Mario explains. “I like to think that my efforts will benefit him somehow. College may not be cheap but thanks to trucking, I am able to alleviate some of that weight off his shoulders.”

Mario and the rest of the top ten will be honored the Great American Trucking Show in Dallas where they will announce the winner on August 25th. Congratulations Mario, your Black and Chrome Family are keeping their fingers crossed!