'Top Rookie' Nominee Jeremy DeGarmo Honored at GATS

on Monday, August 31, 2015 in Awards & Recognition

TMC Driver, Jeremy DeGarmo, traveled to Dallas, Texas on Friday, August 28th, to attend the Mike O’Connell Memorial Trucking’s Top Rookie Contests press conference being held during the Great American Trucking Show. Jeremy was among the top ten rookie drivers nominated for this prestigious award.

The contest, which is in its fifth year, was pursued as a suggestion from the Commercial Vehicle Training Association to highlight the opportunities in the truck driving profession. Drivers that have been in the industry less than one year are nominated by schools and motor carriers to have the chance to win over $25,000 in cash and prizes. The main purpose of the contest, however, is to increase pride and professionalism among new drivers, and promote the truck driving career choice during a severe shortage of drivers.

In the short amount of time that Jeremy has been driving with TMC, he has proved himself as a safe and reliable driver who is committed to the job. When searching for a driver to nominate, we look into a variety of driver statistics and personnel testimonials. Jeremy stood out from the crowd with his sense of enthusiasm and dedication to the trucking industry.

Jeremy began driving for TMC in January of 2015. What sets Jeremy apart is his determination to not only be successful in his own career, but to help others succeed as well. As a former member of the United States Air Force, Jeremy acquired an immense sense of pride and discipline. Upon leaving the service in 2007, he held a variety of odd jobs as he patiently waited for the next opportunity to present itself. One of these jobs happened to take place at a manufacturing plant that was a customer of TMC.

As an outgoing individual in awe of the shiny black and chrome Peterbilts going in an out of the plant, Jeremy made small talk with the drivers to gain insight into the trucking lifestyle that he’d been interested for some time. Upon hearing nothing but positive things about TMC from these drivers, Jeremy weighed his options. After all, he had two small children to support. Jeremy quickly decided that both the trucking industry and TMC was a great fit for him and his family. He obtained his CDL from JTL Truck Driving School in Omaha, NE, and as they say, the rest is history.

“I really love what I do and where I do it,” says Jeremy. “TMC is structured like the military, which makes me feel at home.” Always looking to lend a helping hand, Jeremy visits his former CDL at least once per month to talk to students about the benefits of being a driver in the trucking industry. “I enjoy helping people. One day when I’m ready to hang up the keys I’d like to become a CDL instructor and leave my mark on the industry.”

While Jeremy didn't take the top prize this past weekend, we are so proud that he was recognized as a top ten finalist. Jeremy took home nearly $2,000 in cash and prizes and was honored at the press conference held at the Great American Trucking Show in Dallas. Congratulations Jeremy!