The Great American Trucking Show (GATS) is coming up fast, and Transport America is greatly anticipating this year’s event. GATS is scheduled for August 21-23, 2014 at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas, Texas. If you order tickets in advance, admission is free! Even if you arrive at the gate without a ticket, admission is only $10. Here’s a little of what you can expect from The Great American Trucking Show this year.
This is the place to be if you’re interested in truck driving but haven’t secured a job yet. More than 100 exhibiting companies will be present this year, including Transport America. This motor carrier is excited to showcase everything it has to offer new drivers, so be sure to stop by booth #15167 to learn more.
Each day during GATS, you have the chance to attend one or more educational seminars. Transportation industry professionals give presentations to enlighten the audience on topics such as HAZMAT violations, preparing for safety audits, HOS regulations and more. Check the schedule so you’re sure to attend the seminars that interest you most.
Even if you come for the recruitment opportunities and educational seminars, be sure to stick around for all the fun GATS has to offer as well. A few celebrities will be attending the event this year, including:
- Captain Edgar Hansen from the Discovery Channel’s Deadliest Catch
- Stuntman Mike Ryan
- Professional bull rider Douglas Duncan
- 2014 Overdrive’s Most Beautiful Contest Winner Emily Weymouth
Rookie of the Year
Randall-Reilly has announced the finalists in its 2014 Mike O’Connell Memorial Trucking’s Top Rookie contest. The program, which received 55 nominations this year, is designed to increase pride and professionalism among new drivers, and to promote truck driving as a career choice during a severe driver shortage. An expert panel of judges, which included representatives from training schools (both public and private), suppliers and trade associations, named 10 finalists including Transport America driver, Kyle Friauf, who went to Kirkwood Community College.
More than $25,000 in cash and prizes will be awarded to these deserving drivers at a ceremony on Friday, August 22 during the Great American Trucking Show in Dallas. Eric Harley of the Red Eye Radio Network will interview the winner, who will receive a variety of prizes including: a $10,000 check; a custom plaque from Award Company of America; 100,000 MyRewards points from Pilot Flying J; a GPS unit; and a dash camera from Cobra.
Pride & Polish
Check out the most decked-out trucks you have ever seen at Overdrive’s Pride & Polish truck beauty contest. You can view all the trucks on the floor Thursday and Friday. Then, the award ceremony will take place on Saturday, August 23 at 11:00 am. The trucks are scheduled to roll out at 5:00 pm that day at the conclusion of GATS. Come find a seat near the exhibit hall doors where the trucks will exit the building and hit the streets.
We wish Kyle good luck and hope to see many of our drivers at the show!