Employee Event Tests the Skills of NFI’s Top Drivers with a 2014 Subaru Forester as the Top Prize
NFI hosted its 9th annual Rodeo Grand Championship in Allentown, PA to celebrate the skills of its top Truck and Forklift Drivers. On October 18th, the drivers who placed first, second, or third place in the six regional rodeos across the nation competed for the grand prize – a 2014 Subaru Forester.
After an exciting competition of thirty drivers exhibiting their driving and safety expertise, it was Steve Truax from Jacksonville, FL who triumphed and won the brand new car.
“I love the Subaru. I love NFI, ” Steve said after being announced as the first place winner. “It’s about the company showing appreciation for drivers, not every company would do something like this.”
Jeff Brady, a Forklift Operator from Middletown, PA was awarded second place and Keith Williams, a Forklift Operator from Hebron, OH placed third. These top contestants received prizes, trophies, and plenty of kudos for being the most talented drivers of NFI.
“This is our chance to show our drivers just how grateful we are for all the time and dedication they put into their professions,” said Joe Roeder, President of NFI Transportation and Distribution. Joe attended each of the Rodeos this year in support of all employees across the country. “It’s all about the people – recognizing drivers, putting focus on safety, and having fun.”
Throughout the year, NFI drivers qualified at six regional Truck Rodeos in Cherry Hill, NJ; Chino, CA; Waxahachie, TX; Hagerstown, MD; Lebanon, IN; and Jacksonville, FL. Challenges involve safety pre-trip tests, written exams, and maneuverability obstacles to showcase agility and skill. The best of the best came together to challenge each other, and themselves, in the annual Rodeo finale event.
The attendees of the Rodeo enjoyed entertainment, food, contests, and giveaways. The main attraction, however, was the opportunity to watch NFI drivers demonstrate the talents that they work towards everyday behind the wheel, operating on the roads and in NFI facilities safely.