KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Pilot Flying J has revealed the winners of its third annual Road Warrior campaign.
Jacqueline Rocha of Acworth, Georgia; Kevin Mailand of Lawrence, Kansas; and Charles Johnson of Dubuque, Iowa, have been named the grand, second- and third-place Road Warrior winners respectively.
In September 2016, Pilot Flying J kicked off the annual online contest to thank professional drivers for keeping the nation moving by recognizing those who demonstrate hard work, perseverance and passion for their craft and asking Americans to nominate “heroes on the road” who go the extra mile to get the job done right.
As winners of the third annual Road Warrior campaign, Rocha will receive $10,000, Mailand will receive $5,000 and Johnson will receive $2,500, and all will join an exclusive group of past program winners.
“We are always so inspired by the passion and determination of professional drivers,” said Ken Parent, president of Pilot Flying J. “All three winners, and so many of their fellow drivers, are excellent representations of the professional driver community, and we are thrilled to recognize them with this Road Warrior honor.”
The new Road Warriors are each making strong contributions to the professional driving community in their own, unique ways:
“More than anything, I’m incredibly humbled to join a great group of past Road Warrior winners,” said Rocha. “I’ve met countless hardworking professional drivers over the course of my time behind the wheel, many of whom inspire me daily with their passion for this amazing industry. This award wouldn’t be possible without the mentors who came before me to help shape my career.”
Pilot Flying J previously named Oceanside, California, resident Erik Michaels as its second annual Road Warrior grand prize winner. As a long-haul driver with 47 years of experience, Michaels overcame extreme odds to return to the road after experiencing a major stroke while on the job. U.S. Army veteran Kyle Cones received the first Road Warrior honor for his commitment to his fellow drivers, family and country.
To learn more about the Road Warrior program, view exclusive content and read up about the winners, visit www.RoadWarrior.PilotFlyingJ.com.
To join the Road Warrior conversation, follow #RoadWarrior on social media.
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