After 24 years in the U.S. military, Joseph Campbell wanted his next career to have purpose along with a paycheck. That pursuit of purpose led him to the trucking industry.
“I chose trucking as a career path because it made me feel like I am still a part of something larger than myself,” Campbell said.
On December 6, Campbell was named the 2019 award winner during a ceremony at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. As the winner, Campbell was handed the keys to new full-loaded Kenworth T680 truck – and the opportunity to be an owner-operator.
Campbell said he is thankful for this opportunity.
“I believe this truck is an incredible gift. It’s not a reward; it’s a gift. It’s an honor to be chosen to drive this truck from Kenworth,” he said.
The Transition Trucking: Driving for Excellence award campaign began in 2016 to highlight career opportunities in the trucking industry among veterans, reservists, and National Guard members. The Transition Trucking campaign is one way Hiring Our Heroes, Kenworth Trucking, and FASTPORT pay it forward to veterans.
“It’s not just about winning this vehicle. It’s about paying it forward and giving them the chance to establish their own career and potentially hire other drivers down the road,” said Eric Eversole, president of Hiring Our Heroes and vice president at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.