RTS Truck Drivers Compete in OTA Truck Driving Championships!

Congratulations Ross Transportation Services, Inc. (RTS) truck drivers Dave Teleha, Mark Hewitt and Dan Kobida who competed in the Ohio Trucking Association Truck Driving Championships May 18th-19th.

This marks Teleha’s third year, Hewitt’s 13th year and Kobida’s first year competing and representing RTS in this competition. This year, there were over 200 competitors who underwent a written exam, pre-trip inspection practical and driving course in hopes of snagging the first place trophy.

“It’s amazing to have three drivers representing Ross Transportation Services, Inc. in the Ohio Trucking Association Truck Driving Championships,” Bill Cromling III, RTS President, said. “Having our drivers participate year after year to not only compete with the best, but stand out from the rest just goes to show our commitment to continual improvement and safety on and off the road. Way to go guys!”

The competition was judged by dozens of Ohio State Highway Patrol Troopers, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) Inspectors and Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) Inspectors.

“I want to thank these three for putting in their own time to study and practice,” Chris Fada, RTS General Manager said. “The Ross Group of companies can be very proud of how you performed.”

Additionally, and for the first time ever, RTS will be sending a driver to the American Trucking Association National Truck Driving Championships! That driver will be Hewitt who took home the first place trophy in the Sleeper Class. This will be his fifth trip to Nationals in the 13 years he’s been competing.

RTS Truck Driver Mark Hewitt (left) with RTS General Manager Chris Fada (right).

“Mark has graciously asked to keep his trophy at the Giles Road facility instead of donning his mantle at home because, in his words, ‘this one is for Ross,” added Chris. “There will be 430+ of the best-of-the-best professional drivers competing at Nationals this year and we should all be proud to say that RTS driver Mark Hewitt is one of them.”