VIDALIA, Ga. - Drivers at Dot Transportation, Inc. (DTI) recently hosted their fifth annual Jeff Powell Classic Driver Roadeo to bring some fun to the community while sharpening their drivers' skills.
"This is a really fun event for our drivers and the community," said George Garbutt, transportation manager at Dot's Vidalia Distribution Center. "Not only is it fun, but it also helps us raise awareness about safety. We want everyone on the road to be safe, so we start by educating our drivers."
At the event, held on April 14 on the campus of Southeastern Technical Driving College, Daniel Wilds became the first repeat champion, netting a $1000 cash prize, two tickets to the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway and a pair of fan passes provided by Woodland Oil Incorporated.
Ten year DTI veteran Kenny Luke took second place for the second-consecutive year to win $500, and Nealie Miller captured third place for $250. Five $50 bounties were also paid to the highest scores of five obstacles.
Photos of event winners can be found at (names are from left to right):
http://bit.ly/JqfPbI - Mike Coleman, transportation supervisor; Daniel Wilds, first place winner; Kenny Luke, second place; Nealie Miller, third place; George Garbutt, transportation manager.
"Everyone thought it was beginner's luck last year," joked Wilds, who competed in the event for the first time last year. "There's something for everyone at this event. DTI makes learning about safety fun!"
There were 28 participants and around 100 spectators at the event, which featured lunch, a bounce castle for children and a disc jockey. Contestants faced numerous obstacles, such as serpentine back, blind-side back, offset alley, sight-side back, tail-swing barrel, dock back, straight back, stop line measure and pre-trip inspection.
The event is named in remembrance of Jeff Powell, a DTI driver who passed away in a 2007 accident.
Dot Foods and Dot Transportation continue to experience exceptional growth and are hiring in record numbers. Both companies are looking to fill several positions for full and part-time drivers and warehouse personnel in all eight locations. To learn more about careers at Dot Foods, visit www.dotfoods.com/careers and follow @DotFoodsCareers.
Founded in 1994, Dot Transportation, Inc. (DTI) specializes in delivering mixed loads of dry, frozen and refrigerated products across the country. DTI, a private carrier, is a subsidiary of Dot Foods, Inc., a family-owned business that is the largest food redistributor in the nation. DTI operates out of terminals in: Modesto, Calif.; Vidalia, Ga.; Burley, Idaho; Mt. Sterling, Ill.; Cambridge City, Ind.; Williamsport, Md.; Liverpool, N.Y.; Joliet, Illinois and Ardmore, Okla. For more information, visit www.dotfoods.com/dti.