With the 50th anniversary of the Mid-America Trucking Show (MATS) coming March 24th-26th of 2022, a new program titled, “Trucking Strong” has been put into action to recognize the strength and tenacity of Trucking Professionals at MATS.
The American economy and way of life depends on the trucking industry and the critical role the hard-working men and women of the industry play. To recognize the unwavering commitment, courage, strength, and resilience of everyday heroes in the trucking industry, MATS is collecting your stories.
Over the past months, MATS has been flooded with stories submitted by colleagues, peers, and family members of exemplary industry professionals. Their Trucking Strong stories will be displayed on an interactive digital wall at the MATS 50th celebration for all attendees to witness. These submissions will also be recognized during the opening night ceremony on Thursday, March 24, 2022.
To show their appreciation, MATS show management will choose three submissions to receive a prize package including 4 VIP tickets, a 2-night hotel stay for the 50th Anniversary Mid-America Trucking Show, a $250 Visa Gift Card, and a collection of MATS merchandise!
Share your Trucking Strong story with the MATS Community with this link: www.truckingshow.com/trucking-strong
The first prize package recipient from the Trucking Strong program is James Rogers. Rogers served more than 11 years in the U.S. Army until suffering a spinal injury in an IED explosion. After two years of recovery, he was ready to return to work and found the trucking industry. In September of 2017, Rogers was nominated by his employer to receive a truck of his own through the Key To Progress Program.
On April 7th, 2018, he received the keys to his own 2015 Freightliner Cascadia, and his company Spartan Direct, LLC, was born. Today, the Spartan Direct fleet consists of seven trucks that worked during the pandemic delivering crucial items the country needed.
All submissions are encouraged, and prizes will be awarded in the weeks leading up to MATS. Share your Trucking Strong story with the MATS Community with this link: www.truckingshow.surveysparrow.com/s/Trucking-Strong-Contest/tt-0e5484
Published submissions can be found on the MATS Facebook and Instagram pages.
Since 1972, MATS -- Mid-America Trucking Show has become the world’s largest and longest running annual heavy-duty trucking event. MATS is the place to experience everything from new technologies to networking with industry thought leaders. This is where the industry’s largest brands and promising startups do business, form partnerships, and make meaningful connections. Over 900 exhibitors and more than 70,000 attendees experience MATS each year, making it the education and innovation epicenter of the trucking industry. MATS 2022 - March 24-26, It’s time to get back to business.