Fleet Advantage, a leading innovator in truck fleet business analytics, equipment financing and lifecycle cost management announced today its participation in the 30th annual IFDA Truck Driving Championship last week. Along with sponsoring a portion of the driver championship, Fleet Advantage sponsored the inaugural IFDA Essay Contest for the children of the participating drivers. 

The IFDA Truck Driving Championship, organized by the International Foodservice Distributors Association, held at the Disney Beach and Yacht Club Resort in Orlando, is a three-day program that begins with a written exam followed by a pre-trip inspection and field obstacle course.

Fleet Advantage has been a sponsor of this fun-filled family event for two straight years, and helped organize the Kids Essay Contest. Children of truck drivers are proud to know their parents help keep America moving. The kids were given three essay questions to share why they are proud of their truck-driving parent, including what Disney character reminds them of their dad and why.

The grand prize winners were: Laura Berkowitz from Florida, daughter of Bruce Berkowitz a driver for the last 15 years from US Foods for age group 8-12 and Alyssa Perry from Texas, daughter of Ray Perry a driver with 17 years of experience from Ben E. Keith Foods for age group 13-17.  Laura finished the sentence “My dad is a hero because… he has taught me so much about the journey through life, and that I should always follow my dreams, even when others find my dreams impossible.”

Alexsa Uribe from Oklahoma age 6, daughter of driver Samuel Uribe from Ben E. Keith Foods, won the Field Obstacle Cone Counting Contest with the winner closest to the correct total number of cones on the entire obstacle course.

The IFDA rodeo wrapped-up the week of National Truck Driver Appreciation Week, Sept. 11-17, a week-long recognition of drivers for their hard work and dedication.

“We’re extremely proud of the commitment and dedication of our nation’s truck drivers who transport America’s goods and help keep our roads safe,” said John Flynn, CEO of Fleet Advantage. “The Kids’ Essay Contest just seemed like a natural extension of the family-centered festivities that IFDA cultivates, and it was great to see the pride of both the children and parents of all of the participants.”