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What is the Chairman's Challenge?

Conceived by FedEx Chairman, President and CEO Frederick W. Smith, the Chairman's Challenge is a call to drivers from all operating companies to represent FedEx in the annual American Trucking Associations' National Truck Driving Championships (NTDC). In 2014, the event will be held in Pittsburgh, Aug. 12-16.

The key purpose of this corporate-wide initiative is to reinforce the FedEx commitment to the safety of its drivers, contractors and couriers – and the motoring public. In addition, NTDC offers an excellent opportunity for our drivers to demonstrate their skills and professionalism while promoting the importance of safe driving at all FedEx companies.

Building on Success

With 29 National Champion, three National Grand Champion and four Rookie of the Year titles in the past 11 years, Team FedEx has established a reputation for excellence at the NTDC.

In 2003, the first year for the Chairman's Challenge, 902 drivers and contractors from FedEx operating companies competed in state-level competitions from which FedEx registered 58 state champions. In 2006, more than 1,700 drivers and contractors participated in state competitions, and FedEx sent 76 competitors to the NTDC. In 2013, more than 1,500 FedEx drivers and contractors participated in state competitions, and 132 professional drivers from 46 states qualified to compete at the national event by winning their respective state's competition and driving accident-free for at least one year.