What is the Chairman's Challenge?
Conceived by FedEx Chairman of the Board 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 2017, the event will be held in Orlando, Fla., Aug. 8-12.
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 44 National Champion, three National Grand Champion and six Rookie of the Year titles in the past 14 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 2016, more than 1,900 FedEx drivers and contractors participated in state competitions. A record 174 professional drivers from all 50 states qualified to compete at the NTDC in 2016. Each driver qualified by winning their respective state's competition and driving accident-free for at least one year.