Transfix, Inc., the Intelligent Freight Platform, recently announced Jess Graham – a Snellville, Georgia-based truck driver and community advocate – as the winner of the second-annual TransFIX My Rig makeover contest. Graham will receive a custom truck renovation by Jason Cameron, a television host and licensed contractor who has appeared on over 500 episodes of home renovation programs. These include DIY’s Man Caves, Desperate Landscapes, Urban Oasis, Sledgehammer, and, most recently, CBS’ Secret Celebrity Renovation. The inside of her sleeper berth will be made over to match Graham’s personality and fit her on-the-road needs. Transfix revealed the new look via a livestream event during National Truck Driver Appreciation Week, September 11-17, 2022.
“Every day, truck drivers like Jess sacrifice home comforts and time with loved ones to ensure that goods keep moving across the country,” said Rachel Meranus, Chief Revenue and Marketing Officer of Transfix. “Jess goes above and beyond. She gives back to her community through her advocacy, her ongoing support of her colleagues, and her commitment to bettering the industry. We are honored to have the opportunity to improve Jess’s life on the road with this special renovation.”
This year, Transfix called on its community partners to nominate drivers who they feel are deserving of a cabin makeover. Jess Graham was nominated by last year’s winner, Debbie Desiderato. She was also nominated by Michelle Kitchin, who is a fellow board member of Real Women in Trucking– a Transfix partner– which empowers women through outreach programs, education, advocacy, mentoring, networking, and ongoing support.
“I am overjoyed and honored to have won the TransFIX My Rig contest,” said Graham. “When I found out, I was speechless…and that is not like me at all. I love my truck like a proud mom. I’ve spent so much time working on her and renovating her myself, but haven’t had much time lately to make it exactly what I want. This is more than I could have ever asked for! I can’t wait to see what Jason and the Transfix team are able to pull off. I already enjoy what I do and this is going to make everything about my job that much better.”
“No one deserves this recognition more than Jess,” said Desiderato. “When any of us technically-challenged drivers need help, advice, or just someone to talk to, she’s always a phone call away and happy to chat. I’m so excited to see her new rig and celebrate alongside the rest of the Transfix team!”
Kitchin added, “Jess is dedicated to improving the lives of all drivers through her involvement with Real Women in Trucking and her work to help organize numerous events for the organization, such as Queen of the Road and Industry Trailblazer.”
As part of this year’s program, Transfix also distributed “Comfort-in-a-Box” kits to all nominees to help create a homelike environment in their trucks. The kits include a robe, air freshener, succulent plant, blanket, and other comforting and decorative items.