The 50th Mid-America Trucking Show will be a celebration of the entire trucking industry and the men, women, and companies who built this great industry and made MATS the largest and longest running annual trucking event. To honor the many outstanding professionals that have made significant contributions to the trucking industry and MATS, Show Management is collecting nominations to be included on the first ever MATS Wall of Fame.
All inductees will be featured on a commemorative Wall of Fame at MATS 50th, and permanently preserved on a digital wall on the MATS website.
Hundreds of nominations have already been submitted by attendees, exhibitors, and other industry partners. The current list includes nominations ranging from historical figures and trucking “legends” to modern day trucking professionals that are already influencing the future of trucking. Below are some of the nominations received as of publication.
Lillie Elizabeth McGee Drennan, Clessie Lyle Cummins, Frank Beelman Jr., Ingrid Brown, Ellen Voie, Keith Foster, Jimmy Ardis, Bryan Martin, Todd Spencer, Tamera Sturgis, Mirah Lesa "YoYo" Worley, Bob Spooner, Susie De Ridder, Carmen Anderson, Andrea Marks, Highway Hank Good, Chuck Kemner, Dave Nemo, Joel Morrow, Eddie Gant aka "Southern Shaker”, Dale Sommers - The Truckin' Bozo, Steve Sommers, Joyce Brenny, St. Christopher Truckers Relief Fund.
Nominations will be accepted up until January 31st, 2022 and can be submitted on the event website, www.truckingshow.com/Wall-of-Fame.
The Wall of Fame selection committee, which includes the historical expertise of the American Truck Historical Society, will review nominations to determine the 2022 inductees. Inductees will be recognized during the MATS 50th Anniversary Celebration and Ceremony opening night, held on Thursday March 24th, 2022.
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.