| February 1, 2024

Wilson Logistics Apprenticeship Program Recognized by Missouri Governor

Wilson Logistics Apprenticeship Program Recognized by Missouri Governor


Missouri Governor Mike Parson made special recognition of Wilson Logistics and the success of its apprenticeship program during his January 24, 2024 State of the State address. The hour-long speech touched upon many triumphs the governor helped shepherd during his administration, including his focus on stimulating an increase in professional apprenticeships throughout the state, which he illustrated via three representatives from Wilson Logistics, a Missouri trucking and logistics company.

Wilson Logistics Director of Safety Jeff Fields, along with truck driving apprentices Ricky Schmoll, a former welder from Lowry City, MO, and Kayla Putnam, an army reservist, represented Wilson at the address and stood for applause at the request of Governor Parson.

“I firmly believe,” Parson stated, “that with hard work, determination, and a skill of some kind, anyone can achieve the American dream. And these individuals are proving it.”

Schmoll traded his welding career for trucking thanks to its promise of larger wages. Putnam was following a lifelong interest in trucking instilled by the many truckers in her family. Both seek to benefit from Wilson’s apprenticeship program, which guides potential workers through the process of gaining their CDL-A license and trains them in practical driving situations despite their lack of previous trucking experience. It’s a program specifically designed to bring a diverse array of non-truckers into the trucking world.


Wilson Logistics is a family-owned and operated organization utilizing a diverse portfolio of solutions to solve client logistical needs. Since its inception in 1980, Wilson has grown into a nationally recognized carrier with a reputation for integrity. For its drivers, the company currently offers CDL training, in-house lease-purchase options, and a full range of carrier services.