Thomas Ferguson may be "just" the vice president of public relations at Titan Mining Reclamation, Knoxville, Tenn., but he drives the "Big Boss" now.
At first, Ferguson thought the phone calls and emails asking to confirm he was the winner of the customized and outfitted custom work truck -- a 2010 Ram 2500 4x4 Crew Cab dubbed "Big Boss" and worth approxomately $75,000 -- were part of an elaborate hoax.
When Ferguson verified his being named the winner of ProPickup magazine’s 2010 Big Boss Sweepstakes was true and the reality of his good fortune sank in, Titan Mining Reclamation's VP or PR still found it hard to believe.
"This Ram pickup is going to give me the push I need to keep working hard and accomplish my goals," said the east Tennessee native. “I followed every article in the magazine and every post on the web site as the ‘Big Boss’ was being built last year. It’s a great truck and I can’t wait to put it to work.”
Ferguson’s name was pulled from more than 9,000 entires ProPickup magazine had received during the nearly year-long sweepstakes program. The Ram Truck "Big Boss" was customized by the magazine’s staff and Truck Supply & Outfitters in Tuscaloosa.
Titan Mining Reclamation reclaims coal mines, and contracts site development and road building projects. Those jobs require Ferguson to drive into rugged areas and tow trailers loaded with construction equipment.
“Having a pickup set up the way the magazine did with the Big Boss gives me all the tools I need to get the job done in style,” said Ferguson who is an avid Ram truck fan.
“We just retired our old service truck, so the Big Boss Ram and the equipment it comes with is going to be put to use right away in the work we do. In fact, I’ll be driving it to South Carolina to bring back some equipment to Knoxville at the end of the month.
"The Big Boss is also replacing my old ‘98 Dodge Ram
diesel, which is close to being worn out,” Ferguson said.
“When I’m not at work, this is going to be a sweet
truck [to use] for hunting and fishing.”
ProPickup is a bi-monthly publication that reaches more than 220,000 owners and managers of construction, landscaping, aggregates, road and bridge building companies across the country.
ProPickup Magazine Asociate Publisher Stephen Abernathy (right) hands the Big Boss Ram 2500 keys to Thomas Ferguson, who won the truck in a magazine contest.
Source: ProPickup Magazine