2012 Women In Trucking's Salute to the Women Behind the Wheel
Louisville, KY… The Women In Trucking (WIT) Association held its third annual event to honor female professional drivers. The Salute to Women Behind the Wheel celebrated the accomplishments of 211 female professional drivers with a combined total of over 200 million safe driving miles. The celebration was held on Saturday, March 24th, at the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, Kentucky.
Joyce Brenny, President of Brenny Transportation, Inc. and Brenny Specialized, Inc. of St. Cloud, Minnesota addressed the audience of approximately 800 which included drivers, their families and members of the association. She called the drivers heroes and thanked them for their dedication to safe driving. Brenny’s passion is to elevate the image of the professional driver, “I want professional truck drivers to get the respect they have already earned, I said already earned!”
The audience cheered and the enthusiasm was similar to that of a rally! Women In Trucking’s President/CEO, Ellen Voie, thanked the group and recapped the organizations accomplishments from the past year. Voie also gave them a glimpse into future goals and introduced them to the event sponsors, the group’s board members and the driver advisory committee.
Brenny assisted in congratulating each woman who had achieved safe driving records. The group included 67 women who had driven one million accident free miles, 36 who had reached two million safe driving miles, fifteen with three million mile records and seven women who had attained four million safe driving miles during their careers.
Those seven women were given a standing ovation by the audience and a few were so overwhelmed they shed tears of joy in response to the acknowledgement.
Following the award presentation, the women posed for a group photo and then dispersed in their red shirts, carrying goodie bags filled with gifts from the event sponsors. Gold Sponsors were Frito-Lay and Walmart Transportation, Silver Sponsors: U.S. Xpress, Inc. and Volvo Trucks, Bronze Sponsors: McGriff, Seibels, & Williams, Inc. and Ryder System, Inc., Copper Sponsors: FedEx Freight, J. J. Keller & Associates, Inc., Owner-Operator DIRECT, Pitt Ohio, Rand McNally, Trucker Charity Inc., and UPS Freight, Nickel Sponsors: A Voice 4 U, Airtab®, Anatabloc, Brenny Transportation, Inc. & Brenny Specialized, Inc., J.B. Hunt, Rolling Strong, and Schneider National, Inc.
Women In Trucking was established to encourage the employment of women in the trucking industry, promote their accomplishments and minimize obstacles faced by women working in the trucking industry. Membership is not limited to women, as sixteen percent of its members are men who support the mission. Women In Trucking is supported by its members and the generous support of Gold Level Partners; Bendix, Frito-Lay North America , Great Dane Trailers, Hyundai Translead and Walmart. For more information visit www.WomenInTrucking.org or call 888-464-9482.