PLOVER, WI — For the fourth consecutive year, the Women in Trucking Association and Navistar are presenting the Influential Woman in Trucking award to a female role model and pioneer in the trucking industry.
A panel of industry judges has narrowed the field to four finalists, one of whom will be named the 2014 Influential Woman in Trucking at the Truckload Carriers Association annual convention in Grapevine, Texas, on March 25, 2014.
The finalists are:
Amy Boerger, general manager – Field Sales and Service, Cummins Inc.
Kim A. Kaplan, president and chief operating officer, K-Limited Carrier Ltd.
Stephanie Klang, professional driver, Con-way Truckload
Marcia G. Taylor, president and chief executive officer, Bennett International Group
Assisting Ellen Voie, WIT president and chief executive officer, in judging this year’s nominees were 2013 Influential Woman in Trucking award winner Rebecca Brewster, president and COO of American Transportation Research Institute and Jeff Mason, executive vice president, American Trucking Associations.
WIT and Navistar teamed up to develop this award in 2010 as a way to honor female leaders in trucking, and to attract and advance women within our industry. Nominations were open to the public in December 2013 and January 2014.
Past award winners are:
2013– Rebecca Brewster, the president and chief operating officer of the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI), where she’s served for over 10 years. Her leadership has influenced industry leaders on topics ranging from driver retention to driver health.
2012– Joyce Brenny, the owner of Brenny Transportation, Inc. and Brenny Specialized, Inc. She founded Brenny founded Brenny Transportation, Inc., based in St. Cloud, Minnesota, in 1996 and grew the company from three employees to a more than $15 million-company.
2011– Rochelle Gorman, the chief executive officer, of CalArk International. The company was founded in 1975 by Gorman’s father, Tom Bartholomew, who started the company with two trucks. Gorman took the top position in the late ‘90s and tripled the company’s revenues.