Fleet Owner Dozen
Click through to see all the honorees in the first Fleet Owner Dozen: Outstanding Women in Trucking.
Susan Alt, Volvo Group North America
Although Susan Alt joined Volvo Group North America operations right out of school and has stayed there for 28 years, her career has been anything but single track. To date, she’s already held management positions in engineering, product planning, marketing, global logistics, business development, and public affairs, not to mention earning and maintaining a Class A CDL.
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Cari Baylor, Baylor Trucking
When Cari Baylor graduated from Miami University, her parents encouraged her to forge her own path. That meant seeking out her own career rather than joining the family trucking business. In 1998, when her father Bob finally asked Baylor to join the family business, she knew it was her calling.
To read more about Cari Baylor, click here.
Rebecca Brewster, American Transportation Research Institute
Rebecca Brewster is president and COO of the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI), which conducts transportation research. She received the 2013 Influential Woman in Trucking Award, given by the Women in Trucking Assn. and Navistar.
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Mary Jane Evans, Veritable Vegetable
A classical musician, truck driver, bookkeeper and CEO—what do they all have in common? They are all jobs Mary Jane Evans has held. As owner and CEO of Veritable Vegetable, a San Francisco-based distributor of organic fresh fruits and vegetables, if there is a job to do, Evans has probably done it.
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Elizabeth Fretheim, Walmart
Coming from the power generation and resources industries seven years ago, Elizabeth Fretheim had a passion for sustainability but not much experience with trucking when she took a job with the U.S. logistics division of Walmart. The country’s third largest private fleet with over 6,000 vehicles and 61,000 trailers, the company had set itself the goal in 2005 of doubling its efficiency within 10 years, and with her background in sustainability, Fretheim was the person hired to spearhead that drive.
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Brandie M. Fuller, Great Dane Trailers
Born and raised in Bloomingdale, a suburb of Savannah, GA, Brandie Fuller says she never envisioned a career in the trucking industry. Yet her family had deep ties to Great Dane Trailers, with two uncles at one time employed by the trailer manufacturer’s then main assembly plant located almost right alongside the Savannah River.
To more about Brandie M. Fuller, click here.
Barbara Gould, Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems
Imagine taking over the communications for a major company in a complex industry you really don’t know much about just as that company is undergoing an acquisition with an even larger international player. Fifteen years ago, that was the first project Barbara Gould stepped into when she took over as manager of communications for Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems.
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Stephanie Klang, XPO Truckload
Stephanie Klang established a lot of firsts during her 35-year career driving big rigs from coast to coast, but perhaps one of her proudest accomplishments occurred when she became the first female for Con-way Truckload (now XPO Truckload) to achieve 3 million mi. of safe driving.
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Judy R. McReynolds, ArcBest Corp.
Judy R. McReynolds is president and CEO of ArcBest Corp., responsible for managing the multibillion-dollar logistics company, including oversight of operating companies ABF Freight, ABF Logistics, Panther Premium Logistics, and FleetNet America.
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Karen Rasmussen, HELP, Inc.
People from all walks of life find their way to the trucking industry. For Karen Rasmussen, president & CEO of HELP Inc., it was a job with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol and Dept. of Public Safety that led to what would become her passion in life: truck safety.
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Annette Sandberg, TransSafe Consulting
Annette Sandberg, who has more than 20 years of professional public safety and law enforcement experience at federal and state levels of government, leads TransSafe Consulting. The business provides transportation, public safety, and security consulting services to public and private organizations dealing with regulatory policy compliance, implementation, and management of complex transportation and safety programs.
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Ellen Voie, Women in Trucking Association
In many ways, the trucking industry proved a natural fit for Ellen Voie. She recalls that when in high school back in the 1970s, she became the first girl to take shop classes—learning welding, woodworking, and drafting. After high school, she got a job at a local steel fabricating facility, drafting pallet and storage rack designs.
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