Navistar Inc and the Women In Trucking Association (WIT) presented the inaugural Influential Woman of the Year award to Rochelle Gorman, chief executive officer of CalArk International, at a ceremony during the Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) annual meeting.
“The ‘Influential Woman of the Year’ award is designed to shine a spotlight on the great leadership demonstrated by women in the trucking industry,” said Anne Belec, vice-president and chief marketing officer, Navistar. “Rochelle’s dedication to trucking and her personal commitment to mentoring other women is exactly what we set out to celebrate.”
Gorman accepted her award immediately after a panel discussion about overcoming the challenges women often face in the trucking industry.
“Women today have the opportunity to lift each other up in ways that provide inspiration, leadership, and encouragement that may not have existed when I entered the industry,” said Gorman. “We are now trusted to promote the good and positive of the trucking industry.”
Two runners-up for the award were also recognized at the TCA event: Shelley Simpson, executive vice-president, J B Hunt Transport Inc; and Andreea Raaber, vice-president, business development, Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC.
The Influential Woman of the Year award seeks to recognize a woman in the trucking industry who makes or influences key decisions in a corporate, manufacturing, supplier, owner-operator, driver, sales or dealership setting. Other criteria for the award include demonstrating a record of responsibility and success in mentoring other women.
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