“There’s a lot to be proud of within this industry.”
PRESIDENT, OREGON TRUCKING ASSOCIATIONS
WHAT MADE YOU PURSUE A CAREER IN TRUCKING?
I joined the Oregon Trucking Associations as President in February 2015. Earlier in my career, when I worked for Johnson Controls, a battery manufacturer, I was first exposed to the trucking industry and recognized how critical trucking is to the economy and U.S. supply chain. When I was younger and first began traveling alone, my father would always tell me, “If you need help, let a truck driver help you.” My positive impression of trucking is initially what drew me to the industry when the job opportunity at Oregon Trucking Associations presented itself. I always knew that trucking was integral to economic growth and opportunity in our country. Our country moves the majority of all our goods and products through trucks.
WHAT DO YOU ENJOY MOST ABOUT YOUR JOB?
It’s hard to pinpoint one thing. The people are fabulous. From the business owners to our association’s members, to the staff to the drivers. There’s a lot to be proud of within this industry. I don’t know what industry could have possibly made me prouder as I watched the trucking industry’s work during the pandemic.
WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR WOMEN LOOKING TO ENTER THE INDUSTRY?
I encourage all women interested in joining the industry to follow through on the opportunity. There’s a lot of opportunity for women in this industry. From driving a truck, to working at a trucking company, to running one, to being in an association, there’s tremendous opportunity for women. We tend to think of the industry in masculine terms but it’s going through a bit of a transformation. When I say there’s opportunities for women in the industry, I mean it. It’s important we let women know that opportunities exist for them in trucking through a variety of jobs and career opportunities.