Kendra Hems

“Being in the trucking industry is like being part of an extended family.”

PRESIDENT, TRUCKING ASSOCIATION OF NEW YORK

  • WHAT MADE YOU PURSUE A CAREER IN TRUCKING?

    Since the age of eight, I have been around trucks and the industry. My stepfather’s family owned a trucking company, and after college, I joined the company as a dispatcher. I’ve been working in the industry ever since.

  • WHAT ARE THE PROUDEST MOMENTS OF YOUR CAREER?

    One of the proudest moments of my career in trucking was being awarded the American Trucking Associations President’s Trucking Association Executive Council Leadership Award in 2014. I was nominated by my peers and was given the award in recognition of my work to promote the trucking industry and the industry’s image, and my work advocating on issues important to the industry in New York State. My trucking association counterparts across the country are some of the most professional, dedicated, and hard-working individuals I know. I can think of no greater honor than to be recognized by one’s peers, particularly when every one of them is deserving of the award as well.

  • WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR WOMEN LOOKING TO GET INTO THE INDUSTRY?

    Do it! There are so many opportunities in the industry that offer the flexibility women need to balance careers and raise families. Being in the trucking industry is like being part of an extended family — I have had some amazing experiences and met some of the most educated and professional individuals along the way. I can’t imagine working in any other industry.

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