“Every trucker has their own unique story, yet they all play an important role in our industry.”
CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER, GREAT WEST CASUALTY COMPANY
WHAT MADE YOU PURSUE A CAREER IN TRUCKING?
I always knew I wanted a lifelong career that was full of adventure and making a difference. Joining the trucking industry delivered on both. Having worked in the industry for over two decades, I thrive knowing each day brings new challenges and opportunities, and that our country depends on trucking to maintain its livelihood. I started as a dispatcher and worked my way to where I am now, Chief Operating Officer at Great West Casualty Company.
WHAT DO YOU ENJOY MOST ABOUT YOUR JOB?
People are what make the difference. Our industry is driven by family-owned businesses, entrepreneurs, owner-operators, you name it. There is no single ‘right recipe’ for a motor carrier. They vary in size, specialty, service area, the list goes on. Every trucker has their own unique story, yet they all play an important part in our industry and share the qualities of dedication and resiliency.
WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR WOMEN LOOKING TO JOIN THE INDUSTRY?
I would encourage anyone, including women, who are considering joining the industry to do so. It is much more diverse than one might think and that is a large part of what makes it special. I am confident that if anyone is looking for a lifelong career that provides daily adventure with a sense of purpose and community, they can find a professional home in trucking.