Mary Beth Halprin
Vice President, PR & Corporate Affairs, Volvo Group North America
Mary Beth Halprin has been working in the transportation industry for the majority of her 20+ year career in marketing and communications. She joined the Volvo Group in August 2019.
Raised in Michigan, Mary Beth grew up in the heart of the automotive industry. Her father was a car designer for Ford Motor Company and inspired three of his daughters, including Mary Beth, to join the transportation industry too. As Mary Beth said, “I was born into the industry…I got my passion and foundation from growing up around so many who worked in various parts of the business.” She was especially inspired by her sisters’ work as an electrical engineer and regional field rep for Ford dealers, respectively; both of whom were some of the few women in their jobs at the time.
Working in the industry is a passion for Mary Beth. “It’s something I truly enjoy,” she said. “I am humbled by how important trucking and transportation is to the U.S. economy. The industry itself is truly a global village,” continued Mary Beth.
From the role of many companies, including the Volvo Group, to assist those in need during the pandemic, to the most recent industry relief efforts to help Texans recovering from severe weather, Mary Beth appreciates trucking’s philanthropic outreach. Speaking about her job, Mary Beth said, “To me, it’s fulfilling on so many levels because, I can see the way the industry impacts people’s lives.”
In speaking to other women who are interested in joining the trucking industry, Mary Beth said she would discuss the exciting innovations taking place within the industry and the “need for all types of talent, skills and experiences.” She said, “This is one of the best times to be part of the trucking industry. We are driving many new emerging technologies. We are reshaping how transportation of the future will look, be powered and how we will improve our environment. That’s exciting!”
One of the items on Mary Beth’s bucket list is to be able to drive a truck on the open road one day. She aspires to get her CDL.