Influential Woman in Trucking Award Finalists Announced

Plover, WI (September 30, 2016)—Women In Trucking Association (WIT) and Freightliner Trucks announced the five finalists for the 2016 Influential Woman in Trucking award which highlights the achievements of female role models and pioneers in the trucking industry.

This is the sixth year for the award which was developed in 2010 as a way to honor female leaders and to attract and advance women within the trucking industry. 

Nominees included women from all over the industry in corporate, manufacturing, supplier, owner-operator, driver, and sales or dealership roles.

The 2016 Influential Woman in Trucking award finalists are:

  • Carolyn Gable, President and CEO, New Age Transportation, Distribution & Warehousing, Inc.
  • Elise Chianelli, Director of Product Management, Safety & Compliance, PeopleNet
  • Karen Jones, Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, Ryder System, Inc.
  • Ramona Hood, Managing Director, FedEx Truckload Brokerage
  • Sherri Garner Brumbaugh, President and CEO, Garner Trucking, Inc.

With the outstanding nominations submitted, it was extremely difficult for the judges to narrow it down to the finalists. The judges for the 2016 award are Ellen Voie, WIT President/CEO, Meredith Ochs, Talk Show Host, Sirius XM Radio, and Kari Rihm, President, Rihm Kenworth and the 2015 Influential Woman in Trucking award recipient.

All five finalists have been asked to participate on a panel at the WIT Accelerate! Conference & Expo held in Dallas, TX November 7-9. The winner will be announced at the panel discussion, “Career Satisfaction and Productivity: Steps That Will Ensure Your Career Fulfillment and Success” on Tuesday, November 8 at 2:30pm - 3:30pm.


  • Women In Trucking: Lana Nichols, 920-737-9490
  • Freightliner Trucks:  Jennifer Edwards, 803.578.3207

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Women In Trucking Association, Inc. is a nonprofit association established to encourage the employment of women in the trucking industry, promote their accomplishments and minimize obstacles faced by women working in the trucking industry. Membership is not limited to women, as 17 percent of its members are men who support the mission. Women In Trucking is supported by its members and the generosity of Gold Level Partners: Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems, Daimler Trucks North America, BMO Transportation Finance, Great Dane, J.B. Hunt Transport, Ryder System, Inc., U.S. Xpress, and Walmart. Follow WIT on Twitter, Facebook, or LinkedIn. For more information, visit or call 888-464-9482.

Freightliner Trucks is a division of Daimler Trucks North America LLC, headquartered in Portland, Oregon, and is the leading heavy-duty truck manufacturer in North America. Daimler Trucks North America produces and markets Class 5-8 trucks and is a Daimler company, the world’s leading commercial vehicle manufacturer. For more information, go to