Top Women To Watch 2018

Women In Trucking encourages more women to proactively become the best they can be in their careers and at the companies where they work. Here are top remarkable women to keep your eye on!

KrugRenee Krug
Chief Financial Officer at GlobalTranz & WIT's
2018 "Distinguished Woman in Logistics"
Already in her brief tenure at GlobalTranz, Krug has been instrumental in improving employee benefits and developing a new corporate office complex, complete with an on-site medical clinic and gym. She helped spearhead a women’s industry group called “Ladies in Logistics” and championed creation of the company’s corporate responsibility program, CORE. > More

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AkinsPamela Akins
Southwest Regional Manager
Werner Enterprises
Homeless and living on food stamps, Akins became a truck driver to have a better place to sleep than the back of her 2007 Monte Carlo. She’s excelled at the profession -- promoted three times in three and a half years. Recent accomplishment: Major increases in growth percentages in the Southwest Region for Werner Enterprises. 

AllenMelissa Allen
Professional Driver
Schneider
After being deployed overseas in the army and starting her own web design company stateside, Allen got her CDL and has been an OTR driver for the past four years. Recent accomplishment: Invented a brace that holds the fuel nozzle secure in the tank to prevent it from falling out during fueling. 

Olga Aulet-LeonOlga Aulet-Leon
Sustainability Champion
Daimler Trucks North America
Holds workshops at all Daimler North American manufacturing plants to educate people about recycling and minimizing waste. Recent accomplishment: Starting and leading company-wide Sustainability Team of 228 members.

Wendy BartzWendy Bartz
Director of Driver Recruiting
Dart Transit
Displays a talent for inspiring her team and building a shared sense of purpose while striving to achieve and exceed goals. Colleagues call Bartz a “true difference maker.” Recent accomplishment: Increased total driver additions 17 percent during her first year on the job compared to the previous year.

Kelsey BenckartKelsy Benckart
President
Kelsy Leasing LLC
Purchased and restructured Kelsy Leasing, LLC while serving as Stone Belt Freight’s COO. Recent accomplishment: Worked with Peterbilt to custom design a truck specifically tailored to the needs of the drivers in her fleet.

Wendy BlackWendy Black
Safety Coach
Veriha Trucking
Since August 2016, Black has upgraded to solo Regional Driver, earned her 125,000 Miles Safe Driving Award, become a VIP trainer and joined the company’s VIP Safety Team. Recent accomplishment: Instrumental in Veriha Trucking’s acquisition of a new carrier and transition to ELD tablets, helping to turn drivers’ frustration into confidence in the new system.

Bridget BlitchBridgette Blitch
Partner
Blitch Westley, S.C.
An expert on legal issues impacting the transportation industry, Blitch handles a variety of litigation matters in state and federal courts and represents clients before various administrative agencies. Recent accomplishment: Opened a new law firm, Blitch Westley, S.C., with two partners to serve transportation businesses, individuals and other industries.

Joyce BrennyJoyce Sauer Brenny
Founder/CEO
Brenny Transportation, Inc./Brenny Specialized, Inc.
In her 35-plus years in the transportation industry, Brenny has done everything in trucking besides being a mechanic. Employees are treated like family members and share in the company’s success. Recent accomplishment: Brenny was an EY 2017 Entrepreneur of Year finalist. In 2017, the company was named Top Workplace by the Star Tribune (for the 5th time) and received the Minnesota Business Ethics Award in 2017.

 

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