It’s hard to believe that the Mid-America Trucking Show has come and gone. We spent our time in Louisville learning from the trucking community and re-energizing ourselves to continue our work empowering carriers and shippers. From owner-operators to small fleet owners, we’re sharing the stories of some of the old friends and new faces we met at MATS 2019.
Hometown: St Peters, Missouri
Role in the industry: Driver and fleet owner
Most memorable MATS: 2018 when she was awarded a new truck by Women in Trucking
I just wanted to be able to get out, mingle, make connections, have the opportunity to check in with Uber Freight since I’ve been hauling Powerloop and it is absolutely amazing. It’s taken my business to another level. With that being said, I’ll be adding on another truck here come April the 19th. My mother will be joining the fleet.
It’s freight at your fingertips. It’s drop-and-hook. It saves us so much time. Instead of having to go to a shipper or a customer and get unloaded for countless hours, I can just go and give them my pickup or delivery number, hook up, and I’m out in 10 minutes max. I love it.
I am so excited to see the number of women come out this year because we only represent seven or eight percent of the industry. I've been a trainer for many years and put a lot of women in trucks, and I want to continue to do that. With that being said, my goal this year at MATS is to just encourage as many women as I can that look like me or look different from me and say, “Hey, you can do it too.”
Don't give up! My advice to any woman who wants to come into the industry is don’t feel you like you can’t do it because you want to get your nails done. I keep my nails done out here. Don't feel like you can't do it because it's a predominantly male-oriented field and it’s set up for us to fail. I'm here to let you know that yes, you can make it. I'm eight trucks strong right now and I'll be adding number nine in April. I come from the ground up. My story is rags to big rigs, so if I can do it, you can do it as well.
When you think about the trucking industry, what’s your biggest hope for the future? My biggest hope for the future is that we (women) increase our number, that we are not just less than 10 percent (of the industry). That we get to 50 percent or more. When I started in trucking, I could pull up to a gas pump and not see another woman for at least a week. And now, I pull up and see four or five and I’m like “Hey, we out here, hoorah! Let’s do this thing!”
What I love about my job is the same thing that I don’t like about my job. I love the ability to travel. I have family all over the world. I love the fact that I don’t have to pick, choose, and refuse after I’ve been at a job for a year and I only get five days to see who I can go and see. I can look and say “Hey, I want to be in California today. I go to California, and I’m there for a week. And then I want to go to Florida and hang out with my son.” I love that.
The other aspect to it, though, and I speak about Powerloop a lot because I absolutely love it simply because of this: being able to have control over your wait times, that’s a big thing. I’ve run into many times where I say that the thing I love the most is being able to travel, but the thing that I hate the most is also being able to travel because when it comes to my loads, I simply might be stuck. I promise my kids I’ll be home at 11 o’clock on a Sunday and something happens with my load. I’m sitting at a shipper, I’m sitting at a customer. But being able to just hook up to the trailer and drop it off and get going is big.
The views and opinions expressed in this post are solely those of the individual being featured. Experiences may vary.