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ATRI's Brewster wins Influential Woman in Trucking award

Rebecca Brewster, president and COO of the American Transportation Research Institute, accepts the Influential Woman in Trucking award. (The Trucker: LYNDON FINNEY)

The Trucker News Services

3/6/2013

LAS VEGAS —Rebecca Brewster, president and chief operating officer of the American Transportation Research Institute was named  “Influential Woman in Trucking” Tuesday during the 75th annual Truckload Carriers Association meeting under way here.

The award is sponsored by Women In Trucking and Navistar and seeks to recognize women in the trucking industry who make or influence key decisions, have a proven record of responsibility and who mentor and serve as a role model to other women.

“This is such an honor and privilege to be recognized among a field of really strong and very successful women and I am just so gratified to have this opportunity to be a voice for advancing the industry’s productivity and safety,” Brewster told The Trucker. “I really am passionate about it and to be in this position.”

There were more than 100 nominations for the award, and “Rebecca rose to the top in a field of exceptional candidates,” Ellen Voie, president and CEO of Women In Trucking, said. “It was a very difficult year to select a winner because many of our nominees, and certainly all of our finalists, have also done much to influence the industry.”

In fact, for the first time, WIT and Navistar honored three runners-up for this year’s award at the TCA event, including Sandra Ambrose-Clark, president, ESJ Carrier Corp.; Lana Batts, co-president, Driver iQ; and Judy McReynolds, president and CEO, Arkansas Best Corp.

“We want to call attention to the many contributions that women have made to the trucking industry,” Jan Allman, vice president, manufacturing operations, Navistar, said. “It’s not easy to play and win in what has traditionally been a male-dominated world, and women like Rebecca demonstrate that it can be done.”

Voie said Brewster’s leadership has influenced industry leaders and policymakers on numerous important topics including safety, driver retention and driver health, adding that Brewster’s work and presence is well-known, as she is often sought out for her expertise and professional opinion on a host of industry topics she examines.

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“We are excited to honor a woman who has had so much influence on commercial trucking,” Voie said. “Under Rebecca’s guidance, the American Transportation Research Institute’s research has given us insights into efficiency, safety and driver wellbeing — touching every aspect of our industry.”

Brewster has served as president and COO of ATRI, an independent research arm sponsored by the American Trucking Associations (ATA) for the past 10 years.

Voie said all the candidates for the award “are visible role models for our industry — helping us to pave the way for the next generation of women who will become leaders and innovators in the trucking environment.” 

Women In Trucking was 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 16 percent of its members are men who support the mission.

For more information, visit www.WomenInTrucking.org or call (888) 464-9482.

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