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WIT names finalists for 2014 Women In Trucking Influential Woman of the Year

Membership is not limited to women, as 16 percent of its members are men who support the mission.

The Trucker News Services

3/14/2014

PLOVER, Wis.– For the fourth consecutive year, the Women in Trucking Association (WIT) and Navistar are highlighting the achievements of female role models and pioneers in the trucking industry with the Influential Woman in Trucking award.

A panel of industry judges has narrowed the field to four finalists, one of whom will be named the 2014 Influential Woman in Trucking at the Truckload Carriers Association annual convention in Grapevine, Texas, on March 25, 2014. The finalists are:

• Amy Boerger, General Manager – Field Sales and Service, Cummins Inc.

• Kim A. Kaplan, President and Chief Operating Officer, K-Limited Carrier Ltd.

• Stephanie Klang, Professional Driver, Con-way Truckload

• Marcia G. Taylor, President and Chief Executive Officer, Bennett International Group LLC                   

“Once again the nominations for the Influential Woman in Trucking Award included women who have truly shown leadership in the trucking industry,” said Ellen Voie, WIT president and chief executive officer. 

“The four finalists are women who believe in creating a better environment for all of us within the industry – and have used their leadership to influence change.  The Women in Trucking Association is proud to support this award to bring awareness to their accomplishments."

Assisting Voie in judging this year’s nominees were 2013 Influential Woman in Trucking award winner Rebecca Brewster, president and chief operating officer, American Transportation Research Institute, and Jeff Mason, executive vice president, American Trucking Associations & publisher, Transport Topics.

WIT and Navistar teamed up to develop this award in 2010 as a way to honor female leaders in trucking, and to attract and advance women within our industry. Nominations were open to the public in December 2013 and January 2014.

“This award has become a valuable platform to gain visibility for the leadership of women in trucking,” said Jan Allman, vice president of Manufacturing, Navistar.  “As we’ve recognized the contributions of women in our industry, we’ve also had the opportunity to build dialogue around ways to promote further diversity.”

TCA President Chris Burruss will host a panel discussion prior to the announcement of the 2014 Influential Woman in Trucking. The panelists will talk about their challenges and accomplishments as professional women and leaders in the transportation industry.  The panelists include Brewster; Taylor; Mary Aufdemberg, director of Product Marketing, Freightliner Trucks; and Laura Roan, national account sales manager – Southeast region, Hyundai Translead.

The awards reception and panel discussion will take place from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Central time in the Dallas 6-7 rooms at the Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center.

Navistar International Corporation is a holding company whose subsidiaries and affiliates produce International brand commercial and military trucks, MaxxForce brand diesel engines, and IC Bus brand school and commercial buses. A subsidiary of the company also provides truck and diesel engine service parts. Another affiliate offers financing services.

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. Women In Trucking is supported by its members and the generous support of Gold Level Partners: Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems, LLC, Daimler Trucks NA, Frito-Lay NA, Great Dane Trailers, Hyundai Translead, and Walmart and Silver Level Partner C.H. Robinson.

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