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ATRI COO Rebecca Brewster to take WIT ‘ride-along’ with two female truckers to MATS

“This is a great opportunity to give legislators, regulators and industry leaders the opportunity to experience a small part of a driver’s job. This helps them better understand the challenges faced on the road every day,” stated a WIT news release.

The Trucker News Services

3/17/2014

PLOVER, Wis. — Women In Trucking Association (WIT) has organized a Ride-Along for Rebecca Brewster, president and COO of American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI).

Brewster will be transported by commercial trucks, sharing the cab with two highly qualified female drivers. Their destination is the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, Ky., where Brewster will be the featured speaker at the 5th Annual WIT “Salute to Women Behind the Wheel.” The Ride-Along will take place on March 26.

“This is a great opportunity to give legislators, regulators and industry leaders the opportunity to experience a small part of a driver’s job. This helps them better understand the challenges faced on the road every day,” stated a WIT news release.

Brewster, who was awarded the 2013 WIT Influential Woman of the Year, is looking forward to gaining this insight. “I am humbled by the opportunity to ride with two very successful women in trucking and look forward to experiencing first-hand the work environment that so much of ATRI’s research is focused on improving” says Brewster.

Con-way has selected professional driver Stephanie Klang to transport Brewster from Marietta, Ga., to the TA in Nashville, Tenn. Klang has been a company driver for Con-way since 1987 and has previously participated in a Ride-Along coordinated by WIT. “She comes highly recommended by those in the industry as being a terrific person and an outstanding driver,” said the WIT release.

Monica Abdul-Rashid of Schneider was selected as the second driver in the trip. The Atlanta resident joined Schneider in June 2012 as a long-haul driver and quickly established herself as a skilled, safety-minded and hard-working professional, noted WIT. She was recently asked to share her expertise with new drivers by serving as a training engineer for the company. Currently, Abdul-Rashid is working on a dedicated account.

Travel Centers of America in Nashville will be providing a tour of their newly remodeled facility as well as hosting lunch for the women halfway through the trip.

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 generosity of Gold Level Partners: Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems, Daimler Truck NA, Frito-Lay North America , Great Dane Trailers, Hyundai Translead, and Walmart. Silver Level Partner is C.H. Robinson. Inc. Follow WIT on Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn.  For more information visit http://www.WomenInTrucking.org or call (888) 464-9482.

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