PLOVER, Wisc. — The Women In Trucking Association (WIT) has announced its annual list of the “Top Woman-Owned Businesses in Transportation.”
The names of the companies being recognized in 2019 were released in the latest edition of Redefining the Road, the official magazine of WIT.
WIT created the list was created to recognize women in leadership and encourage more women to become proactive leaders in their organizations and even start their own businesses, WIT president and CEO Ellen Voie said. The program supports WIT’s overall mission “To encourage the employment of women in the trucking industry, promote their accomplishments, and minimize the obstacles they face.”
Entrepreneurship is a viable means of economic self-sufficiency, and many women are choosing an enterprise connected to transportation to be part of their career aspirations, according to Brian Everett, publisher of Redefining the Road.
Companies considered for the recognition must meet criteria that includes majority ownership by a woman, financial stability and growth, innovation and entrepreneurial spirit. Each company was nominated and chosen based upon business success and accomplishments, including those related to gender diversity.
This year’s list includes companies from a diverse range of business sectors in the commercial freight transportation marketplace, including motor carriers, third-party logistics companies and original equipment manufacturers.
Companies named to the 2019 “Top Woman-Owned Businesses” list and their primary female business owners are:
- Bennett International Group; Marcia G. Taylor, CEO
- Kenco Logistics; Jane Kennedy Greene, chairwoman
- London Auto Truck Center; Donna Childers, vice president
- Rihm Family Companies; Kari Rihm, president and CEO
- Veriha Trucking, Inc.; Karen Smerchek, president
- Rush Trucking Corp.; Andra Rush, CEO
- Aria Logistics; Arelis Gutierrez, CEO
- Lodgewood Enterprises; Arlene Gagne, president
- S-2international, LLC; Jennifer Mead, CEO
- International Express Trucking; Karen Duff, president and CEO
- Brenny Transportation, Inc.; Joyce Brenny, CEO and founder
- Knichel Logistics; Kristy Knichel, CEO
- Garner Trucking; Sherri Garner Brumbaugh, CEO
- LYNC Logistics; Cindy Lee, president
- Ontario Truck Training Academy; Yvette Lagrois, president
- AGT Global Logistics; Angela Eliacostas, owner and founder
- Powersource Transportation; (Barb Bakos, president
- LaunchIt Public Relations; Susan Fall, president
- United Federal Logistics, Inc.; Jennifer Behnke, president
- BCP Transportation; Nancy Spelsberg, Ardis Jourdan, Kristie Rozinski
- Ladybird Logistics Ltd.; Felicia Payin Marfo, managing director
- DGT Trucking; Donna G. Sleasman, owner
- RFX Inc.; Kimberly Welby, president and CEO)
These companies will be recognized during a special program at the Women In Trucking Accelerate! Conference & Expo, Sept. 30 – Oct. 2 in Dallas. For more information, visit WomenInTrucking.org.