Women In Trucking Association Holds 6th Annual “Salute to Women Behind the Wheel"

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The Salute to Women Behind the Wheel to honor female commercial drivers will be held Saturday, March 28th, 2015 at the Kentucky Exposition Center during the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville.

Salute to Women Behind the Wheel

One out of twenty professional truck drivers is a woman!

When we see a woman getting out of the driver’s side of a tractor-trailer, it still turns our heads because it’s a rare sight. For every twenty professional drivers on the road, only one is a woman.

For a glimpse of hundreds of female drivers, all dressed in red shirts, then join us at the Women In Trucking (WIT) annual “Salute to Women Behind the Wheel.” The female drivers are being honored for their role as pioneers in the trucking industry. For the sixth year, the organization will be recognizing these women on Saturday, March 28, at the Mid-America Trucking Show at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville.

The celebration begins at 11:00 am on the second floor of the south wing (rooms C201-204) with exhibitors, music, goodie bags for the drivers, and the WIT signature chocolate fountains. This year attendees will enjoy a huge semi-tractor cake after the ceremony.

Marcia Taylor, President and CEO of Bennett International Group and winner of the 2014 “Influential Woman in Trucking” award sponsored by Navistar, will address the group and thank them for their service. Taylor started the carrier with her late husband, J. D. Garrison, in 1974 with fifteen trucks and 30 trailers and has grown the company to its current fleet of 2,500 trucks. Recently Bennett International Group launched its “Women in the Driver’s Seat” initiative to encourage and support the women employed by the company.

The attendees will pose for the annual group photo before numerous door prizes are then given to the female commercial drivers. This year’s top prize will be a $1,000 Walmart gift card, followed by ten Apple iPads, and $100 gift cards for Alliance Truck Parks and a TA Dining Card.

In 2004, there was a women only truck convoy in Dronton, Netherlands that attracted 416 female professional drivers. The Women In Trucking Association would like to shatter this record at the 2015 Salute to Women Behind the Wheel, and will be awarding a plaque to the carrier with the most drivers in attendance.

Be sure to mark your calendar for this year’s Salute to Women Behind the Wheel. All female commercial drivers are welcome to participate and need not be members of the organization. Family and friends, sponsors, and WIT members are encouraged to attend to help honor these women for their service to the trucking industry.

This year’s Gold sponsors of the event are Truck Bucks(SM) (Daimler Trucks North America) and Walmart. Silver sponsors are Bennett International Group, Holland, Inc., J.B. Hunt Transport, and Volvo Trucks. Bronze sponsors are Cummins, FedEx Freight, Great American Insurance Group, Pratt Logistics, Republic Services, Ryder System, Inc., TravelCenters of America / Petro Stopping Centers, and Trimac Transportation. Copper level sponsors are Acuity, J. J. Keller & Associates, Inc., Old Dominion Freight Line, and Total Transportation of Mississippi. Nickel sponsors are Averitt Express, Brenny Transportation, Inc., California Construction Trucking Association, Heniff Transportation Systems, MegaCorp Logistics, Rand McNally, TrucBrush, and Werner Enterprises.

Women In Trucking Association, Inc. is a nonprofit association 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 Trucks NA, GE Capital Transportation Finance, Great Dane Trailers, J.B. Hunt Transport, U.S. Xpress, and Walmart. Follow WIT on Twitter, Facebook, or LinkedIn. For more information, visit http://www.womenintrucking.org or call 888-464-9482.

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