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WIT salutes female-owned businesses

The 2019 Top Companies for Women to Work in Transportation also were recognized at the Women In Trucking conference.

Dupré Logistics is one of the 2019 Top Companies for Women to Work for in Transportation. Pictured are, left to right, Amy Armstrong, Dupré Logistics director of business development for the dedicated group; Michelle Roger, director of administration for strategic capacity services; Women In Trucking President and CEO Ellen Voie; Lizabeth Giddings, Dupré regional operations director for strategic capacity services; Erin Sonnier, marketing communications specialist; and Melissa Lindsey, strategic capacity services branch manager in Fayetteville, Arkansas. (Photo: Deb Schroeder Photography)

The 2019 Top Woman-owned Business winners were recognized at the Women In Trucking Accelerate! Conference & Expo in Dallas on Oct. 1.

Saluted were AGT Global Logistics, Angela Eliacostas, founder and president; Aria Logistics, founder and CEO Arelis Gutierrez; Bennett International Group, CEO Marcia Taylor; Brenny Transportation, founder and CEO Joyce Brenny; DGT Trucking, owner Donna Sleasman; International Express Trucking, President and CEO Karen Duff; Kenco, CEO Jane Kennedy Green; Knichel Logistics, President and CEO Kristy Knichel; Ladybird Logistics, Managing Director Payin Marfo; LaunchIt Public Relations, President Susan Fall; Lync Logistics, President and CEO Cindy Lee; Ontario Truck Training Academy, President Yvette Lagrois; RFX Inc., President and CEO Kimberly Welby; Rehm Family Companies, President and CEO Kari Rehm; and United Federal Logistics, President Jennifer Behnke.

The companies recognized all are majority owned by women and have demonstrated financial stability and growth, innovation and an entrepreneurial spirit, according to the Women In Trucking Association.

Brian Everett, head of strategy and management for Women In Trucking, said the editorial staff at Redefining the Road magazine considered things like flexible work schedules, work-life balance and opportunities for growth when considering the nominees for the 2019 Top Companies for Women to Work for in Transportation.

This was the second year for the award, also presented at the Accelerate! Conference & Expo.

“Last year we had a little over 7,000 votes within the industry,” Everett said. “This year we had over 10,500 votes — incredible. … There’s so much momentum. There’s a wave of excitement within the industry to support and recognize companies that are doing some great work to support gender diversity.”

The 2019 Top Companies for Women to Work for in Transportation are AGT Global Logistics, American Central Transport, Boyle Transportation, C.H. Robinson, Carbon Express, Carter Express, Centerline Drivers (aka TrueBlue), Daimler Trucks North America, Day & Ross, Dupre Logistics, Eaton Cummins Automated Transmission Technologies, Fifth Wheel Freight, Fremont Contract Carriers, Keller Logistics Group, Kenco, Kenworth Truck Co., Knichel Logistics, Melton Truck Lines, NFI Industries, Odyssey Logistics & Technology, PACCAR Parts, Palmer Trucks, Peterbilt Motors Co., ReedTMS Logistics, Roehl Transport, Ryder System, Saia LTL Freight, Schneider, Total Transportation of Mississippi, Transport America, Trimac Transportation, Trinity Logistics, Tri-National and YRC Worldwide Companies.

Kim Link Wills

Senior Editor Kim Link-Wills has written about everything from agriculture as a reporter for Illinois Agri-News to zoology as editor of the Georgia Tech Alumni Magazine. Her work has garnered awards from the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education, the Georgia Institute of Technology and the Magazine Association of the Southeast. Prior to serving as managing editor of American Shipper, Kim spent more than four years with XPO Logistics.