President of the Arkansas Trucking Association
How did you get started in your industry?
My first job after college was in payroll and new hire orientation at Maverick Transportation. Later, I had the opportunity to join the ATA, where I started out handling financials for our insurance trust. From that small start, my responsibilities and love for the industry just kept growing.
What advice would you give to a young woman starting her career?
Success is harder than it looks, and there’s a lot of pressure to succeed. Women are expected to earn the respect of their peers and snag a corner office while simultaneously raising kids with cute monogrammed backpacks and homemade snacks. Most women, myself included, have to find our own definition of success and figure out what we’re willing to sacrifice to achieve it.
What is your secret to success?
Know what you’re good at; do that. Remember that you can’t do it all, everyone has a different skill set and limited bandwidth. Identify the areas you excel in and surround yourself with people who have the talent to fill in the gaps.
What do you love most about what you do?
The variety. My responsibilities cover so many different areas, from public relations and governmental affairs to budgeting and business development. Two days are never the same.
What accomplishments are you most proud of?
I’m proud of all the success the ATA has enjoyed over the past five years. Our biggest win was the legislative victory in 2019, when we helped pass the largest highway funding plan in Arkansas history.