Women In Trucking prepare 'salute' to female drivers for MATS 2017

By Land Line staff | Tuesday, March 07, 2017

The Women In Trucking Association will honor female professional drivers at the 8th annual Salute to Women Behind the Wheel during the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, Ky.

The event begins at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 25, on the second floor of the South Wing (rooms C201-204), and will feature exhibitors, music, goodie bags for the female drivers, the WIT signature chocolate fountain, and a huge tractor-trailer-shaped cake, according to a press release issued by the group on Tuesday. Any female professional driver is welcome to attend.

WIT 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 17 percent of its members are men, according to the release.

Registration for the event will take place at the WIT Booth No. 40557 in the North Wing Lobby on Thursday and Friday, or rooms C201-C204 in the South Wing prior to the start of Saturday’s festivities. Family and friends, sponsors, and WIT members are encouraged to attend to help honor these women for their service to the trucking industry.

The Women In Trucking Association’s mission is to encourage and support female truck drivers, technicians, managers and owners in the trucking industry and to help address challenges women face as a minority in a male-dominated industry.

The keynote speaker will be Ann Dyer, senior director of regional transportation for Wal-Mart Private Fleet.

The release states that numerous door prizes for female professional drivers will be offered at the event, including a $500 gift card, five $100 gift cards, and a free registration certificate to attend WIT’s Accelerate! Conference & Expo Nov. 6-8 in Kansas City, Mo. Arrow Truck Sales will also be announcing a truck giveaway and how to qualify to win a late model Volvo in 2018.

Sponsors of the event include:

  • Gold: Wal-Mart Transportation and Arrow Truck Sales 
  • Silver: Bennett International Group, CFI Inc., J.B. Hunt Transport, Shell Rotella 
  • Bronze: Dart Transit Co., Landstar, Lily Transportation Corp., Ryder System Inc., and TA-Petro 
  • Copper: Acuity, Averitt Express, J. J. Keller & Associates Inc., R & R Trucking Inc., Republic Services 
  • Nickel: EROAD Inc. Heniff Transportation Systems, Rand McNally, Rollin’ B, Stay Metrics, Truckstop.com

For more information, visit WomenInTrucking.org or call 888-464-9482.

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