Brynn Everett, Women In Trucking Association
952-442-8850 ext.220, brynn@WomenInTrucking.org
Women In Trucking
Announces its 2019 March Member of the Month
WI – March 1, 2019 – Women in Trucking (WIT) has announced
Rachel Bothwell as its 2019 March Member of the Month. Rachel is a
professional city driver for FedEx Freight in Rapid City, South Dakota.
trucking career began while growing up on a dairy farm in Minnesota.
Trucking was a way of life on the farm, whether they were hauling grain to
the elevator or hauling livestock to and from the pastures and sale barn.
Being behind the wheel of a semi truck became natural for her. So natural
in fact that before she graduated high school, she took a job working for a
local farmer helping him in the fields and hauling grain for him. After
high school when she turned 18, she took her CDL test. This was before
schools in her area had CDL programs.
Rachel began working for a custom hay bailer and hauled loads of hay to big
horse barns in the Twin Cities. For five years, she custom bailed and
hauled hay. After doing that, she felt it was time to spread her wings, so
she left Minnesota for the first time and moved to Wyoming.
Wyoming, it was easy for Rachel to find a job in the trucking industry as
the oil and coal booms were in full swing. She began a new journey, hauling
explosives into the coal mines. Hauling hazardous materials was a very
exciting and educational experience for her. While living in Wyoming, she
met her husband, who at that time had just retired from a 20-year, bull-riding
career. He had just started a rodeo contracting company which only involved
bucking bulls. After dating for a few years, they decided to move to South
relocated to South Dakota, Rachel’s life and career truly bloomed. Not only
did she get married, but she was also introduced to the world of bucking
bulls. “I have always had a love of rodeo and horses but this was a whole
new level for me. Our rodeo company has taken several years to build and
has really taken off. We have one of the largest benefit bull ridings in
the state of South Dakota with over 2,000 spectators who come to our place
each year. We are able to give away nearly $10,000 in scholarship money
each year. The community support of this event has been absolutely
amazing,” she said.
this time, Rachel also decided on the career choice to become a city driver
for FedEx Freight. “Working for FedEx Freight has been the most life
changing and rewarding job I have ever had in the trucking industry. I have
been with FedEx Freight for nearly seven years and due to the company’s
support and the support from the trucking industry, my CDL has taken me
places I would have previously never dreamed,” Rachel said. One of those
places is truck driving championships. She feels that being able to compete
at TDCs has provided a confidence-building atmosphere where there is a
great sense of camaraderie and respect for fellow drivers in the industry.
CDL has allowed her to become a part of the FedEx Freight Road Team as well
as become the first woman in South Dakota to be named a road team captain
for the state. Being able to promote the message of safety and sharing the
road with trucks all over the country has been a rewarding experience for
her. “It is not something that I would have been able to do without
pursuing my career as a truck driver and without the support of my family
and FedEx Freight,” she said.
message to other women interested in becoming part of the trucking industry
is “Please do! You have no idea how life changing it can be for you in a
very positive way. With the right tools and the right support, you will
succeed. I am living proof.”
About Women In Trucking
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 17 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: Michelin North America, Arrow Truck Sales, Bendix
Commercial Vehicle Systems, Daimler Trucks North America, BMO
Transportation Finance, Expediter Services, Great Dane, J.B. Hunt
Transport, and Walmart. Follow WIT on Twitter, Facebook, or LinkedIn. For
more information, visit http://www.womenintrucking.org
or call 888-464-9482.