For Immediate Release
Contact: Brynn Everett, Women In Trucking
Women In Trucking Welcomes
New Board Leadership
Plover, WI – June 14, 2019 – Women In
Trucking Association (WIT) is pleased to welcome new board of directors and
officers. The change came from an annual meeting where the association
votes on term renewals and officers. The board provides guidance for the
non-profit association that works to elevate the issue of gender diversity
in the transportation and logistics industry.
Laura Roan Hays, regional sales manager,
Great Dane is the new chairwoman of the board. She replaces Mary
Aufdemberg, director, acquisitions and operations, Daimler Trucks North
America and Daimler Trucks Remarketing, who reached the end of her term.
“It has been a pleasure to serve as
chairwoman of the WIT board of directors the past four years,” said
Aufdemberg. “During that time, we have accomplished tremendous membership
growth and expanded our reach and influence across ten countries. We also
created the Accelerate!
Conference focused on gender diversity and watched it more than double in
attendance over the last four years. I look forward to seeing WIT continue
to grow in its mission.”
Roan Hays has been in the transportation
industry for more than 30 years. She began her career in 1989 as an
administrative assistant and worked her way up to branch manager, leading
the Great Dane Tampa and Miami branches. She has been a member of WIT since
“From the beginning of my career, I have
strived to bridge the gender gap in our industry. Let’s face it, 30 years
ago there weren’t many females in sales/operation management roles for
commercial truck trailers manufacturers. It takes a lot of determination
and courage to commit to a non-traditional career,” said Hays. “I am
honored to be a part of an organization like Women In Trucking whose
mission is to encourage the employment of women in the trucking industry,
promote their accomplishments, and minimize the obstacles they face.”
Rachel Christensen, director of intermodal,
operations, J.B. Hunt Transport will continue on the board as Vice Chair.
Leah Shaver, COO of The National Transportation Institute will continue as
Secretary. Bryan Most, vice president, Walmart Transportation will continue
serving as Treasurer.
New directors voted to the board in the
recent board meeting also include: Delores Lail, senior vice president, sales,
East region, Ryder Systems, Inc.; Michele Rodgers, director of program
management, Peterbilt Motors; Tracci Schultz, senior vice president,
strategic planning, engineering, operations solutions, FedEx; Kary
Shaefer, general manager of product marketing and strategy, Daimler Trucks
North America; Lori Taylor, carrier services manager, C. H. Robinson; and
Heather Wilson, chief commercial officer, BMO Transportation Finance.
About Women In Trucking
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: Arrow Truck Sales,
Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems, BMO Transportation Finance, Daimler
Trucks North America, Expediter Services, FedEx Freight, Great Dane, J.B.
Hunt Transport, Michelin North America, Peterbilt Motors Company, Ryder
System, Inc., and Walmart. Follow WIT on Twitter, Facebook, or LinkedIn.
For more information, visit http://www.womenintrucking.org
or call 888-464-9482.