Joyce Brenny, a former driver who started and now heads a 100-employee company, was named the 2012 Influential Woman in Trucking Tuesday.
The award was made by Navistar and the Women in Trucking Association at the annual meeting of the Truckload Carriers Association in Orlando, Fla.
Brenny’s industry experience began when she was a short-haul driver after high school. She founded Brenny Transportation Inc. in 1996. The company, based in St. Cloud, Minn., began with three employees and has since grown to a more than $15 million company with three additional divisions: Brenny Specialized, Brenny Global and Brenny’s national agent division.
“What the award means to me is the opportunity to have a chance to do more for women in trucking, and help drivers earn respect and be a voice for folks behind the scenes,” Brenny said.
Brenny has leveraged her position in the industry to assist charities in her community, both through financial contributions and by volunteering her and her staff to participate in coat and food drives, as well as a “Trucks and Toys” for the “Toys for Tots” campaign. She is the chairwoman of the Minnesota Trucking Association, the first woman to hold this title.
Two runners-up for the award were also recognized at the TCA event: Sandra Ambrose-Clark, president of ESJ Carrier Corp., and Judy McReynolds, president and CEO of Arkansas Best Corp.