Whitney McCleskey

| March 31, 2014

WHITNEY MCCLESKEY
Hometown: Birmingham, Ala.
Occupation: Company driver
Company: Flat Creek Transportation

Whitney McCleskyI’m so grateful for my job. Originally this job was a refuge. I had lost most of my confidence when I started this, but my work has aided me in my healing process and given me the means to reclaim my life. The work I do challenges and stretches me. I’m always learning and developing my skills. I’m pleased with my capabilities with this. It’s good to feel like I’m contributing something meaningful to society. I enjoy the traveling, going to cool places, and meeting interesting people. I also have the benefits of good pay, job security and a flexible schedule. I have a passion for the open road. I don’t intend to do this for the rest of my life, but this is a rewarding experience that has pushed me when I needed it the most. A woman doesn’t have to compromise her femininity to do this. I am glad I pursued this opportunity. With every mile and every tear I’ve discovered what I’m capable of and I have no regrets.

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  • Whitney McCleskey

    I always had an interest in trucking, even as a child. Years ago, when the recession began, I found myself unemployed for the first time and in an abusive situation. My interest in trucking quickly became a goal.
    I’ve been driving for Flat Creek for almost 3 years now. I’ve worked as a team and solo driver, a trainer and a recruiter. I’ve maintained a perfect safety score. I put a strong emphasis on safety and driver health, as well as time management, punctuality, courtesy and professionalism.
    Initially the idea of being a contestant in a beauty contest seemed a bit superficial. I came to realize however that this contest isn’t based on appearance alone. All of the contestants are enjoying their success in a male dominated industry, without compromising their femininity. This contest is actually an opportunity to dispel stereotypes and let people know that a woman can enjoy a successful career in this industry without sprouting a beard. That makes us all beautiful winners!