Hometown: Jupiter, Florida
Occupation: Owner of Brat Cat Express
Years trucking: 14
Hauls: frozen and refrigerated food
“I always put on my lipstick before putting my hands on the steering wheel. This is a tough job and I think of myself as strong and capable. That’s really my definition of beauty and if I can change one girl’s perspective of what a trucker looks like, than that is great.”
Nowak owns her own trucking company, Brat Cat Express, and says she loves the trucking life. Formerly, this Berlin-born beauty worked as a model and actress in Hollywood before starting her trucking career. She’s multilingual and has an economics degree that she says helps her operate her business profitably.
“Not coming from a trucking family at all I decided to not only become a truck driver but also build my own trucking company, BratCat Express Corp., from scratch,” she says. The name was the CB handle given to her by fellow truckers. She keeps in shape by eating well, not smoking and unloading freight. “I’m mostly known for picking up stray dogs and cats off the side of the highway and either keeping them or finding forever homes,” she says.
This is the seventh of 10 stories about this year’s finalists. Check back throughout May for the rest. The winner will be announced in June and presented at The Great American Trucking Show in Dallas, Aug. 25-27.