On Tuesday, March 6, Navistar Inc. and Women in Trucking Association named Joyce Brenny, owner of Brenny Transportation Inc. and Brenny Specialized Inc., the “Most Influential Woman in Trucking,” at the Truckload Carriers Association annual meeting.
According to the Women in Trucking Association, the award recognizes a woman in the trucking industry who makes influential decisions and who demonstrates a record of responsibility and success in mentoring other women in the industry.
With more than 35 years in the trucking business, Brenny has worked in nearly every area of the industry. Just out of high school, Brenny began working as a short-haul driver before opening her own company.
In 1996, Brenny founded Brenny Transportation Inc. in St. Cloud, Minnesota. The company, that started with 3 employees has become a more than $15 milion company: with three additional divisions: Brenny Specialized, Brenny Global and Brenny’s national agent division.
We are thrilled to honor a woman who has been so influential in the trucking industry, said Ellen Voie, president & CEO of the Women In Trucking Assn. Joyce is an inspiration as the Women In Trucking Assn. furthers our mission to celebrate the success of women in what has traditionally been a very male-dominated industry.
We are proud to recognize the leadership of Joyce Brenny and other influential women in our industry, said Phyllis Cochran, president of Navistar’s parts group. As we seek to bring more awareness to the opportunities for women in trucking, Joyce is a great role model.
Brenny spends much of her time out of work helping with charities and volunteering at church. Brenny has organized coast-to-coast food drives and “Trucks for Toys” for the “Toys for Tots” foundation.
This year’s Influential Woman in Trucking judges received more than 100 nominations, and Joyce was a unanimous choice for the top honor, Voie said. The other two finalists are also exceptional role models.
The second runners-up are Sandra Ambrose, president of the ESJ Carrier Corporation and Judy McRenolds, president and CEO of Arkansas Best Corporation.