The 2017-2018 American Trucking Associations’ (ATA
) ‘America’s Road Team
’ has been chosen. This year’s list features 19 men and one woman and that woman is Rhonda Hartman. Hartman is the 16th female
driver that has been selected since the team’s inception in 1986. The 20 team members are selected among a pool of 2,200 applicants after many interviews and recommendations.
Hartman will have the honor of serving as a trucking industry ambassador, while remaining a full time trucker. She will tour North America in ATA’s Interstate One Image Truck over the next two years for a national public outreach program. This program focuses on sharing the message of safety, essentiality, sustainability, and professionalism in the industry.
Hartman joined the industry after growing up driving heavy equipment on farms in Iowa. Hartman has been trucking for 34 years now, estimating 2.7 million accident-free miles. Her colleagues say she is a great role model.
She hopes that her involvement will encourage more women to consider trucking as a career choice. The Women in Trucking (WIT
) organization also has its own Image Team
that serve as trucking ambassadors but would like to see more women on the ATA team. Currently, it is estimated
that female drivers account for 5.1 percent of the more than 3.5 million truckers on the road.
The other 2017-2018 America’s Road Team Captains
Steve Brand, FedEx Freight
Jon Brockway, Walmart Transportation LLC
John Gaddy, Carbon Express, Inc.
W. Scott Harrison, K Limited Carrier Ltd
Rhonda Hartman, Old Dominion Freight Line, Inc.
Gary Helms, Covenant Transport, Inc.
Bill Krouse, YRC Freight
David Livingston, TCW, Inc.
Charles Lobsiger, Walmart Transportation LLC
Timothy Melody, ABF Freight System, Inc.
James Moore, Saia LTL Freight
Chris Outen, FedEx Freight
Charlton Paul Jr., UPS Freight
Jeffrey Payne, Reddaway, Inc.
Stephen Richardson, Big G Express, Inc.
Michael Sheeds, Werner Enterprises
Steven Smalley, ABF Freight System, Inc.
Gary Smith, Garner Trucking, Inc.
Earl Taylor, Penske Logistics
Tim Taylor, FedEx Freight
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