Joyce Brenny, a former driver who started and now heads a 100-employee company, was named the 2012 Influential Woman in Trucking. 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 since has grown to a more than $15 million company with three additional divisions: Brenny Specialized, Brenny Global and Brenny’s national agent division.
Brenny has leveraged her position in the industry to assist charities in her community, both through financial contributions and by both her and her employees volunteering 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 and is the first woman to hold that title.
Two runners-up for the award also were recognized: Sandra Ambrose-Clark, president, ESJ Carrier Corp.; and Judy McReynolds, president and chief executive officer, Arkansas Best Corp.