Shelly Simpson Wins Distinguished Woman In Logistics Award
While some may think that the trucking industry is predominantly compromised of men, women have proven that they are just as capable of piloting a rig as anyone. The Women in Trucking Association is a well-known group within the industry dedicated to networking, career placement, and lobbying within the industry. Open to both women and men, the group has worked to recognize outstanding achievement. Recently Shelley Simpson was awarded with the coveted “Women in Logistics” honor from the group at the Transportation Intermediaries Association (TIA) 2016 Capital Ideas Conference and Exhibition in San Antonio.
Logistics is a very important aspect of major trucking companies, and Ms. Simpson’s role as executive vice president and chief marketing officer in her company helped her edge out the other worthwhile candidates in the top three. After helping the popular trucking company J.B. Hunt increase revenue from $4.5 billion to $6.2 billion in a five-year period, it was clear that Ms. Simpson had the leadership qualities and long-term vision that many trucking companies look for in managerial staff. After establishing the Integrated Capacity Solutions branch of their organization in 2007, J.B. Hunt was able to benefit from Ms. Simpson’s dedication to providing a focused, non-asset based transportation solution.
Concerning this unique segment of the company, Ms. Simpson had this to say: “The three core values of ICS are Accountability, Commitment, Teamwork. These values drive us toward success. There is no individuality here; everything we do is based on how we work together as a team.” While her attitude towards a team effort is commendable, The Women in Trucking Association recognized her commitment to leadership by example and the fact that her role as president of this branch helped the company achieve a greater level of success in recent years.
Many other women in the industry have been recognized for their outstanding achievement. From drivers to safety consultants to training instructors, The Women in Trucking Association has given recognition to those females who demonstrated dedication, character, and unwavering expertise in their field. And while there were plenty of candidates to choose from for this specific award, the choice was clear for Ellen Voie, president and CEO of Women in Trucking. She said: “Shelley is very deserving of this award. Increasing revenue by nearly $2 billion over a five-year period shows she is a mover and knows how to get things done. She is well-respected not only as a woman in logistics, but also as a mentor to many women.”