Owner-operator recalls how she went from one truck to an entire fleet

Updated Jan 31, 2023

By Serita Lockley, CEO of Like Minded Links, LLC and Lady Lockley’s Trucking

It all started with a dollar and a dream! I was a young African American who grew up in a rural area in the state of Virginia. I was able to beat the odds and overcome my circumstances. Trucking has always been a part of my life since my father was a truck driver/farmer most of his life. Watching him when I was a young girl allowed me to grow an interest in trucking.

After high school, I wasn’t interested in college. I decided to obtain my CDL in 2005 at the age of 22. I always knew I wanted more than my situation and circumstances as a young girl. I can vividly remember thinking and daydreaming of the life I wanted.

Growing up in a low-income household inspired me to want more out of life. At the age of 24, my mother, who was my best friend, passed away rather quickly and in that very moment, my entire outlook on life changed. Watching my mother make it happen for her family in her circumstances taught me strength. I proceeded to take that strength along with ambition, passion, and my zest for life. I started a dump truck company, Lady Lockley’s Trucking in 2010 when I was 26 years old.

I started out as an owner-operator and with dedication and hard work, I grew the fleet up to 13 trucks in less than five years. With almost 20 years of experience now, I offer consulting services as well as broker out work for other owner-operators and fleet owners. You can schedule consultations and be a part of my mentorship program at https://www.likemindedlinks.com/.

I'm honored to be able to change the trajectory of my family by being a successful business owner. During the pandemic, I was hand-picked from social media to be featured on Amazon Prime Video, Regular Heroes docuseries, episode 3. That was a blessing for me, especially during such a difficult time for the world, people, and businesses. My advice to any and everyone reading this article whether in business or not, is to keep God first and never let up on your dreams. Everything is possible when you work hard and realize that losses aren't losses. They're lessons. Keep going.