Truck stop organization's leader hits the road with Werner woman driver

Updated Jun 25, 2024
Tractor-trailer on highway

Lisa MullingsLisa MullingsNATSO, representing truck stops and travel plazas, and  Werner Enterprises, Inc., one of the nation’s largest transportation and logistics providers,  today kicked off a CEO ride-along as part of a unique safety collaboration between the travel center  industry and professional truck drivers.. 

NATSO President and CEO Lisa Mullings is joining Werner driver Jennifer Evans  on a week-long, 1,200-mile trip beginning in Joliet, Illinois. They will stop along the way at truck stops and  travel centers so that Mullings can experience life on the road for professional truck drivers. Mullings  will document her experience, delivering insights to the travel center executives, owners and operators.

Jennifer EvansJennifer Evans“Truck stops and travel centers serve as the home away from home for more than 3 million  professional truck drivers,” said Mullings. “By experiencing life on  the road through the eyes of a professional truck driver, I have an incredible opportunity to help our industry meet the unique needs of the truck driving customer. Providing drivers with safe and secure  places to stop and rest is the No. 1 priority of our industry. By ensuring a positive experience for truck  drivers, we can help to ensure that commercial drivers remain in this critical profession while spurring  others to consider a career as a professional driver.”  

“We are excited to collaborate with NATSO, as this initiative will provide invaluable real-world  feedback from professional drivers to enhance the safety and overall experience at truck stops  nationwide,” said Werner’s Vice President of Safety and Compliance. Jaime Hamm. "Jennifer Evans’  unique insights as a female professional driver will add exceptional value and a unique perspective on  the road.” 

Evans is a seasoned professional driver, who has been on the road with  Werner since 2003. Over the years, she has earned numerous safety awards and achieved an 1.3 million accident-free miles. Evans has also served as a Driver Ambassador and was a member of Werner’s 2019 Road Team. Each year, she volunteers her  time at Touch-a-Truck events and actively participates in Nebraska’s annual Special Olympics truck convoy. 

Mullings, who has served as NATSO President and CEO for 25 years, regularly visits truck stop and  travel center locations while traveling. In 2014, Mullings sold her family home and traveled 40,000 miles in a 30-foot Airstream trailer with her family, meeting hundreds of NATSO members in 49 states during a 12-month industry tour. 

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