2018’s Queens of the Road named by Real Women in Trucking

Sandy LongSandy Long

Several women were recently honored for their outstanding careers in the trucking industry.

The Real Women In Trucking organization handed out Queen of the Road honors to:

  • Sandy Long, who was nominated by Deb LaBree. Sandy was named as a TA/Petro Citizen Driver in 2015, and the Oak Grove, Missouri TA Petro location is renamed in her honor. Long died late last December
  • Carolynn “Reanee” Swiger, who drives for Brenny Transportation, was nominated by Cara Leach
  • Cheryl Lynn Ibana-Bean was nominated by 13 different people
Carolynn “Reanee” SwigerCarolynn “Reanee” Swiger

The organization also recognized two women for its annual Trailblazer award. They were:

  • Tracy Ellis, a port driver for Shippers Transport Express, was nominated by Ashley Pagan
  • Tracy (Hamm) Livingston Tracy was nominated by Valerie Keathley Ph.D. from the University of Kentucky, author of Life On The Big Slab: Identity and Mobility in the United States  
Cheryl Lynn Ibana-BeanCheryl Lynn Ibana-Bean

Receiving Queen of the Road honorable mention recognition were:

  • Kimberly Bali
  • Idella Hansen
  • Jacinda Duran
  • Ramona Sexton
  • Joyce Brenny
  • Dee Sova
  • Sonja Tucci
  • Connie Miller,
  • Shelle Litchi
  • Ingrid Brown

The Real Women in Trucking organization created its Queen of the Road and Trucking Industry Trailblazer awards programs as recognition for women who work as truck drivers and have not only overcome personal challenges, but also have demonstrated a pay-it-forward approach to helping others, according to the organization. The women honored in the program exemplify the definition of “servant leadership,” RWIT says, reserved for people who naturally want to serve others first — and secondly they make a conscious choice to lead.

The awards were handed out during the RWIT’ annual cruise.