The Real Women in Trucking Association is honoring three women as its 2019 Queen of the Road award recipients.
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 2019 Queen of the Road award recipients are:
- Ramona Hogue: Hogue drives for YRC Freight out of California and has been trucking for 18 years. Hogue was the lead plaintiff in a class action meal and rest break wage lawsuit against YRC in California, which was recently settled.
- Audrey White: White has been raising her son on her own since losing his father, and she also helps take care of her sister. White has driven over 100,000 safe miles without a single late delivery since the first of the year.
- Michelle Scolari: Scolari frequently takes it upon herself to mentor other drivers, walking them through issues when they call her for advice.
Two women received the Trucking Industry Trailblazer award:
- Michelle Kitchen: Kitchen has been driving for 30 years and currently hauls produce for Van Eerden Trucking on a dedicated route.
- Alta Brown: Brown is an owner-operator who has had to overcome many challenges in her life, include a recent battle with cancer.
Four women also received honorable mentions:
- Tamara Brock
- Rebekah Meadows
- Jessica Graham
- Michelle Corson
The Queen of the Road award recipients each receives a trophy and a $500 gift card, among other prizes.
The award recipients will be recognized in a ceremony, sponsored by the RoadPro Family of Brands, Friday in Tampa, Florida at Brio Tuscan Grille. The ceremony will be presented by RoadPro Pro Driver Council members Joanna Fatta and Brita Nowak. It will be live streamed on the RWIT Facebook page.