Chattanooga, Tenn. (Nov. 21, 2018) — In 2013, Denise Gray left behind a career managing more than 20 salons in Florida to hit the road in a tractor-trailer as a professional driver.
Nearly six years in now, she has logged 555,000 safe driving miles, spent time as a senior driver trainer and today holds down a dedicated lane as a solo driver – and all with Covenant Transport.
“I choose to be here because I feel like it’s my family,” Gray said. “It’s where home is.”
She isn’t alone in that regard. More than 450 female professional drivers currently call Covenant home, making up approximately 18 percent of the company’s total driver population, more than double the national average of around 8 percent.
And voters in a recent Wisconsin-based Women in Trucking poll noticed – in its first annual “Top 50 Companies” poll, the advocacy group announced Covenant Transport as a transportation company doing it right when it comes to gender diversity and access to opportunity.
Covenant joins 49 others on the list, after Women in Trucking-owned magazine Redefining the Road asked readers to vote for the top companies for women in transportation earlier this year. More than 150 submissions were received, and more than 7,000 voted counted.
“This newly created award is driven by the marketplace, and the sheer number of individuals in the industry who participated in the process is incredible,” said Brian Everett, publisher of Redefining the Road magazine.
Ellen Voie, president and CEO of Women in Trucking, said the new award was created to support WIT’s mission: to encourage the employment of women in the trucking industry, to promote their accomplishments and to minimize obstacles faced by women working in the trucking industry.
Covenant Transport leaders called making the short list – being one of 50 companies named in the final tally – a great honor.
“From day one, our goal has always been to treat people right,” said Sam Hough, COO of Covenant Transport. “It’s inspiring to see so many of America’s leading transportation companies on this year’s list, meaning we’re collectively making a better industry for everybody, and we’re excited here at Covenant to be part of that.”
Covenant Transport was founded in 1986 by husband-wife business team David and Jacqueline Parker, and currently, the lone member of Covenant’s 120 Club – representing 3 million consecutive miles without a chargeable accident – is Renae Dohrer, an Iowa native with more than 25 years behind the wheel with Covenant Transport.
Covenant Transport also supports an internal group for female employees called Women of Covenant, which acts as a support function for both professional drivers and in-house staff.
Gray, who is counting down the miles until she reaches her first safe driving milestone, believes she could stay with Covenant until she retires.
“They totally empower me to do my job,” she said. “Any woman can come into this business and support herself. Covenant gave me that chance.”
For more information about Covenant Transport, visit www.covenanttransport.com.
For more information about Women in Trucking or this year’s “Top 50 Companies” list, visit www.womenintrucking.org.
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About Covenant Transport Services
Covenant Transport Services is a registered tradename of Covenant Transport, Inc., Covenant Transport Solutions, Inc., Southern Refrigerated Transport, Inc. and Star Transportation, Inc. Covenant Transport Services represents more than 30 years of expertise and leadership in expedited and team truckload; temperature-controlled truckload; dedicated truckload; and managed transportation services. Covenant Transport Services is represented by a national enterprise-wide sales team. Covenant Transportation Group, Inc. (CTG) is the parent holding company for several transportation providers which offer premium services for customers throughout the United States and Mexico. The consolidated group includes operations from Covenant Transport, Inc. and Covenant Transport Solutions, Inc., of Chattanooga, Tenn.; Landair Transport and Landair Logistics of Greeneville, Tenn.; Southern Refrigerated Transport, Inc., of Texarkana, Ark.; and Star Transportation, Inc., of Nashville, Tenn. In addition, Transport Enterprise Leasing, LLC, of Chattanooga, Tenn. is an integral affiliated company providing revenue equipment sales and leasing services to the trucking industry. CTG’s Class A common stock is traded on the NASDAQ Global Select market under the symbol, “CVTI”.
About Women in Trucking Association, Inc.
Women In Trucking Association, Inc. is a nonprofit association established to encourage the employment of women in the trucking industry, promote their accomplishments and minimize obstacles faced by women working in the trucking industry. Membership is not limited to women, as 17 percent of its members are men who support the mission. Women In Trucking is supported by its members and the generosity of Gold Level Partners: Arrow Truck Sales,Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems, Daimler Trucks North America, BMO Transportation Finance, Expediter Services, Great Dane, J.B. Hunt Transport, Ryder System, Inc., and Walmart. Follow WIT on Twitter, Facebook, or LinkedIn. For more information, visit www.womenintrucking.orgor call 888-464-9482.