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Chastity Troyer: A Driving Force at Holland

It’s a different world for women at Holland and throughout the trucking industry today. Ten years ago, you would have been hard-pressed to spot a woman behind the wheel of a semi . . . but spend a half hour on the highway today, and you will see them. Chastity Troyer works at Holland and was a bit of a pioneer woman in the industry, having worked in trucking for about 20 years. Prior to joining Holland, she worked at a female-owned trucking company. To quote Chastity, “I personally don’t have the skills to be a truck driver, but it is easy to see that this is a job where women can really excel.”

Many women have all the skills needed to become tremendous drivers. They just need further information about our industry, so they better understand that being a truck driver can help them achieve tremendous work/life balance. Holland is committed to forging the way and to spreading the word that truck driving IS an industry in which women can thrive, earn a good living, and earn great healthcare as well as additional benefits.

Together, our industry needs to continue to inform women that this is an area where they have an exciting leadership opportunity. There are plenty of women who have already blazed the trail, proving it’s easier than you might think to build a career in transportation. Today, truck driving jobs are more about smarts and skills. As the industry and technology have advanced, women drivers have been provided with the tools and equipment needed to do the job without the heavy lifting.

Women drivers are also finding that a driver position can be a stepping stone to other transportation careers. The majority of our dock and operations supervisors started behind the wheel or on the dock. Driving a truck at Holland can put them on a path to bigger and better things.

“As a female mid-level manager at Holland, I’m proud to be a part of a company that has many women in leadership positions,” says Troyer. “Holland is creating career paths for women that allows them, and all Holland employees, to advance and further their careers.”

Two years ago, Holland sponsored Women in Trucking’s “Salute to Women Behind the Wheel” recognition event at the Mid-America Trucking Show. Troyer recalls, “What was really surprising to me was the number of women attendees who were surprised to learn that Holland hired women. Holland certainly does hire women and has been hiring them for quite a while. We have many women truck drivers on the road today.” Holland is opening doors for women that lead to careers in transportation and behind the wheel. As our industry succeeds in letting women know about existing opportunities, they will continue to push open that door wider and wider. Whether in the cab, on the dock, or in the office, Holland and the transportation industry has a great story to share about the tremendous opportunities available for women today.

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