|OOIDA Life Member Idella Hansen and teen truck|
photographer Ciara "ShortStacks" Sleeth
Other notables on hand for the event included NASCAR driver Jennifer Jo Cobb (thanks to Arrow Truck Sales) and Lisa Kelly of Worldtrucker.com. Kelly also appeared on the History Channel’s “Ice Road Trucker” series.
Rebecca Brewster, this year’s Influential Woman in Trucking recipient, was there for the event as was Stephanie Klang, driver for Con-way Truckload and a member of America’s Road Team.
Sandra Ambrose-Clark, president of ESJ Carrier Corp. and Without A Doubt Truck & Trailer Repair in Fairfield, OH, was the keynote speaker. Ambrose-Clark was a finalist in this year’s Influential Woman in Trucking award.
She spoke to the group about her experience running her father’s trucking company after his death and how she established a truck and trailer repair shop.
“I went to pick up some of my trucks from a repair facility, and I heard them say ‘here’s that woman who knows nothing about trucks,” she told the group. “When I left I said ‘maybe this woman who knows nothing about trucks will start a repair garage to compete with you!”
She did just that. She established her garage – Without a Doubt Truck Repair – in 2007 in Fairfield. Today she has an eight-bay garage and 16 diesel mechanics.
And Ambrose-Clark had a special message for the drivers. If you are in the Cincinnati area and need a safe place to park, food, coffee, shower and even a quiet room to get away from the world, come on by.