In August, Joyce Brenny became the first female "trucker" to become chair of the Minnesota Trucking Association (MTA) board of directors. Brenny is owner of Brenny Transportation, a third-party logistics company, and Brenny Specialized, a for-hire trucking company.
Q:What is it like to step into a leadership role in a male-dominated industry? » Joyce Brenny: At times it can be intimidating. However, I am quite comfortable around men, as my world has been male-dominated all of my life. _ I forget that I am not just one of the guys. The Minnesota Trucking Association has always been very accommodating.
Q:What are the biggest challenges you have faced in your career?
» JB: The continued regulations placed on business and trucking. In 2011, the federal government proposed 47 new regulations that could affect trucking. I am always challenged-but I love it- by the people side of business.
Q:To what do you attribute to your career success?
» JB: I put people before profits-which in turn gives me amazing people who bring the profits into my company. _ And for God's sake, be humble! Arrogance is the death of success.