Driven To Serve!
That’s the Purpose Statement of Brenny Transportation, Inc. And that’s how today’s #RealLifeWonderWoman rolls.
Meet Joyce Sauer Brenny–CEO and Founder of Brenny Transportation.
KR: Would you tell us about what brings you joy and fulfillment?
JSB: I find life and energy comes from giving back. Considering my background, I feel so blessed to have the health and financial resources to be able to help others. I grew up on a farm, with two younger brothers. I was mostly raised by my grandparents, as my parents were dealing with chemical abuse. There were a few things I knew as a child–I did not want to be poor and I wanted to help others become better as well. I knew I had to work very hard to rise above my childhood, and I was willing to do that.
I ended up in trucking by accident, but it is the best thing that could’ve happened to my career. I love this industry and the people in it! Truck drivers are my heart. They are undervalued and very few people know how our entire country needs truck drivers! Because of that, I started a non-profit called Trucking Families. This foundation is set up to help the families of truck drivers with financial concerns or setbacks that might occur. I also serve on four other boards, some of which are trucking related. It gets to be a lot sometimes, but I have a hard time saying no to helping others!
Recently I have been out speaking on truck driver retention, as my company has the best driver retention in the trucking industry. Why? Because we show them how much we appreciate them and we include them in ALL decisions which affect their career. I am also very politically involved in the trucking industry and have been to both the state and US capital on many occasions speaking on behalf of truckers rights. (I could go on about this topic awhile! 😀 )
My dream–to own my grandparents farm and start an apple orchard.
KR: We all have inner superpowers. What are some of yours?
JSB: I came up with my own mantra many years ago, and it has made its way into our company culture statement:
Champions Never Give Up!!!
To become a Champion–to win–you have to find a way to keep “trucking.” As a woman in the trucking industry, I have faced an enormous amount of challenge. (This might be a book some day!)
A purple ribbon is the logo of Brenny Transportation. This logo and its royal purple color are a constant reminder that I must find a way over, around, or under, but I can never give up!
KR: Can you tell us about an influential woman in your life and how she inspired you?
JSB: I just lost my beloved Grandmother on November 25th. She was my biggest cheerleader and I continue to deal with the grief of her loss. My grandmother was so proud of me and I felt so loved by her. I helped to care for her the last year of her life, feeling I owed it to her for caring for me as a child. My Grandmother and Grandfather were my heroes, my support, my guidance and spiritually they still are. I cannot even imagine what would have become of my life had I not had them. It scares me sometimes to think of this.
KR: If you could have one super-human power, what would it be?
JSB: The ability to bestow selflessness on all. I truly believe to my core that we are given back tenfold what we give, and that greed and selfishness are the black cloud of the world. I would rather give all I have than to ever be viewed as a selfish person! I live very humbly and just in the last two years have a house with a garage. Twenty-three years in business and my husband and I lived in a 700 square foot house, with no garage. We invested in our business, team, family & community instead.
KR: What do you do for fun? What are your hobbies?
JSB: I have a two year-old grandson, Sutton, who has become the light of my life! My daughter and son-in-law only live five miles from my husband Todd and me, so I get to see Sutton a lot. Other than Sutton, I like to paddle boat and go for walks in the woods. I am a lake girl, the lake is my church. I sit on the dock and pray or talk to my angels.
KR: Knowing what you know at this stage of your life, what words of wisdom would you give to your 20-year-old self?
JSB: Everything really does happen for a reason. Surround yourself with honest positive people and you will have less stress.
I love this bible verse: Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourself, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of others. Phillippians 2,3-4.
I also like the saying,”If you don’t like something change it. If you can’t change it, change the way you think about it!”
I am a “saying” kind of person. There are so many good ones! Here’s one more…
If you are not the reason for the issues in your life, then there is probably no solution, so accept it!”
KR: Thanks so much, Joyce. I’m a lover of quotes and verses, too. And here’s one I think you’ll like…
“When we do the best we can, we never know what miracle is wrought in our life, or in the life of another.”
– Helen Keller