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Hare’s earliest exposure to truck-

ing was through family ties – a relative owned an agricultural products com- pany that had its own trucks. But it was a pair of college internships within the industry that really convinced Hare this was the right field for her – particularly the second, at Cobb-Vantress (a Tyson Foods subsidiary). “I was introduced to full FMCSA

compliance,” Hare said. “Safety is where I stuck. I love the regulated aspect of safety.” She worked under transportation

safety manager Megan Iseler, whom she considers one of her mentors in the industry and who didn’t hand her any easy answers. “What she did was set a regulation

book on my desk and tell me to explain to her what goes into a DQ file,” said Hare. “She wanted me to go through the research phase and reference the regulation. When she started gaining confidence in my abilities, she added on a lot of roles. I was doing a full-time job

in a part-time status because I was still going to school full time.” Iseler, who is now fleet safety man-

ager for Walmart Transportation, says she tasked Hare with looking up the answers because it’s one of the ways her own mentor, Don Holman of Tyson Foods, taught her about safety. “She was very attentive, very eager

to learn. She rapidly assimilated infor- mation,” said Iseler. “She really grew over time to have a genuine concern for safety, the drivers and the public. She’s very smart.” The fact Hare came in knowing vir-

tually nothing about safety didn’t mat- ter much, because she was open-minded and asked relevant questions. And ask- ing questions – seeking answers rather than arguing with someone, said Iseler – was one of the keys to Hare making herself a place in an industry that’s long been primarily a man’s world. “You have to earn respect,” said

Iseler. “You need to ask a lot of ques- tions. Not driving a truck, you’re not

going to know everything about it. You have to get respect from everyone you work with.” Iseler and Hare keep in touch and

get together once in a while, but true to the roots of their friendship, their con- versations inevitably tend to drift back towards regulations, said Iseler – who, like her protégé, keeps a regulation book on her nightstand. “I hated to see her go, I absolutely

did,” Iseler said. “I knew anywhere she went she’d be successful.” Hare said she applied at a lot of

places during her senior year at the University of Arkansas and “CalArk just seemed right for me. It’s been a family- owned business for a long time. I just liked the environment when I came to visit.” They clearly liked her, too, since

she was offered a job in October 2008, two months before she graduated with degrees in transportation logistics and marketing. She started the fol- lowing January and, after a few weeks

“I can’t wait to receive each issue of the Arkansas Trucking Report! It’s informative and pertinent to what I do for a living— I read it from cover to cover. I’ve enjoyed seeing the continual improvements to the quality of the publication. It’s a classy, first-rate magazine and one of the best in the industry as far as I’m concerned.”

Vicki Jones Stephens President & CEO

C.C. Jones Trucking, Inc

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