Driving for Holland isn’t for the weak. It takes concentration, devotion, and punctuality, traits that some people attribute only to men. Melody Clark is a prime example of a woman who embodies all of those traits and so many more, making her an important player on the Holland team. Mel has been with us for ten years now, and we think it’s time everyone learned a little bit more about her.
At just 14 years old, adventurous Mel decided she wanted to be a truck driver when she grew up. It’s not the career most would expect a 14-year-old girl to pick, but she was determined to be in on the action.
“I imagined that all those big shiny trucks were going somewhere exciting, and I wanted to go somewhere exciting too.”
Speaking of adventure, Mel’s 14-year-old picture of what it’s like to be a truck driver has proved to be true. Before working at Holland, Mel and her husband drove as a long haul driver team, which allowed them to see the sights wherever they happened to be stopped. Her most memorable adventure was in Baltimore, Maryland where she and her husband bought live lobster.
It was love at first sight, literally, for the duo. Ever since Mel laid eyes on her husband at the terminal, she knew they’d be together.
Working at Holland
Mel has been working here at Holland for ten years now and has driven “too many miles to count.” She and the other female truck drivers get a bit of slack from the trucking industry as a whole. It’s a new frontier, and it will take some time before women are fully accepted in the industry. This doesn’t phase Mel though! When asked how she handles criticism, Mel responded,
“Fight fire with fire! Check your feelings at the door!”
Mel’s tough skin combined with some supportive coworkers has made her experience at Holland a great one. She enjoys her job and encourages other women to become a part of the trucking industry as well.
“If I can do it, you can do it,” says Mel to any woman on the fence about becoming a truck driver.
Mel at Home
There’s lots to know about Mel! Not only is she an awesome truck driver, but she also rides a Harley, goes boating, and embroiders in her free time. “I like to dabble,” explains Mel.
Most importantly, she adores her six and a half-year-old German Rottweiler Obi who, believe it or not, is her lap dog and cuddle buddy despite his size! The love she has for Obi is evident in all the Rottweiler gear she has around her house.
Everyone at Holland would like to thank Mel for her uplifting attitude, dedication, and hard work. It has certainly paid off, and if anyone can put a smile on your face…it’s Mel!