Reddaway local truck driver Misty Warner started out as an adventurous girl with a strong work ethic instilled by her mother, and has been showing her willingness to try at anything from a young age. There’s really nothing Misty can’t do, which is why she has landed a spot as one of very few female truck drivers in Missoula, Montana.
The Drive to Take New Opportunities
Growing up in Plains, Montana, truck driving was in her blood. Her father was a truck driver, as well as her aunt and uncle who owned a cattle hauling company. Before starting her career as a driver, however, Misty went off to college, making her the first in her family to do so.
When college didn’t work out, Misty decided to enlist in the United States Army and soon became a heavy diesel mechanic. At the time that Misty enlisted, there was a big question about whether or not women should be in the military, so she figured she would try it and see. As an independent woman with an adventurous spirit, Misty is always up for trying new things and taking on challenges.
It seems Misty has a knack for firsts, as she was the first woman at the particle board plant in Missoula to receive her boiler’s license. After working as an over-the-road driver for another company, Misty decided to give something new a try and began working at a particle board plant where she worked for ten years, and earned her boiler’s license to expand her skills.
Earning a Spot On the Open Road
Before applying for a job at Reddaway, Misty worked as a phlebotomist for the Red Cross for six months. While the job certainly was interesting and different than what she had done before, she was itching to get back in a truck and drive.
She applied for a job at Reddaway and became a part-time dock worker in 2012. While the terminal had never hired a female dock worker before, she proved her worth and soon moved up to a driving job, making her one of the very few drivers in Missoula, Montana.
“I had to earn my respect, but all the guys at the Missoula terminal have my back. They’re a great group to work with,” says Misty.
Being a local driver typically means driving the same routes each week, so Misty has come to love the customers she sees on a weekly basis, even if they are sometimes surprised to see a woman driving a truck. There’s really no other place Misty would rather be, as she has always loved driving and absolutely loves her job as a Reddaway truck driver.
“I want to give a special thanks to my terminal manager for being so supportive, and to all the guys at the terminal who are so hardworking,” says Misty.
When Passions Collide
When Misty isn’t working, you can find her deep into her writing almost every day. Her first novel was written while sitting on a forklift of all places, and now she has ten under her belt. While Misty thinks it would be great to become a published author, she enjoys writing for herself and staying involved in a writer’s group.
When asked how she has been able to finish ten novels, Misty responded, “You just have to get it all down on paper, even if it sucks. Then make it better from there.”
This is really a testament to how open Misty is to trying new things and going with the flow no matter how challenging something is.
But that’s not her only creative outlet! Misty is also an avid photographer and enjoys listening to music that’s all over the board. From old country to Eminem, she loves it all.
We want to say thank you, Misty for being such a positive and hardworking driver for us at our Missoula, Montana terminal. We are so pleased that we have been a part of your story!