Highway Diamond Spotlight: Joanne Burns



Q: What does Highway Diamonds mean to you?

A: Highway Diamonds means to me that I belong to a strong, powerful and blessed group of women.


Q: Did you come through the training program? If so, how was the experience?

A: I did get my training through the PSD training program here. I was trained by a local trainer named Russell. The experience was okay. I came through last year with a huge class. Some of the trainers had 4-6 students at the time. So, it made it difficult for you to get good one on one time. Granted, I must’ve learned enough, because I trifecta’d.


Q: Advice for any female entering the training program at Prime Inc? What brought you to Prime?

A: Advice that I can give is to stay strong, focused, and positive. I came to Prime because of the training program and the support of having a large fleet of women.


Q:  What have you been able to accomplish that you wouldn’t have before becoming a truck driver for Prime?

A: I’ve been able to purchase land and place a home on that property with animals. And we now live off the grid.


Q: Were you intimidated coming into a male dominated industry?

A: I was not intimidated at all coming into a male dominant field. My dad was a truck driver.


Q: What/Who has helped you succeed here at Prime Inc?

A: My success is due to the mini fleet that I drive for. James and Melanie Novalis of Super Nova Express, and Thomas Long, my fleet manager.


Q: Any advice for women wanting to come into the trucking industry?

A: My advice is to go for it and be prepared to work hard.


Q: How did you hear about Prime Inc?

A: I heard about Prime from my neighbor who knew about the company.


Q: What were you doing before you came to Prime?

A: Before coming to Prime, I drove school buses for 8 years. Then I became a home health aide and worked in the deli of a local store. I worked odd jobs.


Q: Have you ever hauled any off the wall freight?

A: The most unique item I hauled was tropical fish and hermit crabs Ludlow, Kentucky.


Q: Where do you see yourself 5 years from now?

A: Hopefully in 5 years I’ll be on the beach in Cozumel relaxing.


Q: What is an essential that you must have on the truck with you?

A: What I must have on my truck most definitely is water, a tool kit and a flashlight.


I want to add that I am a survivor of domestic violence of 12 years. I lost everything including my respect. I lost family, friends, my self-worth, self-esteem, love and the respect from my kids. I’m glad we are alive today. I will always have mental scars from that experience but I’m now married to my soulmate. I’m proud to know that this company is a huge supporter of bringing awareness to domestic violence. And that they give by way of Harmony House. I’ve come a long way from where I was 2 years ago. I was able to walk away from my fears and start over. I have a new life and a brighter future. Being a part of Prime has helped with my mental health and my anxiety. I’m glad to be working here.

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