Plover, WI – Sept. 1, 2020 – The Women In Trucking Association (WIT) has announced Leigh Foxall as its September Member of the Month. Foxall is the founder and CEO of Truck Parking Reservations and a 30-year veteran of the trucking industry. She has experience leading large and small businesses into and through tremendous growth phases. It is said she has diesel in her blood.
After moving to Portland, Oregon in 1986, Foxall began working for the Jubitz family at Dial-A-Truck/DAT Solutions. The Dial-A-Truck offices were housed in “the brown broker building” at the far corner of the Jubitz Truck Stop parking lot. Trucks parked within inches of the building and the only way to get to the Ponderosa for lunch was to walk through the fuel island. There and then is where the diesel got into her blood.
Foxall has worked side-by-side with several successful technology pioneers in the transportation industry. Al Jubitz, who recognized a pain point for shippers and brokers looking for truck drivers to move their loads and Scott Moscrip, who starting his company by employing his family and their friends to build what is now Truckstop.com are a few of them.
After spending over 20 years with these colleagues, it is no surprise that Foxall started building Truck Parking Reservations. The solution allows a driver the ability to search for safe and secure reserved truck parking.
Just ask an over-the-road truck driver how long it takes to find truck parking in or around a major city, or if they can find a spot after 6pm, and you’ll see there is a “truck parking crisis.” In fact, over the past few years, American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) studies have shown truck parking as a top critical issue for truck drivers.
“The pandemic has caused an even greater ‘truck parking crisis’ for the trucking industry. Due to the lockdown, property owners in major cities with safe and secure overnight parking are no longer able to serve the trucking industry with much needed available, reserved truck parking spaces,” said Foxall.
Working for technology companies has been Foxall’s full-time career path, but her passion for WIT runs deep. She was the first Chairwoman at WIT and served in that role for six years. She helped staff the WIT trade show booths, attended conferences, and was always there to support and encourage Ellen Voie, WIT president and CEO, while she was building the association.
“I will never forget the first ‘Salute to Women Behind the Wheel’ event with WIT. When the doors opened, we had no idea what to expect. Female drivers, their families, and supporters streamed in through the doors for what seemed like 30 minutes,” said Foxall. “Some women had tears running down their face as they thanked us for honoring them. It was an amazing day and I am fortunate to have built relationships with women who too have diesel in their blood.”