Ada Kelley is the newest Transportation Consultant at WCS Permits & Pilot Cars.
The company welcomed Kelley to the team in May after she transitioned from a management position with a nationwide open deck carrier.
Kelley will use her industry knowledge and over 20 years of experience in oversize transport and permitting to assist WCS customers with routing and obtaining oversize/overweight load permits.
We sat down with Kelley to learn more about her and her industry experience.
Tell us about your career journey, and what led you to WCS Permits?
I started in the trucking industry with my father-in law’s logging trucking business. I was only doing the bookkeeping at the time. In 1998, my family and I moved to Montana and I started working for a local open deck and van freight company. After 5 years, I transferred to another open deck carrier and was there for 15 years. I started writing permits, and over time I was promoted to Manager of Regulatory Compliance and ran the permit department. During those years, I built some great relationships with state officials, permit agencies like WCS, and got involved with the Specialized Carriers & Rigging Association (SC&RA). In 2018, I was even featured by the International Cranes and Specialized Transport Magazine as a prominent woman in the industry. After leaving the last company I was with, I contacted Wes and came on board. The timing was right and WCS was very busy, so I started almost immediately.
What do you love about the oversize transport industry?
It’s contained chaos. That’s what our jobs are working in this field, but I really enjoy it. We work with loads of all different sizes that need to travel to different places and it can be hectic. I always say, I love anything big and ugly. I enjoy a challenge and love to plan, map and route.
Fill in the blank. To be successful in the oversize load permit industry, one should be________________.
Patient! You have to be patient and want to interact with a lot of different people and situations. You also have to be very organized, or you might not have all good days.
What is your favorite aspect of work life at WCS Permits?
All of it! I really love it here at WCS Permits. Everyone has been so welcoming, and people are very helpful when there’s a problem or question. It’s definitely a solid team here. I really like the WCS Online Permit Portal, too. It’s a great system and I look forward to learning more as I help customers with loads and permits.
What is the most challenging aspect about the industry?
Non-uniformity or harmonization among states. I have been to every single Transportation Symposium and appreciate what the SC&RA does to try and achieve this. Some great progress has been made, but there’s more to accomplish.
How do you spend your free time away from work?
I have been happily married for almost 24 years. I have one son, he’s a welder who lives in Colorado, and enjoy spending time with him when I can. My husband and I also love to get outside; camp, ride our side-by-sides and enjoy the outdoors.