What advice would you offer to women just starting out in the industry?
I would tell women just getting started with their careers in this industry
to prepare to learn every day. There
are very few people in this world that
know everything and the sooner you
realize this and take full advantage of
what you can learn from all the people
around you, the stronger you and your
team will be.
What do you know now that you wish you
knew in the beginning of your career?
In the beginning, you are so driven
to prove your place in the position/
company and you want to do all the
big things to get you to the top and
to gain the recognition as soon as
possible. While having ambition and
drive is certainly a good thing, you
have to be mindful to celebrate the
small successes and appreciate the
people that helped along the way.
If you take the time to acknowledge
mentor and through the other rela-
tionships I’ve fostered over the course
of my career with other business pro-
fessionals. Throughout my career, I’ve
tried to share these same lessons with
those I mentor, too.
What do you think the industry could
do to attract and retain the best and
the brightest today?
It’s important for industry leaders to
continually invest in their people. A
good leader acknowledges that their
team is made up of the good people
that surround them because one can
accomplish more through teamwork
than they can alone. Remember,
investment is not just about monetary value; it can include investing
time in an employee’s personal and
professional development, being a
motivator/encourager, and verbal
recognition of individual and team
accomplishments at every stage and
the people along the way that helped
you, you will find your success may
come sooner than if you are trying it
all on your own. You may be capable
of achieving much on your own, but
this industry certainly requires a team
effort. The ability to confidently work
with other people and building professional relationships will get you so
much further than going it alone.
What kind of role has mentoring and/
or sponsorship played in your career?
I truly feel I would not be where I
am today if it were not for my very
first mentor, Patsy. I have so much
respect for what she accomplished
and endured in her career. The fact
that I was so young and she gave me
the opportunity to learn from her,
was one of the best things to happen
to my career. She taught me so many
things but some of the most important
were seeing the examples she set with
her strong work ethic, patience and
passion for everything she did. I feel
honored and proud to share some of
the lessons taught to me by my first
Mary Ann Hudson
Executive Vice President
Bibby Transportation Finance
ary Ann brings over two decades of finance expertise to Bibby
Transportation Finance and its FreightCheck financing solution.
In a traditionally male-dominated industry, she stands out as
a leader and has provided hundreds of millions in financing to
companies responsible for keeping America’s goods moving.
Active in many transportation-focused organizations, including the American
Trucking Association and the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association,
Mary Ann has a keen understanding of the needs of the transportation industry
and has been a pioneer of easy-to-access services that are driven by the digital habits of customers that primarily do business while on the road. She started
her career in customer service at Comdata and quickly advanced through the
company by specializing in project management and becoming a Six Sigma
Black Belt. After serving as Comdata’s operations manager for the Financial
Services Division, Mary Ann joined Bibby Financial Services in 2006 and used her
operations and efficiency knowledge to help support the back-office functions of factoring clients. After gaining experience supporting individual and
fleet truck owners, Mary Ann began to focus her efforts on the transportation
industry and became executive vice president of Bibby Transportation Finance
in 2010. In the coming year, Mary Ann is focused on finding more ways to connect with potential clients online and is overseeing development of a mobile
application geared towards an on-the-move audience.