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Niki Bolton

Niki Bolton, 39

Chief Strategic Operations Officer, Senior Truck Auditor

American Truck & Rail Audits

North Little Rock

Professional achievements
• Women in Trucking’s Top Women to Watch in 2020.
• Women in Trucking’s Influential Women finalist in 2019.
• Graduated from Arkansas Business Executive Leadership Academy in 2023.

Community achievements
Won a Hometown Hero award from Modern Woodmen of America for work with foster and adoption care; served as coordinator for foster and adoption services for Lonoke and Prairie counties. 

Professional inspiration
“To serve other women as an advocate for and inspiration to become involved in the historically male-dominated industries of trucking and transportation.”

Most fulfilling career moment
“In 2019, I had the opportunity to testify as an expert witness for one of North America’s largest shippers for a complex rates case. As a young lady in a male-dominated industry bringing very unique and specialized knowledge, I found it a very empowering experience.”

Advice for future 40 Under 40 honorees
“Be authentic in your work and leadership. Authenticity creates trust and builds supportive relationships with those you supervise and those who supervise you.”

One word to describe you
“Tenacious.”

Most valuable lesson learned
“Personally, and professionally, always SHOW UP. You don’t have to be perfect, but you do need to show up and be available for others.”

Career dream as a child
“I can remember always wanting to be a teacher. Even though I am not, I thoroughly enjoy the opportunities and experiences I have helping educate others about our work and passions in our industry.”

Advice for your 18-year-old self
“Never become too busy to be thankful to, and grateful for, others. And keep your faith strong, your family and friends close and remember to see the beauty, even in the difficult times.”

How you define success
“Success is not about completing a goal as you expected; it is about being open to growth and change throughout the process and, in the end, recognizing the value of lessons learned from all the positives and negatives experienced throughout the journey to the end goal.”

First job and lesson learned
“My first job was as a server at a chain restaurant. The lesson I learned from my first job is that no matter where you are on the chain of command, or what tasks you are required to do, your work ethic will be an example for others. You should work with passion, integrity and grit.”

Top challenge facing Arkansas
“Unfortunately, many today are facing economic instability, leading many families to experience unsafe conditions and a lack of housing, difficulty in obtaining medications or medical resources, and consistently being unable to provide food for their families. Economic instability affects health, happiness and the future of our state.”

Learning from a mentor
“Just like with most things, it takes a village. My older brother, Shane Tabor, and twin brother, Jake Tabor, have always been role models for me. They have taught me a lot about love, laughter, respect and the power of hard work, authenticity and integrity. Also, my former CEO, Shan Scott. He put trust and faith in me when I was young and inexperienced. He gave me the skills, tools and knowledge to become the industry expert that I am today. And very important to me, my current CEO, Summer Bartczak. She has taught me so much personally and professionally, including how to be a leader who has a passion to continually challenge, encourage and build up other leaders.”

Professional “aha” moment
“I started at AMTR because I was getting married and needed a ‘grown-up job.’ After nine months, I found myself starting my leadership journey as a young lady in a niche, male-dominated industry that I did not know existed before my first day working there. From that day forward, I have only increased my passion for the work AMTR does while increasing my knowledge in all that we do and can potentially do.”

Making Arkansas more attractive to young professionals
“Offering more capital and opportunities to support the entrepreneurial spirit of young professionals.”

Best thing about Arkansas
“Its beauty! The natural beauty of the state provides a sense of awe and peace, as well as the beauty of its people and their desire to serve one another.”

Where you see yourself in 10 years
“Working at AMTR finding opportunities to grow our people and our company. I’m passionate about our people and what our company does and represents!”

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40 Under 40

June 10, 2025

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