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Year: 2014

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Inducted into the Shell Rimula Wall of Fame at ReUnion 2014.

From starting as a receptionist to running a successful transport company and driving trucks, Whiteline Transport Director Sharon Middleton is one of the few women in the industry who can say she literally does it all. Together with her husband Bob, she runs freight to Perth from their Adelaide headquarters. Sharon has run Whiteline's office and administration for the 30 years overseeing the company's 25 drivers. She holds a road train/b-double licence and occasionally drives up to Monarto to do deliveries and help out in the depot. Hauling freight into West Australia has always been the mainstay of the business.

When Sharon met Robert thirty years ago he was operating three trucks from a single filing cabinet. Sharon immediately set to work looking after administration but was always at the ready to help out loading trucks and driving the forklift when necessary. Sharon's entrepreneurial skills soon became evident and coupled with Robert's extensive transport and logistics knowledge the business grew rapidly. Whiteline Transport is one of Australia's real road transport success stories. Today it turns over in excess on $16 million per annum. Their philosophy and success is built on hiring good people to do things the right way, Sharon says.

Robert and Sharon are both very community minded. Sharon is very passionate about the industry and has been on the board of the SA Road Transport Association (SARTA) for over a decade. She is currently serving as its President. Sharon also supports Robert's motor racing through Whiteline Racing Promotions and is co-founder of Foundation Shine which raises funds and promotes awareness of mental illness. Sharon was awarded the prestigious ATA Transport Woman of the Year title in 2013. On top of all this Sharon is a sought after public speaker and singer at corporate and community events all over the country. She also has released several CDs of her own and recently wrote the theme songs for Super Trucks and the SA Road Transport Association. Over the years the Middletons have been strong supporters of numerous charities and clubs. In their spare time they enjoy water activities.

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