Stephanie Durrett President and CEO
SD Transit, Inc.
16 Years in the Industry
OW: What has been your greatest inspiration?
SD: My husband, Kenny Durrett. Although his passing was the saddest time in my life, it motivated, inspired, and challenged me to continue the good work he began: making SD Transit the best possible transportation company imaginable. His dream transferred from him to me, and came true through us.
OW: What advice would you give to anyone about following their dreams?
SD: Write your dreams down. Research all that it takes to accomplish your dream, including writing out a blueprint step by step with a timeline with short- and long-term goals. Get a mentor who shares the same passion to have as an accountability partner. Then bend your knees, prepare to work, and follow through.
OW: What is the biggest career mistake that you have ever made?
SD: Following my comfort zone and not forcing myself to experience possible failure. Also, lack of confidence in myself, refus- ing work that I did not think I could handle.
OW: What would you do differently in your career?
SD: I would return to school to take classes in communications, public speaking, and grant writing. Higher education is something I’ve always desired, valued, and respected. In addition, I would like to travel to other cities and build upon SD Transportation, mentoring to new business owners, continuing to help people, and expanding my husband’s vision through my own eyes.