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Back in 2005, Theresa Cremer was part of a scrappy Montana State University Billings softball team that knocked off two top seeds on the way to a third-place finish in the NCAA Division II West Regional softball tournament. It was a huge accomplishment for a team that was in just its fifth season.

Cremer, then known by her maiden name, Theresa Campbell, led the Yellowjackets with a record 14 home runs during a memorable 36-14 campaign. Later, she was inducted into the MSUB Athletic Hall of Fame.

These days, Cremer isn’t playing as much softball because she’s raising a family and has a challenging career. But she has enjoyed plenty of non-softball success since she began working for Billings-based Meadow Lark Companies soon after graduating from MSUB.

Meadow Lark is a transportation logistics company serving the trucking industry. It operates as a broker between manufacturers and carriers. It has a transport company that helps move customer freight on Meadow Lark trucks. It also offers software that helps clients efficiently manage their transportation network. A Meadow Lark division, Over the Road Clothing, manufactures apparel and uniforms specifically geared toward the trucking industry.

Cremer began her career at Meadow Lark as a customer service representative, helping customers move their freight.

“In natural cycles of business, it took about a year to fully understand the industry and the needs for companies like ours,” she said. “The depth of the industry and the needs for companies like ours. The depth of the industry and the many layers of involved parties like brokers, carriers, truck drivers, operations and much more proved that the industry is dynamic and an excellent for my long-term career goals. This industry will always be changing and adapting to commerce; it will forever be a part of the fabric of our country."

She gradually worked her way up the hierarchy, and is now vice president of sales.

“It’s a little bit different every day,” Cremer said. “You don’t know what you’re going to get every day. We move everything from oil rigs to cans of tuna.”

What’s the biggest challenge you face in your job? As a young female at the executive level in an industry dominated by males, I am challenged to prove my knowledge and expertise every day. It's a challenge I recognize, but am motivated by daily.

What’s the best business advice you have received? Work smarter, not harder.

Who gave you that advice? My college softball coach at MSUB, Jeff Aumend. I believe he knew the advice would serve us all well in our futures, not just on the softball team.

Here’s what I’d like to do to improve my community: I enjoy my volunteer work at the Billings Chamber of Commerce. I want to continue my part in elevating and bringing innovative businesses into our community.

I want the youth to have opportunities to live and work here. We are an excellent community to have a career and raise a family. Our community’s growth and opportunities are very important to me. I will always look for opportunities to continue to promote Billings and help build our future.

Outside of work, my biggest passion is: Family is my everything. My husband and 1-year-old son, Campbell, are what motivate me to work hard every day. They motivate me to be passionate about our community. They are the reason I try my best at everything I do.

Which living person do you admire? My mom. She was a single parent raising two girls. I can’t remember a day my mom asked for help.

Aside from profit and loss, how do you measure success in your job?  Being helpful and committed to the team goal. If I truly helped a customer solve a problem or an employee to learn a new skill, I take pride in being a problem solver and helping others to reach their goals.

What do you consider your greatest achievement? Once you have a family, all the other awards and accolades don't compare. Raising a family is the best thing that ever happened to me. 

I'm happiest when I'm... Cheering on the Griz with family.

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