Wendy Leavitt

Director, editorial & market development ,
Fleet Owner


Wendy Leavitt joined Fleet Owner in 1998 after serving as editor-in-chief of Trucking Technology magazine for four years.

She began her career in the trucking industry at Kenworth Truck Company in Kirkland, WA where she spent 16 years—the first five years as safety and compliance manager in the engineering department and more than a decade as the company’s manager of advertising and public relations. She has also worked as a book editor, guided authors through the self-publishing process and operated her own marketing and public relations business.

Wendy has a Masters Degree in English and Art History from Western Washington University, where, as a graduate student, she also taught writing.  

Apps for trucking 

Once upon a time, not so long ago, there were no mobile apps for the trucking industry at all, not one. There were, of course, tools to help drivers accomplish particular tasks—things like telephone directories to look up service suppliers, paper maps for route planning, and road signs for navigation, for instance, but no apps. And now there are countless apps just for trucking alone in a total mobile app universe numbering something well north of two million by some counts.

Making the right alternative power decision: Webinar available on-demand

When it comes to alternative power, the right fit is everything. But hitting that “sweet spot” can be a lot tougher than it seems.

Open deck hauler honored for outstanding safety

Smokey Point Distributing, a part of Daseke, Inc., was recently honored by Great West Casualty Company with its highest award for highway safety-- the platinum award.

Keeping drivers by letting go 

When you meet the people at Smokey Point Distributing (SPD), a part of Daseke Inc., in Arlington, WA, you can tell right away that this open-deck fleet operation is something very special. It is not just that SPD has one of the best CSA scores in the business or even that it has recently grown so much that it began building new headquarters this spring.

Natural gas and climate change: problems in alternative power paradise? 1

For some time now, natural gas has been the alternative power darling, praised for its many benefits from domestic availability and lower cost to its lower carbon dioxide (CO2) emission levels as compared to diesel.  Now, however, a new study released today by the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) is raising serious questions about the relative merits of natural gas as a vehicle fuel, at least in the short term, when it comes to negatively impacting the climate.

Data-driven decisions  1

Company: Lawrence Companies, Roanoke, VA

Operation: Provides a range of services that include truckload, dry van, flatbed and intermodal, as well as logistics, warehousing, and moving and storage


Alternative fuels: Finding the sweet spot 1

Every alternative fuel has its own sweet spot, says Darren Engle, director of government relations for Blue Star Gas. “[Although I work for a propane supplier], we are about promoting all alternative fuels and finding the one that works best for each fleet application.

Teamwork: Of humans and autonomous vehicles

LAS VEGAS. Nobody gets into the trucking business because it is easy. It is one of the most demanding and difficult jobs out there and nobody expects it to get any easier in the years ahead, either. Traffic congestion won’t suddenly dissipate; the amount of freight to be moved and work to be done by trucks won’t decline to a “perfect” level; and customers won’t (inexplicably) find themselves delighted with the status quo.

New autonomous Freightliner rolls across Hoover Dam, really

LAS VEGAS. Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) officially presented its new autonomous truck, the Freightliner Inspiration, to the world tonight, underscoring the vehicle and the company’s link to America’s indomitable “can-do” spirit with a can’t-top-this event at Hoover Dam.

DTNA and the State of Nevada: Making history together

LAS VEGAS. Members of the press and other guests from 25 countries around the world gathered together this afternoon in a huge air-conditioned tent at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway to see Nevada Governor, Brian Sandoval, officially present the first license for an autonomous commercial truck to operate on an open public highway in the United States to Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA).  Then that autonomous truck (the “Freightliner Inspiration”) with Dr.

Surprising things you might not know about driver retention 2

People packed Fleet Owner’s virtual conference room recently to hear two experts from the National Transportation Institute -- Gordon Klemp, CEO and Leah Shaver, vice president, sales and marketing—talk about driver recruiting and retention in a webinar called, Helping New Drivers Succeed and Stay.  The free webinar was presented by Fleet Owner and sponsored by

Trucking Moves America Forward raises $1 million to promote industry

LOUISVILLE, KY. Publically launched just last year at the Mid-American Trucking Show, Trucking Moves America Forward (TMAF) met here at the show again last week to celebrate the successes of its first year and look ahead to 2015. Kevin W. Burch, president of Jet Express, Inc., second vice chairman of the American Trucking Associations, and co-chairman of TMAF told the audience that founding members and major donors raised $1 Million in 2014 to promote a positive image of  trucking.

Hendrickson & Wabco debut optimized trailer air disc brake system

LOUISVILLE, KY. Hendrickson Trailer Commercial Vehicle Systems chose the Mid-America Trucking Show here in Kentucky this past week to announce the expansion of its brake offerings with the launch of Hendrickson MAXX22T. According to the company, it is the first and only air disc brake system optimized for North American trailer applications.

Volvo AB’s Persson: safety and sustainability driving product development

LOUISVILLE, KY. Some 900 people packed a meeting room at 7:00 a.m.

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