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.  

At the head of the class 

Frito-Lay Inc. employee Beth Mars, manager of transportation optimization and technology for the company, earned the National Private Truck Council’s (NPTC) Certified Transportation Professional (CTP) Top Graduate Award for 2014.  The award was presented by long-time award sponsor Fleet Owner during the opening general session of NPTC’s Annual Education Management Conference and Exhibition held in March in Cincinnati.

Hino and Telogis announce partnership

Hino Trucks, a Toyota Group Company, announced this morning that the company has partnered with Telogis to release its next-generation platform for Hino INSIGHT, the company’s web-based location and telematics solution tailored specifically for the medium-duty commercial truck market.  The partnership is exclusive and involves multiple layers of cooperation from sales support to technical training for customers.

Webinar to take a new look at diesel as a “green” and cost-efficient fuel option

Allen Schaeffer, executive director of the Diesel Technology Forum and John Flynn, president and CEO of Fleet Advantage will take a fresh look at the compelling case for petroleum-based diesel vehicles from both an economic and environmental perspective in an exclusive webinar on Thursday, May 22 at 2:00 p.m. EDT. 

The speakers will discuss:

Building CNG fueling stations faster, better

Sister companies SSP Corp. (the parent corporation) and AFV Natural Gas Fuel Systems recently gave the trucking industry and members of the press a close up look at how they are helping to accelerate build-out of the compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station network while also providing tube and hose assemblies for use in natural gas vehicle fuel systems.

American Power Group reports growth in dual-fuel vehicle conversions

American Power Group Corporation (OTCQB: APGI) recently announced that domestic vehicular revenues for the three months ending March 31, 2014 increased $272,000 or 312% to $359,000.  The company noted that this is an indication of “continued growth in the early-adopter customer phase” for dual-fuel natural gas conversion of diesel engines, adding that over 200 vehicular dual-fuel conversion systems have been shipped in North America since 2012.

Construction: The Road Ahead 

“The 2014 construction market appears promising,” says Alan Fennimore, vocational marketing manager for Kenworth Truck Co., and his optimism is generally echoed around the trucking and heavy equipment manufacturing industries.

“Customers at the World of Concrete and CONEXPO-CON/AGG shows earlier this year offered positive comments on the market and are ready to buy new trucks and equipment,” he notes.  “The economy is in an upward swing and housing starts are up—both good signs that the construction market is definitely on the rebound.

Women in ACT Summit showcases female leaders in clean transportation

Long Beach, CA. The first ever Women in ACT Summit took place here this morning in advance of the official opening of the 2014 ACT (Alternative Clean Transportation) Expo. Presented by Gladstein, Neandross & Associates, presenters of ACT Expo, it featured a stellar line-up of panelists drawn from both the public and private sectors who came to share observations and experiences about the alternative fuel and transportation industries and about what it means to be a woman in a male-dominated business. 

Omnitracs introduces driver MPG performance feedback, tire condition alerts

Omnitracs, LLC recently announced the upcoming availability of MPG performance information on its Mobile Computing Platform 110 (MCP110) and 200 (MCP200) user interface, permitting fleets to provide drivers with instant feedback concerning their current MPG. The update will be available this summer at no additional charge to fleets subscribing to Omnitracs’ Performance Monitoring application.

NPTC’s Schweitzer offers regulatory/legislative update

CINCINNATI. One of the highlights of the National Private Truck Council (NPTC) Annual Education Management Conference and Exhibition is always the regulatory and legislative update presented by NPTC general counsel, Rick Schweitzer. As 2014 moves into its second quarter, the regulatory and legislative world seems to be moving more slowly or mired down entirely on several fronts. From entry-level driver training requirements to a new carrier safety fitness standard, stalls abound. This is not necessarily all bad news for fleets.

PeopleNet: plenty to celebrate on 20th anniversary

Cincinnati. Rain is not dampening high spirits for PeopleNet, ,a Trimble company, and its customers at the National Private Truck Council’s (NPTC) 2014 National Education Conference and Exhibition. The company is celebrating its 20th anniversary here today-- looking forward to new opportunities as well as back at past achievements.

Vnomics announces partnerships with CAMS Software and SpeedGauge

Cincinnati. Vnoimics Corp. selected the National Private Truck Council’s (NPTC) 2014 Annual Education Management Conference and Exhibition here this week to announce that its real-time fleet management solution is now integrated with transportation management software from CAMS Software Corp.  Vnomics also announced that it has added SpeedGauge to its platform.

Frito-Lay’s Beth Mars earns CTP Top Graduate Award

Cincinnati. Frito-Lay, Inc. employee, Beth Mars, manager of transportation optimization and technology for the company, earned the National Private Truck Council’s (NPTC) Certified Transportation Professional (CTP) Top Graduate award for 2014. The award was presented today by long-time CTP Top Graduate award sponsor, Fleet Owner, during the opening general session of NPTC’s Annual Management Conference and Exhibition being held here this week.

Cool tracking 

COMPANY: K & J Trucking, Sioux Falls, SD

OPERATION: Refrigerated truckload carrier specializing in hauling fresh and frozen food, including meat, ice cream and produce, nationwide.


K & J Trucking is a family-owned and operated fleet that began in 1979 in Sioux Falls, SD.  Today, the company provides 48-state refrigerated service with about 110 tractors and 165 trailers from facilities in South Dakota and Oklahoma.

Mack to focus on long-haul sleeper trucks in 2014

Louisville, KY.  Mack has been best known for its construction, refuse and regional-haul trucks, but in 2014 the company plans to direct its attention to over-the-road vehicles with sleepers, according to Stephen Roy, president of Mack Trucks North America Sales and Marketing. Roy made the announcement at the Mid-America Trucking Show, held here March 26-29. 

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