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.  

Ford and Telogis introduce Ford Telematics

Indianapolis. Ford Motor Company and telematics partner Telogis today introduced a “next-generation” connected vehicle solution designed to deliver advanced capabilities and benefits to commercial fleets of any size, operating any mix of equipment. The new offering, called Ford Telematics powered by Telogis, replaces and rebrands Ford’s Crew Chief powered by Telogis connectivity solution.

FMCSA: A period of uncertainty

DALLAS. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) director, office of enforcement and compliance, Joe DeLorenzo, shared an insider’s look at the agency’s rulemaking processes and offered clarification and advice to fleets on compliance questions during a presentation at the Omnitracs Outlook 2015 conference being held here this week. The bottom line: a certain amount of ambiguity is inevitable, so it is always best to be prepared:

Some of the topics DeLorenzo covered:

Roadnet rolls out new business intelligence tool

Dallas. Roadnet Technologies, a business unit of Omnitracs, LLC, announced the launch of Roadnet Insight, a Cloud-based business intelligence (BI) tool designed to deliver context-related information across an entire enterprise, including planning, dispatching, asset and vehicle tracking, proof-of-delivery and telematics.

Omnitracs: Some things are better together

Dallas. Omnitracs, LLC’s first user conference since its separation from Qualcomm, “Omnitracs Outlook 2015: Expand the possibilities,” opened here this morning just blocks from its new headquarters in downtown Dallas. Some 700 attendees packed the ballroom to learn about what the company’s business units – Roadnet Technologies, XRS, Sylectus, and Omnitracs Analytics— have accomplished in 2014 and what lies ahead.

Finding success in the open-deck niche

Don Daseke relies on what many might call “old fashioned” business principles to guide his trucking operations, with “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” “treat the company like family,” and “don’t mess with success” topping the list.

Yet it’s hard to argue with the results.

Navistar: “Our best days are ahead”

Chicago. Navistar International Corporation invited analysts and members of the press to a meeting on February 4 to take an in-depth look at the progress the OEM has made in all aspects of its business and to get a preview of what lies ahead.

Driven to drive 

Who wants to be a truck driver? Who wants their sons and daughters to be truck drivers? At last count, the virtual show of hands came up about 30,000 short in 2014, with worse expected to come in the years ahead. If there is a way to make this apparently undesirable but essential job more appealing, fleet owners want to know—and they want to know now. So, what will it take?

Phase II GHG rules could pose issues for trailer OEMs, says Great Dane

Regulation of trailers is almost a certainty under Phase II of the Greenhouse Gas rule currently being drafted by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Highway Traffic Administration (NHTSA), according to Great Dane. The good news is that the regulatory agencies involved are seeking input from engine, tractor and trailer manufacturers on how proposed fuel-efficiency standards might impact their businesses and the implications associated with them.

PeopleNet to roll out new onboard Video Intelligence system

In he first quarter of 2015, PeopleNet will begin beta testing of a unique new onboard video camera system, called “Video Intelligence.”  The system is designed to provide the driver with much more information about what is going on around the vehicle as well as provide the fleet with more information about the truck and the environment in which it is operating—think surveillance around the tractor and trailer, enhanced safety and better liability protection.

No cell, no problem 

Company: DeCrescente Distributing Co., Mechanicville, NY
Operation: Regional beverage distribution company


Free webinar: Innovative methods for driver pay

Trucking could use about 30,000 extra drivers right now, but qualified applicants aren’t exactly breaking down the industry door to get in and those already driving are prone to moving from fleet to fleet. It doesn’t have to be this way, according to compensation expert Beth Carroll, managing principal of Prosperio Group and the special guest speaker at a free, live webinar Tuesday December 9 from 1:00 p.m.

Telogis opens world R&D center in New Zealand

New Zealand’s Prime Minister, John Key, did the ribbon-cutting honors at an official dedication ceremony for Telogis’ expanded world research and development center in Christchurch, New Zealand earlier this month. New Zealand’s 3News television covered the event, noting that the expanded facility will mean a doubling of staff—from 150 to 300.

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