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.  

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. 

Alcoa presents lightest heavy-duty wheel in the world

Louisville, KY.  Alcoa Wheel and Transportation Products presented “the world’s lightest heavy-duty wheel,” the Ultra ONE, to the trucking industry at the Mid-America Trucking Show. The new 40-pound wheel is 47% lighter than steel wheels of the same size and five pound lighter than the Alcoa aluminum wheel that formerly held the lightest title, so it is no wonder the assembled crowd was impressed. According to Alcoa, the Ultra ONE can save up to 1,400 pounds per 18-wheeler.

Daimler Trucks unveil new products, programs

 Louisville, KY. The Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) exhibits were crowded Wednesday evening at MATS as several of the company’s entities shared previews of new products and new programs with customers and members of the press before the show officially opened this morning. 


Peterbilt celebrates 75th year with anniversary edition truck, new spec packages and more

 Louisville, KY. Peterbilt Motors Company (A PACCAR Company) brought the celebration of its 75th anniversary to the Mid-America Trucking Show (MATS) here in Louisville, KY today with a line of new spec packages and an eye-popping anniversary edition of the Model 579 featuring bright work and a paint design reminiscent of its show truck history.

Baylor receives TCA Past Chairmen’s award

Grapevine, TX. At the official opening of the Truckload Carriers Assn. (TCA) annual convention here Monday, one of the first orders of business was to present the organization’s most prestigious award. The Past Chairmen’s Award was given to Robert (Bob) Baylor, president of Baylor Trucking, Inc., based in Milan, IN and accepted on his behalf by his daughter, Cari Baylor, who is also the vice president of Baylor Trucking. TCA’s immediate past chairman, Robert Low, did the honors.

The better to see 

Vehicles have been generating data at a furious pace for years.  Today, the amount of data coming from the engine control module alone is mind-blowing.  “Over 30 computers generate over 2,500 messages per second,” says Ryan Barnett, director of market development for XRS.  “We have seen up to six terabytes of data per year per truck running through a test on our Relay [device].

Technology of tomorrow 

The annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) held each year in Las Vegas, NV, has become the largest event of its kind in the world, so it is no wonder that people come from all over the globe in the hopes of seeing “the next big thing.”

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