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.  

Articles by Wendy Leavitt
ORBCOMM unveils solar-powered tracking device 1

ORLANDO, FL. ORBCOMM, Inc. announced the commercial launch of its GT 1100 solar-powered trailer tracking solution at the American Trucking Associations’ Management Conference & Exhibition here this week.

Telogis introduces Navigation 5

ORLANDO, FL.Telogis unveiled the company’s newest version of its navigation system at the American Trucking Associations’ annual Management Conference & Exhibition here this week. Telogis Navigation 5 (also sold through partners as (“NaviGo powered by Telogis”) will be available this fall as an extension of Telogis’ location intelligence platform.

The all-new, Cloud-based Telogis Navigation 5 features:

Graves blasts Tea Party/Congress at ATA conference  1

ORLANDO, FL. American Trucking Associationpresident and CEO, Bill Graves, did not pull his punches at the podium yesterday during his State of the Industry address. Instead, he pounded members of Congress, especially the Tea Party Republicans, for “intellectual amnesia” and doing harm to the industry and to the country as a whole.

U.S. Bank launches new online gateway to bank services for carriers  1

ORLANDO, FL. U.S. Bank chose the American Trucking Associations’ annual Management Conference & Exhibition here in Orlando to officially introduce its new online landing page, which was developed to function as a gateway to all U.S. Bank integrated services for carriers-- from freight payment and equipment financing to the Over the Road card solutions.

Semi-trailers to become more aerodynamic automatically at 35 mph  1

ORLANDO, FL. Trailer aerodynamics moved from passive to active systems with the introduction of an automatically deploying version of the TrailerTail from ATDynamics.The company announced the launch of its new AutoDeploy TrailerTail system along with an AutoAware system yesterday at the annual American Trucking Associations Management Conference & Exhibition here in Orlando.

Michelin rolls out ONCall 2.0 comprehensive breakdown service 1

ORLANDO, FL. Michelin Americas Truck Tireshosted a press conference this morning at the annual American Trucking AssociationsManagement Conference & Exhibition here in Orlando, FL to announce the launch of an expanded version of its ONCall emergency road service (ERS). Version 2.0, which will be available starting in January of 2014, adds mechanical and towing services to its current tire service offering.

Fleets get new view of risky driving behavior  1

ORLANDO, FL. SmartDrive Systems announced the addition of active safety system data elements to its SmartDrive Safety program at the American Trucking Assns.’ Annual Management Conference & Exhibition here yesterday. The system now provides fleets with a single view of high-risk incidents that includes play-by-play observations, before- and after-event video, data from active safety systems, engine and vehicle data, plus vehicle location and G-force.

Tightening up on fuel 

There’s nothing like a financial scam to send a shiver down the spines of those who were not victims themselves, but suddenly sense vulnerability unnoticed before.  “It could have been us.  It could have been us,” sound the silent alarms.

The well-publicized case against a major fuel provider earlier this year accused of cheating customers on their fuel purchases was just such a wake-up call.  It caused many fleets to determine it was high time to assume tighter control over their own fuel purchasing, but where to begin?

Fracking and flooding may be toxic combination for Colorado  1

Just when it looked like things might be improving for flood-ravaged Colorado, Accuweather is reporting that the state may now be facing another catastrophe, water contamination caused by flood water flowing into and over the thousands of natural gas and oil wells and drilling sites that pepper the northeastern Colorado landscape. At least 1,000 wells have already been reported as flooded, according to several sources. Water treatment and sewage sites have also been deluged.

New Omnitracs/McLeod offering aids HOS compliance 

SCOTTSDALE, AZ. Fleets utilizing McLeod Software’s LoadMaster and the Mobile Computing Platform (MCP) from Omnitracs, Inc., will now have increased visibility into Omnitracs’ hours of service (HOS) and driver workflow applications, according to a joint announcement made in Scottsdale, AZ at the McLeod Users’ Conference today.

McLeod releasing new versions of flagship products 

SCOTTSDALE, AZ. Among the many things McLeod Software has to celebrate at its annual User Conference in Scottsdale, AZ, this week is a growth rate that is on track to double the more than 20% compounded annual growth rate the company achieved in 2012, 2011 and 2010. “Our customers are investing in new systems and upgrades to their existing systems at an unprecedented rate,” the company noted in a published progress report.

What's that truck worth? 


“What’s it worth?” is a question often asked. And when it comes to your trucks and trailers, the answer carries serious implications. Vehicles are the primary asset of almost all fleets, and their values weigh heavily on a fleet’s ability to conduct basic business functions like acquir­ing new equipment, obtaining operating credit lines, paying taxes, and even passing on ownership. Getting it right re­quires—and deserves—careful attention.

Mobile revolution hits trucking 1
“The trucking world is going through a mobile revolution, whether they planned it or not.” Jay Coughlan, XRS chairman and CEO
UShip launches spot market for LTL carriers

UShip, well known for its “starring role” in the popular A&E series, Shipping Wars, has launched a new service specifically for LTL carriers. The LTL spot-rate market is designed to give carriers the opportunity to publish real-time rates for shippers that are posting freight on the uShip marketplace.

Questions answered about new natural gas/diesel glider

Fleet owners and independent drivers who have wanted to give natural gas trucks a try but found the price of entry a little too steep have a new option to consider: a glider kit that comes with a natural gas conversion package for older engines.

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