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In 1963, Ed (center) accepts a plaque from Howard Pyle, president of the National Safety Council. The award is given to a publication for outstanding coverage in the field of safety.  Looking on is Roy Wiley, AF's executive editor.

The Many Faces of Ed Bobit

Founder of Bobit Business Media (originally called Bobit Publishing) and Automotive Fleet Magazine, Ed Bobit has been a leader in fleet for 50 years, since the company's humble beginnings in Illinois in 1961. Through the years, Ed has always maintained a personal presence in the fleet industry and in the pages of Automotive Fleet. Here are some photos and quips from the master himself.

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Public Sector Environmental Leadership Award winners attending the Green Fleet Conference were: (l-r, front) Chris Wiley, City of Seattle; Sherry Lewis, University of California, Los Angeles; Renee Jordan, University of Michigan; Paul Condran; City of Culver City, Calif.; and (l-r, back) James Tillman, City of Houston, on behalf of Houston Mayor Bill White; David Roussel, Orange County, Fla.; Ariella Maron, New York City; Mike O’Donnell, City of Milwaukee, on behalf of Venu Gupta; Michael Picardi, City of Chicago; and Gerald Smith, City of Kansas City, Mo., on behalf of Samuel Swearngin.

2009 Green Fleet Conference

More than 350 fleet industry professionals attended the Green Fleet Conference, which offered solutions and resources to help fleet managers continue environmental initiatives in budget-challenged times, according to organizers.

Environmental initiatives "make economic sense," Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley told a crowded audience at the conference, held Oct. 19-20 at the Hyatt Regency Chicago. 

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