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Christy Coyte

A History of Women in Fleet

The automotive fleet industry was no different than many others in terms of maintaining a "glass ceiling" for women, and the automotive industry has always been a male-dominated business. But we do have our female pioneers, from Helen Bland, who began her career as Hallmark's fleet manager in 1942 (and who ultimately was a founding inductee in the AF Hall of Fame) to Helene Kamon, the first female president of AFLA. In a 1970 article in Automotive Fleet on women in fleet, we asked each one their opinion of the "women's lib movement," but today we're only concerned about what a female fleet manager might think about the daily business of managing a vehicle fleet. We hope you'll enjoy this look at some very important women to whom the entire industry -- both men and women -- owe a great debt.

AF Fleet Manager Award Finalists Narrow to 3

Of 11 nominees, three have been selected as finalists. This year’s Professional Fleet Manager of the Year will be announced April 26 at NAFA’s 2009 Institute & Expo in New Orleans.

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