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Helen Bland

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.

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Looking at Fleet with a 40-Year Perspective

A front-line participant for four decades, Helene Kamon, VP of sales for AmeriFleet, shares observations of past and future changes in the fleet industry, as well as women’s experiences in the field.

The 30 Most Important People in the Fleet Industry

To celebrate Automotive Fleet's 30th anniversary, Bobit Publishing would like to honor the top 30 individuals, both past and present, who have made significant contributions to the automotive fleet industry.

New Goals Cited by NAFA's New Leaders

A team of new players is expected to bring new energy-and reach new goals as the National Association of Fleet Administrators (NAFA) approaches its fourth decade. The changing of the guard was signaled by the retirement of Robert Berke in August.

Spring Conventions Are Cautiously Optimistic

While the automotive fleet and leasing industries seem to be enjoying good health in the midst of the resurging economy, a relapse could be in store if the federal government continues to neglect the mounting budget and trade deficits.

Helen Bland: At the Helm of Hallmark's Fleet

Helen Bland is anything but. Having served as the fleet manger for 15 of her 42 years with Hallmark Cards, she personifies the highest level of managerial professionalism. Not only has she always done her homework, but her meticulous financial analyses have enabled her to win the ears of management and the respect of her co-workers.

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