Heavy Duty Trucking

JUL 2014

The Fleet Business Authority

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22 HDT • JULY 2014 www.truckinginfo.com Trucking's Most Respected Business Report Ed Bobit, Founder of Bobit Business Media, Passes Away at 86 E d Bobit, founder and chairman of Bobit Business Media, and publisher of HDT and its sister publi- cation Automotive Fleet, as well as many other media brands, passed away on June 29 at the age of 86. Last summer, Bobit underwent heart valve-replacement surgery and had been working primarily from home. He died peacefully in his sleep. Bobit founded Bobit Publishing in 1961 after fail- ing to convince his then-employer McGraw-Hill on the idea of an automotive light-duty fleet publication that would evolve into Automotive Fleet. Currently, Bobit Business Media publishes 19 magazines and has developed 12 conferences and expositions, along with 40 websites and 29 eNewsletters that meet specific market needs. The company's fleet brand remains robust, and was further solidified by Bobit and his son Ty, who took on the mantle of CEO in 2007, with the purchase of HDT magazine in 2012. The company's fleet publications cover the full gamut of the market from sedan and light- duty fleets in Automotive Fleet and executive fleets and fleet operations in Fleet Finanicals all the way to heavy- duty, over-the-road fleets in HDT. Bobit was recognized for his commitment and long service to the fleet industry when he was inducted into the Fleet Hall of Fame in 2009. He was also inducted into the National Association for Pupil Transportation Hall of Fame. He was the recipient of the Samuel J. Lee Award from the National Vehicle Leasing Association and the International Automotive Remarketers Alliance Circle of Excellence award. In addition to his son, Ty, Bobit's eldest grandson, Blake, is also a member of the company's leadership team. He is survived by his five children: Ty Bobit, Bev- erly Jacobson, Beth Edwards and Bobi Jo Banas, and Barbara Jusseaume, 14 grandchildren, and one great- grandchild. The Premier Industry Event for Technology and Services Act now to secure the best possible exhibit space and lock in prime exposure for your company at the 2015 San Francisco ATD Expo. Build and expand your brand recognition at the Industry's largest marketplace. Win new customers and collect high quality leads. Get unparalleled access to thousands of industry leaders and qualifed buyers. Launch and promote new products and services. ATD at NADA CONVENTION & EXPO 2015 SAN FRANCISCO EXPO DATES: JANUARY 23-25 Ready to Exhibit? Visit atdconvention.org or call us at 703.821.7141 hotline Circle 239 on Reader Action Card

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