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MPG presents the second installment of “Media in the News” featuring John Krafcik of TrueCar, Inc. at March luncheon

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Eric Noble returns to interview John Krafcik, President of TrueCar, Inc. / photo by Myles Regan, Regan Digital Images

16383113343_c44b871379_mMarch 11, 2015 — MPG held the 2nd installment of the “Media in the News” series at the Long Beach Marriott last month, this time featuring the well-known former Hyundai Motor America CEO and current President of TrueCar, Inc.: John Krafcik. Krafcik shared candid insights on TrueCar’s business model and statistics on both the automotive consumer market and TrueCar’s rapidly increasing presence in the consumer landscape. Interviewed by Eric Noble, MPG member and President of the automotive consulting firm, The CarLab, the discussion was an engaging and intimate one.

A first for MPG, this time MPG members Mark Perleberg and DiAnne Spain of TakeTwoTV were on-site to provide a live streaming webcast of the exclusive interview. As one of the goals of the “Media in the News” series was to break insider industry-specific content to the web, MPG was thrilled to make our live streaming goal a reality at this event. We extend sincere thanks to Mark and DiAnne for the service. We would love to get feedback from our members that watched if the experience was valuable to you and how we could improve. We’d also like to know if our members are interested more live feeds of our events in the future. Please take a moment to answer this one question member poll:

Would you tune in to a live-streaming MPG event in the future?

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(Click here to vote “yes” or “no” if this does not show up in your browser)

We hope you enjoyed the second installment of “Media in the News,” whether you joined us in Long Beach or caught our live webcast. For more photos of the event, check out the album, courtesy of Regan Digital Images.[/vc_column_text][vc_separator type=”normal” position=”center” thickness=”2″ width_in_percentages=”” up=”40″ down=”40″][vc_column_text]

MEDIA GUIDE COVER CONTEST

Voting is now open for the 2015/2016 Media Guide Cover Photo Contest

mediaguideThank you to all the members/photojournalists who kindly contributed to this year’s MPG Media Guide cover photo contest. The Board of Directors has narrowed the submissions down to three selections this year and we need your votes to decide the winner. Please vote on your favorite by April 16th and help us choose the photo that will grace this year’s Media Guide & Membership Roster cover.

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UPCOMING MPG EVENTS

April MPG Luncheon: Toyota Mirai Presentation at The Proud Bird

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MPG is proud to announce that there will be a presentation on Toyota’s go to market strategy and walk-around for the Mirai fuel cell vehicle by Mark Oldenburg, National Fleet Marketing, Mobility and Strategic Planning Manager for Toyota Motor Sales USA.

Back by popular demand, we will be doing a LIVE FEED of our Toyota Mirai presentation on 4/14 at The Proud Bird. If you’re out of town or too far to make it, please join us by tuning in here: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/take-two-tv-productions

NOTE: This link is to be used for the live feed only and will not show content until 12 noon PST on 4/14.

Where:

The Proud Bird
11022 Aviation Blvd.
Los Angeles 90045 (click here for directions)

When:

Tuesday, April 14, 2015
11:30 social // 12:00 lunch

Price:

Members: $25 // Guests: $30


Save the Date: Droptops & Dirt 2015

droptops-and-dirt-2015MPG Droptops & Dirt will return for its second year on Wednesday, May 27th at Calamigos Ranch in Malibu. Combining competitive comparisons on challenging roads and trails in off-road vehicles as well as drives through scenic, twisty canyon roads on the road in convertibles, the day will feature lots of driving with excellent photo locations and a tasty lunch.

This event is open to all current MPG members, however only Journalist and Analyst members may drive. All other active members, photographers and guests may ride along and, of course, enjoy a great lunch. We hope to see you in Malibu.

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YOU’RE INVITED

Art Center College of Design Grad Show for Industry Professionals

fall_grad_show_previewArt Center cordially invites you to attend the graduation show for the Art Center Class of 2015 on Thursday, April 16. This is an amazing opportunity to meet young artists and designers. Complimentary valet parking and shuttle between the campuses available. RSVP required by April 12th (Click here for event info and to RSVP on Eventbrite).[/vc_column_text][vc_separator type=”normal” position=”center” thickness=”2″ width_in_percentages=”” up=”40″ down=”40″][vc_column_text]

A MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT

boardmember-JasonFogelsonI don’t have to tell you that it’s spring – as I sit out in my North Hollywood back yard writing this letter, the temperature is 85 degrees. Southern California is not without its charms.

Thanks to everyone who made it out to the Long Beach Marriott this month for our Media in the News Luncheon with TrueCar’s John Krafcik being interviewed by member Eric Noble. We had great attendance, augmented by a good number of viewers at home via a live video feed, thanks to Mark Perleberg and Take Two TV. We’re going to continue to experiment with the live feed, and hopefully add downloadable recordings of our luncheon events in the near future – maybe as soon as our next luncheon.

Speaking of which, we’re all looking forward to our next luncheon, back at the Proud Bird this time, when Toyota is going to discuss their hydrogen fuel cell program with us. They’re even bringing a Mirai out for us to walk around and explore with a product specialist. Thanks to former MPG Board Member Mike Antich for facilitating this event.

An update on the progress of our new website: Our vendor has commenced work on the eight-week project, and if everything goes according to schedule, we’ll be into live testing before summer time kicks in. This is a total redesign, down to the very bones of the system, hosting and software. We’re aware that there have been some glitches with correspondence and notifications from the old system. This overhaul should take care of all that. It won’t all be smooth roads ahead, but we’re very optimistic. We’re committed to a site that is mobile-friendly across platforms, so you’ll be able to access information on MotorPressGuild.org from all of your devices.

Our next big driving event is on the horizon, and that’s Droptops and Dirt. We’ve set a date at Calamigos Ranch in Malibu: Wednesday, May 27. Mark your calendars. More information to follow.

Finally, a call to action.

In an effort to raise MPG’s visibility, I’d like to ask each member who uses a signature in their email correspondence to add a line that says “Member, Motor Press Guild” with a clickable link to https://www.motorpressguild.org. If you’re feeling really proud of your status as a member, you can even download this clickable MPG logo and add it to your automatic signature:

mpg-sigRight-click the logo to save to your computer.
If you need help on adding an image to your email signature, click here for a helpful article. (Substitute the MPG logo for the social media icon when mentioned and use www.motorpressguild.org for the link.)

If we all do this, we’ll be raising awareness of MPG in a subtle fashion – which will be good for the organization, and good for each member in return.

That’s it for this month. Drive safely, and I’ll see you at the Proud Bird.

Best,
— Jason Fogelson
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NEW MEMBERS

Journalist

  • Suzanne Denbow — Autobytel

Public Relations

  • David Gordon — Hill+Knowlton Strategies
  • Carley Hummel — Mazda North American Operations
  • Carly Schaffner — TrueCar, Inc.

Affliliate

  • James McKeone — No Braking
  • Ben Miller — Puget Sound Business Journal
  • Joe Sebergandio — Rev’n TV
  • Greg Tainatongo — Event Solutions International

ALL MEMBERS: Note that you alone are responsible for managing your profile and contact info in MPG’s database. Log-in to your account at www.motorpressguild.org: Find the “Profile” tab and then click on “Edit.” Make sure to click the “Save” button (bottom left) when you’re done. This is the data published in MPG’s annual Media Guide/Membership Roster and you are the only one that checks its accuracy.[/vc_column_text][vc_separator type=”normal” position=”center” thickness=”2″ width_in_percentages=”” up=”40″ down=”40″][vc_column_text]

CONTRIBUTE TO YOUR MilePost

Any member is welcome to submit items to this monthly newsletter that are of specific interest to fellow members:

  • Member Chronicle stories
  • Letters to the Editor
  • Job Openings

Acceptance and revision are at the discretion of the Editor. MilePost does not publish general industry PR or paid ads. Member Chronicle stories can be adventures you’ve had, special talents you possess, what you drive, your first car, a car you crashed, one you lived in, epic (or not so epic) drives, etc. In other words, think freely and keep things in good taste. Shoot for 400-800 words and include some images if you have them.

Deadline is seven days before the end of the month. Send both words and pictures (small JPEGs, please) to: milepost@motorpressguild.org

NOTE: Members who wish to publicize non-MPG events or announcements may do so themselves on our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/motorpressguild. And be sure to “like” our page while you’re there.

Motor Press Guild, P.O. Box 4215, Redondo Beach CA 90277 • 323-374-3674[/vc_column_text][vc_separator type=”normal” position=”center” thickness=”2″ width_in_percentages=”” up=”40″ down=”40″][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/4″ css=”.vc_custom_1431038828070{padding-left: 20px !important;}”][vc_column_text el_class=”milepost-sidebar” css=”.vc_custom_1434772439180{padding-top: 10px !important;padding-right: 10px !important;padding-bottom: 10px !important;padding-left: 10px !important;}”]MilePost is the monthly online newsletter of the Motor Press Guild

CONTENTS

Media in the News with John Krafcik
Media Guide Photo Cover Contest
Upcoming MPG Events
You’re Invited
President’s Message
— Jason Fogelson
New Members
Contribute to MilePost

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Jason Fogelson, President
Michael Harley, Vice President
Darryll Harrison, Treasurer
Chris Woodyard, Secretary
Shad Balch
Russell Datz
Aaron Gold
Joni Gray
Deb Pollack
Brandy Schaffels
Doug Stokes

MPG STAFF

MPG Business Operations Manager
Pete Evanow

MPG Web/Communications Manager
Carrie Kim

Media Guide Manager
Pete Evanow

ABOUT MPG

The Motor Press Guild is the largest automotive media association in North America. This exclusive, non-profit organization is dedicated to upholding the highest ideals in automotive journalism and promoting education and information exchange within the motoring press. Members include print journalists, photographers, broadcasters and new media professionals, as well as public-relations representatives, consumer groups, and governmental bodies tied to the automotive industry. Student memberships are available as well.For more information, please visit www.motorpressguild.org.

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