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New MPG Board Officials Elected

newofficersPlans for MPG in 2015 are well underway and the new year has officially begun with the election of our new Board of Directors officials. Congratulations to Jason Fogelson, our 2015 MPG President! Congratulations are also due to Michael Harley, our new Vice President and Chris Woodyard, our new Secretary. Commendations to Darryll Harrison for staying on another year as our Treasurer.

Pictured on right: Top, left – Jason Fogelson, President and right, Michael Harley, Vice President. Bottom, left – Chris Woodyard, Secretary and right, Darryll Harrison, Treasurer

Please welcome new Board members Aaron Gold and Russell Datz, beginning their three-year terms this month. Joni Gray returns for another three-year term on the Board, following her service as President in 2014.

Thanks to Jeff Glucker and Brendan Flynn, who have departed the Board with the expiration of their terms. Jeff’s service as Secretary and Brendan’s work as the Chair of our Events/Speakers Committee enriched the MPG and will be missed.

This month, the Media Guide Cover Contest begins (see below). Soon we’ll announce our roster of 2015 events. We have some great ideas in the works and can’t wait to share them with you.

Interested in participating in one of MPG’s committees?
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Motor Press Guild Town Hall Meeting 2015

townhallWe’re going to have a Motor Press Guild Town Hall Meeting in our regular monthly luncheon slot this month, and we hope you can attend.

Your new President, Jason Fogelson, will tell you about the “State of the MPG,” and the Board of Directors and committee heads will give brief presentations. We’ll sum up 2014 and share our goals and visions for 2015 and beyond. You’ll hear about MPG’s financial status and about our prospects for the year. We’ll talk about our calendar of events for 2015.

And, most importantly, the Board will listen. We want to hear your thoughts and suggestions for ways that MPG can serve you better. What worked for you last year, and what could be better? If you have suggestions for improvements in MPG’s programming and operation, please be prepared to share them.

We’ll conduct this meeting in a fairly informal way, but we will insist that discussion is respectful and organized. We’ll have a microphone available for members to use, and we’ll do our best to give everyone the time and attention that they deserve. You can help by being prepared, and by asking questions that are of interest to the whole group.

After the Town Hall concludes, we hope that you’ll want to get more involved in MPG’s activities. So, committee heads and Board members will have sign-up sheets on hand, and you can register your willingness to help. Maybe you want to serve on a committee, volunteer at an event, or contribute content to MilePost. We’ll make sure that you have the opportunity to make your voice heard.

The 2015 Motor Press Guild Town Hall Meeting will take place at the Proud Bird Restaurant, near LAX – our old stomping grounds – proving that MPG moves into the future without abandoning its past.

We’re looking forward to a positive, productive meeting that helps to propel our organization into 2015. Hope that all of you can attend.

Event Details

What: Motor Press Guild Town Hall Meeting 2015
Where: The Proud Bird 11022 Aviation Blvd. • Los Angeles 90045
When: Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Social @ 11:30 am / Luncheon @ Noon
Price: Members: $25.00 / Non-Members: $30.00
Open seating (no reservations)

A note on the price for attending this luncheon:  This event is being produced without sponsorship, and your admission fee goes directly to the price of the buffet, service charges and audio rental fees. The Proud Bird doesn’t charge us a fee for the use of the room – they only require a guaranteed minimum headcount.[/vc_column_text][vc_separator type=”normal” position=”center” thickness=”2″ width_in_percentages=”” up=”40″ down=”40″][vc_column_text]

2015/2016 Media Guide Cover Photo Contest

Submit your best photo now for the 2015-2016 Motor Press Guild photo cover contest. The winning photo will appear on the front of our 2015-2016 Membership Roster & Media Guide, which is sent out to all 800+ MPG members and advertisers.

Contest guidelines:

  • All photos must be automotive-related in content, though it shouldn’t feature a specific model as in a profile shot.  (Should be a cropped shot showing a portion of the vehicle or some sort of automotive interpretation)
  • Submitted images appear in vertical format (portrait orientation) as a JPEG, TIFF or PSD file.
  • Maximum of two entries per photographer.
  • Please send us low-resolution images only. If we select your image for the cover, we’ll ask you for the high-resolution file.
  • Entries MUST be received by February 20, 2015.

    Email your submissions to: cover@motorpressguild.org.

The MPG board members will select the top three images of those submitted and then ask our membership to vote and select the winning photo.

 All entrants will receive notification of the winning photo before the announcement is posted on the Motor Press Guild website.

We look forward to receiving your best work for our cover.

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iamc_logo_vectorCall for entries: 24th International Automotive Media Competition (IAMC)

Entries are now open for the 24th International Automotive Media Competition (IAMC). All work produced for publication and distribution during calendar-year 2014 is eligible for entry. Whether created for press or public relations purposes, in print, online, video, radio/podcast, books, newspapers, calendars, photos, design, or graphics, virtually everything except advertising is eligible.

To enter:

Click for the entry form: https://automediaregistry.org/awards/iamc-entry-form/

Click for the entry rules:   https://automediaregistry.org/awards/iamc-entry-rules/

Entry deadline: April 15th, 2015

Entry fee: $65.00 per entry

Questions? Please contact Louise Noeth, IAMC Chief Judge, at tech@landspeedproductions.biz. Full details regarding entry submissions are included in the rules.

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Greetings, MPG Members and Friends of MPG:

This week, the Board of Directors selected me as your new President.

I’m taking over from Joni Gray, who will remain on the Board as an active, valued contributor. That means that there will be two former presidents on the MPG Board this year, as Aaron Gold rejoins us following his reelection to the Board after a year’s absence (and recovery time). With this kind of leadership, along with a very strong, committed Board of Directors, I expect 2015 to be a banner year for the Motor Press Guild.

Joni’s tenure as President saw some big changes in the organization, as we worked toward meeting your needs better than before. We stepped away from the long-time home of our monthly luncheon, the Proud Bird, and produced a bit of a traveling feast in multiple venues and new formats. We expanded the off-road event, Trail Day, into an event that combined off-roading with on-road convertibles, Drop Tops and Dirt. We revamped MPG Track Days, instituting a day’s worth of panel discussions and comparos in addition to the track drives at Willow Springs. The Dean Batchelor Awards Ceremony took place in a totally new venue, the Carroll Shelby Museum, and encompassed new award categories to respond to the changing media landscape. Add to that a series of changes on our staff, and it all added up to a wild ride, with Joni astride the bucking bronco and holding on until the bell. Well, the bell has rung, and now it’s my turn – and I’m hoping that Joni has taught that bronco some manners, so that my ride will be a little less bumpy. Thanks, Joni, for all of the hard work you’ve done – and the important contributions that I know are still in your future.


We have two paid staff members at MPG now (the rest of us are volunteers).

Carrie Kim continues to serve as our Web/Communications Manager and the Editor of MilePost. 2015 is going to be a big one on this front, as we are committed to creating a new website for the organization. Our current site has not proved up to the challenge of changing with the times, and it’s got to go. Please be patient with us as we work to make this transition as quickly and smoothly as possible.

Pete Evanow joins us this year as our Business Operations Manager. Pete has been a member of MPG for years, and has been the producer of our Media Guide for the past two issues. He’s a Professor in the College of Communications at California State University Fullerton, and has been a Marketing professional for decades. We’re all very happy to have Pete onboard with even more responsibilities than before.

Pete and Carrie are here to help you. We’re still sorting out the duties a bit, but in general – if you have a question about your membership status, contact membership@motorpressguild.org, and in all likelihood, it’ll be Carrie who responds. If you have a question about the Media Guide, shoot a missive off to media.guide@motorpressguild.org. Want to reach Pete directly? Contact him at pevanow@motorpressguild.org. Carrie’s always available at carriekim@motorpressguild.org.

I want to hear from you, too. I want to hear your ideas, your complaints, your suggestions, your rants. I want to hear your praise, too – I’ll do what I can to earn that. You can contact me at jason@motorpressguild.org.

Now buckle your safety belts and tighten your helmet straps. We’re in for a safe but exciting ride ahead.


— Jason Fogelson
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  • Afshin Behnia, Petrolicious
  • Sean Cridland, Visions of Power
  • Dustin Troyan, Driven World Magazine


  • Stacey Doyle, TrueCar

Public Relations

  • Rita Collins, Pacific Communications Group
  • Nina Marie Costa, Coyne Public Relations
  • Chris Lawyer, National Hot Rod Association
  • James Nichols, Volvo Cars of North America
  • Eric Pylvanainen, Pacific Communications Group
  • Jacqueline Sahlin, Pacific Communications Group
  • Shane Smith, Pacific Communications Group
  • Lisa Tomita, Pacific Communications Group
  • Anthony Vestal, National Hot Rod Association
  • Joe Wiggins, Coyne Public Relations


  • Christina Shadle – Soical Media Manager, TrueCar

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]


MPG Board Member Deb Pollack receives Spirit of Leadership Award from Women’s Automotive Association International

Deb PollackDeb Pollack, a senior strategic consultant with Luxury Automotive Marketing & PR and a member of the Motor Press Guild’s Board of Directors, received the prestigious 2015 “Spirit of Leadership Award” presented annually by the Women’s Automotive Association International. The award, established in 1999, recognizes professional women in the automotive industry for their outstanding leadership achievements, community involvement, and contributions to the growth and progress of the automotive industry.

For more than two decades, Ms. Pollack has provided executive level global communications and partnership marketing expertise within the luxury and automotive arenas, as well as on behalf of Fortune 500 clientele. Her role as brand builder has been offered on the international agency, corporate and consulting fronts, while growing worldwide and domestic presence for the marques she has represented including Ferrari, Maserati, Fiat, SSC (Shelby Supercars), Singer Vehicle Design, Katzkin Leather Inc., BMW Group Financial Services, and Australian-based Carbon Revolution — as well as worldwide PR/marketing agencies and automotive Concours and club events throughout the nation.

As a Board member for the Danville d’Elegance Foundation since 2008 (a weekend of automotive charity events that benefit Parkinson’s research and patient care) her car industry career has come full circle, helping to grow an extraordinary community event that now draws a national audience and proudly boasts stature as one of the top Team Fox donor organizations nationwide in support of the Michael J. Fox Foundation.[/vc_column_text][vc_separator type=”normal” position=”center” thickness=”2″ width_in_percentages=”” up=”40″ down=”40″][vc_column_text]


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_1437595934610{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


New MPG Board Officials Elected
MPG Town Hall Meeting
Media Guide Photo Cover Contest
President’s Message Jason Fogelson
New Members
Member Chronicles
Contribute to MilePost


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 Business Operations Manager
Pete Evanow

MPG Web/Communications Manager
Carrie Kim

Media Guide Manager
Pete Evanow


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.

Motor Press Guild
P.O. Box 4883
Orange, CA 92863[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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