The Marketing Automotive Awards honor agencies and advertisers who are excelling in today's myriad forms of communication and rewriting the handbook on automotive marketing.


Ian Beavis
Chief Strategy Officer, AMCI Global

Ian Beavis is Chief Strategy Officer for AMCI Global based in Los Angeles. AMCI is a leading global agency that transforms the way people perceive and interact with automotive brands. Beavis possesses over 30 years of automotive experience including Marketing, Product Planning, Research, Public Relations and Executive Management roles with both OEMs and Agencies. In his various roles, he has worked on or with virtually every automotive brand somewhere across the globe. Beavis is an Australian native who has lived outside Australia since 1993.

Elgie Bright
Automotive Marketing and Management Department Chair, Northwood University
Bright has worked in sales and service marketing at the retail, OEM and aftermarket level. He began his retail career in fixed operations at Art Moran Pontiac-GMC dealership, which he managed for 10 years. Bright has spent almost 20 years as a field sales and service consultant with General Motors. Bright holds a business degree from Adrian College and an MBA from Northwood University. He is the father of three adult daughters and lives in Flushing, Michigan with his wife, and a hyper Jack Russell Terrier. In his free time, Bright likes jazz, blues, and waiting for the Detroit Lions to win the Super Bowl.
Larissa Faw
Reporter, MediaPost Agency Daily
Reporter, MediaPost Agency DailyLarissa Faw covers all things advertising for Mediapost's MAD which means she views nearly every ad campaign introduced over the past year. She tackles both digital and traditional media executions, as well as industry analysis and trend reports. She also writes for several other publications, including Forbes, and serves as an industry speaker and moderator around issues relating to Millennial women. Although she failed her first driver's test -- it was rigged! -- she overcame that setback to love hitting the road.
Tanya Gazdik
Senior Editor, Automotive, MediaPost
Tanya Gazdik has covered marketing and advertising for 16 years for MediaPost and Adweek. She previously worked at The Toledo Blade, Ward's AutoWorld and The Associated Press. She holds a JD specializing in animal law. She lives in Detroit and never gets tired of visiting automotive manufacturing plants for events. 
Michelle Krebs
Senior Analyst, Autotrader

Michelle Krebs is a Detroit-based senior analyst for Autotrader and an award-winning automotive writer with nearly 35 years of experience covering and observing the global auto industry. She serves as president of the Society of Automotive Analysts and is a board member and past president of the Automotive Press Association.

Before joining Autotrader, Krebs was a senior auto analyst and editor for Previously, she ran a successful editorial services business where she was the first female car reviewer for The New York Times and the first woman to participate in the selection of Motor Trend’s Car/Truck of the Year. 

Noah Mallin
Head of Experience, Content and Sponsorship, North America, Wavemaker

Noah Mallin is Wavemaker’s Head of Experience, Content and Sponsorship for all North American clients, including L’Oreal, Marriott, Campbell’s and Ikea. Leading a robust team dedicated to real-time social tactics and strategy across owned earned and paid, and utilizing new technologies and practices, Noah leverages his innovative mindset and passion to ensure that all experiences are seamlessly integrated across clients’ strategies.

In addition, Noah is part of the leadership team that launched Wavemaker’s offering of building on a data –driven audience approach to reaching today’s consumers through compelling storytelling and non-traditional discovery.

Luis Miguel Messianu
Creative Chairman, CEO, Alma

Luis Miguel Messianu has played a respectable and influential role in the most important developments in the U.S. Hispanic market during an advertising career that spans three decades. Born to Romanian parents and raised in Mexico City, he has worked in both the Latin American and U.S. Hispanic markets. His professional trajectory is defined by a conscious effort to help pioneer the melding of marketing niches into a nuanced and evolving total market. Twenty years ago, when advertising to U.S. Hispanics was an afterthought in a business plan, Luis Miguel had the foresight to target this vast and untapped market. In 1994 he started his own Hispanic agency, winning soon after the McDonald’s and State Farm Insurance accounts. Twenty years and numerous award-winning campaigns later, both clients still trust their multicultural strategy to Luis Miguel’s creative shop, now called Alma.






Scotty Reiss
Founder, A Girl's Guide To Cars
Scotty Reiss is the Founder of A Girl's Guide To Cars and co-founder of SheBuysCars. Reiss also has written for The New York Times, Town & Country, Entrepreneur, Adweek, and TravelingMom, among others, and co-authored "Stew Leonard, My Story," a biography of the founder of the iconic grocery company Stew Leonard’s. Her love of cars started when her father insisted she learn to change the oil in her MG Midget, but now it mostly plays out in the many road trips taken with her family.
Gary Topolewski
Communication Developer, Estota

Based in Los Angeles, Gary helps brands create meaningful conversations with their constituents by leveraging experiential and native marketing as well as content creation. He has been the Chief Creative Officer at global agencies such as Leo Burnett, BBDO, and TBWA/Chiat/Day over the last 20 years working on brands such as Cadillac, Jeep, and Apple.  Gary has won numerous advertising awards including the Grand Prix at Cannes for a Jeep commercial featuring a Jeep burrowing under the snow.