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 Brite
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.
Lauren Fix
Automotive Analyst, Car Coach Reports

Fix is an automotive analyst with marketing and engineering experience. Her background includes a wide range of global automotive topics for both the auto industry and consumers. She has over 30 years of automotive experience from all aspects of the industry, has extensive broadcast experience and has authored three best-selling books. Fix has been fixing, restoring and racing cars since age 10.  

Fix is the founder and editor-in-chief of Car Coach Reports. She serves as president, board member and juror for the esteemed North American Car & Truck of the Year Awards.  She was inducted into the National Women and Transportation Hall of Fame in 2009.

Tanya Gazdik
Senior Editor, Automotive, MediaPost
Gazdik has covered marketing and advertising since 1995 for MediaPost and Adweek. She previously worked at The (Toledo) Blade, Ward's AutoWorld and The Associated Press. 
She holds both a BA and a JD from Michigan State University. She is a member of the National Press Club, a regional captain for the Journalism and Women Symposium (JAWS) and on the board of directors for The State News, MSU's independent voice.
A Detroit native, Gazdik grew up in a family where everyone worked for one automaker or another. Her dad taught her how to drive and take care of a car at age 14. She loves driving a stick shift transmission (save the manuals!)
Rebecca Lindland

Lindland is the creator of, a new vehicle review website dedicated to putting the right car into the right hands in 200 words or less. Incorporating her 20 years of experience in the industry, Lindland provides readers with a concise feel for each vehicle she encounters.

Prior to launching, Lindland served as the executive analyst for Kelley Blue Book for three years, where she oversaw the development and delivery of consultative, actionable and differentiated insights for automakers and advertising agency clients. 

Previously, Lindland spent 13 years with IHS Automotive as director of research, leading a diverse team of 10 analysts forecasting sales and production of the light vehicle market in the Americas.

Lindland is a frequent conference speaker and often interviewed by top media outlets including the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg News, National Public Radio, CNN, CNBC, and Fox Business News. She also served on two National Academies of Sciences committees, “Overcoming Barriers to Electric Vehicle Deployment,” and “Cost, Effectiveness, and Deployment of Fuel Economy Technologies for Light Duty Vehicles.”

Noah Mallin
Head of Content and Experience, Wavemaker

Mallin is Wavemaker’s Head of Content and Experience for Wavemaker, part of WPP’s Group M set of media agencies. Wavemaker’s clients include industry leaders such as Aston Martin, Formula 1 racing, Ikea, L’Oreal and Paramount Pictures. Mallin’s team uses insights and data to create rich experiences on behalf of brands throughout the consumer purchase journey, winning awards ranging from Cannes Lions to OMMA to Internationalist.

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.