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.

Tanya Gazdik
Senior Editor, Automotive, MediaPost

Tanya Gazdik has covered marketing and advertising for 15 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
Executive Analyst, Autotrader

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

Before joining Cox Automotive, 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. She was also a reporter and editor for industry trade journal Automotive News and wrote for daily newspapers The Oakland Press in Pontiac, Mich., and the Naples Daily News in Naples, Fla.

Krebs has extensive national broadcast media experience and has frequently been a featured guest on CNN, CNBC, FOX and other network news programs. She also provided expert commentary on the auto industry in the award-winning documentary, “The Revenge of the Electric Car,” and a documentary on the auto industry meltdown called “Crash Course.”

Krebs was a juror for the North American Car and Truck of the Year. She has been an adjunct professor of journalism at Oakland University and of business at Detroit's College for Creative Studies. She’s a graduate of Syracuse University with degrees in English and magazine journalism.


Barbara Lippert
MediaPost Columnist,

MediaPost Editor-At-Large Barbara Lippert ( covers the intersection of pop culture, advertising and marketing. For many years, Lippert was the award-winning author of the Adweek Critique. She speaks at conferences and appears on TV as an expert on media trends and advertising imagery. She has critiqued automotive advertising and marketing for several decades. 

Scotty Reiss

Scotty Reiss is the 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.