Jim Merle has been with Babcox Media since 1993 and currently serves as publisher of Brake & Front End, ImportCar, Shop Owner, Tomorrow’s Tech and Underhood Service. Prior to joining Babcox, Jim worked for the Akron Beacon Journal, formerly a Knight-Ridder publication. Jim has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a major in Marketing/Advertising from the University of Akron.
Group Publisher – Tech Group
Frank is a graduate of Bowling Green State University, earning his Bachelor of Arts degree in Advertising Sales and Broadcast Journalism. Frank comes to Babcox Media from Marketplace Events, where he served as President of Marketing Solutions. Prior to that role, he worked at Great Lakes Publishing, where he served as Publisher, Cleveland Magazine.
Associate Group Publisher
Mike joined Babcox in June, 2016. Prior to Babcox, Maleski served as Vice President, Sales & Marketing for The Plain Dealer and its news and information website, Cleveland.com. Prior to The Plain Dealer, Maleski served as Vice President, Digital Sales, Marketing & Operations for the Cleveland Cavaliers. While with the Cavs, Mike directed the effort to commercialize the organization’s web properties, social, mobile and email platforms.
Andrew Markel is the editor for Brake & Front End and has been on the staff at Babcox Media since April 2000. He is a former technician, service writer and service manager with experience at independent shops and dealerships. Andrew is also an ASE certified automotive technician. Andrew has spoken at industry events such as the SAE Brake Colloquium and FMSI Annual Conference. He has also been quoted in publications like Smart Money and Crain’s Business. He is active in motorsports and owns several vintage vehicles.
Ad Services Manager
Kelly McAleese has been with Babcox Media since January, 1987. She currently serves as the advertising manager for Brake & Front End and ImportCar. She is a graduate from the University of Akron.
Dan Brennan has served as graphic designer with Babcox Media since 2006. He is currently responsible for the design of Brake & Front End. Dan has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Graphic Design from the University of Akron.
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