Jim Merle has been with Babcox Media since 1993 and currently serves as publisher of AutoCarePro, 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 Underhood Service and has been on the staff at Babcox Media for 13 years. 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.
Crystal Smith joined Babcox Media in 2019 as Associate Editor. Crystal is a graduate of Kent State University, earning her bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism and minoring in public health. Crystal was a daily news reporter for TV2 News with Kent State University, responsible for conducting interviews as well as shooting and editing videos in order to create newsworthy packages for live newscasts. She also worked as a Media Relations Intern for University Hospitals setting up and broadcasting live surgery procedures from inside operating rooms.
Ad Services Coordinator
Katelyn Mueller joined Babcox Media in 2015. She is the Ad Services Coordinator for Brake & Front End, ImportCar, Maintenance Matters, Servicio Automotriz, Shop Owner, Tomorrow’s Technician, Underhood Service. Prior to Babcox, Katelyn spent 12 years with Sherwin Williams as a Sales Coordinator and nine years as a freelance reporter for the Cleveland Indians and Cavaliers. She graduated with a degree in broadcast communications and journalism.
Dan Brennan has served as graphic designer with Babcox Media since 2006. He is currently responsible for Underhood Service. Dan has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Graphic Design from the University of Akron.
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