2012 Automotive Technology of the Year Award
The AOL Autos Technology of the Year judging panel has been assembled to include a mix of automotive industry and technology experts, but don't get the idea that we are all tech hounds and early adopters who started slinging video from the Internet to our TVs when Bill Clinton was still President. While some of us are, indeed, the first to test every gadget, others, like AOL Editor-in-Chief David Kiley, still makes daily to-do lists on the backs of envelopes rather than in his smart-phone. And no matter our degree of experience, we get as frustrated with bad design as those who are self-described Luddites.
Editor-in-Chief, AOL Autos
David has been in charge of the editorial content of AOL Autos and Autoblog since joining the company in March 2011. Prior, David was marketing editor and senior correspondent for BusinssWeek and Detroit Bureau Chief for USA Today. Not a tech geek at all, David says, "I evaluate in-vehicle technology based on whether it works, and whether it adds to the driving experience. "Even some of the satellite radio interfaces don't make sense, and that makes me crazy," says Kiley. David is also the author of two books: Getting The Bugs Out; The Rise, Fall and Comeback of Volkswagen in America; and Driven: Inside BMW, The Most Admired Car Company in the World."
Tim Stevens is based in Upstate New York. He got his start writing professionally in the mid '90s, covering the gaming world while in college, and has since written on topics including business process management, software development, and of course lots and lots about gadgety type things. He's an avid gamer, amateur motorsports enthusiast, lover of most outdoor activities, and proud creator of the first (and possibly only) two-player game for the Sega VMU.
John Neff joined the Autoblog team in 2004 and soon after became its part-time lead editor. Following the purchase of Weblogs, Inc. by AOL in 2005, Neff became the Editor-in-Chief of Autoblog and has since guided the site to become one the largest automotive news outlets on the internet. Before that he was Editor-in-Chief of the nationally distributed magazine Speed, Style & Sound that covered the privately owned custom car scene.
The Car Coach
Lauren Fix has appeared numerous times on Oprah, TODAY, The View, CNN, FOX News, ABC 20/20, Headlines News, MSNBC, TBS Makeover and a Movie Inside Edition, The Early Show, NBC, ABC, CBS, Fox, The Weather Channel, ESPN, Discovery, Speed, Live with Regis & Kelly, Nate Berkus Show and National Public Radio. Lauren can be seen and heard from coast-to-coast.
A highly credible automotive and lifestyle expert, Lauren Fix provides solid information on safety, and a wide range of automotive topics and issues. Her motivational speeches as the "Carma Coach" will help you "read the road signs" and find the "vehicle" that gets you "where you want to go.”
Lauren Fix is the host and automotive expert for Talk 2 DIY Automotive, a show on Scripps Do-It-Yourself Network (DIY), aired for 4 years. Lauren's two syndicated segments called: The Car Coach® covers car care tips and His Turn–Her Turn™ car reviews from a male and female perspective. Lauren is the automotive columnist for the Sunday edition of the Buffalo News called "Car Fix"; automotive editor of YourLifeMagazine.com and previous editor-in-chief for CarZen.com; contributing content to USA Today; Good Housekeeping; Woman's World; Redbook; Self; In Touch Weekly; Seventeen; Essence; Marie Claire; Prevention; Motor Trend; Truck Trend; Hot Rod; Car Craft to name a few.
Lauren is also the author of Driving Ambitions: A Complete Guide to Amateur Auto Racing and the award winning "Lauren's Guide To Loving Your Car!" with St. Martins Press. She is working on her fourth book with her daughter, Shelby.
The Teen Car Coach
Shelby Fix, the Teen Car Coach®, is the daughter of Lauren Fix-The Car Coach®, a nationally recognized automotive expert in car care, repair, safety issues, buying and selling new and used cars and trucks, and driving skills.
Shelby is a spokesperson for Midas Automotive and past spokesperson for the Skip Barber Driving School-New Driver Program. She is co-writing a book with her mother for new drivers. As a new driver who has been involved in go-karting and professional racing with her family her whole life, Shelby is the perfect “go-to” girl for teens to get their information and knowledge. She has contributed her talents about cars to CNN International, Fox News, YNN, Channel One News, radio, television and web content.
She inherited her love of all things automotive from her mother and father, who own a manufacturing business as well as restoring and racing cars. Shelby has been involved with the process since she was a child. She has been advising other teen drivers for almost all her life. Shelby Fix has an amazing “trust” and “credibility” connection with teen viewers everywhere.
Sharon Silke Carty
Senior Editor, AOL Autos
Sharon Carty is the lead auto industry editor for The Huffington Post. Sharon joined AOL Autos and The Huffington Post in May 2011 after successful turns at the Associated Press, Dow Jones and as Detroit bureau chief for USA Today. Sharon has written extensively on drivers safety, telematics, in-car entertainment and communications, and is considered a terrific arbiter of what works and what doesn't. Sharon lives in Dexter, Mi with her husband and three children.
Creator and Executive Producer, TRANSLOGIC
Adam Morath is the creator of TRANSLOGIC, an award-winning transportation technology video series and blog featured on AOL Autos. Before joining AOL Adam created car videos and photography for Winding Road Magazine, an online publication then run by the Dean of automotive journalism, the late David E. Davis, Jr. Adam is a native metro-Detroiter, residing in historic Grosse Pointe Park, Mi., with his wife, Natalie, and their dog.
Senior Mobile Editor, Engadget
Matt Burns, senior editor at Techcrunch, is a family man first and attempts to be a writer second. Born and raised in the heart of the automotive world, only cars eclipse his love of gadgets. He previously wrote for Engadget and EngadgetHD before moving into the party house that is TechCrunch. He learned the retail side of electronics during a six year stint at Circuit City while studying economics at the University of Michigan.
Consumer Editor, AOL Autos
Michael Zak is the Consumer Editor for AOL Autos. A native of metro-Detroit and currently an Angelino, Michael has been a long-time follower of the auto industry and thinks there is very little in life that can beat the feeling of a sporty drive along a windy canyon road. Areas of interest for him include general car shopping and new car deals, as well as green and hybrid engineering, automotive technology, performance vehicles and automotive history.
Associate Editor, AOL Autos
Pete joined AOL Autos in late 2011 as associate editor from National Public Radio’s Changing Gears Project where he was writing about the transformation of the Midwest’s rust belt to the green-tech belt. Prior, Pete covered the University of Michigan football program for The Ann Arbor News. Self-described as “not a tech geek,” Pete is prt of the panel that helps keep the whole judging process honest as the new tech showing up in vehicles is aimed at the public at large, not just early adopters.
Equally comfortable working with a set of wrenches or a laptop computer, Jeremy Korzeniewski grew up restoring classic cars in the family barn with his father and programming video games on the family's home computer. Also an avid motorcyclist, Jeremy has contributed his unique blend of insight into both the automotive and motorcycle segments on Autoblog and AutoblogGreen since joining the team in 2006.
Executive Editor, Autoblog
Following stints as a television news producer and a record company publicist, Chris Paukert has spent almost his entire career in automotive web publishing, working with some of the print world’s greatest automotive writers and editors. Mentored by Automobile Magazine founder David E. Davis Jr., Paukert succeeded him as Editor-in-Chief of Winding Road, a pioneering digital car magazine, before joining Autoblog as Executive Editor in December, 2008. Paukert was elected to the jury of the North American Car and Truck of the Year awards in 2010
A loyal devotee of all things automotive, Zach Bowman joined the Autoblog team in 2009. He splits his time between renovating the family home and wrenching on a fleet of vehicles that ranges from a Subaru Forester XT to an International Scout Terra. When skies are blue, expect to find him tracing the hollows and ridges of the East Tennessee countryside on a vintage Kawasaki.
Growing up in Detroit, Michigan, Steven J. Ewing was exposed to the automotive industry from a young age and grew to become an avid car enthusiast with a penchant for writing. Ewing has never owned a car with an automatic transmission, and prefers to get his kicks from small, turbocharged hatchbacks rather than large luxury barges. After spending four years on staff at Winding Road magazine, Ewing later came to Autoblog, where he has served as editor and test fleet manager since February 2010.
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