Be Car Chic editor joins WAPA Board of Directors

Be Car Chic editor joins WAPA Board of Directors

Be Car Chic editor, Melanie Batenchuk, recently joined the Washington Automotive Press Association Board of Directors as Second Vice President. WAPA serves automotive journalists, bloggers, and industry groups in the Baltimore-Washington, D.C. area. With members all over the country, the association is a great way for manufacturers and regulators to keep in touch with automotive media.

An ingrained part of the D.C. automotive community, Melanie hosts periodic DC Car Chat functions that bring together various industry representatives and media. Melanie’s campaign on distracted driving and unique experience in the industry – working at a dealership, advocating for international car dealers, and crafting social media strategy for a domestic automaker – qualify her for this role.

She has big plans for her role under WAPA’s current president Jessica Anderson of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance.  She will help the Board undertake new communications-focused projects, including updating the organization’s website and consulting on best practices in social media.

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Melanie Batenchuk founded Be Car Chic in 2009 as a way to help consumers make smart decisions when buying and selling their cars. Her prior work at the dealership, trade association and manufacturer levels has provided her a deep understanding of the complex facets within the auto industry, making her a leading woman in her field.

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  1. Matt Keegan at 11:12 AM

    Congratulations, Melanie! Although I already knew this because I found your new role listed in the latest WAPA contact book.

    Best wishes in your new positon. I really want to get to D.C. to take in a WAPA event. We stopped in Manassas on the way back from New York last week, so I know I was real close to where you’re at. Some day!

  2. Melanie Batenchuk Author at 8:40 PM

    Thanks, Matt! I’m excited to be part of the WAPA leadership. We’ve got some great stuff coming up in the next year. Hope you’ll be able to make it up this way again soon.