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At its 24th Annual Gala, the Washington Automotive Press Association (WAPA) named Be Car Chic editor, Melanie Batenchuk, as its new president.
Replacing outgoing president, Jessica Anderson of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, Batenchuk has extensive experience in the automotive sector, having worked at the dealership, trade association, and manufacturer levels. In 2009, Melanie combined her passion for cars and writing to launch Be Car Chic, a blog dedicated to sharing industry news and automotive advice through the lens of her experience. Her work has been published by Autoweek magazine, Mashable.com, MSN Autos, Jalopnik and others. She is also an outspoken safe-driving advocate, particularly on the matter of distracted driving.
“Journalism has evolved and we need to grow with it by continuing to embrace traditional print media and look at newer forms of reporting that covers this industry,” said Batenchuk in a press statement. “Jessica got us off to a great start last year by enhancing WAPA’s visbility by broadening and enhancing the Association’s communication efforts, and I look to continue on this path in 2013.”
The full 2013 WAPA Board of Directors is as follows:
- Melanie Batenchuk, President – Be Car Chic.com and Beekeeper Group
- Jessica Anderson, President Emeritus – Kiplinger’s Personal Finance
- Byron Hurd, First Vice President – SpeedSportLife.com and PR Newswire
- Whitney Brown, Second Vice President – National Auto Dealers Association (NADA)
- Annemarie Pender, Secretary – Association of Global Automakers
- Pete Langlois, Treasurer – Ernst & Young
- Joe Phillips, Chairman, Media Focus Group – National Auto Dealers Association (NADA)
- Ted Orme, Chairman, Speakers Committee – Freelance Auto Writer
- Cathy Nikkel-Orme, Newsletter Director – Freelance Auto Writer
Each year, WAPA announces its new president and board of directors at its annual Gala held every spring. For more information on how to become a WAPA member, please visit their website at www.washautopress.org or follow them on Facebook and Twitter.
The goals of the Washington Automotive Press Association are to improve communication between automotive journalists in the Baltimore-Washington area and the automotive industry, regulators, and other related groups and further the accuracy and quality of automotive journalism.
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