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Leadership Team

Bill Babcox
CEO & Chairman of the Board
(330) 670-1234 ext. 217
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Mike Maleski
Executive Vice President
(330) 670-1234 ext. 219
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Brandi Gangel
Vice President of Audience Data & Marketing 
(330) 670-1234 ext. 239
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Dean Martin
Vice President / Group Publisher
(330) 670-1234 ext. 225
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Jim Merle
Vice President / Group Publisher 
(330) 670-1234 ext. 280
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Michael Madej
Executive Director, Digital Media
(330) 670-1234 ext. 251
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Randy Loeser
Publisher/Executive Director of Content & Video
(330) 670-1234 ext. 285
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Barbara Kimbrew
Director of Human Resources 
(330) 670-1234 ext. 204
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Susan Givens
Group Publisher
(502) 802-5609
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Jason Morgan
Director of Content
(330) 670-1234 ext. 279
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Sarah Short
Digital Advertising Manager/Multimedia Regional Sales Manager 
(330) 670-1234 ext. 240
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Sarah Short
Digital Advertising Manager/Multimedia Regional Sales Manager 
(330) 670-1234 ext. 240
[email protected]

Bill Babcox
CEO & Chairman of the Board

Bill Babcox, the third-generation owner of Babcox Media, has spent his entire professional career with his family’s company (apart from a few early years at The Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company in its retail stores division).

Joining the business in 1985, after graduating from Denison University, he held a variety of sales and management positions before being named Chief Executive Officer in 1990.

Contact Bill
(330) 670-1234 ext. 217
[email protected]

Mike Maleski
Executive Vice President
Mike Maleski joined Babcox in 2016 and was tasked with learning the business by working within our automotive service business division before assuming the role of Group Publisher – Customer Solutions.  In this position, he was primarily responsible for sales activity and creative customer solutions.  Promoted to EVP in 2019, Maleski is responsible for implementing a clear growth and innovation strategy using his prior experience from The Plain Dealer and the Cleveland Cavaliers to develop new multi-media customer solutions. Maleski is a graduate of Waynesburg University.

Contact Mike
(330) 670-1234 ext. 219
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Brandi Gangel
Vice President of Audience Data & Marketing

Brandi Gangel joined Babcox Media in 2014. Appointed to Vice President of Audience Data and Marketing in 2019, she leads the audience data, operations and insight efforts and teams for the company. She is the primary manager of the company’s audience intelligence assets and is responsible for audience data acquisition, organization, integration and activation. She also oversees the company’s digital strategies and execution.

Prior, Gangel worked for Panera Bread in a variety of field, brand and customer engagement marketing roles. She received her undergraduate degree from Saint Louis University and her graduate degree from Webster University, St. Louis.

Contact Brandi
(330) 670-1234 ext. 239
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Dean Martin
Vice President / Group Publisher

Dean Martin joined Babcox in 1996 as an associate group publisher for the company’s automotive service publications and a regional sales manager.  With an accomplished sales career, Martin was named publisher of Fleet Equipment in 2013.  Since then, he has also assumed responsibility for the Tire Review, Fleet Service Technology and Transmission Digest brands, serving as a Group Publisher.

Prior to the start of his career at Babcox Media, Martin served as publisher of trade publications in the mining and construction industries. He is a 1981 graduate of The Ohio State University.

Contact Dean
(330) 670-1234 ext. 225
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Jim Merle
Vice President / Group Publisher
Jim Merle, a 26-year veteran of the business, joined Babcox Media in 1993 and currently serves as publisher of the Brake & Front End, ImportCar, Underhood Service, Servicio Automotriz, Shop Owner, Counterman, aftermarketNews and Tomorrow’s Tech brands. Prior to joining Babcox, Jim worked for the Akron Beacon Journal. Jim is a graduate of the University of Akron.

Contact Jim
(330) 670-1234 ext. 280
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Michael Madej
Executive Director, Digital Media

Michael Madej joined Babcox Media in 2015 and is responsible for setting digital sales, marketing and execution strategies as well as the digital product development for all brands across the Babcox Media portfolio.

Madej was previously employed by Penton Media, where he led the Manufacturing & Supply Chain digital team. He also spent time with Vendome Group as sales director for the company’s Healthcare Informatics brand. He has a bachelor’s degree from Baldwin Wallace University and an MBA from Cleveland State University’s Ahuja College of Business.

Contact Michael
(330) 670-1234 ext. 251
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Randy Loeser
Executive Director, Video & Content Services

Randy Loeser joined Babcox Media in 2013 as publisher of Tire Review and was later given additional responsibilities as the Director of Digital Media and Group Publisher of Engine Builder.  In 2018, Randy transitioned into the role of Group Publisher of Content Services to provide creative and custom content and video solutions to our clients. Randy has worked for several national business-to-business publishers in a variety of roles throughout his career, including publisher, business development, marketing and digital management. Randy is a graduate of John Carroll University.

Contact Randy
(330) 670-1234 ext. 285
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Barbara Kimbrew
Director of Human Resources

Barbara L. Kimbrew, a certified Professional in Human Resources (PHR) has been working in the business of Human Resources for more than 20 years.  She is a graduate of Franklin University, where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management. Most recently, Ms. Kimbrew graduated from Kent State University, earning her Master of Business Administration degree.  Joining Babcox Media in late 2013, she is responsible for developing, directing and administering all human resource function, including recruiting, benefits, compensation administration, performance management and training initiatives.

Contact Barbara
(330) 670-1234 ext. 204
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Susan Givens
Group Publisher

Susan Givens joined Babcox Media in 2017 when the company acquired the AutoSuccess brand.  Susan has worked with AutoSuccess since 2001 and held various sales and operational roles before being named Publisher in 2008. Since joining the Babcox Media team, she has assumed Group Publisher responsibility for the AutoSuccess, Motorcycle & Powersports News and Professional Carwashing & Detailing brands.  Susan is graduate of the University of Louisville.

Contact Susan
(502) 802-5609
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Jason Morgan
Director of Content
Jason joined the Babcox Media team as the Managing Editor of Fleet Equipment in July 2013, quickly advancing to the position of Editor in October 2014.  In July 2021, he earned another promotion to Content Director for both the Fleet Equipment and Tire Review brands. In 2023, he was promoted to Director of Content responsible for driving the content strategy for all brands within the Babcox Media portfolio. Prior to joining Babcox Media, he worked as a business-to-business editor in the construction equipment, real estate, and craft beer industries.

Jason Morgan
(330) 670-1234 ext. 279
[email protected]

Sarah Short
Digital Advertising Manager / Regional Sales Manager
Sarah Short, a 17-year media professional with a specialized focus in digital marketing, joined Babcox Media in 2019. Sarah currently serves a dual role of Digital Advertising Manager, helping to guide growth in this key area as well as Regional Sales Manager, working directly with clients to develop comprehensive marketing strategies. Prior to joining Babcox Media, Sarah worked for Advance Ohio in a variety of leadership roles. She is a graduate of Gannon University in Erie, PA.

Contact Sarah
(330) 670-1234 ext. 240
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