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Jim Merle

Publisher

Jim Merle has been with Babcox Media since 1993 and currently serves as group publisher of Brake & Front End, ImportCar, Underhood Service, Shop Owner and Servicio Automotriz. Jim currently serves on the AutoCare Association’s Marketing Committee and the Strategy Track Committee for the Automotive Communication Council. Jim has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a major in Marketing/Advertising from the University of Akron.

[email protected]
(330) 670-1234 ext. 280


Josh Cable

Editor

Josh Cable is the editor of ShopOwner & Counterman. He joined Babcox Media in January 2017 as the senior editor for BodyShop Business. A graduate of Bowling Green State University, Josh brings nearly two decades of experience in the field of journalism.

[email protected]
(330) 670-1234 ext. 254

Crystal Smith

Associate Editor

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.

[email protected]
(330) 670-1234 ext. 212


Katelyn Mueller

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.

[email protected]

(330) 670-1234 ext. 277

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Kelly Gifford

Graphic Designer

Kelly Gifford has been with Babcox Media since 2000. She is currently the graphic designer for Shop Owner. She has also worked on the corporate capabilities brochure team for the past seven years. Kelly has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from The University of Akron.

[email protected]
(330) 670-1234 ext. 249