Automotive journalists, media form SAMA

By Lee Stephens  - March 22nd, 2007

Members of the South Florida automotive media community gathered in South Miami on March 22 to launch the Southern Automotive Media Association.

The group convened at former University of Miami and Miami Dolphins football star Bernie Kosar’s restaurant, Bernie’s Steak House, for the inaugural SAMA meeting, which was sponsored by Toyota Motor Sales.

The first order of business for the fledgling organization was to elect officers. The group nominated and elected Ron Beasley, automotive editor for Miami ’s Community Newspapers, to be SAMA’s founding president. At the same time, veteran freelance automotive journalist Paul Borden, who writes for Miami Monthly Magazine and the Naples , Fla. , monthly lifestyle publication “N”, was elected vice president; Jaime Florez, vice president of Megazines Publications, was elected secretary; and the popular NBC Motorsports analyst Bill Adam was elected treasurer. All were elected without opposition.

“It was heartening to see such a strong turnout for this first meeting of SAMA,” said Beasley. “The South Florida automotive media community is quite large, very diverse and active in many different areas. An organization such as this has been needed for a long time.”

Beasley said SAMA will provide a platform for the automotive media – journalists, corporate communications specialists, marketing and advertising representatives – to meet, network and exchange ideas. Monthly luncheon meetings are planned, with guest speakers, product presentations and new vehicle demonstrations by various auto manufacturer representatives.

For more information, go to www.SAMAonline.org or address email to RonBeasley@SAMAonline.com.   

 

Attendees at inaugural founding meeting of the Southern Automotive Media Association, March 22, 2007, at Bernie’s Steak House in South Miami:


1. Paul Borden - Freelance Automotive Journalist
2. Emilio Lezcano -  Freelance Automotive Journalist 
3. Bill Adam -  NBC Motorsports 
4. Angelo Serrato -  Prestige Auto Specialists 
5. Teresa Bravo -  CBS4 News
6. John Kiskinis -  South Florida International Auto Show 
7. Pepe Forte -  SobreRuedas 
8. Jaime Gabaldoni -  Terra 
9. Marlene Bedoya -  AutoMundo 
10. Cristina Mayer -  AutoMundo 
11. Jaime Florez - Megazines 
12 Terry Jackson -  Miami Herald
13. Giorgio Cerboncini - Impulso Magazine 
14. Gigi Cerboncini -  Impulso Magazine 
15. Tony Lesesne -  In Focus Magazine 
16. Yvonne Lorie -  Hyundai Motor America 
17. Dick Kelley -  Toyota Motor Sales 
18. Bonnie Jeyam -  Toyota Motor Sales 
19. Juan Robbin -  Key Biscayne Magazine
20. Ron Beasley -  Miami’s Community Newspapers 
21. Jose Delfino -  AutoMundo

March 22th, 2007

Members of the South Florida automotive media community gathered in South Miami on March 22 to launch the Southern Automotive Media Association.

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