Editor of the Detroit Bureau and the former publisher and editorial director of The Car Connection, Paul A. Eisenstein has been covering the auto industry since 1979. One of the world’s most widely published automotive journalists, Paul’s work routinely appears in such publications as The Economist, Investor’s Business Daily, Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport, Popular Mechanics, Automotive Industries, Cigar Aficionado, the Cleveland Plain Dealer, and Nikkan Jidosha Shimbun, Japan’s automotive daily. He’s also a regular commentator on National Public Radio’s Morning Edition, and a frequent guest on a variety of other network broadcasts. Paul also serves as a member of the jury for the North American Car and Truck of the Year awards, and is a board member and past president of the Automotive Press Association. He has won a number of writing awards over the years, including a prestigious Wheels award, presented by The Detroit Press Club Foundation. Born in Chicago and raised in New Jersey (exit 117, to be precise), he received an associate’s degree from Brookdale Community College, and then, feeling an urge to see more snow, he moved to Ann Arbor, Michigan, graduating cum laude with a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan. Mr. Eisenstein currently resides in Pleasant Ridge, Michigan, the smallest incorporated city in the state, with his wife, Christine Anderson, three talkative black cats, and too many computers to count.
Beginning with a high school service-station job pumping gas and turning wrenches, Tom has usually managed to work around cars. Earlier, Tom was often found holding the flashlight for his father while he performed some needed repairs on a family vehicle. During college, Tom worked for Chrysler as a product specialist, staffing one of six experimental in-mall showrooms set up around the country. Tom also tried his hand at selling cars, spending several months learning (but not mastering) the trade at a domestic-brand dealership in the early 1990s. He has also worked in fleet leasing, specializing in Chevrolet and GMC light-duty trucks. During his time as a market research analyst and focus-group moderator, Tom worked with manufacturers and suppliers including General Motors, OnStar, and Porsche. Tom joined Consumer Guide in 2001 as an editor and became Associate Publisher in 2008. Tom moved into the publisher’s role in 2012. Tom is also president emeritus of the Midwest Automotive Media Association. He lives in suburban Chicago with his wife, daughter, two cats, about 50 fish, and several antique German tube radios. He is often called to chat about cars “on air.” Tom is a regular guest on Drive Chicago on WLS radio, the Nick Digilio Show and Bill Leff and Wendy Snyder Show on WGN radio in Chicago, and on the nationally syndicated Greensense Radio. Tom’s blog posts have earned him two International Automotive Media Award gold medals.
Steven Cole Smith
Steven Cole Smith was the executive editor of Car and Driver magazine, as well as the executive producer of its television series, and remains a contributing editor for the magazine. He is also a motorsports correspondent for Autoweek and Grassroots Motorsports magazines, and was the U.S. columnist for AutoExpress in Europe.
He has written for Automobile, Road & Track, Motor Trend, Stock Car Racing, Speedway Illustrated, Forbes, The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Times of London, the Financial Times, Popular Mechanics, Scouting Magazine, American Way, The Washington Journalism Review, and the one that started it all, Tropical Fish Hobbyist. He has written for online sites that include Edmunds.com, Speed.com, iRace.com, BBC.com and Cars.com. He has been a newspaper columnist, designer, investigative reporter and critic, a sworn police officer and has held Grand-Am, Sports Car Club of America and National Hod Rod Association competition licenses. He still has a lot to learn.
Mark Evans, Repair Expert/Field Reporter/Producer
Mark Evans has been working on cars most of his life. At the age of 13, Mark purchased his first car, a 1965 dodge Coronet 2 door hard top. This started his interest in automobiles. High school credits were filled with small gas engine, welding and engine auto repair classes. While in school, Mark worked at a tune-up and auto repair shop. In 1980 he graduated with honors from the Heavy-Duty Gas Engines and Diesel Course at Boise State University in Boise, Idaho. Mark then started his own independent auto repair shop, Mr. Mobile Lube and Auto Repair. Mark expanded this company to two cities in Idaho. He is an ASE (Automotive Service Excellence) Certified Master Technician in brakes, air conditioning, transmissions, engines (gas and diesel), heating and cooling, tune-ups, electrical and auto body. He purchased an automobile appraisal and adjusting business in 1983. Mark developed and received a patent on an automatic transmission cooler (Tranguard) that is selling world wide. It is being sold by Prodyne, Inc. He is the President and CEO of this company. In 1992, Mark completed the Dale Carnegie Management Seminar. In January 1996, he purchased a modular quick lube facility from North Carolina, and set it up in Emmett, Idaho. This was the first modular quick lube West of the Mississippi River. Mark took the airwaves with Auto Talk in December 1996. This show was rated number one in it’s 4 year duration on the airwaves. Mark was also a Meguiar’s radio broadcaster for the MBN (Meguiar’s Broadcasting Network). Mark has been part of the judging staff at the Boise Roadster Show in Boise, Idaho and at Greenwich Concours d’Elegance in Greenwich, Connecticut. In 1999 Mark met Bob Long at Greenwich, Connecticut and became good friends on and off radio. Bob long asked Mark to be on Auto World Radio as a guest host in 1999. Mark is honored to be a host and a guest host on Auto World Radio since 1999. Currently residing in Boise, Idaho, Mark has a loving and caring wife , Amy two wonderful children, Rochelle and Ryan. They also live in Boise. Mark still has his 1965 Dodge Coronet and a 1916 Chevrolet to name a few.
Mark welcomes you to tune-in on radio, internet, and Email at any time. firstname.lastname@example.org
Don Jones – Auto & Old Car Restoration Expert
Don started out as an auto mechanic but somehow was side tracked and became a safety engineer spending 20 years as head of the loss prevention programs at the St Louis Water Division. Four more as a senior advisor the Defense Department for Consequence Management. In addition to his full time job Don serviced 39 years in the Army Reserve, retiring in 2008 as a Master Sergeant. After retiring from his real jobs, for some strange reason yet to be figured out, he decided to spend his grandkids inheritance by starting a business dedicated to the classic automotive community. Not letting the fact that he knew nothing about Internet marketing slow him down he created, The Old Car Guys. Later he even got a weirder idea that he should become an Automotive Historian so he started bothering radio stations until Bob Long took pity on him and let him on his show. Well Don’s philosophy is that if you keep talking long enough you’ll might just say something intelligent and never let the lack of talent slow you down. So after a lot of trial and error, The Old Car Guys is becoming America’s number one source of used classic car parts and will soon become the one stop shop for all you classic automotive needs. Don has also become a frequent contributor to AutoWorld Radio and is developing several other radio and TV projects. Don Has a BS in Criminal Justice from the University Of Nebraska at Omaha were he attended on a US Army Bootstrap Scholarship, a MS in Industrial Safety and Security from Central Missouri State University and additional courses at Johns Hopkins, Harvard and USUHS. Don holds National and State certifications in Safety, Security, and Consequence Management as well as several dozen Military and civilian awards.
Phil Skinner is the Collector Car Market Editor of the Kelly Blue Book. Phil is one of the world’s leading authorities in estimating vehicle as well as motorcycle values and the auction business. In addition to his work at KBB, Phil does freelance work for private collectors and auction companies.
Over the years Phil has been the auction editor for the former Motor Trend Classic and many other publications. Today he travels North America and the world for KBB and does freelance writing for worldwide magazines and websites.
Phil resides in CA with his wife and his car collection which has a heavy focus on Edsals. Off the air Phil can be reached with Collector Car Questions at email@example.com
Sam Gaw is one of our producers and takes care of our website and our digital marketing. A total car nut, Sam thought he would be designing cars and actually went to Purdue University in Indiana to learn how to. He quickly realized he picked the wrong school and jumped into the business world. He worked his way up as VP at a large national bank before jumping ship to start an internet company. Since then he has built multiple companies – even selling the last 5. The last company was sold to a public media company after the main website continually received an incredible amount of views and social media followers.
Sam has never gotten rid of his car bug. He currently drives a Jaguar XK8 convertible. He hopes to one day to finally drive a Vector M12.
His second word was “car” and he has lived up to that mark perfectly. Always fascinated with cars, Evan as a child could pick out what car was coming just by a small area. His parents would catch him late night in his room with his computer – searching AutoTrader.com and comparing cars and taking notes on pricing. Evan became a co-host of a family travel TV show which he also helped behind the scenes. He brings his love of cars, knowledge of video work, and his ever growing Instagram following (@carspotters_orlando). He is our Millennial Reviewer and blogger.
While he isn’t a total car guy, Alex likes pretty things and cars are just that. He is an audio producer by trade and an excellent field producer. He can work the crowd with the best of them. You might not see or hear too much from Alex but he is always working behind the scenes.