Damon Bell, President
As President, Damon shapes the direction of MAMA and is responsible for presiding over the monthly meetings. He's also one of the main organizers of the Fall and Spring Rallies.
A lifelong car enthusiast, Damon Bell joined the staff of Consumer Guide in 2000 as the Research/Acquisitions Editor of Collectible Automobile magazine. In his current role as Senior Auto Editor for the Consumer Guide website and The Daily Drive blog, he drives and reviews a wide variety of new vehicles. Damon is a sucker for any film or TV show with a good car chase, and admits to seeing every single Fast and Furious movie… in the theater.
Harvey Briggs, Senior Vice President
As Senior Vice President, Harvey is responsible for programming MAMA’s monthly meetings and organizing association events, including the Spring and Fall Rallies. The Senior VP also serves as the Sponsorship Director.
Harvey is an automotive enthusiast, Emmy Award winning writer, producer, and on-air presenter whose passion for cars was ignited in 1968 when his father drove home in a Guards Red Porsche 911. The original Road Warrior at Car and Driver Magazine, Harvey worked for the legendary David E. Davis, Jr. before moving into the world of automotive advertising. Harvey worked at several agencies in Detroit including Campbell-Ewald where he rose to the position of SVP/Creative Director on the Chevrolet account at the ripe old age of 29. Harvey returned to the editorial world six years ago and recently launched Rides & Drives, a website dedicated to all types of vehicles, the places they take us, and the people we meet when we get behind the wheel to explore the world.
Jennifer Newman, Vice President, Membership
As Vice President, Membership, Jennifer is in charge of reviewing membership applications and maintaining MAMA's membership directory.
Jennifer spent more than a decade as an ink-stained wretch, aka a copy editor, in the newspaper industry, wrapping up her print career as the Sunday copy chief at the Boston Herald and a weekend copy desk chief at the Chicago Sun-Times. In 2008, she made the leap to Cars.com to work as a copy editor. In 2015, she was promoted to managing editor and moved into the editor-in-chief role in 2017. Jennifer is a certified child passenger safety technician and created Cars.com's Car Seat Check series.
Kelley Enright, Secretary
As Secretary, Kelley manages the list of meeting attendees, maintains meeting minutes and provides a year-end overview at MAMA's annual business meeting in January.
Loyal and true is she…Kelley Enright began her career as a public relations intern on the Chrysler Group account back in the early ‘90s. A few years later, she became the Midwest PR Manager for Chrysler. While she took a temporary sabbatical to stay home and raise her young kids, she came back in 2015 to serve in the same role as Midwest PR Manager for FCA. Born and raised on the Southside of Chicago, Kelley takes pride in her Irish heritage and large family. She gets a kick out of driving all of the FCA vehicles and loves when her neighbors coming running out of their house wondering why she is in a Dodge Challenger Hellcat and not her minivan…
Larry Nutson, Treasurer
As MAMA Treasurer, Larry is the keeper of the checkbook, balancing the books and keeping MAMA in the black.
Larry Nutson (aka the Chicago Car Guy) is the Chicago Bureau Chief for The Auto Channel and a contributing writer and photographer for ClassicCars.com and Chicago Tribune/Autos. He has been a guest commentator on Drive Chicago, WLS 890AM, Shunpiker's Journal - Talk Lansing.net radio and the Michigan Business Network.
Larry is a mechanical engineer as well as car crazy. During his young years, he helped his dad maintain the family cars. As a twenty-something, he did a stint as a semi-pro drag racer followed by a 25-year career with Volkswagen United States with various roles in product strategy and planning, government liaison, marketing and public relations.
Following three years at Campbell-Ewald Advertising, Larry became a founding member and past-Chairman of the Individual Communicators Network. He is a past-chairperson of the SAE International Public Affairs Committee and among the start-up organizers of the Woodward Dream Cruise in Detroit.
Jennifer Morand, Communications Director
With more than a decade of professional experience in public relations and social media, Jen got her feet wet in the automotive industry as a Communications Specialist for the Chicago Automobile Trade Association (CATA) in 2008. She then switched gears and went to work on the agency side, including global firm Weber Shandwick, where she served as a national spokesperson for the “got milk?” campaign. Jen couldn’t deny her love for the automotive industry, and returned to the CATA in 2012 where she currently serves as the Director of Public Relations and Social Media for the CATA and Chicago Auto Show.
Jill Ciminillo, President Emeritus
As President Emeritus, Jill is serving in an advisory capacity for the current board. Jill is also providing as the primary contact for any inquires related to MAMA monthly meetings.
Jill has been writing about cars for more than 15 years, representing the female point of view amongst her predominantly male colleagues. And since something like 80 percent of all car-buying decisions are either made by or influenced by women, that's nothing to sneeze at. Formerly the online automotive editor for the Chicago Sun-Times and the print auto editor for Pioneer Press Newspapers, this 5th percentile (aka petite) female tells it like it is from the fun to the functional. In her 9-to-5 job, Jill is the automotive editor for Sinclair Broadcast Group.