2021 Board of Directors
The Texas Motor Press Association has elected their Board of Directors for 2021. The members of the Board serve for a one-year term.
President, Bryan Grant - Bryan publishes the YouTube channel 'New Car Spin'. He has an extensive technical background in software engineering and brings his expertise to the automotive journalism landscape.
Secretary, Michael Herzing - Mike has always had a passion for anything with wheels. He was a AMA professional motorcycle road racer for 15 years, owned an automotive repair shop for 31 years, and has been an automotive technology instructor since 2013. He is the host of the nationally syndicated Let's Talk Wheels radio show, an ASE Certified Master Automotive and Medium Duty Diesel Technician, and is a certified Texas State Vehicle Inspector.
Treasurer, Terry Negley - Terry is an award-winning journalist for writing car reviews in various magazines. He has appeared on many radio and TV shows talking about cars. Since 1989 he has owned CarGuy.com, a consumer advocacy site for people wanting to purchase a vehicle. Starting in 2003 he took on additional duties as an appraiser for Auto Appraisal Group. These three endeavors really cement his title as The CarGuy. As a young man he spent a couple of seasons racing with SCCA, first in a bug-eyed Sprite and then in a Lotus.
Associate Representative, Sean Tajipour - Sean Tajipour is the President of West Houston Muscle and WHM Automotive Media. After more than a decade of marketing and coordinating family-friendly automotive events in Texas, Sean knows what truly drives conversations, sold-out events, and engages targeted communities. It’s not just about selling out events- it's how well you communicate and connect with people who attend.
In addition to his extensive event experience, Sean diversified in 2018 launching another successful community built on his passion for pop culture. Nerdtropolis, an online entertainment site and podcast with an enthusiastic fan base, has reached 30 million people to date and continues to grow at a rapid pace.
Sean holds a BA in Political Science from the University of Houston.
Chairman, Alan Gell - Alan has a lengthy history in automotive journalism, beginning when we was Editor of the Ellis County Chronicle and the Italy News-Herald newspapers. For several years, he served as the Automotive contributor for the Daily Oklahoman newspaper. In addition he has provided a 'Cruisin' With Alan' radio broadcast for stations in the Dallas market area and in East Texas. Alan was a long-time member of SEMA, an active member of the Texas Press Association, and other media groups. He holds a BBA in Accounting from Texas State University and is a retired Lt. Colonel from the U.S. Army as an auditor/accountant.
Paul Buckley - Market Opportunity
Yale Kim - Advancement
Michael Satterfield - Social Media