She achieved a 50-state agreement on right-to-repair. She’s produced record-breaking trade shows and significantly increased the Auto Care Association‘s membership during her 13-year tenure its CEO. Who is this fierce aftermarket female leader? Get to know Kathleen Schmatz.
Schmatz has served the aftermarket in some capacity for more than 40 years. She started out at Babcox Media and quickly rose to become a vice president and publisher. During her time as Auto Care Association CEO, she became a nationally recognized industry advocate and a sought-after speaker and presenter, appearing on NBC’s “Today” Show, CNBC and in The New York Times. Her accomplishments are numerous, but we’ll let her tell you about them in episode 2 of AMN Drivetime, a podcast series from Tire Review’s sister publication AftermarketNews.com.
Babcox Media CEO Bill Babcox talks with longtime friend and colleague Schmatz about her remarkable career, beginning with writing press releases on a typewriter to eventually leading one of the nation’s top trade associations. Listen or watch the full episode here.
The AMN Drivetime podcast entertains and educates listeners, conversing with today’s top aftermarket drivers and industry leaders who are having an impact on the automotive aftermarket industry. This bi-monthly podcast offers candid, one-on-one conversations between Babcox Media CEO Bill Babcox and notable figures in the automotive aftermarket, sharing their experiences and life lessons as they have traveled the aftermarket.
Bill Babcox is the third generation to run the Akron, Ohio-based media business Babcox Media and not only has a number of great stories and insights to share, but also has had the good fortune to get to know a number of fascinating people in the automotive aftermarket today. Tune in to these captivating conversations covering topics ranging from key industry issues to the deep personal insights developed over years of experience in this dynamic industry.