Lane Changes – April 2010

Jeff Sabatini is now Managing Editor at AOL Autos. The former car reviewer for The Wall Street Journal will be working primarily out of his Ann Arbor home and can be reached at . . . Kevin Smith is parting ways with He can be contacted at and promises to keep AWCom posted on his next venture. . . . Also available is 19-year Detroit area newsman Bryan Laviolette. The former Oakland Press auto writer is well connected with the regions’ media fleet managers and can be reached at:

Dicken Wear’s new title is: Chief of Technical & Safety Inspections at American Sports Racing Assn., & GT Cars. . . . Chris Hosford has advanced at Hyundai Motor America to executive director, corporate communications. . . . Joe McCardle’s email address at Super Estralla radio in Chicago is:  . . . Replacing the retired Bob Hill at the Oregonian is Kendra Hogue who edits the weekly “Autos” section. She can be reached at: . . Mary Watson no longer edits Auto Services Operator Magazine. She is freelancing and can be reached at:

Randi Payton has definitely decided and designated with the launch of a new web site, that Decisive will umbrella his many initiatives in multi-cultural communications. The plan is to extend the cultural awareness and appeal of his OnWheels franchise to other consumer markets. . . . Not exactly a Lane Change, more like new heights: William Jeanes has been elected to the board of the Eudora Welty Foundation and last year became a Life Trustee at Millsaps College, his alma mater. He continues as chief judge at the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance and as an editor-at-large for AOL Autos. Jeanes and his wife Susan live in Ridgeland, Mississippi, a suburb of Jackson, where, he reports, life is remarkably good.