Owner Media Matters Inc. CEO, Publisher
Darryl Simmons has an established reputation as a leader and publisher, notably within the collision and automotive repair industry. He established Media Matters Inc. in 2001. Under it’s umbrella, Collision Repair magazine, Bodyworx Professional, Collision Quebec, and Canadian Auto Recycler (to name a few) have been launched and continue to represent the owners, suppliers, insurers, educators and other industry stakeholders. These publications have become a main stay and a main source of information for their respective industries. Since the beginning, Darryl has made it his mission to be the most recognized and respected voice within the Canadian collision repair community; a mission which continues to deliver on it’s promise. He is more than an entrepreneur and publisher. He is an innovator, and a change maker. Prior to launching Collision Repair magazine he served as a Professor at Humber College (Public Relations), Editorial Director at Taylor Publishing and Executive Vice President of the Toronto Better Business Bureau. He currently sits on several committees including the Canadian Collision Industry Forum (CCIF), the Automotive Industries Association of Canada (AIA) and the OMDC Magazine Industry Advisory Committee.
James Kerr keeps the trains running on time at Media Matters, Inc., and is the coordinating force behind print and its publication. He believes strongly in the creative talent of his community, and guiding that talent to bring our clients only the very best. James draws on years of experience in management and creative content development from his background in radio. Now he brings that same creativity, commitment and heart to Media Matters, Inc., because he truly believes that media matters.
Vice President Industry Relations
Gloria's focus in Industry Relations is fully geared to her clients' success. She accomplishes this through a thorough understanding of her clients’ needs, goals, and objectives and provides guidance in reaching their key customers through publications and digital options. Gloria brings many years of experience in senior-level national marketing positions with international corporations. This, in addition to her serving on many industry Boards of Directors and Advisory Committees, allows her to keep a pulse on current and upcoming trends in the automotive industry.
Director Business Development/Digital/Marketing Solutions
Ellen brings 25 years of marketing brand communication strategic development. Excellence is more than a mantra to her. Her focus is always to help clients achieve their road to success, through developing solutions that connect with their core targets. It is a passion. Her personal belief is that success is never without the commitment and collaboration of a dedicated and talented team. Her experience stems from working in a senior capacity within multi-national corporations such as Mediacom, and Starcom on a number of categories, including automotive.
Mike joined Media Matters Inc. in 2002 as a Staff Writer. He has since occupied positions as Associate Editor, Editor and Editorial Director, his current position. He drives the content for all Media Matters Inc. properties and publications. He has served on the editorial staff of numerous national trade and consumer magazines and is talented journalist and writer who truly excels at bringing out the best in others.
Michelle Miller is the driving force behind the creative department at Media Matters. She is a highly ambitious Graphic Designer, experienced with corporate, freelance and small business identities. She develops print layouts from start to finish, designs ads and creates in-house print material. The publications she lays out includes Collision Repair magazine, Bodyworx Professional, Collision Quebec and Canadian Auto Recyclers. Her enthusiastic and hard working attitude is a great asset to Media Matters, Inc.
Erin McLaughlin is a Philosophy graduate of Trent University, where she was editor-in-chief of a Trent based magazine. Deeply passionate about the magazine industry, knowledge, community building and words, Erin joined Media Matters, Inc. as the publishing assistant soon after graduating. She is currently involved with many aspects of the production process here at Media Matters, Inc. including writing, editing and design, as well as growing familiar with the many aspects of both the magazine industry and auto collision repair industry.
Alex, a Francophone hails from Montreal and the editor of Collision Quebec, is in charge of French content, including original content regarding all aspects of the collision repair industry in Quebec brining a more frequent approach.