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ICOTY Awards' Jury Members 2002 - 2009


Denise McCluggageWhen women sportswriters were rare, McCluggage was on the staff of the NY Herald Tribune covering primarily skiing and motor racing. In addition to authoring a number of books, Denise is also the recipient of the Ken W. Purdy Award for Excellence in Automotive Journalism, the Lifetime Legend Award from RTM. [1927 - 2015]

KEN GROSS - Robb Report

Ken GrossGross has been an automotive journalist for over 30 years. He's the automotive editor for Playboy and Hemisphere and is a frequent contributor to The Robb Report,, Auto-motive Industries, Street Rodder, Hemmings Rods & Performance, and The Rodders' Journal.

JOHN RETTIE - New Car Test Drive

John RettieRettie is an internationally renowned British writer and photographer, living in California. John has covered auto races, product launches and other aspects of the auto industry for numerous magazines and websites. He spent 10 years at J.D. Power and Associates, before returning to work as a freelancer in 1997.

BOB PLUNKETT - Syndicated Auto Columnist

Bob PlunkettPlunkett is a veteran automotive reporter whose articles have appeared in magazines for 25 years. He currently produces syndicated automotive reports published weekly in more than 100 newspapers across America, putting the reader in the driver's seat for a hands-on feel of a vehicle.

Kim VianoThe ever-ambitious Steve Siler started his enthusiastic career as an intern for Road & Travel Magazine. Within a decade, Siler had climbed the automotive journalist ‘superstar’ ladder with a name and reputation for pithy and insightful auto coverage, often with a unique and sometime humorous twist.
RICK COTTA - Consumer Guide Automotive

Rick CottaA generation of English teachers would be shocked to learn that Cotta's automotive editing career now spans nearly a quarter century, having begun in 1985. He is a 20-year veteran and the current managing editor at Consumer Guide, where he contributes to the company’s renowned new-vehicle evaluations.


Perry SternStern's career began as an advisor at a vehicle consulting firm 15 years ago. On the original staff of CarPoint, Microsoft’s auto information website launched in '95, he managed vehicle data and specs for the entire site. Stern became editor of MSN Autos in '02, which now averages more than 12 million unique visitors each month.

B.J. KILLEEN - Driver's Talk Radio
B.J. KilleenKilleen honed her auto writing skills on a 9-year ride with famed Motor Trend Magazine, the classy, but made-for-man, buff book on cars. Known as one of the most knowledgeable women road test editors in America, readers can count on honest and accurate information about any vehicle she reviews.

Chuck Giametta - Managing Editor at IGuida.comGiametta has covered the auto industry for more than 25 years as a newspaper reporter, Executive Auto Editor of Consumer Guide books and magazines, and as Managing Editor of He originated the Norfolk Virginian-Pilot’s auto coverage and has written and edited numerous auto books and magazines. He has won national newspaper and magazine writing awards, and was a principal founder of

COURTNEY CALDWELL - Road & Travel Magazine
Courtney Caldwell - Executive Producer & Founder of the International Car of the Year AwardsCaldwell founded ROAD & TRAVEL Magazine in 1989 after recognizing a void in the growing women's automotive market. In 2008, Caldwell founded Earth, Wind & Power Media to address the growing concern for climate change. She launched the ICOTY Awards in 1997 and The EWP Awards for the most earth-friendly car and truck of the year in Janaury 2009. RTM was the pioneering automotive publication to target the women's automotive market.

Courtney Caldwell

The EWP Awards, launched in January 2009 at the NAIAS. The 2nd and 3rd annual EWP awards shows were presented in Los Angeles. The 2012 award will be presented in New York. EWP is hosted by Courtney Caldwell (l) and Kevin Smith (r).
Kevin Smith