About Us

Motor Trend Auto Shows, LLC (MTAS), is the nation’s largest auto show production company. Founded in 1984, MTAS produces auto shows in more than 20 markets across the country.  With offices in Detroit, New York, San Diego, Los Angeles and Harrisburg, MTAS has the advantage of having large-market expertise and manufacturer support. These strong industry relationships combined with MTAS’ highly experienced production team, create first-class events with local flare and personal service.
As part of one of the largest special-interest magazine publishing companies in the United States, MTAS leverages relationships with over 45 automotive magazines to enhance the shows it produces. MTAS partners with Motor Trend magazine for auto show clients that request the Motor Trend brand identity in conjunction with their shows. Many Motor Trend shows are marketed as the place to “see the pages of Motor Trend come alive.” Additional promotion is on the pages of Motor Trend, and on www.motortrend.com.
In addition to all of the new vehicles planned, families can look forward to fun for all ages at every Motor Trend auto show. All attendees receive the free gift of a 12-month subscription to Motor Trend Magazine, and a free Motor Trend Auto Shows App is available for visitors to use before, during and even after their auto show visit.

Executive Officers
thumbnail_John_marriott.jpg John Marriott, Senior Vice President and General Manager


John Marriott is senior vice president and general manager of Motor Trend Auto Shows, LLC and the head of the Enthusiast Media Event Group, which includes the Lowrider events and the Endurocross and MiniMoto motorcycle race series. John’s emphasis within the Event Group is leveraging a group of cross-trained event production professionals, capable of producing enthusiast consumer events nationwide, with the support of related enthusiast publications. John drives a group-wide focus on the development and execution of cross-promotional campaigns, sales and marketing outreach and co-branding projects. John serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the National Association of Consumer Shows.

Prior to joining Motor Trend Auto Shows, LLC
in 2002, John served as vice president of operations for PRIMEDIA’s Consumer Magazine and Media Group, after previously serving as the group’s director of Internet operations.  John was also a founder, president and COO of the equestrian website EquiSearch.com, which was purchased by PRIMEDIA in 1999; and was formerly a management consultant with Coopers & Lybrand. Before beginning his business career, John graduated with distinction from the United States Military Academy at West Point. Following his eight years of service as an officer in the U.S. Army, John earned his Masters Degree in Business Administration from Harvard Business School.


For additional information, please see John’s profile on LinkedIn at http://www.linkedin.com/in/johnmarriott


Steve Freeman,
Vice President, Asst GM.


Steve Freeman, CMP, is vice president and assistant general manager of Motor Trend Auto Shows, LLC (MTAS). He is responsible for day to day management of the sales, creative and operational assets as well as serving as executive producer of several of MTAS’ family of auto shows. Steve’s experience with both auto shows and their venues comes together to help generate the first-class automotive events for which MTAS is known.

Prior to being named asst. general manager at MTAS, Steve was an executive producer, with responsibilities ranging from budget planning to project management for several of the auto shows.

Before joining MTAS in 1998, Steve worked at the Frank Erwin Special Events Center, and later as an event coordinator at the Phoenix Convention Center. He is a graduate of the School for Public Assembly Management, a certified meeting professional (CMP) and a member of the International Association of Exhibition Management (IAEM). Steve is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, where he received his BA in Latin American Studies.