Jim Haught, Editor
Jim Haught came to Scale Auto in January 2003 after a stint as an Associate Editor at FineScale Modeler. He joined Kalmbach in May 2002, following two years as a freelance writer/editor and seven years as editor of Model Aviation. Jim built his first car model in 1963. "As a kid, I built many aircraft, spacecraft, and car models," he says, "especially the AMT 3-in-1 kits with the wire-through-the-block axles. I was a big Ed Roth fan, so I always chose the Custom building option." Jim's spare-time activities include many hours following the San Francisco Giants, the music of Creedence Clearwater Revival, and an inexplicable fascination with his first car, a 1976 Chevy Vega Kammback.
Monica Freitag, Editorial Associate
Monica has been a member of the Scale Auto editorial staff since May 2003. She has spent much of her career at Kalmbach Publishing Co. as the Editorial Assistant for FineScale Modeler magazine. Aside from keeping the operations of the magazine office running smoothly, she is also responsible for reporting new products. Monica lives in Milwaukee with her two children and a tuxedo cat named Mitten. She enjoys gardening, reading the Sunday paper (before anyone else is up!), movies, and music.
Jenny Maaske, Editorial Assistant
Jenny joined the Scale Auto editorial staff in July 2007. She graduated from Concordia University Wisconsin with a BA in business communication and public relations with a minor in marketing. Aside from her duties for Scale Auto, Jenny also serves as editorial assistant for Model Railroader Video Plus. Her interests include photography, volleyball, traveling, and reading.
Carole Ross, Art Director
I really love working on Scale Auto! I look forward to seeing all the different vehicles that will be featured in each issue. I especially love the artfully executed dirty trucks! It's a fun challenge laying out the pages and making them look cool.
Over the 18 years that I've been employed at Kalmbach Publishing, I've had the pleasure of art directing many different publications including Art Jewelry, Astronomy, Bead Style, Birder's World, Bead&Button, Model Retailer, and now Scale Auto. Prior to that, I worked at a couple of different graphic arts studios and taught graphic design to college students at MIAD.
My other interests include decorating my 1960s "Super-ranch" house in authentic '60s style, gardening, movies, music, theater, ethnic food, traveling, shopping and hanging out with friends. I live with my two adorable dogs, Daisy and Charlie.
Jay Smith, Graphic Designer
Before joining the Scale Auto team in September of 2002 as an illustrator, Jay attended Milwaukee Area Technical College and graduated with a degree in 1978. He freelanced for over 22 years in the Milwaukee area until joining Kalmbach Publishing Co. He has serviced national and international clients, illustrating everything from ties for Ralph Marlin to medical diagrams for textbooks. Jay lives in a suburb of Milwaukee with his wife Debra and their two cats Crucie and Burkely and enjoys hosting dinner parties, watching movies, taking motorcycle trips, running and scuba diving.
Mark Savage, Publisher
As a kid, Mark built car and aircraft models; his first kit he can remember was an F-101 Voodoo, but he built a lot of vintage car and race car models, too. Since then, he has added die-cast models, slot car racing, and snowmobiling to his “favorites” list. Mark joined Kalmbach Publishing after 25 years as a daily newspaper journalist, where he became an auto review columnist (“Savage on Wheels”), something he continues as a side interest. At KPC, Mark first was editor of Model Retailer, a hobby trade magazine, before becoming editor of American Snowmobiler. He happily rejoins the hobby world as Scale Auto’s associate publisher and where his office — a near shrine to model and diecast cars — fits right in.