Title: GearJunkie Contributor Location: Portland, OR
Topics of Expertise: Off-roading, Vehicle Upgrades, Camping, Outdoor Gear
Years in Expertise: 6+
Number of Products & Number of Hours Tested: 100+ products, 700+ hours
Education & Certifications
Education: Bachelor of Fine Art, University of Wisconsin-Stout
Years of Writing: 6+
Certifications: LEED AP ID+C accreditation
Club/Association Memberships: Specialty Equipment Market Association, SEMA Businesswomen’s Network, NW Automotive Press Association, Texas Auto Writer’s Association, Motor Press Guild, Cascade Sports Car Club
Awards/Recognitions: 2022 SEMA Businesswomen’s Network’s #SheIsSEMA spotlight member, 2021 TAWA Excellence in Craft Competition (3 top 3 Awards), 2021 LinkedIn News Editors’ Picks and Must-Read Recognition, 2020 Motor Press Guild Best of the Year Social Media Award Finalist, 2020 Motor Press Guild Bob D’Olivo Award for Photography Winner, 2020 TAWA Excellence in Craft Competition (3 top 3 Awards), 2020 The New York Times Editors’ Picks, 2020 MPG Best of the Year Award Winner (4 Awards)
Previous Publications: AutoWise, New York Times, Tread Magazine, AAA, Auto Conduct, Autoblog, Car and Driver, Crankshaft Culture, Subcompact Culture, Digital Trends, Driving Line, Expedition Portal, Forbes Wheels, Four Wheeler Magazine, Hemmings, Outside Magazine, Rovers Magazine, Subaru Drive, Toyota Cruisers & Trucks Magazine, Trails Magazine, Which Car Australia, eBay Motors, etc…
A Word from Mercedes Lilienthal
I’m able to create engaging content using words + cars while using a wide multitude of skills learned from my previous career.
I started out with a nearly 20-year commercial interior design and project management career. However, I switched gears in 2018 (pun intended) to focus on my passion: cars. I wanted to give back to the automotive community in a meaningful and unique way. Combining my love for everything autos and the great outdoors, I’m living life to the fullest while I’m physically and mentally able to.
My personal interests include Off-Roading, Overlanding, Camping, Rallying, Traveling, Music, Interior Design, and Fashion.