About GM Authority
Welcome to GM Authority – The Ultimate Independent Destination For Everything General Motors. Our goal is to provide General Motors enthusiasts and shoppers a one-stop location to stay up to date, discuss, share, and learn about their favorite automaker.
The GM Authority Team
Manoli Katakis – Editorial Director
Manoli is a managing partner and Editorial Director for the Motrolix network and its websites, beginning with GM Authority in late 2009. He’s also the company’s resident mixed martial artist, which really comes in handy during auto show media scrums.
Holding a degree in journalism from Oakland University, he’s one of those rare Millennials that actually applies his years of college education into a field he ended up working in. A resident of Detroit, his ability to show out-of-towners and suburbanites that there’s more to the city than Greektown is uncanny. When not autocrossing his Chevrolet Volt at Detroit SCCA region events, he’s likely perfecting his culinary skills and keeping up with the latest happenings in his ever-evolving city.
Manoli has attended performance driving courses at both Ron Fellows Performance Driving School at Nevada’s Spring Mountain Raceway, and CGI Motorsports at Michigan’s Gingerman Raceway. He also has track driving experience at Illinois’ Autobahn Country Club and Wisconsin’s Road America, as well as select off-roading experience. Somehow, he’s even driven Corvettes on GM’s Milford Road Course. His favorite automotive experience was attending the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2015.
Sean Szymkowski – Lead Writer
Sean Szymkowski is an avid auto enthusiast from the Cleveland, Ohio area. Other than cars, Sean is a connoisseur of coffee, and delves into a game of Gran Turismo when life allows for it. When he’s not writing for GM Authority, he spends his time detailing his Holden VE Commodore SSV, which was converted from a sport red metallic Pontiac G8 GT, and traveling the area taking in every ounce of local automotive culture.
Although his loyalty lies with the Roaring Lion, his love for anything with four wheels extends to import as well as domestic. Especially the oddities and unique vehicle that cross his path. To keep the miles down on his prized G8, Sean’s other car is a Honda Prelude. Sean has also attended a CGI Motorsports performance driving school at Gingerman Raceway, and drives on Road America and Autobahn Country Club annually.
Francisco Cruz – Senior Staff Intern
Frankie is an English Major at The Pennsylvania State University, double minoring in rhetoric and technical writing. He autocrosses his Saab 9-3 Aero, which is pretty much the coolest car on campus.
Anthony Herta – Staff Intern
Anthony specializes in auto industry reporting and evaluating vehicles targeted to the youth market. Growing up in the Detroit area and learning his way around the Detroit North American International Auto Show at a very early age gave him a deep love for cars and the industry. Anthony is currently pursuing his journalism degree with a minor in public relations at Michigan State University.
Previously, he’s worked side-by-side with the Road&Track editorial team. At the same time, he also interned at Autoline Daily and was mentored by John McElroy. In his freshman year at MSU, he founded YouthAutos.com and interned at The State News, creating the newspaper’s first auto review column. Prior to that, he did the same at his high school newspaper in Novi, Michigan and won several Michigan Interscholastic Press Association awards.
As far as driving goes, Anthony is comfortable in fast cars and on the race track, having completed high performance driving certification from Skip Barber Racing School. Currently, he drives a 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500.