Meet the Staff

Kathy Laderman — Editor
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Greetings! I'm Kathy Laderman, President of KAL Publications and Editor of O&A Marketing News and Automotive Booster Magazine.

We were incorporated in 1992 in the State of California and, with the help of our stockholders, published our first magazine in June of 1992.  However, the magazines we publish have a long history; the Booster was established in 1928 by the Automotive Booster Club of Los Angeles, a club of auto parts salesmen.  The O&A Marketing News was founded in 1966 by Don McAnally, a former newspaper journalist.  We carry on the tradition, publishing each magazine seven times a year, each with its own unique blend of photos, news and industry gossip.

I've been a professional journalist since 1987 and love the constant challenges involved: tracking industry news, educating and informing our readers, seeking out ways to help everyone improve their business, and working with our customers, readers and staff.  Okay, it's a lifestyle, not a job, but I never was a nine-to-five type.

When I'm not on the job, I enjoy singing competitive barbershop with my chorus, Harborlites, which earned the 2005 and 2008 International Chorus Championships. Check out our show schedule and hear some harmony.

Karen Laderman — Administrator
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Hello. I’ve been the Administrator for KAL Publications since 2005, though I've served as a Member of the Board of Directors, outside consultant and contractor since the company formed in 1992. Small businesses being what they are, as Administrator I wear several hats:

  • Didn’t get your last issue? I’m the Circulation Manager.
  • Problems with your advertising invoice? Let me put on the Billing Department hat.
  • Have a new product? Tell the New Products Editor all about it.
  • Have a suggestion about our web site? You’re reading about the Webmaster.
  • Want to order a print of a photo from the website or one of the magazines? I handle all photo processing (once Kathy takes the picture, I do the rest).

I think you get the idea!

When I joined KAL Publications as full-time staff in June 2005, I had been Kathy's sister for over 30 years. I live in Brea, CA. and I sing in the 2005 and 2008 International Champion Harborlites Chorus with others on staff. To raise money for Harborlites, Kathy and I co-chair the Harborlites Harmony Golf Classic. I also serve as editor of Golden West Magazine, the official publication of Golden West Region 21 of Sweet Adelines International.

When I’m not worrying about press deadlines and chorus rehearsals, I like to indulge my other hobbies: golf, home arts, movie night, and mahjong.

Laura Lawrence — Advertising Sales Manager
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Hi, I am Laura Lawrence and I am the newest addition to the KAL team. I met Kathy and Karen through the award-winning Harborlites Chorus. As I am a newer member, I am not yet an International Champion, but I plan to be on stage with them to help make that happen!

I have worked in the high-end home appliance industry for 35 years. Having worked for companies like Thermador and Dacor, I am now with an appliance service company processing invoices and warranty claims, providing customer service for the past 12 years.

I am married to my high school sweetheart, Chuck. We have been married for 30 years and together we have raised 4 amazing human beings and one very sweet elderly dog. We have 3 sons and a daughter, all currently navigating their 20’s with college and careers. I am proud of each one of them.

I love singing, musical theater, books, and shopping. I love traveling and being in the outdoors; sunshine is my best friend! I won’t pass up a good hockey game (Go Ducks!), a visit to the beach, or a great day shopping at thrift stores and estate sales. I would love to own an antique/thrift store someday (recycle/reuse/repurpose).

I am excited to help you promote your business and connect with your clients. Please contact me for your advertising needs.

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