Kimatni D. Rawlins
Kimatni D. Rawlins
President & Publisher, Automotive Rhythms
Host & Executive Producer, ARtv
Kimatni D. Rawlins is the founder of Automotive Rhythms Communications, LLC, a lifestyle automotive media and marketing portal consisting of Internet, network television, online video, print, radio and event properties. In the ten years of its existence, Automotive Rhythms has positively educated millions of automotive buyers on how they view and purchase new and used vehicles.
Kimatni established the company in 2002 to serve as the communications liaison between automotive companies and the urban car-buying market. Over the years, Automotive Rhythms has expanded its outreach to luxury, sports, entertainment, female, Hispanic and general markets through niche marketing and automotive consultation within the aforementioned sectors. Prior to spearheading Automotive Rhythms, Kimatni directed the Communications and Marketing departments for On Wheels, Inc. (OWI), which publishes African Americans On Wheels, Latinos On Wheels and Asians On Wheels magazines. His seven-year tenure with OWI and preceding term with Jaguar Cars of North America fortified Kimatni with extensive comprehension on the mechanics of the automotive industry, both internally (corporate) and externally (markets).
Kimatni travels the globe assessing new automobiles and motorcycles and their corresponding technologies for millions of readers and viewers. As an automotive journalist, he has covered hundreds of automotive product introductions and evaluated scores of new cars, trucks, SUVs, bikes and green energy (Autoganic) vehicles. Accordingly, Kimatni and his company have provided and continues to provide car buying guides, video content and automotive columns to an array of national publications and websites including Haute Living, Niche Media, Uptown, iTunes, YouTube, AutoTrader.com, and many more.
Within the television world, Kimatni is the host and Executive Producer of Automotive Rhythms TV, www.ARtvLive.com, which can be viewed on more than thirty online partner websites. ARtv received its network debut in 2006 through a partnership with Comcast’s Vibe On Demand. Shortly after, Kimatni and ARtv were picked up by Viacom’s BET J.
When it comes to automotive safety, Kimatni is no stranger. His initiation of seatbelt awareness campaigns, in conjunction with NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration), for Mitsubishi, Toyota and Volvo is a testament. In addition, Kimatni is a born leader in business relations, establishing countless partnerships between media agencies, marketing firms and premier automotive corporations including General Motors, Chrysler, XM, Shell Oil, Bentley, BMW, Maserati, Infiniti, Harley-Davidson, Ford, Aston Martin, Lincoln, Volvo, Michelin, Goodyear, Bridgestone, Volkswagen, Land Rover, Jaguar and many more.
Kimatni is a recipient of the 40-Under-Forty Achievement Award and held spokesperson positions for Shell Oil in 2006 and 2007. He is also President Emeritus of the 300-member plus Washington Automotive Press Association (WAPA) and currently offers council to the the WAPA board. Kimatni has been interviewed and featured in a cadre of TV programs, websites, newspapers and magazines. They include the Discovery Channel, BET, Comcast, WUSA Channel 9 News, Fox, WJLA Channel 7 News, Ebony, The Washington Post, Smooth, Michigan Chronicle, Detroit News, The NY Times, LA Times, Florida Times, XM, EURweb, and many more.
Kimatni D. Rawlins received a Bachelor of Science in Business and minored in Marketing and Economics at Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, GA., where he also lettered in football.