Moving on with fond memories

March 9, 2015
I’m transitioning to a new role, but the publication’s vision remains steadfast

As we really start getting into 2015, I wanted to let you know of some changes here at Automatic Merchandiser/ After much reflection, I have decided to accept an opportunity with another publishing company in the business-to-business (B2B) industry. It wasn’t without difficulty. I’ve been with this publication for more than five years, becoming publisher in 2012. It has been a great ride. As I’ve said before, once you experience this industry, it gets into your blood and you can’t get enough of it. While the industry has seen quite a bit of change/consolidation/challenges over the years, vending still plays a vital role to consumers. I’ve enjoyed being part of the publication that brings you news, technologies, equipment and products that help you run your businesses and make vending users a fan for life.

Moving in a digital world

My time spent leading the publication has been nothing short of blessed. However, throughout the years, I have been very interested in digital media and the new and exciting opportunities that it has given to publishers like myself and advertisers. That is why when the opportunity came to lead the digital sales efforts for a number of different publications at another B2B media company, I couldn’t refuse. This media company doesn’t have a vending, micro market or OCS property, so I unfortunately won’t be working with this industry; instead, I’ll be making new friends and colleagues in other industries. I hope they will be as welcoming.

Introducing Ron Bean

While I am departing, there is someone I want to introduce to you. His name is Ron Bean, the new publisher of Automatic Merchandiser and Many of you will have heard from Ron already, but if you haven’t, be sure to reach out to him at [email protected] or 920-568-8386. He will be attending the NAMA OneShow in April as well. Ron comes from KeHE Distributors where he was an event, sponsorship and publications sales coordinator. He has worked in the publishing industry at different publications and in different roles for more than 20 years, so he brings plenty of experience. I know I am leaving the publication in good hands.

In closing, I just want to say this. Automatic Merchandiser and had an absolutely fantastic year and I know that the property will continue to be the source for relevant and timely information to the industry. It has truly been a pleasure working with all of you and my best wishes for a successful 2015.