AM/VMW transition: Jolene Gulley-Bolton succeeds Ron Bean as publisher

Sept. 9, 2021

Business-to-business media veteran Jolene Gulley-Bolton has been appointed publisher of Automatic Merchandiser and, leading print and online news brands covering the convenience services industry. Gulley succeeds Ron Bean who announced his plans to retire last month. The management change is effective immediately.

Gulley brings 30+ years’ publishing experience to the two vending media brands, which are owned by Endeavor Business Media LLC.

Between 2000 and 2020, Gulley-Bolton was a publisher at Cygnus and AC Business Media, whose publications cover heavy construction, manufacturing and the supply chain markets, among other industries. From 2007 to 2019, she was group publisher of Food Logistics and Supply & Demand Chain Executive magazines. For the past two years, she ran her own company. 

Gulley-Bolton reports to EBM executive vice president Lester Craft. She is based in Phoenix and can be contacted at or (602) 315-9240.

A 40-year publishing and advertising pro, Bean became publisher of AM and VMW in February 2015. He led the media outlets through several years of growth and guided it through the COVID-19 pandemic.

"I am confident that Jolene Gulley-Bolton's experience and perspective will help ensure that Automatic Merchandiser and will continue as vibrant and critical sources of information for our readers, and as beneficial vehicles for our advertisers," Craft said. "At the same time, while Ron Bean's contributions and presence will be missed, I join with the AM/VMW team in wishing him a fulfilling and well-deserved retirement."

Headquartered in Nashville, TN, Endeavor Business Media was formed in late 2017 to acquire and operate trade publications, websites, events and marketing solutions that target a wide variety of industries and professional services. For more information, visit


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