18 Aug, 2011

Steve Fisher, Group Publisher of Woodward Community Media, announced that Brian Stuart has been promoted to General Manager of the Grant-Iowa-Lafayette Shopping News, located in Platteville, Wisconsin effective September 1, 2011.


“Brian has been on an outstanding growth path with the Shopping News and Woodward Community Media,” Fisher said. “When he came on board, I knew that this would be a logical transition for Brian.”


In addition to taking on administrative responsibilities, Brian will maintain his sales management duties at the Shopping News.


Brian joined Woodward Communications, Inc. in September, 2009, as the Sales and Marketing Director of the Shopping News. His accomplishments include the introduction of a new web strategy, the successful implementation of Big Deals and the addition of several successful special section projects. During a challenging FY ending March 31, 2011, Brian's sales team increased total revenue over the prior year by 3.8%.


Brian’s industry involvement includes Wisconsin Community Papers, serving on its Technology Committee, and Midwest Free Community Papers. Locally, he is a member of the Platteville Optimist Club and is the Vice President on the board of B.E.S.T – Building Economic Strength Together. Brian is also a member of the Grant County Tourism Council and the Mineral Point Historical Society.


Brian came to WCI from the Daily Chronicle in DeKalb, IL. His advertising sales management experience also includes Life Newspapers, a suburban Chicago 200,000 circulation weekly, where he served as Classified Advertising Director; the Wednesday Journal company in Oak Park, IL, publishers of the Chicago Journal and Chicago Parent magazine. Brian also worked in national sales as Ad Director for La Raza, a 200,000 circulation weekly Spanish language newspaper in Chicago.


Brian and his wife, Diane, are the parents of four (4) adult children and several grandchildren.


Congratulations, Brian!

14 Jul, 2011

One of the highlights of the June 16, 2011 Corporate Operating Group meeting in Richland Center, Wisconsin was the announcement that Karen Ruden was named a member of the Corporate Operating Group (COG), WCI’s senior management group effective July 1, 2011.


In making the announcement, WCI President & CEO Tom Yunt, made the following comments: “Karen has served exceptionally well as an interim COG member since she began reporting to me directly in January 2010 and has now earned the opportunity and right to officially join COG and serve as a member of our valued senior management team. Karen brings a vast amount of niche publishing experience and a fresh perspective to the COG group. I’m very excited for Karen, COG and WCI and proud and grateful for her continued contributions to our dynamic employee owned media company.”


Karen, currently Group Publisher, WoodwardBizMedia joined WCI in September 2002 as Associate Publisher, Magellan Medical Division. Subsequently, Karen was named Associate Publisher and Sales Manager, Magellan Publishing in August 2003 and Group Publisher, Specialty Publications in March 2005. With the advent of the division’s name change to WoodwardBizMedia in 2008, Karen assumed her current title of Group Publisher, WoodwardBizMedia. WoodwardBizMedia publishes several national B-to-B magazines in the material handling, electric power generation and renewable power and fuels markets.


In 2005, the WCI Board of Directors named Karen to the WCI Profit Sharing/401(k) Trustees. In 2010, Karen was appointed as a member of the Telegraph Herald Editorial Board.


Karen started her publishing career in 1982 at the Antique Trader Publications. While there, she had several positions in a variety of departments including circulation, advertising, production and accounts receivables. Her leadership positions included Customer Service Manager, Advertising Manager and Sales and Advertising Director, the position she held prior to joining WCI in 2002.


Congratulations Karen!