Edgell Communications Hires David Weinand as Publisher of RIS News

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David Weinand, a widely known and respected veteran of retail technology business media, will join Edgell Communications as Publisher of RIS News effective April 9, 2008.

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I have known Dave's reputation for years, and I look forward to him building the relationships and producing the results for RIS that he has proven he is capable of through his career in this market.

    Most recently the Director of Advertising at The Jacksonville Business Journal, Weinand brings nearly a decade of business development experience in the retail technology market to the leading media brand in the space. Weinand spent 8 years at Retail Systems Alert Group (RSAG) in multiple roles, including Director of Sales, Vice President of Business Development, and General Manager. While at RSAG, Weinand launched their research division, RSAG Research, as well as several new events including The Global Retail Technology Forum, Merchandise Innovation & Excellence (MIX), and The Retail Data Security Forum. Prior to that, Weinand spent 9 years at national rep firm Katz Radio in New York, Atlanta, and Boston in sales and sales management roles.

Weinand explains, "The rate of technology innovation in retail is staggering, and no information provider is more trusted or accessed by retailers making these critical buying decisions than RIS. My role as Publisher of RIS will be to continue to guide retailers to the right decisions, and to help technology companies find and keep retail customers." Adding, "RIS' rapidly evolving portfolio of events, print, research, online, and related products is matching this market with new and innovative ways to build business, and I look forward to capitalizing on the opportunities to grow this brand."

RIS News includes a monthly magazine, four annual executive conferences, proprietary research, and a diverse portfolio of online information and lead generation products that comprehensively reach the most influential technology and business executives across every major and emerging retail channel.

Dan Ligorner, COO of Edgell Communications, added that the addition of Weinand reinforces the strong leadership position RIS is intent on maintaining. "Proven leadership in this market is essential as we compete to deliver the highest value content where and when our audience wants to access it, and deliver the most effective marketing insights and services to our customers. David's track record speaks for itself."

Gerry Ryerson, President of Edgell Communications, adds. "I have known Dave's reputation for years, and I look forward to him building the relationships and producing the results for RIS that he has proven he is capable of through his career in this market."

Edgell Communications is a business-to-business media company with market-leading information products that serve the information technology and seasonal merchandising markets. Edgell's Technology Group consists of 6 magazine franchises (RIS News, Consumer Goods Technology, Hospitality Technology, Apparel, Mobile Enterprise and Vertical Systems Reseller) that produce a combined 15 executive conferences, 8 custom events, 50 Web seminars, 40 whitepapers, 40 e-newsletters, as well as benchmark industry research, a comprehensive online media portfolio, custom digital content and custom publishing. Edgell's Seasonal Merchandising Group consists of three magazine franchises (Greetings etc., Selling Christmas Decorations and Selling Halloween). In addition to the annual National Party Retailing Awards, the Merchandising Group also produces an extensive suite of research, custom publishing and new media products.

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