The SportsOneSource Group has expanded its Media Services Group team, adding one additional full-time editor and a west coast ad sales manager, while promoting two key managers to expanded roles.
“We are now in full growth mode with our print and online properties acquired from VNU in October,” said SOS president and CEO James Hartford. “It is important we continue to invest in the business to fuel additional growth.”
Tom Ryan, who had been a Senior Editor with Sporting Goods Business and ran the Outdoor Business online venture for VNU Business Media, has joined the company as a Senior Editor. He will contribute his talents to SGB, Sporting Goods Dealer, Outdoor Business, Sports Executive Weekly, and The B.O.S.S. Report, and will help drive the launch of the companys new Footwear Business UPDATE and Team Sports UPDATE e-mail newsletters. Tom first joined the Sporting Goods Business edit staff in 2003. In August 2005, he was named a Senior Editor at SGB and Outdoor Business, and also edited the Outdoor Business and Elite Running Conference e-newsletters. His prior experience includes serving as a financial reporter and editor at Womens Wear Daily (WWD) and the Daily News Record.
Stephen Jones, the former Ad Director at Canoe & Kayak publications and Paddlesports Business, has joined the company as West Coast Ad Sales Manager. Stephen has over 20 years of experience servicing the outdoor industry including Program Director of an outdoor private school for troubled kids and Director of experimental outdoor education for a private high school.
Additionally, SportsOneSource has promoted Judy Leand to Group Editorial Director, responsible for all content across all print, newsletter, and online properties. In July 2005, Judy Leand was named Editor-in-Chief of Sporting Goods Business magazine and its sister publications, Outdoor Business and Hunting Business, for which she oversaw all editorial content. She previously served as Executive Editor for those titles, and is now in her seventh year with the publications. Prior to joining SGB, Judy spent nearly seven years as Managing Editor of Sportstyle.
The company has also promoted Samuel Wender to Publisher of all print, newsletter and online properties. Sam was named publisher of Sporting Goods Dealer in 2005 and Associate Publisher of Sporting Goods Business, Outdoor Business and Hunting Business. He has over 25 years of publishing experience, including 16 years with Crain Communications, most recently as Associate Publisher of Crains New York Business, a $20 million weekly magazine servicing the movers and shakers of New York business.