CLEVELAND, Ohio (February 5, 2019) – The GIE Media Horticulture Group is pleased to announce the promotions of Brian Wilgus to Senior Account Manager and Patrick Williams to Senior Editor for Greenhouse Management and Produce Grower magazines.
Wilgus joined GIE Media in May 2012 as an Account Manager for Greenhouse Management and Produce Grower, before moving into Nursery Management in 2014. Over the past seven years, Wilgus has leveraged his positive, can-do attitude and sales skills to build deep relationships within the horticulture industry and become a trusted partner to many clients. He has been a key asset to the GIE Media Horticulture Group and a team player who goes above and beyond to help his team and service his clients’ needs. In his new role, Wilgus will shift his main focus back to Greenhouse Management and Produce Grower magazines.
"It's been a pleasure to work alongside Brian and watch him grow professionally over the years," says Nick Collins, National Sales Manager. "His passion and determination to help his clients succeed is second to none. I’m extremely confident that Brian is the right person to help push the Greenhouse Management and Produce Grower brands forward and am excited for the future of our group."
Wilgus is eager to move into this new position. "There's no industry like horticulture," Wilgus says. "The passion and hard work that people put into their everyday jobs is truly inspiring. I'm lucky to be a part of such an amazing industry, surrounded by genuine people who care about what they do. I’m looking forward to working with these professionals and do my part to help move the industry forward."
Publisher Jim Gilbride says that Wilgus' promotion will play a key role in supporting the magazines' growth in the coming years. "Nick Collins and Brian Wilgus are a class act, customer-first, driven sales team, and I'm confident that together, they will help elevate our clients' businesses to the next level through outstanding customer service and product offerings," Gilbride says.
Williams joined GIE Media in May 2016 as an editorial intern on sister publications Golf Course Industry and SNOW magazines. In January 2017, Patrick joined the Greenhouse Management and Produce Grower staff as Associate Editor.
"In the time he's worked at GIE Media, Patrick has proven his value to the team with his strong work ethic, eye for detail and dedication to high-quality journalism," says Karen Varga, Editor. "He frequently exceeds expectations and is a great team player, both when working with the rest of the magazine staff and with clients. We're excited to see Patrick continue to grow and thrive in the Senior Editor role."
"I have been thrilled these past two years to work with such a motivated team and to deliver useful content to the greenhouse and produce industries," Williams says. "The hardworking people in horticulture and controlled environment agriculture inspire me to tell their stories every day. I am excited to continue on this remarkable journey."
Greenhouse Management magazine is the leading trade publication serving greenhouse growers in North America. Our editorial mission is to provide the most relevant independent research, trends reports and useful business information – including technical content, grower profiles, legislation updates, and best management and marketing practices – resulting in an engaged and active audience in our market.
Produce Grower is a business management and production publication sent to 10,000 growers that specialize in growing vegetable and fruit crops in a protected environment. Produce Grower provides readers with the most relevant and up-to-date information, including topics such as pests and diseases, food safety, marketing and management, new varieties, production and others, to run their growing operation more efficiently and profitably.
GIE Media, based in Valley View, Ohio, was founded in 1980 and has grown over 36 years into a leading marketing and communications business-to-business media company serving 17 industries. The goal of Group Interest Enterprises is to publish the highest quality business magazines, websites, e-newsletters, conferences, reference books and other forms of business media in growth industries, with a quality standard based upon editorial value and market leadership. The company employs nearly 100 editors, publishers, sales representatives, marketers and other professionals.