Grocery Headquarters Magazine
Macfadden Communications Group
333 Seventh Ave. 11th Floor
New York, N.Y. 10001
Seth Mendelson is the publisher and editorial director of Macfadden Communications, overseeing multiple titles across many key categories. Seth has been a journalist since graduating from Syracuse University in 1980. He was a sportswriter and newswriter for Gannett Newspapers, before becoming an editor at Mass Market Retailers, Nonfoods Merchandising and Supermarket Business. Also, Seth was previously editor in chief of Retail Merchandiser. He has been quoted in a number of publications, including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and many regional newspapers.
With more than 20 years of industry experience under his belt, including more than six with Grocery Headquarters, Richard Turcsik is a walking encyclopedia of supermarket knowledge. As
executive editor he is responsible for much of the magazine’s content, including the popular Retail Spotlight features, cover stories, news articles, center store and perishables features, as well as the Trade Talk, In the Aisles and Promotion Corner sections. If Richard didn’t write for GHQ he would be “working undercover."
When his dreams of playing professional hockey died due to lack of skill, Craig turned to writing. After doing some time on the PR side, he began his journalism career with Macfadden working for Discount Merchandiser and Supermarket Business. He has been with Grocery Headquarters since 2008. Despite discussing the grocery industry five days a week, one of his favorite pastimes is going grocery shopping with his wife and daughters. In addition to walking supermarket aisles, Craig still plays men's league hockey and takes long weekend bike rides to stay in shape.
Senior Editor/Fresh Editor
Natalie is a Quinnipiac University graduate with a degree in Print Journalism. After freelancing in the finance, education and news industries for four years, her love of magazines and obsession with food led her to Grocery Headquarters where she covers the fresh category. A Long Island native, Natalie enjoys spending her weekends outdoors and her paychecks at the grocery store. If Natalie's not writing about food, she'd probably be busy eating it.
Associate Editor–Selling Wellness Editor
A graduate of Purchase College in Westchester N.Y., Rebekah has a degree in journalism. Before jumping head-first into business-to-business publishing, Rebekah spent over three years exploring different aspects of the NYC journalism scene including: writing science articles for an online news startup; freelance science features for Vice; and hyperlocal news for Patch Media. Rebekah also interned for News 12: the Bronx, the Westchester Magazineand the Daily Voice during her college years. When she finishes her workday, Rebekah spends way too much time at the grocery store figuring out what to cook for dinner.
A graduate of Rutgers University in New Brunswick, N.J., Carol has a degree in journalism/communications. Having joined the staff of Grocery Headquarters magazine more than a decade ago, Carol has written about every category in the supermarket. Currently, her main responsibilities include spearheading the Equipment,Design and Operations section each month. A New Jersey native, Carol, her husband Greg and three Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers, now live in the Green Mountains of Vermont. Outside of work, she’s an avid outdoors woman, who enjoys spending her lunch hour hiking with her dogs and weekends skiing, mountain biking, kayaking, growing organic vegetables or cruising around on their Harley.
Contributing Senior Editor
Len Lewis, a regular Grocery Headquarters columnist, is a veteran industry journalist, commentator and editorial director of Lewis Communications, Inc. He is the author of The Trader Joe’s Ad venture—Turning a Unique Approach to Business into a Retail and Cultural Phenomenon. He can be reached atwww.lenlewiscommunications.com.
Nora Caley, Arielle Sidrane
Associate Publisher/Director of Sales – Midwest
Randall C. Hammett
Randall C. (Randy) Hammett has been on the sales staff of the magazine since 1994. He calls on advertising customers and agencies in the Midwest. He graduated from Drake University in Des
Moines, Iowa, with a BA degree in Journalism/Advertising and a minor in Marketing. Before coming over to business-to-business publishing Randy held a number of sales, marketing and
management positions with the Chicago Tribune. He is an avid golfer and gardener and follows all of the Chicago sports teams. He is the father of three grown children and dotes when he can on his four grandchildren.
Steven P. Werner
Steve Werner has been with Grocery Headquarters since 2000, focusing on the sales for the Non-Foods categories. His accomplishments at GHQ include developing effective media programs and helping to grow the number one publication in the industry. When not working, Steve likes to spend time with his family and watch sports (Go Chicago Bears!). When asked what he would do if he didn’t work at GHQ, Steve says “be on a beach somewhere.”
Ric recently joined Grocery Headquarters after 20-plus years in advertising sales with various trade publications in the pet retail industry. He is an avid New York Sports fan, likes going to contemporary Jazz concerts, and works out wherever he can find a gym. Ric has two grown children living on both coasts.
Advertising – West Coast
Ruth & Randy Schneider
Randy and Ruth Schneider have been with Grocery Headquarters for 12 years and have a combined 35+ years selling supermarket trade advertising. They handle the eleven western states, Alaska, Hawaii and the two western Canadian Provinces. They also handle National Fresh Sales for the Produce, Meat, Seafood and Poultry categories. Their combined experience brings a wealth of information to their clients.
West Coast Sales Director
Cindi Richardson has joined Grocery Headquarters with more than 15 years of advertising sales experience in trade publications. She graduated from California State University Northridge with a degree in psychology. When Cindi’s not at work, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, hiking with her dog and being at the beach. She is married and has two sons.