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 in 1995 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 daughter. In addition to walking supermarket aisles, Craig still plays mens league hockey and takes long weekend bike rides to stay in shape.
Senior Editor, Fresh Foods / Web Editor
Elizabeth Louise Hatt
Elizabeth joined the GHQ team in October 2010 to indulge her passion for writing, asking questions, eating exorbitant amounts of food and meeting industry celebrities, such as the Pillsbury Doughboy. When ELH isn’t bringing you the latest news from the fresh categories, she likes to bake cupcakes, blog about her attempts to get fit while staying true to her cheese-cravings, snowboard trails too advanced for her skills and run long distances. Oh, and eat! She eats a lot… mostly cheese!
A graduate of Rutgers University in New Brunswick, N.J., Carol has a degree in journalism/communications. Having joined the staff of Grocery Headquartersmagazine more than a decade ago, Carol has written about every category in the supermarket. Currently, her main responsibilities include spearheading the Selling Wellness section each month, helping out with nonfoods features as well as managing several of the company’s special projects each year. 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 outdoorswoman, 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.
Molly is the latest addition to the Grocery Headquarters team, following her recent graduation from Quinnipiac University. She is a self-proclaimed food nerd who enjoys spending her time immersed in all things edible. When she is momentarily distracted from food she can be found smothering her dog, Kodiak, with love, knitting, scouring Pinterest and cheering on the New York Football Giants. Molly hopes to one day be a successful food writer living in Seattle.
Editor at Large
Tom joined the grocery industry press in 1994 after a three-decade career in daily newspapers. He was executive editor of Grocery Headquarters before retiring from full-time duties at the end of 2007. He has also served as editor-in-chief of Supermarket Business and Progressive Grocer, and had a brief stint as a freelance writer covering the supermarket industry.
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 at www.lenlewiscommunications.com.
A freelance writer and pop culture junkie, Kimberley has written for the fashion, bridal and dance industries. A wannabe foodie, Kimberley believes you can’t say you don’t like something if you haven’t tried it, so she loves to spend her free time at beer tastings and wine dinners expanding her palate. Living in an apartment that doesn’t allow pets, she also enjoys spending quality time with other people’s dogs.
Nora Caley, Patrick Kiernan
Maureen Mills has been GHQ’s Art Director for several years now; first in the Windy City and now in New York. Previous to this she has spent time designing children’s clothing, creating labels and ads for nutritional products, managing and maintaining websites and trying to stay out of trouble. She enjoys designing features about food…but wishes more “samples” were sent to her home for “research purposes.” In her free time, Maureen likes to go out and see live music, run along Lake Shore Drive with her greyhound, Wes, paint, act silly with her ten nieces and nephews and bake fancy cupcakes.
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 team. 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.”
Senior Director of Advertising – Northeast/Southeast
Since 2004, Mike Weinreich has been responsible for Grocery Headquarters’ sales for in the North and Southeast regions. Some of Mike’s professional and personal accomplishments include selling retail trade advertising for over 20 years, having a wonderful family and getting out of three tickets this year. Outside of schmoozing with GHQ’s partners, he enjoys spending time watching ice hockey with his son and basketball with his daughter. If Mike wasn’t working GHQ he would be napping on a beach—but not necessarily the same beach as Steve.
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.
Nicole is the most recent addition to GHQ starting in January 2013. Immediately after graduating from Michigan State University she gave into her love for traveling and fled to South Korea to teach English and travel around Asia for two years. Afterwards, she moved to New York City wanting to start her career exploring sales and marketing. In her spare time, you will easily find her either reading books, playing word games or planning her next big trip.