Leadership Team Bios

Leadership Team

Four Generations Strong

Our dedicated employees have made Meister Media the industry leader it is today.

Richard T. Meister

Chairman Emeritus and

In the 1940s, Dick joined the family business started by his father, EGK Meister, as Editorial Director. He and brother Ed, the second generation of family ownership, were responsible for the progression of the American Fruit Grower Publishing company from a single magazine to Meister Publishing Company, serving a wide range of agricultural markets around the world. Dick earned his B.S. from Cornell University, College of Agriculture, and his MBA from Harvard Business School.

Gary T. Fitzgerald

Chairman and
Chief Executive Officer

Gary sets the strategic direction for Meister Media Worldwide, leading the transformation of the company from a magazine publisher to a diversified global media, information, and services organization. The third generation of Meister’s senior leadership, he joined the company in 1979 as Western Advertising Manager and progressed through positions in sales, operations, and general management to his current role. Gary earned his B.A. in Economics from Washington and Lee University and his MM in Marketing and Finance from Northwestern University – Kellogg School of Management.

William J. Miller II

Vice Chairman

Bill’s career at Meister Media Worldwide began in 1987. Through his tenure, Bill has held numerous management positions over his tenure. In his current position, Bill oversees the design, development, and sales of PURE Intel Plus, a database allowing users to analyze the use of pest control products in California. His depth of knowledge of our markets and media platforms enables him to help clients evaluate the benefits that our services can deliver. Bill holds a B.A. in Economics from Lafayette College.

Joe Monahan

President and
Chief Operating Officer

Joe is responsible for the company’s day-to-day operations and Meister Media Worldwide’s overall revenue performance. He earned his B.B.A. with a focus in Marketing from Ohio University. Joe sits on the Biological Products Industry Alliance (BPIA) Board of Directors where he co-chairs the organization’s communications committee. Joe is also an active member of the Connectiv-Agri Media Committee.

Cindy Gorman

Vice President and
Director of Human Resources

Cindy joined Meister Media Worldwide in 1993. She provides leadership for HR programs, practices, and policy, including talent management and organizational development, in support of the company’s mission and strategic plan. She earned her B.A. in Business Administration with a concentration in Management and Marketing from Baldwin-Wallace College. Cindy holds a Senior Certified Professional (SCP) certification from the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and a Senior Professional (SPHR) certification from the HR Certification Institute (HRCI).

Charlie Craine

Chief Technology Officer &
Corporate Director of Data Products

Charlie sets strategic direction for the company’s multiple product and digital technology platforms and information systems. He earned his B.S. in Business Administration from University of Buffalo School of Management, The State University of New York with a concentration in Marketing, his M.A. in Communications and Journalism from University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and a Masters in Computer Science from University of Illinois Springfield.

James C. Sulecki

Chief Content Officer & Head
of Global Precision Initiative

Jim leads all content for Meister Media’s 12 major brands across print, digital, and event platforms and also heads the company’s cross-market strategic initiative in the rapidly growing area of precision agriculture. As the executive content lead, he maximizes the company’s editorial strength while developing new sources of content to serve the agricultural market’s growing demand for quality, round-the-clock intelligence. He earned his B.A. in English (Summa Cum Laude, University Honors) from Cleveland State University.

Nick Mlachak

Corporate Director of Operations

Nick is responsible for developing and implementing new business finance management practices with a focus on revenue planning and forecast management systems. He also leads the company’s Media Services team. Nick earned his B.A. in Communications, English from John Carroll University and his MBA, Management, Marketing from Cleveland State University.

Bill Rigo

Corporate Director of

Bill develops high-level, innovative marketing concepts and communications programs to advance Meister Media Worldwide’s brand marketing programs. In his 32+ years with Meister Media Worldwide, he has helped foster the company’s growth in web and digital media including enewsletters and webinars, global events, and custom direct-to-market services. Bill studied design at Kent State University. He is a member of the National Agri-Marketing Association (NAMA), the American Institute of Graphic Artists (AIGA), and American Society of Business Publication Editors (ASBPE).

Bob West

Corporate Commercial Digital Director

Bob serves as Meister Media’s Commercial Digital Director and the Director of Meister Custom Marketing Services, which is the company’s division focused on producing custom projects for clients. Bob is a graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University, and he joined Meister Media in 2007 as the Group Publisher for the company’s ornamentals group. He carries the digital media sales certification from the Interactive Advertising Bureau.

Charlotte Sine


Charlotte retired in 2005 as Executive Vice President and Editorial Director after 46 years. She now works on special assignments and reviews all company publications. Charlotte earned her B.A. from Cleveland State University. Her tireless commitment and unwavering dedication to agriculture around the world has helped build what is now Meister Media Worldwide.

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