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
Editor-at-Large

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 positions in sales and management.  Most recently he has taken on responsibility for development, sales, and management of our PURE IntelTM Plus –– a collection of standardized data products for our clients engaged in the manufacture and distribution of crop protection products. 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.

Susan Chiancone

Vice President and
Chief Financial Officer

Susan serves as Meister Media Worldwide’s financial steward. She assists with shaping the strategic direction of the company by instilling a financial approach throughout the organization to help the business optimize growth and profitability. Susan earned her Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Cleveland State University and her MBA from Case Western Reserve University Weatherhead School of Management.

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 and
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 and
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 Marketing
and Creative Services

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 Director of
Business Services

Bob leads strategic development for the company’s business services offering, which focuses on custom digital and custom multi-media initiatives for clients – from concept to execution.  Bob earned his B.A. in English, Journalism from Ohio Wesleyan University.

Charlotte Sine

Editor-at-Large

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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