PBM adds editor, promotes 7 in sales, executive posts

Jane Dagmi

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Progressive Business Media, the parent company of Furniture Today, has hired a new editor and promoted seven within the company to new positions.

“As PBM hits its next stage of evolution, it is critical to recognize some of the talent that has helped us get to where we are now,” said Matthew Slaine, CEO of PBM. “The company is vastly different from what it was five years ago, and we continue to position ourselves in a way that helps fulfill our vision as a creative and collaborative solutions provider that engages and inspires our readers and our industries. I am excited about these promotions, proud of all our team and grateful for the hard work of everyone in our company.”

Senior editor

PBM has named Jane Dagmi to the role of senior editor, fashion, for the company’s furniture group of brands, including the position of editor in chief of Designers Today, PBM’s quarterly publication for the interior design trade.

Jane Dagmi

Jane Dagmi

In this newly created position, the 25-year industry veteran will work closely with PBM management and the editors of Furniture Today, Home Accents Today, Casual Living and Exterior Design, focusing on the interior design segment and higher-end categories. She will report to Catherine Silver, PBM vice president and group publisher of the furniture brands.

For the past several years, Dagmi has worked in communications and content for B2B and technology companies catering to the design trade, most notably Steelyard. Prior to that, Dagmi spent 14 years as an editor in the consumer sector, writing and producing hundreds of feature stories for Country Living magazine.

Vice presidents

PBM has promoted two to vice president. Melinda Webster has been named vice president, human resources and development, and Tammy Overcash has been promoted to vice president, finance and accounting.

Before joining PBM in 2013 as HR director, Webster worked with Wachovia/Wells Fargo for 16 years in various HR roles through recruiting, payroll, employee relations, performance management, financial reporting, training and development planning.

Overcash has a master’s degree in accounting, an MBA and is a certified public accountant. She joined PBM in July 2013 as finance director from Pace Communications, where she served as the corporate controller.

Webster and Overcash continue to report to Slaine.

Sales team

PBM has promoted five members of its sales team, including two for Furniture Today.

Kara Dunlay, a 25-year veteran with Furniture Today, has been promoted to associate publisher of the publication. She reports to Silver. In her new role, Dunlay will work closely with Silver and will manage key accounts as well as the North Carolina territory.

Also for Furniture Today, Michael Ball has been promoted to account executive responsible for the Northeast territory. Previously, Ball worked with Furniture Today’s classifieds business and selling new accounts for Furniture Today and Casual Living. He recently completed his MBA at High Point University.

Other PBM promotions include:

• Patti Johnson has been promoted from account manager to account executive for Home Accents Today responsible for the West Coast territory.

• Katherine Hunniecutt has been promoted to national sales manager for Designers Today, adding to her role as account executive for Home Accents Today. In her role with Designers Today, she will work closely with the Furniture Today sales team.

• Ryan Zanardi has been promoted to PBM director of digital sales. Previously, he was an account executive for Home Accents Today and manager of digital sales.

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