Steve Fisher, Group Publisher of Woodward Community Media, announced that Brian Stuart has been promoted to General Manager of the Grant-Iowa-Lafayette Shopping News, located in Platteville, Wisconsin effective September 1, 2011.
“Brian has been on an outstanding growth path with the Shopping News and Woodward Community Media,” Fisher said. “When he came on board, I knew that this would be a logical transition for Brian.”
In addition to taking on administrative responsibilities, Brian will maintain his sales management duties at the Shopping News.
Brian joined Woodward Communications, Inc. in September, 2009, as the Sales and Marketing Director of the Shopping News. His accomplishments include the introduction of a new web strategy, the successful implementation of Big Deals and the addition of several successful special section projects. During a challenging FY ending March 31, 2011, Brian's sales team increased total revenue over the prior year by 3.8%.
Brian’s industry involvement includes Wisconsin Community Papers, serving on its Technology Committee, and Midwest Free Community Papers. Locally, he is a member of the Platteville Optimist Club and is the Vice President on the board of B.E.S.T – Building Economic Strength Together. Brian is also a member of the Grant County Tourism Council and the Mineral Point Historical Society.
Brian came to WCI from the Daily Chronicle in DeKalb, IL. His advertising sales management experience also includes Life Newspapers, a suburban Chicago 200,000 circulation weekly, where he served as Classified Advertising Director; the Wednesday Journal company in Oak Park, IL, publishers of the Chicago Journal and Chicago Parent magazine. Brian also worked in national sales as Ad Director for La Raza, a 200,000 circulation weekly Spanish language newspaper in Chicago.
Brian and his wife, Diane, are the parents of four (4) adult children and several grandchildren.