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Jeff Heath, Publisher
Jeff Heath has more than two decades of media sales experience, having worked on business-to-business publications as well as consumer and non-profit magazines.
Prior to joining Snack Food & Wholesale Bakery, Jeff was publisher of Hardware Retailing, the publication of the North American Retail Hardware Association. Before that, he was the Midwest account manager for the Better Homes & Gardens Special Interest Publications, a brand of Meredith Corp. Previously, Jeff was a regional sales manager at Hanley-Wood, LLC, with revenue responsibilities for publications serving residential construction such as Builder, Building Products, Big Builder and Residential Architect. Jeff also worked for Delta Communications as a regional sales manager for Converting magazine.
Jeff started his advertising sales career with Hardware Age magazine in 1984 after graduating from North Park College in Chicago with a degree in business administration.
Lauren R. Hartman, Editor
For nearly three decades, Lauren has been a business-to-business publication editor/journalist, covering hundreds of case histories in the food, beverage, automation, controls, sustainability and medical/HBA/pharmaceutical markets. Prior to joining Snack Food & Wholesale Bakery, she was the senior editor for Packaging Digest for two decades. Lauren's articles and editorial work has won multiple awards from the American Society of Business Publication Editors (ASBPE) for Packaging Digest's tradeshow daily magazines.
Lauren has specialized in covering package manufacturing, converting, smart and active packaging, radio-frequency identification and sustainability, and has also worked in public relations. Lauren is a graduate of Northern Illinois University with a bachelor's degree in journalism.
Romy Schafer, Associate Editor
Romy Schafer is Associate Editor of Snack Food & Wholesale Bakery. Romy has worked as a business-to-business editor and writer for more than 25 years, covering a variety of industries, including nursery and landscape, agricultural seed, customer service, pet retail and home furnishings. Before joining Snack Food & Wholesale Bakery, she was a freelance writer and editor for three years for publications serving the informational needs of professionals in the snack and bakery, home furnishings, pet retail and custom home industries.
Romy also has worked as an editor for Vance Publishing’s Furniture Style, a monthly magazine for home furnishings retailers. She is a graduate of Valparaiso University with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and resides in the northwest suburbs of Chicago.
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Barbara Szatko, Senior Sales Manager
Having started her sales career with Procter & Gamble in 1994, Barb Szatko was awarded several business and organizational capacity-building awards. Prior to Snack Food & Wholesale Bakery, she was a sales manager for the Scranton-Gillette publication, Roads & Bridges, working with capital equipment clients such as Caterpillar and John Deere.
In addition, Barb wrote a weekly food column, "The Checkout Line" for her local paper. She graduated from Southern Illinois University with a degree in education.
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