And more A.R.E. team changes
Here at A. R. E., we’ve implemented other
changes to our internal team so we can
continue to serve you efficiently.
Katherine Josephs has a new role as
director of analytics and technology.
As director of communications for the past
five years, Josephs has been instrumental in
keeping A.R.E. competitive in the website,
Supplier|Connect, and mobile applications
while also managing communications.
A recipient of the Society of Environmental
Journalists Award, Josephs has served as staff
writer for Instyle and Money magazines.
She has a master’s in Journalism and
Mass Communications from Northeastern
Yajayra Wojtas and Eileen Ramos were
promoted to managers of member services
and sales. This department restructure follows
the departure of Marcia King-Gamble, who left
for a position outside the industry. Wojtas has
been with A.R.E. since 2005 and has extensive
knowledge of our products and services as
well as expertise in database management.
Ramos came to A.R.E. last year with a background in interior and fashion design. Both
women have a passion for the industry.
retail environments news
A new department debuts
in this issue on page 12.
Smashing Windows will bring
you hot trends in fashion
displays from around the
world each issue, thanks to
A.R.E.’s new partnership with
Windows Wear PRO. Hailed
as the “Google Earth of store
windows,” Windows Wear
PRO is a visual trend data
The partnership pro-
vides A.R.E. with exclusive
editorial content for Retail
Retail Environments Network
LinkedIn group, and A.R.E.’s
retail trend newsletter. This
market intelligence will help
you make informed decisions
for your window programs.
Want to see more
great window designs?
Search thousands of high-quality images at http://
Windows Wear PRO covers
the best retail brands and
stores in the top fashion
capitals of the world, including New York, Paris, Milan,
London, Barcelona, Los
Angeles, and Hong Kong.
A.R.E. members receive a
discount on the subscription
“The missions of the two
organizations align per-
fectly,” said Mike Niemtzow,
president and CFO of
Windows Wear. “We are
thrilled that such an import-
ant organization as A.R.E.
has partnered with us.
We believe this is a strong
testament to the unique
and innovative product and
service that Windows Wear
Partnership with WindowsWear PRO
brings you VM intelligence
Editorial team changes
Retail Environments magazine has some new faces and new roles, but you
can expect the same great focus on the business of creating retail stores.
Joining us as director of communications and editorial is Karen Benning. She was manager
of corporate communications for Manheim in Atlanta, where she managed the production
of internal and external publications and provided communication strategies for messaging
and media delivery. Previously, as founding editor of then DDI magazine, she earned a
Best Single Issue award from the Magazine Association of Georgia. Benning also was part
of the launch team for GlobalShop and has served as editor for trade magazines. She has
a bachelor’s in Journalism from the University of Missouri, one of the nation’s leading
Jo Rossman, LEED AP IB+C, was promoted to editor, replacing Tracy Dillon, who left
to pursue other career goals. Rossman has been with A.R.E. for 11 years in a number
of editorial, communications, and marketing positions and has served as manager of
sustainability and designer programs, where she oversaw such programs as the A.R.E.
Sustainability Awards, a LEED Green Associate prep course, and A.R.E.’s sustainability manual. The only editor with a LEED credential specific to interiors, she is also author of A.R.E.’s
annual trend report. An international award-winning journalist with previous editor positions, she has provided writing and editing services for the magazine since its inception.
Dillon, who was instrumental in the relaunch of the magazine as Retail Environments,
will continue to freelance for the magazine. She was with A.R.E. for 13 years and has
extensive industry knowledge.
Joining us as editorial assistant is Meisha Perrin. She’ll be covering Above & Beyond
finalists, member news, and other content for both the magazine and website. Perrin was
a reporter with Miami Today. She has a B.A. in Journalism and a minor in International and
Global Studies from the University of Central Florida.