About Us

Automation World’s publishing team is the most experienced in the business – with the industry knowledge, relationships and editorial expertise to provide informed and insightful coverage about industrial automation. AW’s unique editorial approach provides intelligence for the entire buying team – from management to IT to professionals on the plant floor. Automation professionals can keep current via reports on industry news and developments, new products and technologies, and successful implementations that maximize return on automation.

B2B professionals can access Automation World in a number of ways, including our print magazine, digital edition and website. For peer-to-peer education and networking, Automation World has launched The Automation Conference. Developed by and for the end-users of automation technology, this event is for engineering and management professionals within the discrete manufacturing, continuous and batch processing, and packaging industries.

Since 2003, automation professionals have depended upon Automation World for relevant and comprehensive industry information and analysis on "the why and how of manufacturing automation."

Publishing Staff

PMMI Media Group brings together a savvy, high-energy team that produces leading edge media every day of the year. Our publishing staff and regional sales reps excel at what they do, and you can find their contact information here. PMMI Media Group is a division of PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, a trade association representing more than 700 companies that provide a full range of processing and packaging machinery, materials, components and containers. PMMI actively brings buyers and sellers together through initiatives such as Packexpo.com, educational programs and world-class events, connecting participants in the processing and packaging supply chain with their customers around the world. PMMI produces the PACK EXPO portfolio of trade shows.

Jim Chrzan, VP/Publisher, has been with PMMI Media Group (the former Summit Publishing Company) since the company’s inception in 1994, when he joined as a regional account representative for Packaging World. In 1998 he was promoted to Associate Publisher of Packaging World. Working with PMMI Media Group's Digital VP, Dave Newcorn, they introduced regular coverage of automation with the launch of Packaging World's Controls and Integrations section. Jim helped shape the annual Packaging Automation Forum (now The Automation Conference) and witnessed the professional organization OMAC's PackML initiative. In addition to his position as Publisher of Automation World, Jim is actively involved in audience development for PMMI Media Group.

Editorial Staff

While our publishing team is a success story unto themselves, Automation World owes its growing and loyal following to the team that delivers our acclaimed content. Automation World is edited by journalists who possess a keen understanding of today’s manufacturing and business environments. Meet the individuals who are the voice of our magazine, website, newsletters, podcasts and webinars – and you’ll understand why we are the leading media brand covering industrial automation.

David Greenfield joined Automation World in June 2011. Bringing a wealth of industry knowledge and media experience to his position, David’s contributions can be found in AW’s print and online editions and custom projects. He is also the chief architect of The Automation Conference. Prior to joining PMMI Media Group, David was Editorial Director of Design News at UBM Electronics. Before joining UBM, he was Editorial Director of Control Engineering at Reed Business Information, where he also worked on Manufacturing Business Technology as publisher, several years earlier. David manages AW’s popular LinkedIn group.

A respected industry journalist, Aaron Hand joined Automation World in April of 2013 with over two decades of experience editing technical journals. Prior to joining AW, he was most recently the Managing Editor of Putman Media's Control Design and Industrial Networking. He also covered industrial automation during his time at Reed Business Information's Semiconductor International, where he worked for a decade, advancing to the position of Editor-in-Chief. At Automation World, Hand specializes in covering the continuous process industries, including oil and gas, chemicals and power generation.

Stephanie Neil has been reporting on business and technology for over 20 years covering enterprise IT and industrial automation news. Prior to joining Automation World in 2015, she was Senior Editor at Thomas Publishing’s Managing Automation and a community manager for Manufacturing-Executive.com. Her journalism career began in the early 1990s as a beat reporter for the Ziff-Davis IT journal eWeek (formerly PC Week) where she spent over a decade and became Managing Editor of the Features Department in 2000. At Automation World, Stephanie covers CPG, food and beverage, and pharmaceutical technologies and trends. Follow her on Twitter @neilst.

Grant Gerke joined Automation World magazine after spending more than ten years at Reed Business Information (formerly, Cahners Business Information), working on manufacturing, packaging and food magazines during his tenure there. He started as a traditional print journalist in 1996. In 2003, he moved to the digital space and has been developing online content ever since for B2B manufacturing websites. Gerke is a member of Wired Journalists, Search Engine Watch and the Fox Valley Electric Vehicle Association.

Jeanne Schweder has been writing about manufacturing, automation and environmental issues for nearly 25 years, first as a public relations representative for some of the industry’s leading automation companies and manufacturers, and since 2011 as a freelance writer. Her work has appeared in nearly every automation publication. She has interviewed hundreds of manufacturers, machine builders, system integrators and automation suppliers over the years, sharing their expertise and experiences with the industry through her writings. Jeanne began her career as a journalist, serving as managing editor of a chain of weekly newspapers in upstate New York. She has also worked for corporations, non-profit organizations and at advertising and public relations agencies, specializing in business-to-business communications.

Alan Beaulieu offers Automation World readers valuable insights on business and economics. One of the country’s most informed economists, Alan is a principal of the Institute for Trend Research where he serves as President. Since 1990, he has been consulting with companies throughout the U.S., Europe, and Japan on how to forecast, plan, and increase their profits based on business cycle trend analysis. Alan is also the Senior Economic Advisor to NAW and the Chief Economist for HARDI. A co-author, along with his brother Brian, of the book Make Your Move, he has also written numerous articles on economic analysis. Alan makes over 150 appearances each year, and his keynotes and seminars have helped thousands of business owners and executives capitalize on emerging trends. Prior to joining the Institute, Alan was a principal in a steel fabrication company and also in a software development company.

Larry White enjoys a strong following among Automation World subscribers who appreciate his insightful columns on business issues related to industrial automation. Larry is the executive director of the Resource Consumption Accounting (RCA) Institute, which educates and certifies individuals and organizations in the practice of RCA. He is also an on-call senior business advisor with Deloitte. Larry retired from the U.S. Coast Guard as a Captain with more than 28 years of service, including 21 years in financial management and accounting. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and an M.B.A. from Columbia University. An active member of numerous accounting associations, Larry previously served as the IMA Board chair.

Terry Costlow heads up Automation World's quarterly supplement on Industrial Ethernet. As a freelance writer for nearly a decade, he's contributed to a variety of industry journals and has also written technical articles and white papers. Much of his career was with EE Times, where he wrote about factory automation and closely related technologies including embedded systems, communications, sensors and software. As a bureau reporter for Electronics Magazine and Electronic Design, Costlow covered a broad range of technologies, from passive components to supercomputers. He's also examined their impact on society, and has covered the complex career issues facing engineers. Costlow studied journalism at California State University at Fullerton.

Greg Farnum is the voice of Automation World's quarterly supplement on Packaging Automation. Farnum has had a long career as an industrial trade and business magazine journalist, having served as Senior Editor of Manufacturing Engineering and Executive Editor of Modern Metals and FF Journal, and has written for Design News, Managing Automation, Robotics Today, American Executive and Heath Executive. He served as Public Relations Director of the B-to-B ad firm French & Rogers from 1996 to 2002. In his spare time he writes short stories and book reviews.

James R. Koelsch has been an engineer writing for other engineers for over two decades. He specializes in reporting on manufacturing technology. He contributes to a variety of metalworking and plastics magazines and has been writing for Automation World since 2004. Koelsch began his editorial career after graduating from Cleveland State University with a Bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering. His first journalism job was at Production Engineering, (also known as Automation Engineering). Koelsch's education helped him to rise quickly the position of chief editor of Manufacturing Engineering and Machine and Tool Blue Book magazines. His ability to find fascinating angles in what many consider mundane and to convey those ideas in a clear, lively manner has earned him several editorial excellence awards from the American Society of Business Press Editors.

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