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About AW
Renown for editorial excellence, Automation World covers the entire spectrum of industrial automation technologies, software and devices. AW reports on developments in discrete manufacturing, batch/hybrid processing and continuous process operations.


Kurt Belisle, Publisher
Phone: 815-549-1034
Kurt Belisle, joined PMMI Media Group in 2015 with over 15 years of business development experience, including more than a decade as a Senior Account Executive for the Healthcare Financial Management Association, where he worked largely with custom media. As Publisher, Kurt is instrumental to the growth of Automation World and the annual Automation World Conference & Expo. He holds a degree in business administration from the University of Notre Dame with a focus in marketing, and resides in Manteno, IL with his family.

Editorial Staff

David Greenfield, Director of Content
Phone: 678-662-3322
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 program architect of the annual Automation World Conference & Expo. Earlier in his career, David was Editorial Director of Design News at UBM Electronics, and prior to joining UBM, he was Editorial Director of Control Engineering at Reed Business Information, where he also worked on Manufacturing Business Technology as Publisher.

Luis Rodriguez, Managing Editor
Phone: 312-205-7910
Luis Rodriguez joined the Automation World editorial team in June 2019. Before his arrival, he was Editor for June Media, Inc, writing for a collection of B-2-C women's lifestyle blogs. A graduate of Elmhurst College, with a BA in English, Rodriguez has always had a passion for writing and covering new technologies and solutions in the automation industry.

Stephanie Neil, Senior Editor
Phone: 781-378-1652
Stephanie Neil has been reporting on business and technology for over 20 years. She joined Automation World in 2015 as Senior Editor. Her previous experience was as Senior Editor at Thomas Publishing's Managing Automation and a community manager for Manufacturing-Executive.com. Stephanie's 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. Stephanie covers CPG, food and beverage, and pharmaceutical technologies and trends for Automation World. She is also Editor in Chief of PMMI Media Group's quarterly OEM magazine.

Jim Koelsch, Contributing Writer
Beth Stackpole, Contributing Writer
Lauren Paul, Contributing Writer
Jeanne Schweder, Contributing Writer

PMMI Media Group Alignment

Jim Chrzan, VP of Content and Brand Development
Phone: 847-830-2915
Jim Chrzan's over 25 years of business media experience includes sales, communications, audience development and executive management positions. As PMMI Media Group's VP of Content and Brand Development, Jim oversees editorial direction for all titles, as well as content alignment between PMMI Media Group and PMMI, ensuring that material produced by either entity is promoted and published efficiently. Jim is also a frequent speaker at industry events aligned with PMMI member interests.

Aaron Hand, Editor at Large
Phone: 312-488-3392
Aaron Hand has nearly three decades of experience in B to B publishing, and was most recently Executive Editor for Automation World, a position he held since 2013, where he focused on the continuous process industries. In his new role as Editor at Large for PMMI Media Group, Aaron will report on a wide variety of industry developments including advancements in packaging for consumer products and pharmaceuticals, food and beverage processing and industrial automation. Aaron holds a B.A. in Journalism from Indiana University and an M.S. in Journalism from the University of Illinois.

Kim Overstreet, Content Strategist, Alignment
Phone: 312-222-1010 x.1607
As a Content Strategist, Kim Overstreet disseminates PMMI Business Intelligence content to Packaging World, Healthcare Packaging, Automation World, ProFood World and OEM. She also covers packaging conferences for PMMI Media Group and enjoys reporting on current trends in the industry. Kim has been with PMMI Media Group since 2013 and has a master's degree in journalism from Drake University.

PMMI Media Group
PMMI Media Group is a market-leading business media company that produces information for packaging, processing and automation professionals, bringing together solution providers and end users and facilitating connectivity throughout the supply chain. Its world class media brands—Packaging World, Automation World, Healthcare Packaging, Contract Packaging, OEM, ProFood World and Mundo PMMI—are proven leaders in covering this diverse and dynamic marketplace, and its digital products incorporate leading edge media technologies to deliver informed, actionable business intelligence to the industry. To learn more visit PMMI Media Group.

PMMI Media Group is a division of PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, a trade association representing more than 850 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. Learn more at PMMI.