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Hanley Wood Promotes Katie Weeks to Editor-in-Chief of ECOBUILDING Network – Rick Schwolsky Announces Retirement


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WASHINGTON, D.C. (February 4, 2013) – Hanley Wood LLC, the premier media and information company serving the housing and construction industries, announced today the appointment of Katie Weeks as editor-in-chief of ECOBUILDING Network. She will oversee ECOHOME and ECOSTRUCTURE magazines, as well as their online component, ecobuildingpulse.com.

Weeks joined Hanley Wood in 2009 and most recently served as editor-in-chief of ECOSTRUCTURE magazine. She will continue to report to Ned Cramer, editorial director. Prior to joining Hanley Wood, she was a senior editor at Contract magazine where she focused on commercial interior design.

“When we decided to create the ECOBUILDING Network, I immediately called Katie Weeks into my office and asked her to run point,” said Bob Benz, president of content at Hanley Wood. “Katie’s deep knowledge of the subject matter and her ability to work across multiple groups of stakeholders made her the perfect person for the task at hand. She’s created an indispensable resource for the commercial and residential construction industries, and she is the perfect person to expand and grow the Vision 2020 project that Rick Schwolsky created.”

Rick Schwolsky, who was the founding editor of ECOHOME, is retiring, but will remain on as Editor-at-Large. During his time at the magazine, Schwolsky established and guided the magazine’s editorial mission in covering residential environmental building and sustainability, and created and led the year-long Vision 2020 Research Initiative.

He also administered The Hanley Award for Vision and Leadership in Sustainable Housing, the largest annual award program for sustainability that includes a $50,000 grant. In his new role as editor-at-large, he will continue to lead these two programs.

Schwolsky earlier served as editor-in-chief of Tools of the Trade and El Nuevo Constructor magazines, as construction editor for BUILDER magazine, and as Hanley Wood’s project manager for The New American Home and the company’s show homes built as part of the International Builders’ Show. Prior to joining the company in 1993, he spent 20 years as a custom home builder, retiring as president of Grafton Builders in Vermont.

“I’m honored to follow in Rick’s footsteps at ECOHOME, and am looking forward to continuing the legacy of award-winning editorial excellence that Rick has established in chronicling the latest products, technologies, and projects in residential green building,” Weeks said. “I’m excited about the possibilities that lie ahead as we continue to strengthen Hanley Wood’s ECOBUILDING Network—which includes ECOHOME, ECOSTRUCTURE, and ECOBUILDING University—to provide the most vital content and resources for green-focused builders, architects, designers, and building professionals.”

About the Hanley Wood ECOBUILDING Network
Powered by the editorial strengths of ECOHOME and ECOSTRUCTURE, Hanley Wood’s ECOBUILDING Network is the most-trusted source for green building projects, products, practice issues, and technology. With a dynamic platform of multimedia resources, it serves as a comprehensive hub for green builders, architects, designers and other sustainability-focused professionals across the commercial and residential construction communities. www.ecobuildingpulse.com

About Hanley Wood
Hanley Wood, LLC is the premier media, information and marketing services company serving the residential, commercial design and construction industries. Through its operating platforms, the company produces award-winning digital and print publications, e-Newsletters, websites, marquee trade shows and events, market intelligence data and custom marketing solutions. The company also is North America’s leading publisher of home plans. www.hanleywood.com

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