VALLEY VIEW, Ohio – GIE Media, Inc., parent company of Lawn & Landscape magazine, has announced the promotion of Brian Horn to editor of Lawn & Landscape magazine.
"Brian has proven to be a key member of the editorial team over the past several years." says Dave Szy, publisher. "His industry expertise and great relationships with clients will take our already strong, marketing-leading publication to a new level of market service and business success."
Horn has been with Lawn & Landscape for seven years, having previously held the role of managing editor. He started his writing career at Sun Newspapers, a weekly publication covering the Cleveland suburbs, before moving to Sandusky, Ohio, to join the Sandusky Register. From there, he wrote for Smart Business Magazine, before taking on the associate editor role for Lawn & Landscape in 2010. He graduated from Bowling Green State University with a journalism degree.
Among his accomplishments, Horn has won numerous awards from the Turf & Ornamental Communicators Association, including the Gardner Award, which recognizes the top entry in the publishing category.
Along with the promotion of Horn, GIE Media has also promoted Kate Spirgen to replace Horn in his previous role of managing editor.
Spirgen joined GIE Media's horticulture publications in 2012 as associate editor of Garden Center and A Garden Life magazines. She was promoted to managing editor of A Garden Life in 2012 where she was awarded a Folio Award in the Best Standalone Digital Magazine - Consumer Category. She joined Lawn & Landscape as digital content editor in 2014. She graduated from McGill University.
GIE Media has also hired Lauren Rathmell as its new assistant editor. A recent graduate of Kent State University, where she received a BS in magazine journalism, Rathmell previously interned at Kent State Magazine, a publication sent to university alumni and donors.
Lawn & Landscape is owned by GIE Media, based in Valley View, Ohio. GIE Media was founded in 1980 and has grown over 36 years into a leading marketing and communications business-to-business media company serving 17 industries -- including the horticulture industry through its Horticulture Group (Lawn & Landscape, Golf Course Industry, Greenhouse Management, Produce Grower, Nursery Management, Garden Center and Cannabis Business Times). The company goal of Group Interest Enterprises is to publish the highest quality business magazines, websites, e-newsletters, conferences, reference books and other forms of business media in growth industries, with a quality standard based upon editorial value and market leadership. The company employs nearly 100 editors, publishers, sales representatives, marketers and other professionals.