Wednesday, November 16, 2005

PTON Seasoned C-store/Petroleum Media Veteran John Lofstock Named Editor of Penton's CONVENIENCE STORE DECISIONS

Seasoned C-store/Petroleum Media Veteran John Lofstock Named Editor of Penton's CONVENIENCE STORE DECISIONS

Convenience Store Decisions, a brand of diversified business-to-business media company Penton Media, Inc. (OTCBB:PTON Message Board), announced that John Lofstock has been named its editor.

"We're extremely proud to bring John on board as our content leader as we push forward with an aggressive agenda to build the CSD brand and show a strengthened commitment to serve the information and business needs of the convenience store/petroleum retailer marketplace," said Shahla Hebets, publisher, Convenience Store Decisions. "This is a time of incredible change in the markets we serve, and John and our team are truly energized by the opportunity to guide our readers and our advertisers to new, exciting business opportunities."

Lofstock spent eight years at Convenience Store News before joining the Oil Price Information Service in 2003 to launch Oil Express Inside, a monthly publication focused on the downstream petroleum and convenience store business.

His career began at Gannett Newspapers in New York where he served as a news and sports reporter. He also served eight years in the United States Navy's submarine force in Groton, Conn. and is a decorated veteran of the Gulf War. He earned the National Defense Service Medal for his service aboard the USS Providence in 1990 and the US Navy Good Conduct Award in 1991.

Lofstock was exposed to the petroleum industry at a very early age; his father was an Exxon dealer in Mt. Vernon, NY, for more than 30 years before retiring in 1987.

"I am extremely honored to be joining the staff at Convenience Store Decisions and Penton Media," said Lofstock. "CSD has a long history of delivering top-notch editorial and I intend to honor that tradition and push the envelope to deliver the cutting-edge stories this industry demands. If there is one thing I've learned over the past 10 years it's that relationships are crucial to building a brand. I look forward to cultivating some new friendships with CSD's loyal readers."

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