Newspaper Exec Kessler Joins RVB/WCM Staff
G&G Media Group LLC has announced the addition of Rick Kessler, a veteran newspaper executive with an RVing background, to its Elkhart, Ind.-based editorial staff as associate editor of both RVBusiness and Woodall’s Campground Management.
Kessler comes to G&G, a three-year-old trade magazine publisher, after a 22-year career in newspapers during which he won numerous awards as a writer, columnist and editor. Kessler, a 1992 graduate of Michigan State University’s journalism school, most recently served as managing editor for an 11-newspaper chain in southeast Michigan.
At the same time, Kessler authored the Gr8LakesCamper blog, which “celebrates the world of RV camping in the Great Lakes region” and was named one of the “Top 50 RV Blogs” on the Internet. Gr8LakesCamper appears on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and YouTube.
Kessler, along with wife Angie and their three children, have been RVers since 2007, typically escaping for weekend getaways in their 2000 Trail-Lite Bantam hybrid travel trailer whenever there’s a break in the action between their childrens’ myriad sporting events and other activities.
G&G co-owners Bev Gardner and Sherman Goldenberg feel Kessler’s skill set will complement those of existing editorial staffers Bruce Hampson, editor of RVBusiness and editorial director of WCM, Justin Leighty, editor of WCM and midwest editor of RVB, and Web Editor Dave Barbulesco going forward.
“To say that we’re pleased to have Rick on board would be a considerable understatement,” said Goldenberg. “His talents are extremely well suited for what we do on a regular basis in both the RV and campground arenas. And we’re looking forward to his regular contributions in both the print publications as well as the websites, RVBUSINESS.com and WOODALLSCM.com, that spin off of both publications.”