GIE Media’s Cannabis Group Announces New Hires, Promotion


Feb. 25, 2020 – Cleveland, OH – Due to the continued expansion of its Cannabis Group, GIE Media is pleased to announce the addition of two new editors and the promotion of one of the brands’ digital editors to support the rapid growth of Cannabis Business Times, Cannabis Dispensary, Cannabis Conference and Hemp Grower, the Cannabis Group’s newest publication.


Patrick Williams joined GIE Media’s Cannabis Group earlier this month as senior editor for Cannabis Business Times and Cannabis Dispensary. He joined GIE Media in 2017 and worked as the associate editor and senior editor for sister publications Greenhouse Management and Produce Grower. Previously, Williams was a freelance writer for B2B and consumer media and an editorial intern on GIE Media’s Golf Course Industry magazine. Williams graduated from Kent State University in 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism.

Melissa Schiller was promoted from assistant digital editor to senior digital


editor for Cannabis Business Times and Cannabis Dispensary magazines in January 2020. She joined the Cannabis Group in June 2017, and previously worked as an audience development associate for GIE Media’s Ornamental Group of publications, where she managed the circulation for Cannabis Business Times, Garden Center, Nursery Management and Greenhouse Management magazines. Schiller has also worked as a contributing writer and editorial assistant for a community newspaper and as a freelance writer for Northeast Ohio Media Group and Modern Tire Dealer. Schiller graduated from Hiram College in 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in creative writing.


Theresa Bennett joined the Cannabis Group as an associate editor for Hemp Grower and Cannabis Business Times magazines in November 2019 after working for GIE Media’s Recycling Group of magazines. Prior to joining GIE Media in 2018, Bennett was the K-12 education reporter for the Akron Beacon Journal. Outside of GIE Media, Bennett is a freelance writer whose work has appeared in Modern Farmer, The Devil Strip and newspapers across the country. Bennett graduated from Kent State University in 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism.

“We are thrilled to announce this expansion of the Cannabis Group’s editorial team to support the continued growth of Cannabis Business Times, Cannabis Dispensary and Hemp Grower magazines, as well as Cannabis Conference, which is now in its fourth year,” said GIE Media Group Publisher Jim Gilbride. “We look forward to the ongoing contributions of Theresa, Patrick and Melissa to continue to grow and develop the publications, websites, enewsletters and the annual Cannabis Conference.”

“Patrick and Theresa are talented additions to the team,” said Editorial Director and Cannabis Business Times Co-Founder Noelle Skodzinski. “These new hires, as well as the promotion of Melissa to an expanded role, will help advance our editorial mission to provide news and actionable intelligence to cannabis cultivators, dispensaries and hemp operations in North America.”

About GIE Media

Established in 1980, GIE Media Inc. has grown from one publication into a leading marketing and communications business-to-business media company serving 17 industries. 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.

GIE Media Inc. is headquartered in Valley View, Ohio, and is privately owned by its founder Richard Foster. The company employs nearly 100 editors, publishers, sales representatives, marketers and other professionals.

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