The owners of DBM are active managers in the business, and are assisted by a growing team of dedicated professionals. We are committed to providing our customers with the highest levels of service, professionalism and integrity in the industry. The DBM team includes the following members.
Co-Founders And Owners
Director, Sales & Marketing
Chris is publisher of Contractor Supply magazine and its website and manages select national accounts. Previously, he was publisher of Construction Supply magazine, which he co-launched with a 132-page debut issue, a first for its industry. In 1998, he helped launch Construction Distribution magazine for Cygnus Business Media. Chris directed sales and marketing for CD and the STAFDA Directory for 10 1/2 years. McClimon was named associate publisher of CD and the STAFDA Directory in 2008. Prior to joining Cygnus, Chris was with West Legal Publishing (now Thomson Reuters) in Eagan, Minn.
Editorial Director, Industrial Group
With more than 30 years of experience in the publishing industry, Rich is editor and publisher of Industrial Supply magazine and its website. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Valparaiso University (1979) and was the founding editor of Progressive Distributor magazine (1996-2009). He also co-authored the book “Restructuring the Distribution Sales Effort for Maximum Productivity” with Scott Benfield.
Director, Business Development
Bob has more than 30 years of experience in business publishing. He has demonstrated expertise in sales, marketing, marketing promotion and business management. Bob has traveled extensively around the country calling on businesses ranging from small entrepreneurial companies to Fortune 500 corporations, as well as distributors and business trade associations. Bob also has successfully launched 23 single-sponsored magazines, plus seven business magazines in both the trade and consumer markets.
Chief Financial Officer
Linda holds a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Administration from Iowa State University (1977). She has held controller positions in agricultural manufacturing and publishing firms. Linda held the position of Business Manager for a successful Fort Atkinson-based start-up publishing company, Spectrum Business Communications, from inception in 1995 through sale in 2000. Spectrum Business Communications produced business-to-business and single-sponsored publications in the construction and industrial markets.
Editorial Director, Construction Group
Tom serves as editorial director of Contractor Supply magazine and its website. Tom previously was editorial director of Construction Supply magazine, which he co-launched, and was the founding editor of Construction Distribution magazine for Cygnus Business Media in 1998. Under his editorial leadership, CD became the leading publication in its market within three years. Hammel edited the magazine for more than six years before joining Pfingsten Publishing as editor of MRO Today magazine and conference director of the Lean University conference series. Tom holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Iowa.
Direct Business Media Personnel
Amy was new to the publishing industry when she joined DBM in 2016 as production manager. She brings more than 15 years of customer service and operations experience to Direct Business Media. As production manager for DBM, Amy is responsible for scheduling ad placements in our publications, websites and electronic newsletters and emails. She also plays a key role in production activities for the STAFDA Directory, the ISA Directory and IDC-Industrial Review.
Amy Klawitter is creative director for DBM, responsible for graphic design and artistic direction on all Direct Business Media publications, Web sites and various products. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh with a bachelor’s degree in fine arts/graphic design, she previously served as senior graphic designer for Pfingsten Publishing and Spectrum Business Communications in Fort Atkinson, Wis.
Pro Contractor Rentals
Clair Urbain brings almost 40 years of communications and media business expertise to Direct Business Media. His career began covering agriculture, which morphed into covering a wide variety of construction tools, supplies and equipment. Clair has written, edited or managed more than a score of publications in his career. His editorial mantra has always been, “Why is this important to the reader?” Clair brings a strong audience, content and customer relationship focus to his position on Pro Contractor Rentals. He is a graduate of Iowa State University and lives in southern Wisconsin.
Audience Development Manager
Caitlin, having only recently graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville with a bachelor’s degree in business finance, was new to the publishing industry when she joined DBM in 2015 as the audience development manager. Prior to that, she worked in the short-term disability industry and was a tax preparer for Jackson Hewitt. Caitlin manages the circulation database for all three of DBM’s magazines, as well as assists the CFO with accounts receivable duties. She also assists in the production department and proofreads each publication before it goes to print, to ensure the high quality of work that DBM and its extraordinary staff produce.