SOURCE: Hanley Wood

January 15, 2008 16:33 ET

Brad Grimes Named Editor of PRO AV Magazine

WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwire - January 15, 2008) - Hanley Wood announced today that Brad Grimes would assume editorial responsibilities of PRO AV magazine. Published monthly, PRO AV is read by 20,000 contractors, dealers, distributors, consultants and end-users. The magazine focuses equally on professional audio and video products installations and products. It covers the day-to-day information needs of its readers, including the latest industry trends, technologies and products. PRO AV was acquired by Hanley Wood in January of 2007 and is the cornerstone of a growing technology group.

Before joining Hanley Wood in 2006, Grimes worked for PostNewsweek Tech Media, a former Washington Post company, as Chief Technology Editor for Government Computer News and Washington Technology, the leading publications in the government technology and defense marketplaces. He also spent five years at PC World magazine as Features Executive Editor. Grimes has been recognized by the American Business Media and the American Society of Business Publication Editors for his articles in the technology field, including a Grand Neal at the Jesse H. Neal national Business Journalism Awards.

"Brad has made a great contribution to our technology coverage, both in print and online," says Boyce Thompson, Editorial Director at Hanley Wood. "We have exciting plans for PRO AV this year, including a new awards program recognizing the best audio and video installations, a purchasing survey documenting the buying power of our readers, and a cost of doing business survey designed to help business owners."

Since the purchase, Hanley Wood has invested substantially in the magazine, including a redesign and expanded editorial coverage. In June 2007, Pacific Media Associates, an independent research company, reported that AV professionals, when asked which periodical they read first, were three times more likely to select PRO AV magazine over its competitors. The study also revealed that over 40 percent of surveyed industry professionals read PRO AV on a regular basis -- more than twice those who chose the leading competitors.

About Hanley Wood

Hanley Wood, LLC, is the premier media and information company serving housing and construction. Through four operating divisions, the company produces award-winning magazines and Web sites, marquee trade shows and events, rich data and custom marketing solutions. The company also is North America's leading publisher of home plans. Hanley Wood Business Media (Washington, D.C.), publishes 36 award-winning residential and commercial construction titles, including BUILDER, REMODELING, CUSTOM HOME, CONCRETE CONSTRUCTION and residential architect. Hanley Wood Business Media also offers the construction industry's foremost collection of Web sites, including BUILDER ONLINE, REMODELING ONLINE, and ebuild, the comprehensive online guide to building products, as well as the largest collection of house plans online through eplans.com and Dream Home Source.

Founded in 1976, Hanley Wood is a $250 million company owned by affiliates of JPMorgan Partners, LLC. CCMP Capital Advisors manages the Hanley Wood investment for JPMorgan Partners.