August 24, 2009 09:23 ET Names New Director of Digital Media

RIDGEFIELD, CT--(Marketwire - August 24, 2009) - this month hired its eighth full-time employee, strengthening interactive development and adding e-media consulting services within its Content Solutions division. But new digital media director Paul Gutches is no company newbie. His work for dates to the launch of The Beat, at the National Business Travel Association convention five years ago in Orlando. is exhibiting its news and information services in Booth 500 this week at the NBTA convention in San Diego.

While working as an independent contractor, Gutches during the past five years developed all of's online news sites, including:, and; The Beat's news and community site at; the corporate site at; and the industry directory at

In the new role, Gutches will lead's IT and graphic design efforts.

"We're excited to take Paul onboard full time as we have no shortage of needs in the ever-changing world of online publishing," said CEO and president Tim Reid. "Paul has kept us up to speed with everything from blogs to databases to Twitter. And we're pleased to have his expertise on hand as we offer our Content Solutions clients not only custom content and art, but also tech-savvy consulting to maximize their e-marketing efforts."

Gutches is an artist who graduated from The Cooper Union, New York's prestigious architecture, art and engineering school. He has been actively engaged in the web industry since 1999, with webmaster and design technology positions at Silicon Alley firm methodfive and publicly traded web services firm XCEED. He was a solo interactive developer for five years before joining

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Founded in 2006 and headquartered in Ridgefield, Conn., LLC,, is an integrated media company serving the managed travel and meetings markets. In addition to the quarterly print magazine, companion Monthly Metrics newsletter and online news portal at, produces The Beat,;,; The Transnational,; and a Content Solutions custom publishing division. It also creates webinars and a conference, The Beat Live:, next slated for Sept. 21-23 in Austin, Texas.

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