Julie McCallum Packard is the retail group publisher and co-owner of Great American Media Services. She has been covering the specialty retail industry for more than 20 years. As a graduate of Michigan State University’s School of Journalism, Julie is passionate about reporting and telling the stories of the creative minds that make up the gift and stationery industries. She aims to make a difference in the lives of her readers by sharing content that will inspire, inform and help them succeed in their businesses.
Kim has more than 20 years of experience in journalism and marketing. With degrees in journalism and anthropology and a master's degree in integrated marketing communications, she believes in the power of storytelling and information to create connections and bring people together. Her specialty is in combining data and heart to build a compelling brand story, and she loves working with clients to set a unique marketing strategy to drive their businesses forward.
Brian has nearly two decades of experience utilizing a consultative, solutions-focused sales approach, along with effective leadership, principled by coaching teams for success, and a reputation for helping customers to achieve their sales goals using a combined ability to understand business vision and strategically execute on those objectives.
Debbie is a communications professional with over 25 years experience and a passion for writing, editing and delivering content that educates, excites and informs the readers. She has a love of agriculture and horticulture. She encourages readers to reach out to discuss what they love about the publications, and welcomes feedback on topics that readers would like covered.
Abby started in television news but has spent more than a decade in B2B publishing throughout the retail sector. She has a passion for telling other people's stories and aims to inspire readers through compelling content both in print and online. She enjoys the collaborative nature of the gift, stationery and garden industries, creating connections to help individuals and businesses thrive.
Becky is an audience insight expert, having working in audience development for more than 13 years. She has a vast amount of experience with the various audiences across print and digital platforms. Becky and her team dig into our entire data platform and, based on the client’s needs, provide them with a target audience for the best performance possible.
Ali has 5 plus years of experience as a Graphic Designer and has been working at Great American Media Services since the fall of 2016. In addition to being our Creative Director, Ali currently is lead designer on Gift Shop Plus and Lawn & Garden Retailer. Ali enjoys the world of creative problem solving and has a passion for bringing ideas to life through graphic design.