Executive Ink, LLC
Mailing Address: PO Box 6277, Charleston, WV 25362
Physical Address: Terminal Building, 8 Capitol Street, Suite 200, Charleston, WV 25301
The History of Executive Ink, LLC
The story of Executive Ink, LLC began as most small business stories do: with an opportunity.
In the fall of 2008, four magazine employees—two editors, a production manager and a salesman—were going about their daily work when they were approached by their employer with an offer they couldn’t ignore: he wanted to make them partners in the company. He was surprised, however, when they countered with an offer to buy him out and start their own business.
Within 11 days, the four coworkers had taken on a silent partner and founded Executive Ink, LLC, under which they would continue to publish West Virginia Executive and Executive Meeting Planner magazines. With nothing but a new name and a magazine archive that dated back to 1998, they were grateful to find office space on Charleston’s West Side where they could immediately move in. A shopping trip to Habitat for Humanity’s Restore in Charleston was rewarded with gently used desks and filing cabinets. With a phone system and copier/printer, Executive Ink was open for business.
More than three years later, Executive Ink remains the publishing company of West Virginia’s premier business publication and the state’s only meeting planner and tourism guide. The staff of six have adhered to the founding principle of quality in everything, and this is evident in the high-gloss covers, the eye-catching design work and the quality editorial.
The staff of Executive Ink is a well-blended group of individuals with many different talents. We’re writers (one is even a novelist), editors, designers, and sales and marketing gurus, and some say we throw a pretty great launch party.
At Executive Ink, we share a common goal: to provide our readers with in-depth, reliable editorial and our advertisers with the most effective and cost-efficient means to maximize their marketing dollars. We go to great lengths to see that our clients are satisfied with our products and services, and together we’re always thinking of new and innovative ways to cater to the ever-changing facets of business.
Like many stories, this one started with an opportunity; unlike most, this one has only just begun.
Kensie Hamilton – Editor in Chief
Kensie Hamilton, a native of Charleston, holds bachelor’s degrees in corporate communications and journalism from Elon University in North Carolina. Hamilton is one of three partners at Executive Ink, LLC, the publishing company for West Virginia Executive and Executive Meeting Planner magazines, and serves as the editor in chief. Hamilton is a member of Generation Charleston, a volunteer for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure and a board member of the Summer Challenge of Champions Horse Show. Hamilton has been riding and showing American Saddlebred and Friesian horses for the past 23 years and continues to help her parents in operating Hamilton Farms, LLC. She may be reached at (304) 941-0600, ext. 13, or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jennifer Jett – Creative Director
Jennifer Jett is the creative director for Executive Ink, LLC, where she performs research, contributes editorial and acts as an editor for West Virginia Executive and Executive Meeting Planner magazines. Jett is a graduate of West Virginia State University and a 2012 graduate of Leadership Kanawha Valley. A resident of Charleston, she sits on the Regents Bachelor of Arts Degree Advisory Committee and volunteers for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life. She spends her spare time on Lake Erie and working on her novel. She may be reached at (304) 941-0600, ext. 11, or via e-mail at email@example.com.
Lisa Affolter – Graphic Designer
Lisa Affolter is a cum laude graduate of Marshall University who received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in graphic design in May 2006. Before graduating, she interned at the Birke Art Gallery on the Marshall University campus. In addition to designing magazines, Affolter works on a variety of projects, including print advertising, business proposals and Web sites.
Mark Lamborn – Vice President of Business Development
Mark Lamborn, originally from Albuquerque, NM, has lived in West Virginia since 1991. As the director of Business Development and later the vice president of Business Development, Lamborn has been part of the magazine’s growth and evolution since the beginning by pushing the limits on the types of companies that can and should be represented in the publication. Lamborn has more than 30 years of sales management experience and began selling when he was 12 years old. Lamborn may be reached at (304)543-2505 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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