AGRR Magazine

Shaver Returns to AGRR Editorial Staff

Award winning journalist Les Shaver has returned to work full time at Key Communications Inc., publisher of AGRR magazine. He will serve in the newly-created role of editorial director for most of the company's publications, including AGRR.

Shaver worked at Key Communications from 1997-2000, acting as editor of AGRR from its inception through his departure from the company. During his tenure with Key, he was also assistant editor of USGlass magazine and editor of WINDOW FILM magazine. He has continued to write for Key as a contributing editor to both AGRR and WINDOW FILM since moving on to work for Army Times, the Special Libraries Association and, most recently, Hanley Wood publications.

Shaver is a three-time recipient of ASBPE Awards for editorial quality and was twice a Jessie H. Neal National Business Journalism Award finalist.

"It's great to be back with the company that gave me my start," Shaver said.

"We are thrilled to have Les Shaver join our publications as editorial director. His vast amount of experience, including that in the industry, along with his award-winning writing capabilities, will be a tremendous asset to our organization," said Tara Taffera, vice president of editorial services at Key Communications Inc.

Shaver will provide overall editorial direction for all of Key's publications except its award-winning Door & Window Manufacturer (DWM) magazine, which Taffera herself directs. The move only continues to strengthen a company that already offers the most editorial depth in the industry.

"Both Debra Levy and Charles Cumpston each bring a 26-year perspective to the magazines on which they work," says Taffera, who herself has been with the organization for ten years. "Editor Ellen Giard has been with USGlass for eight years, while both Samantha Carpenter (editor of Shelter magazine) and Penny Stacey (editor of WINDOW FILM magazine) have been active in the industries they serve for more than five years. Our commitment to providing the highest quality, strong editorial content for our readers and advertisers is a top priority."

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