Director Publishing Services @ 365Media Private Ltd
Editor @ Tea Biz Blog + Podcast
Editor/Publisher @ World Tea News
Shawnee Mission West High School
Dan edits STiR Tea & Coffee Industry International and the weekly Tea Biz Blog and contributes articles regularly to World Tea News, Specialty Coffee Retailer, Fresh Cup and CoffeeTalk. He supervised the successful re-launch of Tea Magazine where he was editor and publisher. This followed two years as editor and publisher of World Tea News.
Dan edits STiR Tea & Coffee Industry International and the weekly Tea Biz Blog and contributes articles regularly to World Tea News, Specialty Coffee Retailer, Fresh Cup and CoffeeTalk. He supervised the successful re-launch of Tea Magazine where he was editor and publisher. This followed two years as editor and publisher of World Tea News. Dan has traveled widely, speaking on retail beverage trends in Canada and the United States at conferences in Dubai, UAE, Global Dubai Tea Forum (2014) and GDTF (2012); World Tea Expo (2011); Canada Coffee & Tea Show (2011); Coffeefest; World Tea East and presented at the Toklai Tea Research Center Centennial, Jorhat, Assam (2011). He addressed the India International Tea Convention in Goa, India (2012). Dan is next scheduled to speak at COTECA in Hamburg, Germany in September 2014.
Dan shares the retail insights he has gleaned from 10 years interviewing successful retail and supply chain executives and writing about the specialty beverage industry. His greatest proficiency is tea and specialty coffee retail.
SEASONED PUBLISHING EXECUTIVE
Dan worked many years as a newspaper reporter and executive-level editor. Since 1995 his work has involved P&L responsibility at six publishing companies. In 2002 he founded Mystic Media, a custom publishing firm that revitalizes titles and launches new magazines.
His experience includes work on b2b and consumer publications circulating from 1,500 to 25,000 copies. Magazines include monthly and bi-monthly trade glossies, news tabloids and trade show dailies and directories. Management roles include supervising sales, circulation, marketing and editorial teams of up to 50 in multiple offices in the US and abroad.
Specialties: Custom Content. Editing print and digital publications; e-newsletters and websites.
Editor @ Tea Biz offers real-time context and insight for beverage professionals reviewing daily news about their trade. It is closely tied to a LinkedIn Group of the same name to encourage comment from a broad range of professionals. Topics are relevant to senior executives, tea retailers, growers, blenders and researchers, marketers, brokers, government regulators, tea boards and associations and those involved in logistics as well as attorneys, legislators and specialists spanning the supply chain.
The intent is to draw from the deep well of experience of members to enrich the understanding of all. From May 2013 to Present (2 years 8 months) President @ Mystic Media is a consultancy that assists in launching digital and print periodicals, buyer's guides and directories. Expertise includes custom editorial content, sales management, production and distribution. From September 2002 to Present (13 years 4 months) Winnipeg, Canada AreaManaging Editor @ Responsible for coffee and tea market coverage for STiR Tea & Coffee International a beverage industry business publication owned by October Multimedia and published six times annually and online. Previously worked as Contributing Editor North America was named Managing Editor in January 2014. From May 2013 to Present (2 years 8 months) Winnipeg, Canada AreaEditor & Publisher Tea Magazine @ As Editor and Publisher of Tea Magazine, I was responsible for the successful re-launch of this consumer title for tea enthusiasts. This glossy magazine is distributed at several hundred grocery stores, book stores and by tea merchants across the United States and Canada. From January 2012 to May 2013 (1 year 5 months) Editor/Publisher @ World Tea News, World Tea Expo and the North American Tea Championships are business-to-business ventures linked in their common goal of furthering the development of tea retail. I edited a weekly eNewsletter and managed website content prior to and after the firm was acquired by F+W Media. From December 2010 to December 2012 (2 years 1 month) Las Vegas, Nevada AreaEditor-in-Chief @ We don't roast, sell or grow coffee but Specialty Coffee Retailer will draw on all the resources the industry has to offer to create a blend of best practices, innovations and advice. In every issue our talented writers and editors delve into the complexities and sort through your experiences and digest mounds of information to deliver publishing's most precious exilir - business insight."
M2MEDIA360 operates as a business-to-business media company. Its portfolio includes business-to-business publications, handbooks, directories and market research. From November 2007 to December 2010 (3 years 2 months) Editor-in-Chief @ Dan is the founding editor of Natural Food Network's magazine, newsletters, print and online directories. The publication and website provide the natural and organic food industry with business insight. Online or in print NFN's goal is to inform and connect buyers and sellers and all who collaborate in bringing wholesome products to market. From May 2005 to December 2010 (5 years 8 months) Director Publishing Services @ This firm automated data output for several printed directory titles owned by publishers such as McGraw Hill. My responsibilities included annually producing high-page count auto parts directories for Yamaha Motor Company, Ltd. I assembled and organized health care association membership directories for AAHSA and MHHA and developed specifications, reviewed and approved bids for producing these and other printed directories. From January 2005 to September 2007 (2 years 9 months) San Francisco Bay AreaFounding Editor @ Launched Below the Line, a 15,000 circulation 22 issue tabloid distributed to film & television crew with a successful Hollywood screening series and online production listings. This title employs a staff of five, grosses $1.1 million annually. I worked two years as editor and remain an equity holder. Initial client investment: $10,000. From 2002 to 2004 (2 years) Publisher @ Team produced a dozen directories, a magazine and a show daily for the film and video production industry worldwide with a staff of 45 in two U.S. offices and one in England. The lead directory won a WPA Maggie in 1999 for excellence.
I was hired to stimulate fast-growth by launching several titles prior to sale. The property tripled in value to bring more than $15 million. Promoted to publisher following the acquisition by Cahners (now Reed Business Information).
At RBI I managed a sales team of nine full-time reps and two sales managers in LA/NYC and London.
Developed a global website blending 70,000 records into a relational, region-focused database.
Launched three new print directories and their online counterparts and managed the 2001 merger with London-based Variety Media Publications (owned by RBI). From 1998 to 2001 (3 years) General Manager @ Managed expansion of the Los Angeles office, launch of several new directories and assisted in preparing due diligence preceeding sale of the company to Cahner's Business Media (Reed Business Information). Was hired by RBI as publisher when the sale closed. From November 1998 to March 2000 (1 year 5 months) Assistant Metro Editor @ After successfully completing an assignment to integrate a recently acquired daily and a weekly newspaper into the Press-Enterprise Co. I joined the Metropolitan Desk as an assistant editor, nights. Responsibilities included final press checks before the nightly print run of six editions. From May 1989 to October 1992 (3 years 6 months)
BS @ Kansas State University From 1972 to 1977 High School Diploma @ Shawnee Mission West High School From 1969 to 1972 Dan Bolton is skilled in: Publishing, Blogging, Newsletters, Marketing, Magazines, Editorial, Web Content, Editing, Journalism, Tea, Publications, Public Speaking, Specialty Coffee, Advertising, Consulting