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Friday, October 30, 2009

Ortiz-Sorrenti Promoted To American Towman Publisher

American Towman President Steve Calitri announced he is promoting Dennie Ortiz Sorrenti to the position of Publisher. She becomes the sixth person to hold the title in the magazine's 33-year history.

Calitri said he is shifting himself away from the publisher's role to devote more time and focus on the day to day editing responsibilities as editor in chief, a post he has held for the past 22 years.

"Dennie is dedicated to American Towman and the towing industry," said Calitri. "She is a detail-oriented professional who has always shown great care in oversight of the magazine product."

Ms. Ortiz-Sorrenti started with American Towman as AT Exposition's events coordinator in 1997, from which she rose to the position of Vice President of Communications. In these roles she was involved with both magazine and show promotion, including graphic design and page layout, utilizing her desktop publishing skills. She moved to magazine advertising sales in 2006 and became Advertising Sales Manager in February of 2008. A passionate industry participant, Ortiz-Sorrenti took towing and recovery training earlier this year and became WreckMaster certified. She is also a member of WTRAA.

"While Dennie will continue to work with select advertising clients," said Calitri, "she will also have oversight on magazine readership goals and processes as well as magazine marketing. She will also weigh in on American Towman's editorial direction as well as the layout and design of the magazine."

As editor-in-chief, Calitri, will continue to write feature articles and his lead Low Down column, while working with a nucleus of experienced field editors, including Randall Resch and Terry Abejuela (Operations), and Bill Simmons (Safety). Jim Sorrenti, who has left the editor's post to pursue other interests, will continue to contribute recovery-related articles.

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