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Leadership

Charlie Thompson, President

Charlie Thompson joined American Trade Magazines (ATM) in 1989 as midwestern sales manager. He rose through the ranks eventually becoming publisher in 1998. Charlie acquired the company and its three titles (American Coin-Op, American Drycleaner and American Laundry News) from Chicago-based Crain Communications in 2011, and the longtime head of ATM remains company president.

He is an active member of the Textile Care Allied Trades Association and has served on its Board for several years. Charlie has a bachelor of journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia. He enjoys many outdoor activities.

Donald Feinstein, Publisher

Don Feinstein took the helm as publisher for American Trade Magazines in 2023 and has responsibility for the group’s editorial, production, circulation, promotions and sales operations.

Don joined the ATM team in 2001 as production manager before shifting to ad sales as a regional manager in 2005. When Thompson acquired the magazine group, Feinstein was named national sales director, then several years later added the duties of associate publisher.

Don graduated with a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Drake University. He enjoys graphic design, guitar and other creative outlets.

Bruce Beggs, Editorial Director

Bruce Beggs is editorial director of print publications and related digital media products produced by American Trade Magazines LLC (ATM).

Bruce earned a bachelor of arts degree in journalism and mass communications from Kansas State University, and his early career included experience as a reporter/editor for daily and weekly newspapers, and a consumer magazine.

He joined ATM in 1999 as editor of American Laundry News, a post he held until 2011 when he was named editorial director for all ATM publications. In addition to his directorial responsibilities, Bruce serves as editor of American Coin-Op.

Bruce enjoys sports and collectibles in his leisure time.

Nathan Frerichs, Digital Media Director

Nathan Frerichs oversees all of the company's digital products. He has been running the websites for American Trade Magazines’ three publications since 2010 and has launched multiple new properties since then as well.

Prior to joining ATM, he worked as a reporter/editor, advertising copywriter, photographer and, ultimately, a web designer and developer.

Nathan earned a bachelor of arts degree in journalism/mass communications from Columbia College - Chicago. He enjoys traveling and spending time with his wife and two children.

John S. Suhler, Adviser

John S. Suhler is co-founder and general partner of Veronis Suhler Stevenson, a private equity and debt capital fund management company that invests in the media industry.

For much of his operational career, Suhler was a senior manager/publisher/president in educational, professional and consumer publishing. He has been a member of the board of directors of the Association of American Publishers and the Magazine Publishers of America, and an affiliate member of the American Newspaper Publishers.