Patricia Comroe Frank headshotPatricia Comroe Frank spent much of her career in advertising, first as a copywriter and then as chief executive officer of a California-based marketing communications firm. Clients included home furnishings and building industry companies. Now living in North Carolina, Frank specializes in reporting on niche markets, developing lifestyle trends and changing demographics. Her byline has appeared in numerous business and consumer publications. She edits two blogs and her debut novel, Falling Through Time, recently was published as an Amazon e-book. She can be reached at

Lin Grensing-Pophal headshotLin Grensing-Pophal, who holds the designations Accredited Business Communicator and Senior Professional in Human Resources, is a business journalist with 15 years of experience in organizational communication. Her articles appear regularly in a broad range of trade and professional publications. She specializes in human resources/employee relations and marketing communication topics and is the author of Human Resource Essentials and The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Strategic Planning. She can be reached at 715-723-2395.

Gary James headshotGary James is a freelance writer based in Chapel Hill, N.C. He spent more than 20 years with Furniture/Today, serving as case goods editor and special projects editor, directing the editorial content of Leather Today, Bedding Today, SOHO Today, Global Textiles Today and other supplements, sections and features. He also has served as managing editor for a variety of other business publications, including Automotive Executive, Computer Entertainment News and eCommerce Business. He can be reached at

Julie A. Palm

Julie A. Palm is the former editor in chief of BedTimes and Sleep Savvy magazines. She left the publications to pursue an independent writing career in September 2013. Julie has more than 20 years of experience as a writer and editor working in daily newspapers, trade business magazines and academia. She holds a bachelor’s degree in news-editorial journalism from Texas Christian University and a master’s degree in liberal studies from Wake Forest University.

Phillip M. Perry headshotPhillip M. Perry is an award-winning writer who has published widely in the fields of business management, workplace psychology and employment law and is syndicated in scores of magazines nationwide. He is past editor of a leading communications magazine and served as business editor of a major industry newspaper. He is the author of Management, Retailer’s Complete Guide to Bigger Sales and China Business Directory. He can be reached at

Dorothy Whitcomb headshot Dorothy Whitcomb is a freelance journalist and editor whose work has appeared in a wide range of business and general interest publications. Her primary focus for the past 25 years has been the home furnishings industry. She writes about businesses, trends, products and design, specializing in profiles of companies and industry leaders. She can be reached at