ISPA publications hire new managing editor

Mary Best has joined the International Sleep Products Association as managing editor of its BedTimes and Sleep Savvy magazines. It is a newly created position.

Best has been a writer and editor for more than 25 years and has extensive experience in trade journalism and magazine publishing. For the past five years, she has been a freelance writer and editor. Prior to that, she was editor and associate publisher of Our State books and editor in chief of Our State magazine, the premier travel and culture magazine in North Carolina. Best was editor of special supplements for Furniture Today in the mid–1990s and, while there, launched Retail Ideas, a monthly publication that was the inspiration for Sleep Savvy.

“Mary brings a wealth of experience to the ISPA publications team. She has a keen editor’s eye, a lively writing style and a passion for magazine journalism,” said Julie A. Palm, BedTimes editor in chief. “We look forward to the contributions she will make to both BedTimes and Sleep Savvy.”

In her new role with the magazines, Best is responsible for editing and writing articles, supervising freelancer writers, coordinating production with printers and mailhouses, and contributing to the editorial direction of both publications, their websites and their other digital media vehicles. She reports to Palm.

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