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