Troy Linker – Publisher / CEO (Dyer, Ind., Corporate Office)
Troy Linker has more than 20 years of publishing experience in print and digital media. Troy has published magazines, journals, books, websites, webinars and eLearning courses on various topics, including reference, business, how-to, children, fiction and nonfiction. Troy spent 17 years at a large association working with authors and editors to publish peer-reviewed journals, books, subscription and member magazines, and digital reference products for librarians around the world. Troy also managed an in-house graphic design and custom publishing department. He took over as publisher of Northwest Indiana Business Quarterly, in the spring of 2016. Troy renamed it Northwest Indiana Business Magazine in February 2018 after increasing the frequency of the publication to six times annually.
Melanie Aylsworth – Account Manager
Melanie Aylsworth is an Indiana native and Purdue University graduate who now lives in the Chicago area where she is CEO of her family of five, a community volunteer and an avid Boilermaker and Cubs fan. Melanie has more than 10 years of sales and marketing experience with a major Fortune 500 company and as owner/operator of Rhinestone Rage.
Larry Avila – Managing Editor
Larry Avila is an award-winning journalist with more than 25 years of experience working at daily newspapers and business-to-business publications around the Midwest. He most recently served as business editor of The Times of Northwest Indiana. Larry also manages the editorial content for www.nwindianabusiness.com. Visit his author page to read some of recent work for Northwest Indiana Business Magazine. Larry, a graduate of Central Michigan University, is a Michigan native and lifelong fan of the Chicago Cubs. He resides in Crown Point. Follow him on Twitter @LarryAvila.
Heather Pfundstein – Magazine Design/Production Manager
Heather Pfundstein began her 20-year journalism career editing and designing newspapers in Northwest Indiana. Heather has won numerous awards for writing, designing, and editing complex news and features stories. She managed the content and art direction of business sections for several newspapers. She received a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale and is an alumni of the Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg, Fla. You’ll find her weeding her garden or riding her bike with her family in her free time.