PLBuyer Adds Key Staff Positions

Douglas Peckenpaugh, Executive Editor PLBuyer
Douglas Peckenpaugh, Executive Editor PLBuyer

Private Brand trade magazine PLBuyer today announced the addition of Douglas Peckenpaugh to the position of executive editor, and Frank Prokos to the position of Midwest business development manager.

Both of these new additions to the team will work on all aspects of PLBuyer’s products and service including:  PLBuyer’s magazine and website, the PLB/360 Retailer Conference, the PLBuyer Superstore the Category Colonel Awards program, and the Design Excellence Awards program.

“We are very excited to bring Doug and Frank onboard,” said Todd Tamcsin, publisher for PLBuyer. “They both bring great insights and experience to our team as we continue to innovate by offering new private-label resources and tools for retailers.”

Throughout his 20-year career, Peckenpaugh has followed food from farm-to-fork in many important categories, including agriculture, aquaculture, chain restaurants, other foodservice, food manufacturing, retail food R&D, supermarket and grocery. He most recently served as editor-in-chief of Perishables Buyer magazine and was previously director of content for Virgo Publishing. In his role as executive editor of PLBuyer, Peckenpaugh will be responsible for content on all of PLBuyer’s various platforms.

Prokos brings a combined 20-year history from the foodservice, wholesale/retail distribution, and specialty food retail categories. Frank most recently served as publisher of Perishables Buyer magazine, and he brings a strong working knowledge of retail category management. In Frank’s new role as Midwest sales manager, he will be responsible for developing marketing programs that drive value and connect private label suppliers and retailers.


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Christopher Durham
Christopher Durham is the president of My Private Brand and the co-founder of The Vertex Awards. He is a strategist, author, consultant and retailer who built brands at Delhaize-owned Food Lion, and lead strategy and brand development for Lowe’s Home Improvement. He has consulted with retailers around the world on their private brand portfolios including: Family Dollar, Petco, Staples, Office Depot, Best Buy, Metro (Canada), TLW (Taiwan) and Hola (Taiwan). Durham has published five definitive books on private brands, including his first book, Fifty2: The My Private Brand Project. In 2017, he will debut his newest book, Vanguard: Vintage Originals, a visual tour of innovation and disruption in private brand going back to the mid-1800’s. Dynamic in his presentation while down to earth and frank in his opinions, he has presented at numerous conferences, including FUSE, The Dieline Conference, Packaging that Sells, Omnishopper and PLMA’a annual trade show in Chicago. Durham lives in Charlotte, NC with his wife, Laraine, and two daughters, Olivia and Sarah.