Founder Randy Davidson to Leave WhatTheyThink, Focus on Other Opportunities

April 9, 2014

WhatTheyThink today announced that Randy Davidson will transition out of the WhatTheyThink business to focus on other opportunities, including a hyperlocal B2B news startup. During the transition, Randy will consult with the WhatTheyThink team on strategic business development programs.

“Over the last 14 years, we have built something very special at WhatTheyThink. It has been a love affair like no other with our members, sponsors and writers,” said Randy Davidson, “and it changed the way the printing industry reads news and analysis. We had many firsts for industry trade press that we are proud of, including daily emails, video interviews and webinars. I leave behind a dedicated team that has been together for a long time. Their experience and expertise will ensure our members continue to receive the best news, analysis and commentary available for the printing and publishing industries.”

One of the opportunities Randy is excited about pursuing is Georgia CEO. He founded the business in 2010 in two communities. In late 2013, the network expanded to the top 8 metro areas of Georgia. Georgia CEO reaches thousands of government leaders, business owners and local executives throughout the state. “I believe journalism is changing rapidly, and business executives in most communities are underserved by local media. Building this business is an incredible opportunity,” Davidson added.

“Randy has been a close friend and business partner for many years. His guidance has helped WhatTheyThink become a household name in the global graphic communications industry, and he brought me and a number of others into the business to make it what it is today,” said WhatTheyThink President Eric Vessels. “The entire team thanks Randy for having the vision to get us where we are today and for leading the business for more than a decade. We wish him the best going forward.”

The core WhatTheyThink team includes Eric Vessels, President; Cory Smith, COO; and Adam Dewitz, CTO. “As our members know,” Vessels added, “we have assembled an outstanding team of contributors that have also played a significant role in making WhatTheyThink what it is today.  In addition to continuing to work with those contributors, we will aggressively continue to explore new and innovative ways to support the industry, including more focus on the marketing community to continue to educate them on how print fits into the new media mix.”

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