Industry Press Release

Change is in the Air at SNOWBOARDER Magazine


Promotions for Reid Casner and Tom Monterosso; Chris Noble and Laura Austin Join the Team

San Clemente, CA (June 21, 2010) As the staff of SNOWBOARDER Magazine trickle back into the office after a winter full of adventures on-hill and settle in behind their computers to get to work on Volume 23, change is in the air.

Long time staffers Reid Casner and Tom Monterosso have been rewarded for their years of diligent service with much-deserved promotions. Casner has been promoted from Sales & Marketing Coordinator to Sales & Marketing Manager. He will be taking over some of Kyle Kennedy’s former accounts as well as working to cultivate new business. “Our crew is a family and this is like finally being invited to sit at the grown-ups’ table for Thanksgiving dinner,” says Casner. “I look forward to the new challenges and opportunities. Pass the gravy please.”

Similarly, Monterosso has been promoted from Associate to Senior Editor. In this new role he will be taking on additional feature writing and column responsibilities. “I’m honored,” says Monterosso. “But I think it’s a little double-edged of [Pat] Bridges and [Chris] Engelsman to promote me to ‘Senior’ Editor. I’m only 28. At least I won’t feel so bad going to IHop at four in the afternoon for dinner on the weekends now.”

In addition to the internal promotions, SNOWBOARDER has also acquired two new creative minds. The staff is excited to welcome Chris Noble and Laura Austin to the team.

Chris Noble is the new Art Director. “We hired Chris based on his extensive body of work and background in magazine design,” said Chris Engelsman, publisher SNOWBOARDER Magazine. Noble has worn many hats over the course of his career. He started a publishing company at the ripe age of 20 and has designed more than 12,000 magazine pages just to scratch the surface. “The [SNOWBOARDER] team is dedicated, open to new ideas and all about integrity,” comments Noble. “Just the type I like to work with.”

Noble has already spent a week in the office designing not only the first issue of the season, but also the first logo redesign SNOWBOARDER has done in nearly 10 years. “In working on the first issue, [Nobel’s] ability exceeded our expectations,” continued Engelsman. “We’re stoked to see what he brings to the upcoming issues.”

Starting alongside Noble is Laura Austin. She is coming on board as the new Online Manager/Editor. “It’s great to have someone of her caliber focused exclusively on SNOWBOARDER’s site,” says Engelsman. “Laura brings multiple skill sets to the position, which will help become the dominant snowboarding site on the web.”

Most recently, Austin worked for Quiksilver in their design department, but she has also been a web contributor for ESPN, Rad Collector, Yobeat and Additionally, she is an avid blogger and talented photographer having shot for Burton, Blotto Photography, Darkside Snowboard Shop and others.

“I am beyond excited to get in the office and start working with a group of people that seem so passionate about snowboarding and what they do,” says Austin. Her first day in the office is today, Monday, June 21.

As the winds of change settle in the SNOWBOARDER office, the anticipation for what the season has in store for readers grows. The first issue of the 2010 season hits newsstands July 27. In the meantime, log onto