Over the past couple months we went through another round of new hires: a new editor for MetalMiner, a new editor for Spend Matters UK/Europe, and a marketing manager to be shared by all the blogs.
Jeff Yoders has been MetalMiner’s assistant editor since early March. He came to us from ZweigWhite, where he was Technology Editor. Jeff is now the man behind the day-to-day editing and publishing of MetalMiner. For the past eight years, Jeff covered IT, CAD, and BIM as Senior Associate Editor of Building Design + Construction and Technology Editor at Structural Engineer and CE News. He has won four American Society of Business Publications Editors excellence awards, the 2012 Jesse H. Neal Award for best subject-related series, the 2007 Kneeland Godfrey Award from the Construction Writers Association, and most recently, a Webby Award for Lineshapespace.com.
Jeff’s presence also means that Taras Berezowsky can move into the role of Managing Editor for both MetalMiner and Spend Matters. Taras interviewed Jeff last month on MetalMiner and covered all the serious stuff like where digital media is headed and crossovers between industrial metals sourcing and 3D BIM, design technology, etc. Which of course frees Spend Matters to pursue lighter topics.
Among what was gleaned and publishable was the fact that Jeff once worked as a caddy at Nemacolin Country Club in Richeyville, Penn., and somewhere between getting tipped by Mario Lemieux and winning the Jesse H. Neal Award, he got a Master’s degree from Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism. He ran the Chicago Marathon in 2003, finishing with a time of 4:27:12 (“I did it so that I would never have to do it again”). While the Twitter biography of, say, Mikheil Saakashvili is self-explanatory (“3rd President of Georgia”), Jeff’s (“Metals, Construction, and BIM scribe from Chicago, also wacky next-door, sit-com neighbor”) is less so. Jeff explains: “I put that bit in my Twitter bio because I’m always jumping into conversations with Taras from other rooms here. He thought I was like Kramer in that way.”
Jeff lives in Bucktown, a moderately hip neighborhood of Chicago. He once scored eight goals in one intramural soccer season. His birthday is November 4, which makes for an awfully high number of Scorpios for one company.