Ehlert Publishing Group, Maple Grove, Minn., has hired Fred Koplin as Vice President/Motorcycle Group for EPG. Koplin will immediately assume overall responsibilities for the Rider titles, and eventually will take on the Thunder Press Group as well. He started on March 21, and will work out of the Ventura, Calif., office.
Prior to joining Ehlert, Koplin spent the past seven years at Primedia in Los Angeles, where he was vice president and executive publisher for the company's motorcycle group, which included: Motorcyclist, Motorcycle Cruiser, Sport Rider, Super Streetbike, Dirt Rider, ATV Rider, MXRacer, Hot Bike, Street Chopper, Motorcycle Escape and Hot Rod Bikes. Koplin worked for several ad agencies, prior to joining Primedia in 1998.
In a related move, Jim Hansen, who joined Ehlert in 1997 and has served as Rider Group Publisher since 1999, will begin to wind down his workload as part of a move towards retirement. Hansen will continue to work with the Rider Group in an advisory capacity through the end of the year.
In another move at Ehlert, Steve Dye has joined the company's Boating Media Group as editor of WaterCraft World magazine. He will be based in Ehlert's Carson, Calif., office.
Dye most recently served as director of media development for Parts Unlimited and Drag Specialties in Janesville, Wisc. Dye was formerly the publisher and editor-in-chief of Motorcycle Product News magazine.
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