Sara Brown

We're excited to announce that Sara Brown will be joining the Business Record as our new director of advertising on May 1. Brown, who was an account executive with the Business Record from 2004 to 2012, will lead our sales team and manage our events. She is an Iowa State University graduate and joins us after spending the past two years as the advertising director for the Iowa State Daily in Ames. Sara can be reached via email or Linkedin.

The move is part of our previously announced leadership succession plan, and will allow Ashley Holter, publisher of WriteBrain and also currently the Business Record's director of advertising, to focus full time on WriteBrain, a new division launching this spring that will provide book publishing, content creation, custom publishing and design services.

In addition, the Business Record has promoted Katherine Harrington to director of strategic partnerships. She will report to Brown, will continue selling for Business Record and handling her existing accounts, and will use her expertise from her 12 years with the company to nurture relationships with key community partners.

And finally, we are increasing our Business Record sales staff and have hired Laura Stapes as an account executive. Laura is a University of Northern Iowa graduate and joins us after stints with First National Bank, the West Des Moines Chamber of Commerce and QPS Employment Group. Laura can be reached via email or Linkedin.