June 30, 2014 at 3:56 pm EDT | by Staff reports
Blade names new sales manager
Stephen Rutgers, gay news, Washington Blade

Stephen Rutgers takes over as Blade sales manager July 1. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

The Washington Blade announced today the promotion of Stephen Rutgers to the position of sales manager.

Rutgers has been with the company for two and a half years. He previously managed the Blade’s events and marketing efforts. Effective July 1, he adds management of the Blade’s sales force to his duties.

“Stephen is hard-working, smart and knows the D.C. market well,” said Blade publisher Lynne Brown. “We are well positioned for continued growth with him at the helm of our sales operation.”

Rutgers will immediately focus on several upcoming special events. The Blade’s second annual Sports Issue will be published Aug. 22, followed by the annual Fall Arts Preview in early September. October brings two big events: a reception celebrating the Blade’s 45th anniversary and the popular Best of Gay DC party and special issue at the end of the month.

“I’m excited to get started in this new role,” Rutgers said. “It brings together my interests in sales, management and a love for D.C.”

Stephen has a background in marketing and operations. He holds both a bachelor’s and master’s degree from The George Washington University School of Business. He has experience in advertising, sports marketing and event planning. He is also involved locally with an array of community events, including the annual 17th Street Festival.

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