After nearly two decades at Soundings and Soundings Trade Only, managing editor Rich Armstrong is moving on to become managing editor of BoatUS magazine, which is based in Alexandria, Va.
Armstrong will remain in Essex, Conn., through the close of the June issue of Soundings Trade Only and the July issue of Soundings.
“Rich is a real professional and I hate to see him go, but I’m happy for the opportunity that has come his way,” Active Interest Media Marine Group publisher Gary DeSanctis said. “We wish him well.”
During his tenure at Soundings, Armstrong developed a reputation for versatility and a willingness to pitch in and help across multiple magazines. His reporting and writing skills and industry knowledge made him an asset on the consumer and trade titles.
“I’m going to miss working with Rich,” said Bill Sisson, the editor-in-chief of Trade Only and Anglers Journal (another AIM Marine Group magazine). “He is fast, dependable and has a great work ethic. And he was fun to have in the office. I know he’ll find great success in his new position.”
Armstrong said he will miss Soundings and his colleagues.
“After nearly 18 years it’s difficult to leave Soundings, which has been my second home since 1998,” he said. “But the timing of this new and exciting opportunity feels right for my career and my family, so we are diving in. We are ready for our next adventure.”
Armstrong and his wife, Rhiannon, will move to Alexandria later this year.