Reginald Tucker, one of the most respected trade journalists to cover the floor covering industry over the last 20 years, has joined Floor Covering News as senior editor and will be charged with a vast array of responsibilities. In a related move, associate editor Nadia Ramlakhan will now shift her talents to the sales side of the business as FCNews’ new sales associate.
Tucker joined the industry in 1997 as associate editor of Floor Covering Weekly, where he elevated to group managing editor over the ensuing nine years. At the time of his departure in July 2006, Tucker oversaw production of nearly 40 issues a year, plus e-newsletter production and website updates while managing a staff of nine employees, including freelancers.
After exiting the floor covering industry, Tucker joined global trade publisher Elsevier, where he served as editor of Metal Finishing magazine from 2006 to 2013 and U.S. editor of Renewable Energy Focus magazine until June 2015. His experience encompasses both print and digital platforms.
“To say I am ecstatic about Reggie joining this publication would be a gross understatement,” said Steven Feldman, publisher and editorial director, who ironically hired Tucker for his first go-round in the industry. “Reggie is a strong addition for FCNews both internally and externally. He has earned a stellar reputation as a journalist, and his meticulous style and attention to detail will be a great asset in the production process. I cannot stress enough the value Reggie brings to us. We are a better publication today.”
Tucker is happy to be back. “I am not only looking forward to re-immersing myself into the floor covering industry after a nine-year absence, but I am also extremely thrilled about joining a staff of dedicated, talented and creative individuals who are focused solely on continually bringing value to the readers. I’m truly grateful for this exciting opportunity.”
While Ramlakhan also developed a strong reputation as assistant editor and then associate editor in just more than a year, the shift to the business side allows her to apply her talents in ways that will expeditiously further both her personal and the business’ growth.
“After seeing the way Nadia formed relationships with our partners, both through her intelligence, drive and infectious smile, we thought that she would be a perfect fit for the sales team,” said Dustin Aaronson, associate publisher. “In the short time Nadia has been with us, we have seen tremendous growth both professionally and personally. I have the utmost confidence she will succeed in her new role and help drive the business’ continued growth.”
Ramlakhan said she is excited to learn the other side of the business. “While I graduated Magna Cum Laude with a degree in journalism and media studies from Rutgers, this is an amazing opportunity to expand my skill set and perhaps put me on a path to be a publisher someday.”