Douglas J. Hamlin has been named the new Executive Director of NRA Publications effective immediately. Hamlin will be responsible for the editorial quality and market success of the magazines and related media properties produced by the division and received by NRA's 5 million members. Hamlin succeeds Joe H. Graham, who retired after 14 years of service as Executive Director of NRA Publications.
"I am very pleased to have Doug Hamlin joining our ranks," said Wayne LaPierre, Executive Vice President of the National Rifle Association. "Doug has a proven track record of executive-level publishing, marketing and sales management and, with decades of professional experience in the outdoors industry and in the publication of specialty magazines, he is eminently qualified to lead NRA Publications into the future."
Hamlin, of Manhattan Beach, Calif., was the founder and CEO of autoMedia Solutions Inc. (ASI), a Torrance, Calif.-based automotive information services company. ASI owns and operates automedia.com.
"I am humbled and honored to serve the loyal membership of the NRA," said Hamlin. "My goal for the future is simple: To provide our readers with the finest recreational shooting sports journals and websites in the outdoor publishing industry."
Prior to founding ASI in February 2000, Hamlin spent 14 years at the Petersen Publishing Company serving in numerous sales, marketing and management positions, in both the Los Angeles and Detroit offices. Hamlin was vice president, group publisher of Motor Trend magazine from 1995-2000. His responsibilities included direct management for all editorial, advertising sales and circulation functions. Hamlin was also instrumental in the launch of MotorTrend.com.
Hamlin served as the publisher of Guns & Ammo magazine from 1991-1995. He worked closely with firearm and ammunition manufacturers, as well as congressional representatives, in support of the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, "the Right To Keep and Bear Arms."