August 30, 2016 Last Updated 8:54 am

Steve Walzer joins Business Wire as Chicago regional manager

Walzer, who began his career as an account executive at the Pioneer Press, was most recently director, inside sales and customer service for DRIFIRE

CHICAGO, Ill. – August 30, 2016 — Steve Walzer, a media sales executive with extensive experience servicing major accounts, has joined Business Wire as its Chicago regional manager, it was announced today.

Walzer began his career as an account executive at Pioneer Press Newspapers in suburban Chicago, eventually advancing to director, major retail advertising for its parent company, the Sun-Times News Group. He also led the major retail/national and category sales team at Paddock Publication’s Daily Herald in Arlington Heights, Illinois. Most recently, Walzer served as director, inside sales and customer service for DRIFIRE, LLC.

“Chicago is fortunate to have benefited from a steady succession of strong sales leaders, who made it one of Business Wire’s most successful offices,” said Ken Bouton, senior vice president, global sales, in making the announcement. “We expect the streak to continue, given Steve’s proven sales management abilities and successful track record at regional media companies.”

Walzer also is intimately familiar with the public relations industry, having worked at Burson Marsteller early in his career.

He got his start in sales at Wrigley Field, dispensing peanuts and popcorn. Walzer is among the Cub faithful hoping that this is the year that the team will win its first world championship since the 1908 season.

A graduate of Indiana University, Walzer and his family live in Chicago’s north shore suburbs.

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