Dennis Johnson Named Editor of Dealernews

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Advanstar Communications Inc. has named Dennis Johnson Editor-in-Chief of Dealernews magazine. Johnson has been a senior editor with the magazine for the last five years, and was editor of Dealernews’sister magazine, Big Twin Dealer.

Johnson succeeds Mary Slepicka, who as Content Director for the Advanstar Powersports Group will focus on further development of the group’s consumer and trade e-media properties, including www.dealernews.com.

Johnson, formerly a reporter with a local newspaper group in Los Angeles, started with Dealernews in 2004 as a senior editor for the off-road market. Over the last several years he has taken on additional responsibilities, including roles as the senior editor for the streetbike market, news editor, features editor and special projects editor. “Dennis was also editor of Big Twin Dealer magazine and, with designers Lisa Aviles and then Beth Silva, created one of the powersports industry’s most unique and forward-thinking publications,” said Slepicka.

Johnson can be reached at 949-954-8616 or at dennis.johnson@dealernews.com. Questions may also be directed to Slepicka at mslepicka@advanstar.com.