After completing college and obtaining a marketing diploma, Cosman started his media career in November of 1988 selling advertising space for Glass Canada magazine, one of the trade publications owned by AIS Communications. Starting in 1997, he took over the advertising responsibilities for Ground Water Canada and has been working on that magazine ever since. Along the way, AIS Communications, which was located in Exeter, Ont., was purchased by Annex Business Media in 2006 and Cosman relocated in 2008 to its head office in Simcoe, Ont.
“I’ve had a great run over the last 30 years and am honoured to have worked with fantastic people – both clients and fellow employees – over that time,” Cosman said. “There have, and continue to be, changes in way companies market and promote their products and it’s time for me to step aside and let someone else take over.”
While still relatively young at 55 years old, Cosman will not sit idly at home. He will continue to volunteer his time with a number of local charitable organizations and have more time to devote to hobbies that have been on the back burner. He and his wife Christie also will be able to spend more time with their grandchildren.
“Ed is dedicated to the industry and he certainly knows all the key people,” said Richard Barg, market development manager at Goulds Water Technology – Xylem Inc. “I wish him all the best in his retirement.”
“Ed’s success is a true example of what happens when you take care of the customer,” said Martin McAnulty, Annex Business Media group publisher. “We wish Ed all the best in retirement; well deserved, enjoy!”
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As the new sales manager for Ground Water Canada, Sharon Kauk brings considerable experience in other industries – and considerable experience – to her new role. Kauk has worked for the magazine’s parent company, Annex Business Media, for 14 years. She has been sales manager for Fruit and Vegetable Magazine for all of her time at Annex and sales manager for Manure Manager for the last eight years. Kauk, who lives in Nanticoke, Ont., is excited to be part of the ground water industry and to learn about its successes and challenges. “I’m loving it!” she said after attending Groundwater Week in Las Vegas.