PTEN and Professional Distributor magazines announce staff promotions for editor and associate publisher

Cygnus Business Media, a business-to-business media company, has announced the promotion of Erica Schulz-Schueller to editor of PTEN  (Professional Tool & Equipment News and Professional Distributor magazines. Her promotion will be effective May 12. 

Cygnus has also promoted Kylie Hirko to associate publisher of PTEN  (Professional Tool & Equipment News) and Professional Distributor magazines. Her promotion was effective January 29. 

Hirko brings her extensive industry knowledge of the automotive aftermarket, which includes a strong understanding of automotive tools and equipment, and how to most effectively market those tools. Having spent seven years as the West coast multimedia representative for PTEN, Professional Distributor, Fleet Maintenance and the publications' official website,, she has built key business relationships with manufacturers, distributors, and associations in the automotive aftermarket. Hirko’s experience and industry knowledge will provide value to all aspects of the magazines.

Schulz-Schueller has expansive experience working on the automotive tool and equipment publications PTEN and Professional Distributor. In her most recent position as Managing Editor – Print/Digital, for the Vehicle Repair Group, she also worked on Fleet Maintenance magazine and extensively on the group’s website,, and social media initiatives. 

Schulz-Schueller brings her knowledge and understanding of the automotive aftermarket, along with her established relationships created while attending various events and shows throughout the aftermarket. She has worked as Managing Editor since 2010.

She started at Cygnus Business Media as the Assistant Editor for RV Trade Digest in 2007.