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Robert Dunklau, Publisher of Home Décor Buyer, To Become Executive Vice President of The Coastal Group

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David Weiss, President of the New York-based advertising agency The Coastal Group, which specializes in the home furnishings industry, announced that Robert Dunklau, formally the Publisher of Home Décor Buyer, has been hired as Executive Vice President effective November 1, 2005. Dunklau will be opening Coastal’s new Chicago office. “The Coastal Group and our clients are very fortunate that Bob has decided to join our company. Bob has earned the industry’s trust and is well respected for his integrity and business acumen. I know Bob will bring a great deal of business savvy to our company. Bob helped to start and build one of the industry’s most successful and respected trade publications. His experience as publisher of Home Décor Buyer is a valuable asset to us and his joining Coastal solidifies our management team,” David Weiss said. Dunklau has been a senior executive at Hoyt Publishing Company since 1995, serving as CFO and COO before becoming Executive Vice President and Group Publisher of Home Décor Buyer and the company’s family of gift and home market directories. Three years after launching Home Décor Buyer in 2000, Dunklau became Group Publisher and led the publication to profitability through annual double-digit growth in revenue and market share. Home Décor Buyer is a leading trade publication in the home furnishings industry. The publication is known for concentrating on giving its readers detailed new product information, retailing ideas and store profiles. “As publisher of Home Décor Buyer, I’ve shared many mutual clients with The Coastal Group and have always been impressed with the results delivered by their high impact marketing solutions and catalogs. Coastal is uniquely positioned to rapidly grow its business in the home furnishings and accessories industry and many others as well. This is an extraordinary opportunity that allows me to further leverage the expertise and relationships I have built through leading Home Décor Buyer for the past several years,” said Dunklau. Founded in 1991, The Coastal Group is a full-service marketing agency and catalog producer. The corporate headquarters are located in New York City and the company has offices and printing facilities in Hong Kong, Chicago and Charlotte, NC. The company is the largest agency in the country specializing in the home furnishings industry.

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