Rich Melvin, CEO and Publisher
Jim Barrett, Associate Editor and Partner
Ed Boyle, Associate Editor and partner
Allan Miller, Editor-in-Chief
Alan Arnold, Advertising Sales Manager
Don Pedicini, Ad Production Manager
George Brown, Associate Editor
Linda Melvin, CFO
Cari Fanta, Product Manager
Derek Thomas, Social Media
Rich is a volunteer engineer and DSLE on the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad. He was the Operations Manager for Nickel Plate Road steam loco No. 765 out of Fort Wayne, Indiana from 1984 through 2016. Rich was also one of the 765’s engineers for many years.
Rich got started with O Gauge Railroading magazine in 1993. Former owner Myron Biggar hired Rich to produce a video series entitled “O Gauge Railroading – The Video.” In August of 2002, Rich put together a deal to purchase OGR from Myron.
Rich is majority owner of OGR, with partners Jim Barrett and Ed Boyle.
Jim Barrett worked as a design engineer for Kenner Toys and he also taught industrial design in high school. He began working with O gauge trains back in 1953, sitting at the right hand of repair techs in a Louisville train store learning what makes our trains “tick”. From this, he has built many professional train layouts over the years both for himself and for others.
In 1989, Jim started writing articles for a train journal. That writing lead him to discover O Gauge Railroading during one of his 56 trips to the York Pennsylvania TCA Train Meet.
In 2002, when OGR was purchased from former owner Myron Biggar, Jim became a partner in OGR Publishing, Inc.
Jim has developed many professional relationships in the O gauge train world and he looks forward to many more years meeting and working with O gauge operators and collectors.
Ed Boyle started his advertising/marketing career in the imported car business, working for Volkswagen of America and Porsche + Audi as a Regional Advertising Manager for New England.
In 1991 Ed started writing for OGR “just for fun” and wound up as a full time OGR staffer. In 2002, when OGR was purchased from Myron Biggar, Ed became a partner in OGR Publishing Inc.
Ed is our resident train collector who is in his words is, “…surrounded by a sea of O gauge operators.” Ed is fascinated by both the history and the technological developments of toy trains, and that curiosity is reflected in his “Collector’s Gallery” columns and other feature stories he writes for OGR.
Allan Miller joined the OGR staff in October 2007, after having retired as Senior Editor for News and Information at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia.
Allan is a career journalist with extensive experience as a military information officer, combat photojournalist, newspaper photo and graphics editor, university level journalism educator, and managing editor with several major publishers. He is the author of four model railroading books and has edited some 100 books on diverse subjects relating to hobbies, collectibles, and antiques. His hands-on experience in the model railroading hobby is equally diverse, with prior or current involvement in Z, N, HO, O, On30, and G scales. Allan’s O gauge interests focus on the prototype Alaska Railroad, U.S. Army Transportation Corps railroading, and various trolley and traction lines.
Allan’s other major activities include volunteer work at a local animal shelter, growing a collection of Henry firearms, and serving as a director with his homeowners association. He is a Life Member of the National Model Railroad Association and is an active member of the Train Collectors Association.
Alan Arnold joined the OGR team in July 2013 as our Advertising Sales Manager. Alan is an active O scale modeler and also participates in the OGR On-Line Forum.
Alan attended the University of Arkansas and graduated with degrees in architecture and secondary education. In the early 90’s, Alan obtained a Marketing Associate from Gannett. He held several positions with Gannett, including Television Advertising and Marketing Director for Reynolds Media, Executive Sales Director in radio sales for Gray Media/Malvern Entertainment, Sales Manager/Website Development for VisionAmp Marketing and was the Key Accounts Manager for Gannett.
If you are interested in what OGR can do to promote your business, please call him at 800-980-6477, Ext. 117 or contact him via Email.
Don Pedicini joined the OGR family in March of 2004 as our graphic designer. Don was soon promoted to Advertising Production Manager.
Don is also a professional illustrator who has worked on such licenses as Star Wars, NFL, MLB, CSI , Indiana Jones and many more.
He lives in Columbiana, Ohio with his wife: Kristy, children: Garon and Marlie and their Jack Russell / Dachshund mix, Lexi.
George Brown joined OGR as an associate editor in 1998. His career background was in high-tech field maintenance and new product development and he was also the past editor-in-chief of OGR.George reviews and photographs new products for OGR and also writes his “Helper Engine” column in each issue.
George’s wife Kathryn came on board as an associate editor with the OGR team in 2000. Her background is in linguistics and grammar plus she is an avid reader. She is also an excellent proofreader. Kathryn catches all our grammatical errors and typos and makes sure we follow our style book.
Linda Melvin is married to Rich Melvin, CEO of OGR Publishing, Inc.
With a background in accounting and money management, Linda is our Chief Financial Officer. As the CFO, she handles all the OGR accounting work. Linda manages the accounts payable and accounts receivable.
Linda also handles most of our in-house and on-line subscription management.
Cari Fanta joined the OGR staff in July of 2006. She originally started working with Rich Melvin back in 1985 when he owned Hopewell Cable Systems, the CATV company serving Struthers, Ohio.
When Rich sold the CATV company in 1988, Cari continued to work for Rich at The Edit Suite, which was a corporate and special interest video production company. When O Gauge Railroading magazine was purchased by the current owners in 2002, she joined the OGR family as our Product and Warehouse Manager.
Cari’s other interests include being the music librarian for the Youngstown Community Concert Band, encouraging recycling programs and being an avid fan of baseball.
Derek Thomas began working for OGR in September 2013, as our Social Media Manager. In 2007 Derek graduated from Olivet Nazarene University, with a degree in communications with a minor in business.
Starting in 2010, Derek began working full time at Stout Auctions, the leading toy train auction house in the country. Having a background in radio broadcasting allowed Derek to start Notch 6, in February 2013. Notch 6 is a successful podcast, an online radio show, dedicated to O Gauge trains. Shortly after starting the podcast, Derek launched The Madison Poster Company. Madison Poster creates tribute posters to classic Lionel dealer art.
He lives in Lafayette, Indiana with his wife: Christy, son: Henry and their puppy Hemi.