Report from the President

Looking back, looking ahead

Executive Voices a smash hit and Mega-Conference is on the horizon


When last writing my monthly column, we were anxiously anticipating Inland’s first-annual Executive Voices program. I can happily report that the program was a SMASH HIT and one we hope to replicate annually.

The initial reaction and feedback has been extremely positive and complimentary and we have received several encouraging and supportive testimonials from participants (Note comments from Jeremy Halbreich, Kevin Craig and J. Mark Garber below).

We’re already contemplating topics for next year’s program from the positive feedback and suggestions from this year’s attendees. Executive Voices was literally SOLD OUT with attendance exceeding our 60-participant limit for the program!

Executive Voices was spearheaded and facilitated by an incredible group of industry executives and experts that made the one-day event so successful, relevant and a valuable return on investment experience for all who attended.

Many thanks to our Discussion Leaders: Terry Kroeger, BH Media; PJ Browning, Evening Post Industries; Amy Glennon, Cox Media Group; Jeremy Gilbert, Washington Post; Doug Phares, Sandusky Newspapers; and Mark Aldam, Hearst Newspapers for their valued contributions and insights and for their part in making the program such a success and to ALL who attended the program!

Executive Voices would NOT have been possible without the support of our valued vendor partners…no, make that “the Heroes of Inland!” Please join me in acknowledging this incredible group of industry partners that made Executive Voices possible. Many thanks to: TownNews; Second Street; Southern Lithoplate; AMG Parade; Transparensee; Presteligence; Voiceport; SpokenLayer; Monster; oneboat; Spark Digital; and Soleo.

I look forward to seeing everyone in San Diego for both the Family Owners & Next Generation Leadership Conference February 24-25 and the eighth annual Key Executives Mega-Conference, February 26-28, at the Manchester Grand Hyatt! The program is shaping up to be one of the all-time best Mega-Conferences through our valued collaboration with the Southern Newspaper Publishers Association (SNPA) and Local Media Association (LMA). This year will be the first of, hopefully, many years as we include the News Media Alliance (NMA) as a conference partner, and welcome our friends from the California Newspaper Publishers Association (CNPA) as our state press association affiliate.

See you in San Diego!

Inland, in an effort to recognize, identify, and honor, newspaper people who will make a difference in 2018, we’re featuring 18 to Watch in ’18 in this edition of The Inlander. Congratulations to all of our 18 to Watch in ’18 recipients!

In closing, thanks for your valued membership and your ongoing commitment and contributions to the Inland Press Association!

On behalf of all of us at the Inland Press Association, Happy New Year and best wishes for continued success in the coming year.

Tom Yunt
President, Inland Press Association