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NAMers in Madison, WI, for the 2021 Annual Conference
Bennett elected NAM president
Beth Bennett, executive director of the Wisconsin Newspaper Association, was elected president of Newspaper Association Managers (NAM) during the group’s 98th annual summer conference in Madison, Wis.
Bennett, who has led her state’s trade group since 2010, was previously director of government relations for the Illinois Press Association. She also currently serves on the Board of Directors for the National Newspaper Association.
Bennett earned a bachelor’s degree in history from St. Joseph’s College in Indiana and a master’s degree in political studies from the University of Illinois. Her family published four newspapers in central Illinois, introducing her to the industry. She becomes the first person to succeed her spouse as a president of NAM. David Bennett is the former executive director of the Illinois Press Association and served as NAM president in 1996.
Others elected to leadership positions during the NAM conference were Vice President Laurie Hieb, executive director of the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association, and Secretary Mark Maassen, executive director of the Missouri Press Association. Phil Lucey, executive director of the North Carolina Press Association, was elected to serve a three-year term on the NAM Board. Continuing directors are Brian Allfrey, executive director of the Utah Press Association and Susan Patterson Plank, executive director of the Iowa Newspaper Association.
Saskatchewan Weekly Newspapers Association Executive Director Steve Nixon becomes immediate past president. Layne Bruce, executive director of the Mississippi Press Association, serves as the organization's clerk.
Founded in 1923, NAM is a coalition of state, provincial, regional and national trade associations serving North American newspaper media.
Craven to lead Illinois Press Association
One familiar face at the Illinois Press Association is retiring and another will succeed him.
IPA Board of Directors Chairman Don Bricker today announced that Sam Fisher is retiring as the organization’s president and CEO, effective Sept. 1. Fisher has been the IPA’s leader since 2017.
Bricker also announced that the IPA Board has voted to appoint Donald M. Craven, longtime legal adviser to IPA membership, to be the next president and CEO. Craven has provided legal counsel to members of the IPA and Illinois Press Foundation for nearly four decades. He was interim president and CEO of the IPA from 2009 to 2010, and again in 2017 until Fisher was named to the position.
“I look forward to leading the great staff at the Association and Foundation,” Craven said. “The staff is a relatively small group, much smaller than in the past, but to call them talented is an understatement. They know their jobs, they know the membership, and they know (and like) each other.
Madden, Savely promoted to co-execs
of South Carolina Press Association
The S.C. Press Association Executive Committee named Jen Madden and Randall Savely Co-Executive Directors of the Press Association, effective July 23 when Bill Rogers officially retires.
Jen and Randall have a long-standing working relationship with the complementary skills and knowledge needed to successfully lead the organization. Both noted they’re excited to continue to work together for the good of the Association and our industry.
Jen will continue in her role as Chief Officer for Programs and Membership and will be responsible for member services, contests, training, events, communications, open government matters and lobbying. She will also serve as Secretary of the SCPA Foundation.
Randall will continue to serve as Chief Operating Officer, with daily responsibilities for advertising, finance and operations.
“I think the Board made a great decision in hiring Jen and Randall. They’ve both been here for more than a decade and are dedicated to serving our members,” outgoing Executive Director Bill Rogers said. “This is a rare instance where naming Co-Executive Directors was the way to go.”