5-Seconds With ...
Frank Anton, CEO, Hanley Wood LLC
BACKGROUND: As head of one of the largest b-to-b companies in the country, Anton has been with Hanley Wood for 25 years as an editor and publisher, his first position as editor of Builder.
BIGGEST CHALLENGE: Finding better ways to use e-media.
BIGGEST PRIORITY: “Adjusting to the changes in our business.”
INVESTING MOST HEAVILY IN:
Search optimization and other aspects of e-media.
Michael Carr, President, Greenspun Media Group
BACKGROUND: Focused on the local and visitor experience in Las Vegas, Greenspun Media felt Carr’s background as president of Playboy Magazine and CEO of Weider would be a strong cultural match.
BIGGEST CHALLENGE: Finding enough talented people to keep up with new ventures.
BIGGEST PRIORITY: “Capitalizing on all of our properties.”
INVESTING MOST HEAVILY IN: Expanding on the Internet and supporting that infrastructure much more.
Dave Ramsey, Co-Owner, Hatton-Brown Publishers Inc.
BACKGROUND: Working for Hatton-Brown for more than half of its six decades in business, Ramsey bought partial ownership in the 1980s and continues to try to expand opportunities for its forest product titles.
BIGGEST CHALLENGE: Continuing to keep people for the long haul.
BIGGEST PRIORITY: Finding profitability online.
INVESTING MOST HEAVILY IN: “In our people, where we always
have put it.”
Jonathan Simpson-Bint, President, Future US
BACKGROUND: Founding publisher of Business 2.0, Simpson-Bint went leisure, trying to take a 200-employee company focused on gaming and action sports to the next level, both online and off.
BIGGEST CHALLENGE: Finding enough quality staff to fill positions.
BIGGEST PRIORITY: Online expansion and events.
INVESTING MOST HEAVILY IN: Online.
Tad Smith, CEO, Reed Business Information
BACKGROUND: In this position since January 2005, Smith’s first job in the company was running Cahners Digital in 2000 during the Internet boom.
BIGGEST CHALLENGE: Improving the online experience for the customer.
BIGGEST PRIORITY: “Attract, develop and retain high-quality people who are enthusiastic about our product.”