Wagoners of Change
“It is clear that [they] give a hell of a lot to this industry and don’t get recognized nearly often enough.” This quote, which a top industry executive made about the benefits of the Publishing Executive Hall of Fame, just about says it all. The Hall of Fame—in all of its 16 years—has increasingly played an essential role as the highest honor recognizing the achievements of publishing executives whose careers have not only impacted the companies that have intersected their paths, but the publishing industry as a whole.
The inductees—nominated in magazine, advertising and book publishing production by their peers and selected for their individual career achievements and contributions to the industry—have pioneered new workflow processes that have streamlined print and now multimedia/digital content production and distribution; they have contributed to industry-wide discussions on production quality and standards; they have saved their companies untold dollars in negotiating contracts and navigating the rapidly evolving production/workflow scene; and they have served as counsel and mentor to many colleagues, peers and even competitors.
This year’s inductees are:
• Joe Duncan … Leo Burnett’s VP/director, print innovation and technology (page 20)
• Elaine Fry … group director of manufacturing and production, Forbes Inc. (page 24)
• Dave Kamis … vice president, production and manufacturing, Crain Communications (page 28)
• David Pelkey … Merriam-Webster’s director of manufacturing (page 31)
Now, more than ever, as the industry collectively holds fast to a wildly curving path of change in publishing practices and processes, the roles of these executives are those of wagoners steering their companies and those of their peers onward at a steady pace. As you read about them on the following pages, you’ll notice that aside from all being seemingly drawn into the industry as if by some serendipitous, magical force, their devotion to and passion for the industry is evident. And for all of them, themes of service, sharing, innovation and “seismic changes” in the industry emerge as driving forces in their careers, past and present.
Related story: Elaine Fry: A Fortuitous Path to Forbes