Chris Foster

With no government bailout in sight to rescue their ailing industries, more than 1,200 magazine- and book-publishing executives convened at the 2009 Publishing Business Conference & Expo in New York City, March 23-25, in search of strategies to help them weather the worsening storm. And while much of the discussion centered around cost-cutting, the topic of innovation took center stage throughout the event, which featured nearly 60 educational sessions and more than 125 speakers.

What’s in a name? A lot actually, if you want to understand Richfield, Ohio-based GIE Media’s approach to its employees. “The name could have easily been Foster Publishing,” says Chris Foster, who since 2005 has helmed the business-to-business media company founded by his father, Richard, in 1980. “He named the company GIE Media, meaning Group Interest Enterprises, because he wanted everyone to have some level of ownership, a stake in the company’s overall success.”

This is one of the most exciting issues we publish. It features our annual list of “Best Magazine Publishing Companies to Work For” (page 22). The list recognizes companies that go above and beyond to make their employees feel appreciated and valued, and to help them balance their work and personal lives. The profiles on pages 28–36 highlight the benefits and policies that help make these companies great places to work.

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