Marie Myers knows a thing or two about magazine production. A 29-year publishing veteran, she has spent the majority of her career with Manhasset, N.Y.-based United Business Media (UBM), a global media and marketing services company targeting professional and enthusiast markets. She is currently the company’s senior vice president of manufacturing and is responsible for the premedia, production, distribution, print and events billing groups. Among her many contributions throughout her years at UBM, Myers created the production budget models that the company utilizes to forecast, reconcile and bid manufacturing expenses.
With magazine publishers increasingly feeling the crunch of rising paper, postage and gas prices, Publishing Executive Inbox checked in with Marie Myers, United Business Media's SVP of manufacturing, about the effects these costs are having on the global media company, and some of the cost-reduction strategies it's employing going forward.
Twenty-eight years ago, Marie Myers settled in at her desk as the new temporary receptionist at Stevens Publishing in Waco, Texas. She was 30 years old and thought she’d give publishing a try. “My sister was in publishing, and I found it interesting,” recalls Myers. Little did she know on that first day of her publishing career that she would work her way up to a top position with a global media company and be inducted into the Publishing Executive Hall of Fame. From Texas to Technology When Myers moved on to a position at Texas Gardener magazine, also in Waco, she began