Who: Matt Blumberg What: Chairman-CEO Where: Return Path, New York Why: Blumberg has continued to build Return Path through organic growth and acquisitions (see profile, p. 26).
Who: Al DiGuido What: CEO Where: Bigfoot Interactive, New York Why: DiGuido has sustained his leadership role in the e-mail marketing industry, including tackling spam issues.
Who: Dan Flack What: Director of Northeast sales for Pitney Bowes Document Messaging Technology Where: Pitney Bowes, Stamford, Conn. Why: Flack successfully leverages his integrated marketing and sales expertise for Pitney’s b-to-b technology. He previously handled "teleweb" strategy for IBM Global Services.
Who: Deb Goldstein What: President Where: IDG List Services, Framingham, Mass. Why: Goldstein has continued to employ innovative ways to market IDG’s own lists as well as those it manages for others.
Who: Vinod Gupta What: Chairman-CEO Where: InfoUSA, Omaha, Neb. Why: Gupta has built infoUSA through acquisitions and organic growth. He recently extended an offer to buy all outstanding shares in a bid to take the company private.
Who: Stacey Hawes What: Director of b-to-b project management Where: Abacus, a division of DoubleClick, Broomfield, Colo. Why: Hawes plays an integral marketing role in the most profitable division of DoubleClick and is an active participant in industry initiatives.
Who: Denise Hopkins What: Senior director of business marketing solutions Where: Experian, Costa Mesa, Calif. Why: Hopkins has continued to develop new b-to-b products for Experian and champion that a single b-to-b customer view is attainable.
Who: Chip House What: VP-privacy and deliverability Where: ExactTarget, Indianapolis Why: House is a vocal proponent of legitimate commercial e-mail and actively lobbies on behalf of e-mail and direct marketing industries regarding spam and privacy issues that impede marketers.
Who: Richard Howe What: Marketing leader Where: Acxiom Corp., Little Rock, Ark. Why: Howe has been at the forefront of integrating Digital Impact into the Acxiom family, including promoting its e-mail products and services across the Acxiom client base.
Who: Joann Kropp What: President Where: Walter Karl Inc., Pearl River, N.Y. Why: Kropp played a central role in Walter Karl’s recent major b-to-b list management account wins.
Who: Matt Leonard What: Director-privacy and information policy Where: Harte- Hanks, San Antonio Why: Leonard, who was previously responsible for implementing privacy and personal information policies at IBM, leads Harte-Hanks’ privacy policies with the same rigor.
Who: M.H. "Mac" McIntosh What: President Where: Mac McIntosh Inc., North Kingstown, R.I. Why: McIntosh is a leading b-to-b sales and marketing lead generation consultant and a vocal direct marketing advocate at industry events.
Who: Jeff Moriarty What: VP-list management Where: MeritDirect, White Plains, N.Y. Why: Moriarty’s expertise helped Merit- Direct attract several large business media clients in the past year.
Who: Seth Romanow What: Director of worldwide analytics for eBusiness and customer operations Where: Hewlett-Packard Co. Why: Romanow oversaw a successful pilot program with HP’s small- and medium-sized business channel to increase average order size.
Who: Jay Schwedelson What: Corporate VP Where: Worldata, Boca Raton, Fla. Why: Schwedelson has continued his active involvement in direct marketing and list management industry issues, particularly in e-mail marketing.