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Frank Anton, CEO, Hanley Wood

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Top achievements of 2007: This year, Anton steered Hanley Wood through what he calls the "first serious downturn" in the housing market in 15 years. "Despite the downturn—and a worsening ad climate—we had our biggest launch in history (Architect)," he said. With Architect as a springboard, "we’re positioning the company in the commercial housing market the way we positioned ourselves in the residential market, with products in print, in-person and online," he said. "We’ve also invested in people and technology, all of which seems to be paying off defensively and offensively."

Top priorities for 2008: Anton, who is also the 2007-08 chairman of American Business Media, said he will remain very active in the M&A market "because we think it’s a good time to buy." He also wants to get a better handle on marketing the company’s database, Hanley Wood Market Intelligence. "We want to do with our database what we did with our electronic [properties], which is to say figure it out," he said. "[The database] hasn’t performed the way we thought, so we need to transform that part of the business."

—Matthew Schwartz

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