ABM names new officers for 2008-09

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La Quinta, Calif.—Gary Fitzgerald, president of agricultural publishing company Meister Media Worldwide, Monday was named 2008-29 chairman of American Business Media on the opening day of ABM’s Spring Meeting 2008 in La Quinta, Calif.

Fitzgerald succeeded Frank Anton, CEO of construction publisher Hanley Wood, who has completed his one-year term.

ABM also approved the following officers for the coming year:

  • Peggy Walker, president-COO of Vance Publishing, moved to vice chairwoman, from treasurer.
  • Bob Carrigan, CEO of IDG Communications Worldwide, retains the title of secretary.
  • Charles McCurdy, CEO of Canon Communications and holding company Apprise Media, began a two-year term as treasurer.
ABM has welcomed 10 new members in the past year, including the International Advertising Association, Interactive Advertising Bureau and the Online Publishers Association.

“These associations are very good but primarily represent consumer-based media companies,” Gordon T. Hughes II, president-CEO of ABM, said in an interview. “But we want to bring them in so both consumer and b-to-b media have the same [industry] standards.”

The association now has a total of 340 companies.

Also Monday, ABM presented the Thomas W. Tully Award to Joyce McGarvy, VP-distribution at Crain Communications Inc. (parent of Media Business). The award recognizes “pivotal officials for outstanding government service to the business information industry.”

McGarvy has been deeply involved in postal matters. She recently finished a one-year term as co-chairwoman of the Mailers’ Technical Advisory Committee and remains co-chairwoman of MTAC’s Periodical Focus Group and Periodicals Operations Committee. She also serves on ABM’s Government Affairs Committee.

The Tully Award is named for Thomas W. Tully, a longtime McGraw-Hill Cos. senior executive who played a key role with the MTAC. He died in December.

—Matthew Schwartz

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