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NEW YORK: Magazine Publishers of America's Marketing Committee kicked off a news speakers series, called "The Advertiser Forum," at MPA headquarters recently. The series is designed to feature senior advertisers and agency media executives reviewing their strategies and outlining marketing goals. Pillsbury Co. was the featured marketer at the first session. Attending were (l. to r.): Christine Miller, exec VP-marketing, MPA; Blaise D'Sylva, VP-media director, Starcom Media Services; Selma Shatter, VP-accounts director, Leo Burnett Co.; Christine Mistretta, business team leader, Pillsbury; Ruby Anik, director of advertising and media, Pillsbury; and Ken Wallace, VP-group publisher, Prevention.

LOS ANGELES: The Asian American Advertising & Public Relations Alliance kicked off the Lunar New Year late last month with a cocktail reception at the Empress Pavilion, featuring guest speaker Jerry Wong (r.) of the U.S. Department of Commerce's Bureau of the Census. With Mr. Wong, assistant regional census manager, are Bill Imada, president, Imada Wong Communications Group; and Julia Huang, president, Intertrend Advertising.

NEW ORLEANS: American Association of Advertising Agencies' sixth annual Media Conference & Trade Show brought together agency media directors, media company executives, marketers and industry group leaders at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside. Among the attendees (l. to r.): Ave Butensky, president, Television Bureau of Advertising; Robert Pittman, president-chief operating officer, America Online; Joseph Tirinato, senior VP-strategic planning, TVB; O. Burtch Drake, president-CEO, Four A's; and Myer Berlow, senior VP-interactive marketing, AOL.

Attending the American Association of Advertising Agencies' Media Conference & Trade Show were (l. to r.): Bill Harvey, president-CEO, Next Century Media, a co-founder of the Addressable Advertising Coalition; Larry Lozon, president-CEO, Privaseek; Martin Nissenholtz, president, The New York Times Electronic Media Co.; Spencer Hapoienu, president, Insight Out of Chaos; and Jack Griffin, VP-marketing, Meredith Corp.'s Broadcasting Group.

NEW YORK: New York American Marketing Association brought together almost 150 marketing and advertising executives at the Omni Berkshire Place Hotel for the final round of judging for the 1999 Effie Awards. The panel of judges included (l. to r.): Ron Bess, president, Foote, Cone & Belding; Mark Goldstein, president-integrated marketing, Fallon McElligott; and Rick Kendall, VP-

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