INMA World Congress of Newspaper Marketing
INMA celebrated its 75th anniversary with its World Congress held May 9-11, 2005, at the Bellagio in Las Vegas.
With more than 400 industry executives in attendance representing 40 countries, the three-day conference revolved around industry trends, case studies, and what the impact of reader preferences on today’s media means for the newspaper industry’s future.
The annual conference also served as the backdrop for recognising the top marketing campaigns in the 70th INMA Newspaper Marketing Awards, including a brochure campaign by Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung in Germany which won the coveted “Best In Show.”
A highlight of the conference was surprising the longest-serving INMA member Howard Brown, president of United Communications Corporation in Kenosha, Wisconsin, USA, and a member since 1962, with INMA’s highest honour, the Silver Shovel Award. An added treat for attendees was the special recognition awarded INMA Executive Director Earl J. Wilkinson with his own Silver Shovel Award for his service to INMA the past 15 years.
Ross McPherson, co-managing director Shepparton Media Group in Australia, was elected the new president of INMA for 2005-2007. Marti Buscaglia, president and publisher of the Duluth News-Tribune in the United States, was elected vice president for the same two-year term which will culminate in her presidency in 2007-2009. Eivind Thomsen, senior vice president of Schibsted in Oslo, Norway, becomes immediate past president for the next two years. New Board members elected for the first time include Jan Wifstrand, editor-in-chief of Dagens Nyheter in Stockholm, Sweden; Linda Wheatley, vice president of advertising for the London Free Press in Canada; and Ravi Dhariwal, executive director of Bennett, Coleman & Company (Times of India) in New Delhi, India. Re-elected to Board positions include Scott Stines, president, mass2one, Hiawatha, Iowa, USA, as treasurer; Yasmin Namini, senior vice president/circulation, The Boston Globe, USA; Jaime Mantilla, publisher, Diario Hoy/Edimpres, Quito, Ecuador; and Paula Rattray, vice president/marketing, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, USA.
The 2005 World Congress event was capped with a gala dinner where attendees shared a special anniversary cake and lifted their glasses in a toast commemorating INMA’s past and celebrating its future. Past presidents of INMA dating to 1964 attended the conference and were recognised at the Gala Dinner.
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09-11 May 2005
Las Vegas, United States