Board of Directors
The MIC has a board of directors from national and international magazine media leaders. Check back soon for a listing and full bios on each.
The MIC has a board of directors from national and international magazine media leaders. Check back soon for a listing and full bios on each.
Nicole Bowman is an award-winning leader in the field of consumer marketing, fulfillment, and audience development. After having worked as the Consumer Marketing Director for companies including Gruner+Jahr, Dennis Publishing, Cowles Enthusiast, and Spin, Nicole started her own circulation and consumer marketing consultancy specializing in circulation marketing plans, source evaluations, renewal and retention strategies, alternative sources of new business, specialty marketing plans and project management. Nicole has launched nearly a dozen titles including OK!, Complex, and The Week.
With over 30 years in the printing industry, Dave has lead sales teams and business development to drive strategic growth and solutions for magazine publishers. Dave has been instrumental in the acquisition and integration of many companies both at RRDonnelley and LSC Communications including Banta, Perry Judds, Publishers Press, Hudson Yards, Creel Printing, Clark Worldwide and Continuum among others. He also spent 3 years leading the Quebecor World, SPS (Specialized Publishing Services) group as SVP. Dave received his Bachelor’s degree from Rutgers University in Economics and English. He and his wife Susie are the proud parents of 3 children and reside in the State of Connecticut.
Scott Coopwood graduated from Ole Miss with a B.A. in English in 1984. After college, he entered the magazine and newspaper publishing business and starting business journals in Jackson and Cleveland, Mississippi, the latter being the first of its kind in the Mississippi Delta. In July 2003, Scott started Delta Magazine, the popular bi-monthly lifestyle magazine dedicated to the Mississippi Delta. During his 28 years in the publishing business, Scott has also owned and operated weekly newspapers and he continues to oversee a book publishing company, an advertising and PR firm, a website development firm, and an entertainment business. Scott serves on many boards across Mississippi including the Entergy Mississippi Advisory Board. He is the outgoing chairman of Community Foundation of Northwest Mississippi, and in 2015 Governor Phil Bryant appointed Scott to become a Commissioner of the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries & Parks. In April of 2015, Scott was confirmed by the Mississippi Senate and is serving a five year term.
Deborah Corn is a Print Buyerologist, industry speaker and blogger, host of Podcasts from The Printerverse, cultivator of Print Production Professionals the #1 print group on LinkedIn, host of #PrintChat every Wednesday at 4PM ET on Twitter, and the founder of International Print Day. She is the recipient of several industry honors including the 2016 Girls Who Print Girlie Award, and sits on the board of the Advertising Production Club of NYC.
Deborah has 25+ years of experience working in advertising as a Print Producer. She currently provides printspiration and resources to print and marketing professionals through Print Media Centr, and works behind the scenes with printers, suppliers and industry organizations helping them create meaningful relationships with customers, and achieve success with their social media and content marketing endeavors.
As an educator, designer, humanist, mentor and lover of all things graphic arts, Daniel Dejan has been an evangelist for the power of paper and print for the span of his career. He is the face of the etc (education-training-consulting) Group at Sappi Fine Paper North America where he delivers etc services to Sappi’s wide range of clients.
With more than 40 years of design, production, print buying and on-press experience, Dejan is always ready to share his knowledge of the successful and effective marriage of print and paper. On the road 200 days a year, he is a hands-on, in-person resource—delivering presentations to designers, printers, corporations and paper merchants as well as to organizations at public and private events and conferences throughout North America including AIGA, HOW and Printing Industry of America chapters, Canadian Printing Industries groups, IDEAlliance/IPA events, Print Production and Art Directors Clubs, USPS and Canada Poste. Dejan has written articles for numerous trade magazines.
As printing techniques have evolved, Daniel has embraced new technology by not only investigating creative and effective ways to use QR Codes and Augmented Reality in conjunction with print and paper—earning him a position as a Google Glass Developer—but also by exploring and commenting on the layered and complex relationships between the print and digital worlds; merging new –communications technology and human interaction. As a certified G7 Expert, Dejan is an authority in both Color and Color Management and an avid student of color perception and color theory as it relates to branding and printed color reproduction.
Jim Elliott has over 45 years experience in the advertising industry, beginning with media planning and management for three major New York advertising agencies. Before founding his own national media sales company in 1984, he held numerous executive positions, including director of field services at CBS Magazines and western advertising manager for Road & Track Magazine.
Today, the Elliott Co. functions as an alternative to a publisher’s own sales force. With offices in the major advertising centers, the Elliott Co. furnishes sales teams and sales management to media owners who prefer to outsource all of their sales nationally to one organization.
The Elliott Co.’s hands-on work with more than 400 media brands has given the leadership team a tremendous breadth of knowledge about the challenges faced by publishers and digital media owners today. Mr. Elliott has leveraged that knowledge to form a consulting division, Ads&IDEAS, with its own website and client roster, spanning b2b and b2c media, Internet and digital sales, single-title publishers, associations and large media conglomerates, including some of the largest publishing brands in America as well as three Fortune 300 companies exploring the market.
As a known leader in the B2B Media industry, John has earned his reputation by taking on challenging roles and producing results. He started his career in the Massachusetts area working for names like IDG, Penn Well, and CMP Publications. John then moved his career to Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey where he worked with a number of groups and eventually became the Vice President and Electronics Group Director for Penton Media, Inc.
John began to build his notable reputation when he became the President of the PRIMEDIA B2B Division. That division was later sold to Wasserstein & Co. and became PRISM Business Media. During his time at PRIMEDIA and PRISM, the company saw an average CAGR digital growth of 50% each year and had consistent top and bottom line growth. PRISM then acquired Penton and the combined organizations became Penton Media, the industry's largest B2B media company.
His most recent success story was with Cygnus Business Media where John became the company's CEO and served as a board member following the company's restructuring. With an innovative and break-out attitude, John lead the company through a recession and to new areas of success in the growing digital media industry. John helped Cygnus gain prominence in the B2B media industry by establishing and building digital platforms for the company's brands. Today, these platforms allow the company's new marketing initiatives to reach more than a million subscribers, readers, and online users every month. During John's last 18 months with Cygnus, he was tasked with leading the break-up of the company. Through this long process, John successfully did so in five separate transactions which ultimately returned all equity back to the shareholders.
Harrington Associates, LLC publishes The New Single Copy newsletter and the Magazine Retail Sales Experience series of studies, provides services to the periodical distribution industry, and works with individual wholesalers, publishers, and national distributors. The data from his studies is considered the definitive measure of magazine single copy sales. He has conducted workshop and seminar programs for major publishers, national distributors, and wholesalers. In addition to appearing on the program at every ACT Conference, he has spoken at meetings of the MPA-The Association of Magazine Media, Distripress, The Periodical and Book Association of America, the Periodical Wholesalers of North America, and lectured at several universities. He is a director of the Magazine Innovation Center at the Meek School of Journalism at the University of Mississippi. He is generally recognized as the leading independent authority on the magazine retail distribution channel. He and his work have often been quoted and cited in publications such of The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Post, Advertising Age, and AdWeek, as well as numerous retail trade publications. Harrington Associates was founded in July of 1996. For nearly twenty years prior to that, John Harrington worked for the Council for Periodical Distributors Associations, the trade association for periodical wholesalers in the United States and Canada, first as the editor of CPDA News, then as the executive vice president, and he was named the president in 1986.
Author of “Black Panther: Who Is the Black Panther?” In this novel, Holland retells the origin story of the original Black Panther updated for the new century. Holland is also the author of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Finn’s Story” and “The Invisibles: The Untold Story of African American Slaves in the White House”; the latter was honored at the Independent Publisher Book Awards and by Smithsonian.com. Holland is also a race and ethnicity writer for The Associated Press as well as a former White House, Supreme Court and congressional reporter. He served as the visiting distinguished professor of ethics in journalism at the University of Arkansas and currently teaches creative nonfiction at Goucher College. Holland earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Mississippi, a master’s degree from Goucher College and was awarded a doctorate of humane letters from LeMoyne-Owen College.
Joe joined Issuu in early 2013 after more than 20 years of leading startup/growth companies in executive, business-development and product roles. He served as CEO of Reverb during two rounds of financing; in addition, as head of SingleFeed, Joe oversaw that firm’s acquisition by Alibaba. Before that, Joe held sales and leadership positions at Gaia Interactive, Yahoo, Flickr and Virage. He directed the Economist Group's business in China and has extensive board and tech-advisor experience. Joe was educated at the State University of New York at Albany and as a foreign student at Beijing Normal University in China.
A veteran of the printing/publishing industry since 1970, Bob Sacks was always an innovator. Even back in the 70s, he followed a more creative path than usual. He started his career where some people end -- with the founding of his own weekly newspaper in the metro New York area. After several years in the alternative press, publishing newspapers in New York and Tucson, Az., he went on to become one of the founding fathers of High Times Magazine. Since then, Bob has held positions that include Publisher, Editor, Freelance Writer, Director of Manufacturing and Distribution, Senior Sales Manager, Circulator, Chief of Operations, Pressman, Cameraman, Lecturer, and Developer of web site companies. Bob’s resume lists directorships at such prestigious companies as McCall’s, Time Inc., New York Times Magazine Group, International Paper, Ziff-Davis, CMP, and Bill Communications (VNU).
Tony Silber was part of the acquisition team at Red 7 Media that purchased FOLIO:, CM, and their related products in August 2004. Before the acquisition, Silber, in 2003, launched M10, the executive-level magazine and information service for the magazine industry. He is also president of Long Hill Media and considered one of the experts in his field. Prior to M10, Silber was publisher of FOLIO: and Circulation Management when it was owned by Primedia. Silber was also editor of FOLIO: from 1998-2000. Silber has a bachelor’s degree in history from the State University of New York at Albany.
After 37 years in the magazine business, of which the last 17 was as chief editor of Libelle, the biggest and oldest women’s magazine-brand in the Netherlands, in November 2016 Franska Stuy started her own digital magazine: Franska.nl. Franska received a lifetime achievement award for her accomplishments in the Dutch magazine business. During her period as editor of Libelle, she transformed the print magazine into a successful media brand, with online extensions, huge events, TV, radio, books etc. Franska studied fashion and graphic design at the Academy of Arts for which she was awarded with the prize of the city of Breda.
A 2005 graduate of Southern Methodist University, Thomas began his career in 2005 at Democrat Printing & Lithographing. DP&L was founded in 1871 as the commercial printing arm of the Arkansas Democrat Newspaper. Thomas is a third generation owner of DP&L and current President. Thomas continues his grandfather’s solid belief in the power of the printed page.
An active member of the printing community & avid outdoorsman, Thomas enjoys all that the woods & waters have to offer.
Amy is a story coach and spiritual director in Nashville, Tennessee. She often says Samir and the other Ole Miss journalism folks “saved her life” because she found “her people” in Farley Hall, after having spent a dismal semester in law school. She has worked for such publishing innovators as Whittle Communications and Rutledge Hill Press, co-authored or contributed to eight books, and been published in a variety of publications, as well as on National Public Radio. Amy Lyles has served as adjunct professor and writer-in-residence at the Earlham School of Religion. She teaches and leads workshops across the South, as well as at the Chautauqua Institution. She is a trained spiritual director (Haden Institute), a certified facilitator of both Amherst Writers and Artists and SoulCollage® workshops, and holds degrees in English, journalism, and theology. She believes it is the sharing of our stories that saves us.