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Executive Director Update - September 2015

It's been some time since our last ExPress News and the Association has been working on several initiatives to benefit our members. 

We've just celebrated the excellent work of our advertising and design members at the Advertising Awards program on September 10th.  The Press Services committee revamped the contest and added new categories for standout personnel.  You can read about the awards and our top winners here and see the slide show, with ALL of the winning work here.  We also added a new component to the day:  our first ever Meet the Media agency meet and greet.  Using a "speed-dating" format, we paired agencies and publications in 15 minute private meetings.  To further support our members, we mailed our member directory (which included our advertising awards contest winners) to over 80 local and regional media buyers.  I will be mailing the directory of agencies that we compiled for this project to ad directors in the coming weeks.

MDDC welcomes two new staffers:  Tara Sullivan was hired as Sponsor & Member Development Associate in early July.  Her role focuses on revenue generation for event sponsorships and affiliate memberships.  She also handles contest management, event planning and some administrative tasks. Cason Talley started as sales representative on September 8th and will help support revenue in our classified networks.

We've gotten a lot of good feedback on our weekly Friday Planner email and have added a new feature:  On the Move.  This feature lists personnel arrivals at various publications and links to the On the Move page on our website. 

This fall, will bring a refreshed professional development series.  We need your feedback to develop strong programming.  Please click here for the quick survey to help us understand which topics are important to you.

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