ASBPE National Blog Contributors

Contributors to the ASBPE National Blog include members of the national blog committee, which is responsible for its overall content, as well as other ASBPE national and chapter officers, working business-to-business editors, and consultants. Click an author’s name to see that person’s posts.

ASBPE National Blog Committee

Photo: Steven RollSteven Roll, blog chair, is senior state tax law editor of the Weekly State Tax Report, Multistate Tax Report and the Multistate Tax Portfolio series published by Arlington, Va.-based BNA Tax & Accounting. He was president of ASBPE from August 2007 through July 2009. Previously, he served as chapter president for ASBPE’s Washington, D.C., chapter from 2003-2007. He coedited Journalism That Matters, a book of case studies about B2B journalists whose stories triggered important changes within government or industry. The Multistate Tax Report has won ASBPE awards for newsletter general excellence and original research. Roll has been named as a finalist in BNA’s Editorial Excellence Award competition several times. He lives in Kensington, Maryland.

Photo: Warren HerschWarren Hersch is president of ASBPE. He is also senior editor, advanced markets and sales, for National Underwriter magazine’s Life & Health edition, which he joined in 2004. He covers trends in estate planning, advanced markets and practice management. In addition, he is the lead writer for, and helps prepare, Annuity Sales Buzz, an e-newsletter published by NU for inexperienced annuity producers. Previously, Hersch served in various editorial capacities at Call Center Magazine, Teleconnect, and Computer Reseller News, all CMP Media publications. He also was an editor and analyst at Probe Research.

Photo: Martha SpizziriMartha Spizziri is a Boston-based freelance writer and is ASBPE’s web editor. She is also vice president of ASBPE’s Boston/New England chapter. She worked for many years at Reed Business Information, where she served as web editor of Modern Materials Handling, managing editor of Digital News & Review, and in various positions at Traffic Management (now Logistics Management). She has written for About.com and for DC Velocity magazine. She can be reached at mspizziri@rcn.com.

Photo: Katy TomasuloKaty Tomasulo, president of the Washington, D.C., chapter of ASBPE, is deputy editor for Building Products magazine, EcoHome magazine, and ebuild.com, part of Washington, D.C.-based Hanley Wood Business Media. Katy’s eight years at Hanley Wood include serving as managing editor for ProSales and Tools of the Trade magazines and as associate editor and assistant editor for several other construction trade publications. She was an ASBPE Young Leaders Scholarship recipient in 2004.

Other Blog Contributors

Maureen Alley is editor for Woodland Management magazine. She is also a freelance writer and editor for other business-to-business publications. She was previously managing editor for Website Magazine and Residential Design & Build magazine. Alley has been an ASBPE member since 2006, and Azbee judge for the last two years. She can be reached at malley13@gmail.com, or visit www.maureenalley.com.

Tonie Auer is president of ASBPE’s Dallas/Fort Worth chapter. She helped launch the ASBPE National Blog and served as the blog committee chairwoman from its launch until mid-2010. She is an award-winning journalist working as a real estate writer for the Dallas-Fort Worth Bisnow on Business. She can be reached at tonie@bisnow.com.

Dan Blank is the director of content strategy and development for RB Interactive, the online division of Reed Business Information. You can find daily updates to his personal blog at www.danblank.com.

Matt Bolch is an Atlanta-based freelance writer and editor. After a long career in newspapers (including nine years at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution), Bolch became a full-time freelancer in 2002. He currently is managing editor of CDHCSolutions and EmployersWeb.com magazines and writes for a dozen mainly B2B magazines. He graduated from Middle Tennessee State University in 1987 and has been a member of ASBPE since 2002. Bolch has been an Azbee Awards judge for three years and is a regular attendee at the national conference. His Web site is MattBolch.com and his e-mail address is mbolch@mindspring.com.

Amy Buttell is a freelance writer whose work has appeared in The Journal of Financial Planning, Hospitals and Health Networks, American Executive, Better Investing Magazine and Savingforcollege.com, as well as many other publications and websites. She reports on a variety of trends and industries including finance, healthcare, legal and real estate. In 2009, she earned an Advanced Certificate in Accounting from the Walker Business School at Mercyhurst College. She co-authored the book Personal Investing: The Missing Manual with Bonnie Biafore and Carol Fabbri. She lives in Erie, Pa., with her two sons and two cats. Her online home is at www.amybuttell.com, her e-mail address is lecreative@ mac.com and you can find her on Twitter at twitter.com/lecreative.

Jim Carper has started new magazines and revitalized old, tired magazines for large and small publishers. Currently an independent contractor, he is editing a new-products tabloid, consulting with a website owner, creating e-newsletter content for a marketer, and blogging for various clients. See more at www.jimbocarper.com and Gift & Home Today.

Photo: Erin EricksonErin Erickson is a board member for the Chicago chapter of ASBPE. She currently works at Putman Media in Itasca, Ill., as a senior web editor; she formerly worked at Reed Business Information as a group managing editor for the Residential Construction Group. She also created UBrandMedia.com, a how-to website that aims to teach nontechnical people how to create, use and manage social media.

Photo: Rob FreedmanRobert Freedman is a past ASBPE president and senior editor at Realtor Magazine in Washington, D.C., published by the National Association of Realtors. He is also the author of How to Make Real Money in Second Life (McGraw-Hill: 2008) and editor, Broker to Broker (John A. Wylie & Sons: 2006). He can be reached at rfreedman@realtors.org.

Nikki Golden is the vice president of ASBPE’s Chicago chapter and communications manager of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry, where she oversees the magazine The Remodelers’ Journal.

Elena Gontar is a real estate writer in Brooklyn. She can be reached at elenagontar@gmail.com.

Photo: Roy HarrisRoy Harris, immediate past national president of ASBPE, has been a senior editor at The Economist Group’s Boston-based CFO magazine for nearly 13 years. Previously, he was with The Wall Street Journal as a reporter and editor for 23 years, including six as deputy chief of its 14-member Los Angeles bureau. He recently became the author of his first book, Pulitzer’s Gold, a history of a near-century of the most coveted Pulitzer Prize: the gold medal for newspaper public service. His email address is RoyHarris@cfo.com.

Photo: Paul HeneyPaul J. Heney is editorial director for Questex Media’s Hotel Group, which includes Hotel & Motel Management, Hotel Design, and Luxury Hotelier. A member of the ASBPE Cleveland Chapter board, Heney served as national president of ASPBE from 1999-2003. He is also president of TABPI, an international b2b think tank that promotes b2b journalism and professionalism.

Harry McCracken is the founder and editor of Technologizer, a new site that evaluates and comments on technology. Until recently, he was editor in chief at PC World. In that position, he received awards and recognition including a mention on the Folio: 40 list of media industry movers and shakers, ABM’s Timothy White award for editorial integrity, and the Jesse H. Neal award for best editorial or signed column, all in 2008. MIN named him one of its 21 Most Intriguing People in 2007 and in 2006 awarded his PC World blog a Best of the Web award for best blog. Inspired in part by a post he wrote on this blog, he launched the blog McCracken on Media to share some of the lessons he’s learned about the media business.

Paul Miller has held the dual role of editor-in-chief of All About ROI magazine (formerly Catalog Success) and editorial director of eMarketing and Commerce since early 2006. You can reach him at p914m@aol.com.

Marisa Palmieri is senior editor of GIE Media‘s Golf Course Industry magazine and an ASBPE Cleveland chapter board member. Previously, she was associate editor of GIE Media’s Lawn & Landscape and ancillary publications. She also has been an associate editor on Paperboard Packaging and Official Board Markets. She has written for various trade publications, including Interior Business, Commercial Dealer, Snow Business and Hotel & Motel Management and served as the editor-in-chief of Southeast Ohio magazine and a student writer for Ohio Today magazine. She was a 2007 recipient of ASBPE’s Young Leaders Scholarship. She can be reached at mpalmieri@gie.net.

Abe Peck became director of business to business communication at Northwestern University’s Medill School after 27 years as a professor there. He consults to Advanstar and other B2B media in the United State, United Kingdom, Hong Kong, China and India, and received the ASBPE Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008. He can be reached at a-peck@northwestern.edu.

Christina Pellett is the managing editor of the Agent’s Sales Journal, a business-to-business publication for life and health-licensed insurance agents published by Summit Business Media. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism in 2002 with a focus in magazine writing and editing.

Photo: Jennie PhippsJennie L. Phipps is the editor and publisher of Freelance Success, a subscription newsletter and online community for independent nonfiction writers. She can be reached at editor@freelancesuccess.com.

Photo: Joe PulizziJoe Pulizzi is founder and chief content officer for Junta42, the leading media/bookmarking site for content marketing and custom publishing. Junta42 Match is the industry’s only buyer/seller marketplace for custom publishing solutions. A writer, speaker and evangelist for content marketing, Pulizzi was named American Business Media’s “Custom Media Innovator of the Year.” He is coauthor of the book Get Content. Get Customers. Contact Joe at joe[at]junta42.com.

Howard Rauch is president of Editorial Solutions Inc., a consultancy focusing on B2B magazines. Rauch is the 2002 recipient of ASBPE’s Lifetime Achievement Award. You can contact him directly at howard@editsol.com.


Jim Romeo is a freelance writer based in Chesapeake, Virginia. He is a mechanical engineer with and MBA and writes about business and technology. His new leaf in 2010 is to network more and start calling himself a technology evangelist because it sounds cool! www.JimRomeo.net, freelancewriting@yahoo.com.

Robin Sherman is a principal at Robin Sherman Editorial and Design Services. He has directed the content and design for more than 50 titles, including numerous launches. He is also associate director and newsletter editor for the ASBPE; he edits both the print and email newsletters. Previously, he was editor and associate publisher of Adhesives Age. He also spent six years as a newspaper journalist, including at the Atlanta Constitution. His email address is asbpe@bellsouth.net.

Jim Sulecki has more than 25 years of editorial, publishing management and sales/marketing experience in business-to-business and consumer media. Currently he manages Meister Media Worldwide’s 20 brand and custom websites, 12 branded e-newsletters, custom e-media, webinars, and online video/audio, crafting sales and marketing strategies and developing online content and search engine optimization programs. He was named “Innovator in Business Media: Online Executives” by BtoB Media Business magazine in June 2009.

Thomas R. Temin is a consultant with 30 years of publishing experience in media and information technology products and services. He is co-host of “The Federal Drive” with Tom Temin and Jane Norris, a weekday morning news and talk program on Federal News Radio AM 1050 in Washington D.C. You can see his weekly column on the op-ed page at www.federalnewsradio.com and contact him at tom.temin@gmail.com.

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