‘E&P’ Names Annual ‘Production All-Stars’

By: E&P Staff

Seven top managers will receive their E&P ‘Production All-Stars’ Awards today at ING’s annual conference at the Hilton Kansas City Airport hotel. The winners were announced in the September issue of the magazine.

Earning the Senior Manager award is Ray Maly, formerly vice president and production director at The Times-Picayune of New Orleans.

The three Press winners, in different circulation classes, are Keith Pierece, senior vice president of operations at Detroit Media Partnership; Peg Schmitz, vice president, print operations at The Gazette of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; and Rick Burman, pressroom foreman at the Adirondack (N/Y.) Daily Enterprise.

The Post-Press honorees are Bernie Szachara, vice president, operations, at the Democrat and Chroinicle in Rochester, N.Y.; Kris Smith, production director of the Rockford (Ill.) Register Star; and William King, production director at the The Island Packet and The Beaufort Gazewtte in South Carolina.

Also being honored today is the late Kim Foster, who served as pressrom manager at The Miami Herald among other other posts.

Judges this year were Gary Watson, Jack Stanley, Ken Harding and Judy Oliver Busby.

In his introduction to profiles of this years winners in the September issue, Jim Rosenberg of E&P wrote the following.

Regardless of how or when they landed in their current positions, this year’s E&P Production All Stars share in some way two significant career experiences: major building and equipment projects, and responsibility for commercial printing. Three other characteristics kept turning up in nominations and interviews: the ability to work with and develop staff, problem-solving capabilities, and a serious commitment to employee safety.

Just as last year, candidates were selected by others at their newspaper companies, and top executives signed and submitted the nomination forms. The winners were those who received the highest combined scores on several criteria by the four judges listed to the right. The awards now include the additional category of senior manager.

E&P will donate $500 in the name of each winner to the International Newspaper Group’s scholarship fund for college students. The Sept. 19 award presentations during ING’s annual conference at the Hilton Kansas City Airport also will include special recognition of the late Kim Foster, former pressroom manager for The Miami Herald.

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