Fetzner Named AFCP's Publisher of the Year
Glen Fetzner was named the Association of Free Community Papers (AFCP) Publisher of the Year at the recent annual conference in Baltimore.

Fetzner is the owner and publisher of Ocean Media Solutions on the Treasure Coast in Florida.

In making the presentation, last year's recipient, Dan Buendo said, "One of the highest honors AFCP can bestow on a participating member is the Publisher of the Year Award. It is presented as recognition for representing the industry and the association at the highest level through their efforts and company operations. It is my honor as recipient of last year's award, to be able to present the award this year.

"This year's award winner has served over 25 years in the free community paper industry as a second generation participant. He has built his publications from the ground up through hard work, commitment to his products and investment in his staff.

"Let's look at the products first. Through the years the product has evolved and grown into one of the leading publications in the highly competitive Florida market. The current publications are award-winning, four-color gloss magazines that range in size up to 140 pages and are direct mailed to over 200,000 homes in Florida's Treasure Coast. The publications posted a 25% revenue growth for the fourth quarter of 2017 and are poised for a 20% increase in 2018. Pretty Impressive!

"Now let's look at how this year's winner treats his team to be able to build those kind of gains. His commitment to training and staff development is second to none - averaging over 10 conference participants in each of the last five conferences, the highest number of TLI participants of any member company in AFCP - and a strong believer in on-site professional development for his staff.

"In addition to his commitment to development of his staff, here is a comment from one of his team members -

"‘In September of 2017, South Florida was just one of the areas hit by Hurricane Irma, which devastated the Florida Keys. As the daily warnings became statewide, our publisher made it his personal mission to release every employee five days well ahead of the storm, ensuring that each and every staff member had time to prepare well in advance, from either boarding up our homes to coordinating a safe place with or without family, including the time needed to leave the state as many did. We were very Blessed as we were spared the worst of the storm. Our publisher and management team contacted each and every staff member to check on each person's safety and well-being. This is just one of many testaments of kindness, respect and leadership our publisher demonstrates not only his staff, but to his community.'

"We applaud this year's Publisher of the Year on his commitment to his product, to his staff and to his community. Please join me in congratulating the 2018 AFCP Publisher of the Year form Ocean Media Solutions - Glen Fetzner."

In receiving the award, Fetzner credited his staff and Elaine Buckley for the recent success of his publications. "In the past I have worked with J.W. Owens and Rob Zarrilli and have learned from them," he said.

He also credited the training programs of AFCP. "We send up to 10 persons a year to the conference and each returns with 10 revenue-generating ideas. The Leadership Institute is a huge part of their training.

It was Moneysaver Magazine that began publishing in Stuart, Fla., in 1995. Several years ago Fetzner said he made one of the toughest decisions in his life. He changed the name of the company from Moneysaver to Ocean Media Solutions, and the names of the publications to the names of the communities they served - such as Stuart Living. It opened the doors to better readership and to new advertisers.

Ocean Media Solutions has become the Treasure Coast's #1 direct mailer in the area, following 20 years of success in the commercial and residential real estate publishing business.

Today the publication direct mails seven targeted zones with a total circulation of over 200,000 households. Areas served include northern Palm Beach, Sebastian, Vero Beach, Fort Pierce, Port St. Lucie, Jensen Beach, Stuart, Hobe Sound, Tequesta, Jupiter, Juno Beach and Palm Beach Gardens.


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