Jim Kendall Honored as 2008 AFCP Publisher of the Year
James (Jim) Kendall was named the recipient of the Association of Free Community Papers (AFCP) Publisher of the Year Award.

Kendall is the chief executive officer of Hometown News, located on the Treasure Coast in Florida. He is the current AFCP president as well as the current Community Papers of Florida (CPF) president.

The presentation was made by last year's recipient, Scott Patterson, at the annual conference in Rancho Mirage, Calif.

In making the presentation Patterson said, "This year it is my honor to present the Association of Free Community Papers prestigious Publisher of the Year Award.

"If you follow the path of this year's recipient you will cross the country to different areas and different positions, corporate publications, independent publications, you name it - he has done it with a path of success in his publishing career.

"A graduate of the University of Miami, he joined Dick Mandt, who owned The Flyer in Miami, as a graduate student doing marketing and feasibility studies for expansion. Upon receiving his MBA he joined The Flyer as a sale representative. He also served as a reader ad manager and supervised the likes of Carlos Guzman, Cristina Beauvoir, Doug Dance and other successful characters in the free paper industry.

"After Harte-Hanks purchased The Flyer, the Austin Shopping Guide in Texas was also purchased by Harte-Hanks and our recipient relocated to Austin as division president. He was later transferred to San Jose, Calif., to serve as senior vice president of the Potpourri.

"In 1990 Dick Mandt recruited him to return to Florida as senior vice president of sales at The Flyer in Tampa. In 1996 he was named the chief operations officer. The Flyer developed into one of the most successful direct mail shoppers in the country.

"Several years ago when Harte-Hanks purchased The Flyer, he assumed the position of vice president of sales for the Harte-Hanks Florida operation.

"Recently he was named the chief executive officer of Hometown News headquartered in Fort Pierce, Fla. Hometown News publishes 17 community publications with a circulation of over 400,000.

"This year's recipient has attributed his success in the publishing business to his mentor, Mr. Dick Mandt.

"His success as a publisher is not the complete story. While running large operations, our recipient has found time to devote to the free paper industry and the associations that he has served.

"Past awards include the annual AFCP Distinguished Service Award and the Community Papers of Florida Publisher of the Year Award. For years he has been active in the Florida association, AFCP, and NANI. He was the first chair of PaperChain, and has worked to bring all of the national, regional and state free paper associations together for one common cause - to improve the image of the free paper industry.

"Currently he serves as the president of the Association of Free Community Papers and the Community Papers of Florida. He has served on numerous committees for each association and we thank him for his devoted service.

"Ladies and gentlemen, I am proud to present the Publisher of the Year Award to the Irish Guy from the Pittsburgh, Pa. area, Mr. Jim Kendall."

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