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AFCP selects new Executive Director, industry veteran Loren Colburn

In Uncategorized on February 23, 2010 at 3:21 pm

The Board of Directors of the Association of Free Community Papers, after a three-month selection process and in accordance with their by-laws, selected Loren Colburn, Publisher of the Scotsman Press, as the new Executive Director for the Association. The final presentations and the selection vote was completed during the Winter Board meeting in Florida. Colburn is past president of the Association and is currently the sitting Secretary-Treasurer. He replaces Craig McMullin, the long standing previous Executive Director, who tragically lost his life last year in an accident.

“We are very excited to have Loren Colburn in this key leadership position”, said Orestes Baez, current President of the Association of Free Community Papers. “Loren is the consummate professional and has the skill set and leadership strength to bring this organization through this most difficult chapter and up into new heights and direction. We thank all the candidates that gave us the opportunity to make this very important selection”.

Colburn emphasized several key items during his presentation to the Board. He mentioned improving the communication for the advertising network known as NANI as well as adding a banner ad network, a display ad network and an insert program. “Among the many priorities expressed by the Board over the past few years, focusing on expanding the revenue opportunities that helps AFCP provide more member benefits is a critical success factor for us going forward” said Colburn.

A strong community supporter, Colburn has served many boards in his community including the Syracuse Chapter of the March of Dimes. Colburn is a graduate of State University of New York and College of Cortland. He and his wife, Cindy, have three sons: Chris, Brian and Jeff. He will assume the role of executive director in six to eight weeks. Interim Executive Director Don Gimberline agreed to continue his role until Colburn assumes the leadership position.

The Association of Free Community Papers is the largest, national trade association of free community paper publishers. http://www.afcp.org

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