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Engage With Those Who Control Your Fate at the National Catalog Forum, April 8-10, Washington

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Let Her Know What You Want Out of Your Postal Service

56aeb7af48065056b236ae334c1185dbAs the US Postal Service’s chief customer & marketing officer, Jakki Krage Strako (at left) has sought to advance corporate strategy development to improve the customer experience, align the Postal Service’s goals to effectively meet customers’ needs, and build a more customer-centric organization in an increasingly digital and rapidly evolving marketplace. As one of the highest-ranking postal officials, she also oversees all product marketing, development and management. Ms. Strako will explain mail’s evolving role and how the Postal Service continues to advance the value of mail.

 

 

What Are the States’ Plans For Sales Tax by Remote Retailers (And What Should You Do About It)?

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Multistate Tax Commission Deputy Executive Director​ Marshall C. Stranburg (at left) will discuss the state tax landscape post-Wayfair, including the wave of new state tax laws and the states’ enforcement of those laws. Brann & Isaacson Managing Partner Martin I. Eisenstein (at right), who has represented a number of catalog retailers regarding state tax obligations, will provide his insights on navigating sales tax collection and other state tax obligations. They will discuss what the states’ plans are regarding sales by remote retailers and sales on marketplaces.

 

Two With Oversight of USPS Debate Its Future 

0070a34cc1b33a73ccafb04a331ba1c8Pictured at right during his recent Senate confirmation hearing, Postal Regulatory Commission commissioner Michael Kubayanda (at right) and postal governor David C. Williams (at left) both previously served at the USPS Office of the Inspector General.

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Now serving on separate entities surrounding the Postal Service, they will lay out all possible options for reforming the agency to best serve catalogers’ and other mailers’ needs going forward.

 

Click here to review the full agenda

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Big Business Problem: Tariffs on Your Imports

Angela Paolini Ellard (at right) will be part of a panel that will address catalog and other sellers of Chinese-imported goods now being subject to paying 10% (or possibly greater) tariffs. This, coupled with an updated NAFTA and pending new free trade agreements with the EU, UK and Japan, means global supply chains could be disrupted or impacted. She will be joined by other bipartisan trade experts from Congress to explain where things could be headed.

 

Catalog Day on Capitol Hill

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Following the opening afternoon on April 8th of sessions with government and postal officials, and others with skin in the catalog/e-commerce sectors, all attendees will storm Capitol Hill on April 9th to meet with members of Congress. There, you will be given a chance to explain to key legislators the dire needs for postal reform and Federal remote sales tax legislation, as both directly impact your business.

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Click the icon below to register right now. ACMA members gain are eligible for an additional discount, so be sure to log on to the ACMA website first.

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Discount Hotel Rooms in Short Supply

There remain only a limited number of rooms left at our special $319/night rate at the Washington Court Hotel right near Capitol Hill, but they will sell out soon, posssibly before next Monday’s (March 11th) deadline. So reserve yours before it’s too late – details directly below:

  • RESERVE ONLINEClick this link to get your room at our discounted rate.
  • RESERVE BY PHONE: Call 202-628-2100​, and mention you’re with the American Catalog Mailers Association event to get the $319 rate.
  • DEADLINE: March 11th

Quick Planner Guide

Monday, April 8th:

  • 1:00 to 5:15 pm: Sessions at Washington Court Hotel
  • 6:30 to 8:00 pm: Welcome Reception at Washington Court Hotel

Tuesday, April 9th

  • 8:00 am: Breakfast/prep session at Washington Court Hotel
  • 9:00 am: All attendees head for Capitol Hill
  • 9:30 am to 5:00 pm: Full day of meetings with your legislators on Capitol Hill
  • 5:30 to 8:30 pm: Annual VIP Reception at the Gold Room, Rayburn Building on Capitol Hill

Wednesday, April 10th

  • 7:30 am to 1:00 pm: Sessions at Washington Court Hotel; Forum concludes at 1:00 pm
  • 1:00 pm: Post-conference meetings (Board and ACMA Supplier Council only)

Questions?

If you need any guidance on logistics and transportation or have any other questions regarding the National Catalog Forum, contact Paul Miller (pmiller@catalogmailers.org) or Cathy Siravo (croden@catalogmailers.org) or reach either at 800-509-9514.

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Use of Funds: Moneys from each fund may be used for hiring lobbyists, economists, attorneys, consultants, public relations or government relations personnel, conducting research or other surveys highlighting positions favorable to cataloging, supporting coalitions or other groups allied to our positions, paying for advertising aimed at influencing elected officials or other stakeholders, organizing grass roots outreach, education or advocacy in support of public policy positions or for other tactics favorable to ACMA policy positions. Money raised will not be used to support any political candidate or political party; these moneys must come from a Political Action Committee.

Lynn Noble

President & Executive Director

New Member Development & Acquisition; Postal Affairs

Lynn Noble is ACMA’s Vice President, Industry Relations, having joined the ACMA in May 2015, following an extensive direct marketing career in private industry as well as the US Postal Service. He is responsible for leading the membership development efforts for the ACMA through new member acquisitions and providing enhanced member value.

Throughout his career, Lynn has held key marketing & sales positions with several leading direct marketers, as well as several high-level management positions with the US Postal Service.

In 2009, at the request of the ACMA, the US Postal Service initiated a new position of Catalog Manager to lead the Service’s efforts to stabilize and grow the catalog industry. Lynn returned to the USPS to lead those efforts and was instrumental to developing a stronger industry partnership between the Postal Service and the catalog industry. Serving as the product manager for catalogs, Lynn helped to raise the awareness of catalog-specific business challenges within the executive ranks of the USPS. During his tenure, the ACMA and catalog companies enjoyed a collaborative and progressive environment that produced more stabilized rates and inclusion in key USPS promotional opportunities.

Just prior to joining the ACMA Lynn was the USPS’s Manager, Strategic Account Operations, leading a team of senior sales professionals who focused exclusively in the Catalog, Mail Order, and E-commerce arena. In addition to his Postal positions, Lynn previously held key positions with leading direct marketing companies, including Cox Target Media, Market Logic, Catalina Marketing, Freesamples.com, and Advantage Direct.

Paul Miller

Vice President & Deputy Director

Association Matters, Marketing / Communications, Membership Relations

Named Vice President & Deputy Director in January 2010, Miller came to the ACMA following a lengthy career of more than two decades following the catalog/multichannel/e-commerce/retail businesses. Reporting to ACMA president & executive director Hamilton Davison, Miller oversees marketing and communications, membership development, and organizes and oversees ACMA’s National Catalog Forum, while working with Davison on most of ACMA’s postal-related efforts.

Miller started his career as a reporter with Catalog Showroom Business, following a form of retailing that was led by the likes of the Service Merchandise and Best Products retail chains.

After several years of editor/reporter roles with business magazines that followed the toy and gift industries, Miller was named associate editor of Catalog Age magazine (now Multichannel Merchant) in 1986. He rose up the ranks at Catalog Age over the next 18 years to be the magazine’s senior news editor.

Beginning in the late ’80s, Miller became Catalog Age’s postal beat reporter, where he’d follow key postal events and pull out the key catalog mail-related issues for readers. During that time, he attended many Mailers Technical Advisory Committee (MTAC) meetings and National Postal forums.

After leaving Catalog Age in 2004, Miller consulted with several catalogers and multichannel suppliers for a time, he was named news/website editor at Commercial Property News. Less than a year later, he was asked to take the reigns at Catalog Success (now All About ROI) where he served as editor-in- chief from 2006 till the end of 2009.

 

Mike Plunkett

President & Executive Director

Washington, legislative, lobbying matters

ACMA appointed Michael K. Plunkett as its President and Executive Director in January 2024, succeeding founder Hamilton Davison. Mr. Davison moved on to own and run a company. Mr. Plunkett brings years of executive leadership experience having been the President and CEO of the Association for Postal Commerce (PostCom) since 2017.  In the newly-formed dual role, he will continue his current role with PostCom and the two organizations will operate separately.

During his tenure, PostCom has continued to lead the mailing and shipping industry on policy and regulatory matters and to work with Government agency partners to advance issues of importance to members. Mr. Plunkett is also President of the Delivery Technology Advocacy Council, a nonprofit launched in 2020 to concentrate on delivery and logistics technologies.

Prior to PostCom, Mr. Plunkett accumulated more than 25 years Postal experience with the United States Postal Service in numerous executive roles in operations, marketing, product development and pricing.  As a leader within the Postal Service’s management team, Mr. Plunkett developed a well-earned reputation for innovation by leading efforts to develop pricing agreements for domestic services and in the development of the forever stamp and the priority mail flat rate box.

Mr. Plunkett has testified on pricing and policy issues before the Postal Regulatory Commission and Congressional subcommittees.  He has authored and presented papers on postal policies, economics, and operations for National and International conferences.

Mr. Plunkett holds Masters Degrees in Business from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he was a Sloan Fellow. He earned a Bachelor Degrees in Economics and Finance from the Pennsylvania State University.