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The ACMA Mission

The American Commerce Marketing Association (ACMA) is the voice of the direct and remote marketing industry. It is the only organization advocating specifically for policy and legislation that benefits catalog, online, direct mail, and other remote marketers, as well as their suppliers. Founded in 2007 as the American Catalog Mailers Association, ACMA is a nonprofit organization.

What We Do

For nearly two decades, ACMA has engaged with policymakers to promote member interests. We impact legislation and regulation, testify before Congress and regulatory bodies, and maintain strong relationships with policymakers in Washington. Setting us apart in all efforts is our ability to improve our members’ financial performance.
ACMA is dedicated to protecting and advancing commercial interests and business objectives across the direct and remote marketing industry. Members also benefit from early notice and informed advice about the latest regulatory and legislative developments.

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Member benefits include

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ACMA leads the fight in Washington and state legislatures involving the most significant policy issues affecting the direct marketers, online merchants, store retailers that mail catalogs, and their suppliers. Over the past decade, ACMA has championed lower postage rates, advocated for smart e-commerce policies and built trusted relationships with regulators and legislators to address the individual concerns and needs of its members. Strength in numbers means your role is critical!
Whenever a member-concerning legislative issue is up for debate in Congress, ACMA is there — lobbying members of Congress and regulators to ensure the voices of direct and remote marketers and their suppliers are heard.
Members receive a steady flow of information regarding key policy issues affecting the industry — often before anyone else. Members gain from our insights well before they hear it elsewhere on a range of issues — from postage incentives and early warnings about regulatory compliance to prognostications about rate changes, and more. Forewarned is forearmed!
Rather than wasting your time sifting through industry newsletters that barely touch on the issues you care about most, ACMA provides the specific insights directly relevant to your business. We not only curate the information you need, but we also explain why it matters to you.
ACMA advocates for issues specific to your individual company. When problems arise involving your company and USPS, state tax collectors, the federal government, or other material crises, ACMA is available to members round-the-clock to help resolve issues impacting your business.

2024 Board of Directors

Officers:

Jim Hall – ACMA Chairman Vermont Country Store

Larry Kavanagh – Secretary/Treasurer NaviStone

Directors:

Barbara de la Riva – Great American Business Products
Bob Schimek – Quad
Jonathan Fleischmann – Potpourri Group
Rick Kropski – Arandell Corporation
Jim Fogarty – FullBEAUTY Brands
Cary McNatt – IMS (div. of Colony Brands)
Rob Goergen – Silver Star Brands

ACMA Staff Bios:

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Mike Plunkett

President & Executive Director

Washington, legislative, lobbying matters

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Paul Miller

Vice President & Deputy Director

Association Matters, Marketing / Communications, Membership Relations

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Lynn Noble

Vice President of Industry Relations

New Member Development & Acquisition; Postal Affairs

2024 ACMA Rebrand

The old ACMA Logo before the rebrand. 4 shapes blue, red, black and light blue, with ACMA, on in each shape.

In May 2024, the American Catalog Mailers Association was officially renamed the American Commerce Marketing Association. It’s important to also note that the ACMA remains the ACMA – we will continue to place greater emphasis on the abbreviated name.

The ACMA was founded in 2007 after years of catalog mailers not having a seat at the table when it came to the setting of postal rates. As a result, catalog mailers were steadily receiving greater postage increases than other types of mailers. The ACMA’s original mandate was to keep postage rates for catalogs in check, and we have done so effectively on through the present day.

In the early 2010s, the ACMA picked up on the growing efforts by large “big box” retailers and their lobbying groups to overturn the 1992 standard in Quill v. North Dakota, which upheld that catalog and other direct marketing companies were not required to collect sales or use taxes from customers residing in states in which those companies have no physical presence.

Working in coalitions with other organizations also representing remote marketers, we successfully held off the undoing of the Quill standard throughout the 2010s until the Supreme Court’s 2018 ruling in South Dakota v. Wayfair Inc.

Since that time, we’ve shifted gears somewhat, working closely with Congress to gain a federal law that simplifies the collection of such taxes, as the Supreme Court’s Wayfair ruling left it to states to collect however which way they wish from over 12,000 different tax districts around the country with differing rules, tax holidays, product and service definitions, and so forth. We aim to change that to streamline it so it’s significantly easier for our members to collect each time a customer buys something.

An addition, by the mid-2010s, we began advocating on behalf of our members in their troubles dealing with a growing number of state laws governing consumer data privacy.

In both our privacy and tax work, our intentions remain to gain a single federal law so our members don’t have to deal with a dizzying array of state laws, which are costly, confusing and cumbersome.

Meantime, by throughout the 21st Century as marketers have shifted their efforts more toward online with less emphasis on the printed catalog, it became apparent that we needed to remove catalog from our name even though we continue to advocate aggressively on behalf of our clients who mail catalogs. And 17 years into our existence, we’ve become best known simply as the ACMA.

So we brainstormed to come up with the new name, while continuing our longtime familiar name of ACMA.

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.

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.

 

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.

Catalog Industry Action Funds

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Support ACMA’s Industry Action Funds

You can assist with specific areas of ACMA’s program of work by providing much-needed resources dedicated to a particular issue. Our Industry Action Funds are segregated accounts held by ACMA, made available as a “war chest” to deploy on specific issues that impact direct and remote marketers and their suppliers — eliminating the time and effort needed to raise funds in the heat of battle.


Please note that your contributions to ACMA Action Funds will not be used for any general ACMA “corporate purposes” other than a 5% service fee on funds raised and administered. Non-ACMA members are always eligible to make one-off donations. Such contributions support our network of consultants on whom we depend to advocate for the interests of direct and remote marketers and their suppliers. These funds are only used to pay for out-of-pocket expenses of the specific issues outlined below. Large volume donors may be considered for Steering Committees of each Fund. Click here for more information on how the funds are distributed and used.

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Restricted Status: Each Fund will be separately administered as restricted under the direction of the ACMA Board of Directors by the ACMA Treasurer and our association accountant. An elected Officer from the Executive Committee or the ACMA Board will authorize disbursements. Details on expenditures will be made available to any material contributor on request. Restricted funds may be released only upon authorization of the benefactor or in the event the contributing entity is defunct, by vote of the ACMA Board.

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.