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ACMA Added 20-plus New Members in 2016-17 – See Who Joined

With the ACMA’s fiscal year recently ended, we are excited to announce that more than 20 companies signed up for membership over the past year – a mix of (mostly) catalogers, some suppliers, a private equity firm, and a couple of consulting firms. Each of these companies are not only reaping the benefits of ACMA membership, but they’ve also seen the light in all the association does to improve the climate for catalog mailers. Those who agreed to be part of this announcement are featured alphabetically below (with company web addresses linked in the logos):

 

jpegCaravan is one of America’s oldest tour companies and has operated fully guided tours since 1952. Current destinations include Costa Rica, Guatemala, Panama, Canada and the United States. Caravan sells through travel agencies and direct to the traveling public via catalog and direct mail.

 

jpegFounded in Savannah, Georgia in 1998, Circa Lighting is a decorative lighting retailer and cataloger offering collections from some of the most influential names in design. In addition to its catalog and website, Circa Lighting operates showrooms in Atlanta; Charleston, SC; Chicago; Greenwich, CT; Houston; New York City, Savannah, GA and Washington, D.C.

 

jpegA cataloger of beautiful clothes for busy lives, charming accents for welcoming homes, thoughtful gifts to warm hearts,  Coldwater Creek remains true to the core principles that started it all and helped it become a beloved brand with devoted customers coast to coast. The company is committed to creating unexpected and extraordinary things to wear and enjoy.

 

jpegComputerGear sells fun science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) products through mail order catalogs and at www.ComputerGear.com. It was founded in 1993 to make math, science and technology more fun and meet the needs of technology enthusiasts including programmers, engineers, math and science lovers.

 

jpeg D Cubed Group is a private market investment firm that actively invests committed equity capital in profitable, small and mid-scale businesses operating in the consumer and business services industries, with a particular emphasis in multi-channel retail, restaurant and food service, franchising, as well as the marketing, education and healthcare services sectors.

 

jpegDEPlabs is a technology consulting firm that provides innovative ways to help convert more of its online customers’ web visitors from browsers to buyers. DEPlabs personnel strive to make customers’ lives easier through operational and technology improvements. The firm makes wide use of its real world experience in deploying its products and services.

 

jpegFry Communications is an award-winning leader in print, distribution, direct mail, and information distribution. One of the nation’s largest privately held communications companies, and featuring an onsite co-mailing facility, Fry provides the comprehensive resources to manage all sized projects with state-of-the art technology, first-rate personnel, and a commitment to excellence.

 

jpegHealy List Marketing provides dollar-driven direct mail lists for consumer catalogers, publishers, financial institutions and seminar providers who consistently trust the firm to provide them with data that meets their exacting standards, great customer service and in-depth industry knowledge.

 

jpegFounded in 1928, MCH Strategic Data delivers quality data and information to the institution market. The firm invests in U.S.-based data experts to deliver the best quality data possible, using every data element possible for clients to power their operations, sales engagements and marketing programs to improve their results.

 

jpegSappi North America, a subsidiary of Sappi Limited (JSE), a global company headquartered in Johannesburg, South Africa, is a market leader in converting wood fiber into superior products that customers demand worldwide. Its high quality Coated Printing Papers, including McCoy, Opus, Somerset and Flo, are the key platform for premium catalogs, magazines, books and high-end print advertising.

 

jpegFrom content strategy to high-definition printing of catalogs, upscale magazines, and promotional flyers, Solisco’s team of 400 experts works to make its clients’ marketing initiatives stand out from the crowd. The 25-year-old printer thrives on its state-of-the-art equipment and efficient technology to help its clients make their mark.

 

pngStore Supply Warehouse is a leading retailer for store fixtures, supplies, and displays. For over 20 years, servicing its customers to help them build the store of their dreams has been a top priority, while continuing to provide the fastest shipping and lowest prices around. The company believes that every business should have the opportunity to grow its brand without breaking the bank.

jpegThe Vermont Teddy Bear Company started in 1981 and makes meticulously-designed, handcrafted bears guaranteed for life. The company also includes sister companies PajamaGram, PajamaJeans
and the Vermont Brownie Company.

 

jpegWinston Brands offers thousands of products in its Collections Etc. catalogs and web site, as well as recent catalog additions, Better Senior Living and Taylor Gifts. As a customer-focused organization, the company’s growth has been built on a simple philosophy of providing customers with hard-to-find and exclusive items for home and garden, health and beauty, and apparel and accessories.

 

jpegThe Yankee Candle Company takes pride in sharing its customers’ passion for fragrance, season after season, from reliving favorite memories to setting a mood. It’s that passion that drives this cataloger, which has over 500 company-owned retail stores and 19,000-plus wholesale partner locations in the U.S., to search the world for fresh inspiration in creating evocative, long-lasting scents that help make its customers’ houses feel like homes.

 

Not a Member Yet?

All of these new members have seen vitality the ACMA brings to the health and well being of the catalog industry. If you’re not currently a member, click here to join right away or contact us (info@catalogmailers.org or 800-509-9514) and we’ll be happy to discuss the many reasons you must become involved right away.

 

If you are already a member, please be sure to keep spreading the word to non-members on the importance of ACMA membership.

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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.