Some information about Reno

We’ve fielded a question or two about the NAM Conference in Reno, Aug. 9-12, at Peppermill Resort in Reno. We will have a full packet of information out to everyone soon, but here are a few details so you can begin planning travel. Some will no likely have to make arrangements to arrive by covered wagon.


The Peppermill is accepting reservations in our block. Call the hotel direct at 800-282-2444. The group code is ANEWS16. The room rate is $149 nightly for upgraded suites in the Tuscany Tower.

The resort is rather large, but our meeting room will be off the lobby of the Tuscany Tower, so the guest rooms are not far from where we will be meeting. President Lisa, Secretary George, Site Chair Barry and I all toured the Peppermill recently just before the NAM Advertising Meeting last month in California. It’s a great venue. The rooms are fresh (and ostentatious) and the majority of the facility is not “casino smoky.”


We’ll begin as usual with an informal reception Tuesday evening, Aug. 9. Golfers should plan to arrive on Monday for a Tuesday morning tee time. Full details on that will be coming soon from Chairman Dave in Kentucky.


Tuesday AM – Golf outing

Tuesday PM – Opening reception

Tuesday PM – The Great NAM Dine Around


Wednesday AM – NAM board meeting
Wednesday Noon – One System Group luncheon

Wednesday PM – Sessions; program convenes at 1 pm

Wednesday Evening – Reception at hotel

Thursday AM – Sessions

Thursday Noon – Lunch with guest speaker Mayor Hillary Schieve

Thursday PM – Sessions

Thursday Evening – TBD

Friday AM – Sessions

Friday Noon – NAM Business Luncheon.

Friday PM – Free time (Optional group outing under consideration)

Friday Evening – Closing Banquet

We are considering a Lake Tahoe cruise at some point if cost of travel and the boat is not prohibitive. More to come.

2015-16 NAM officers elected

Lisa Hills, executive director of the Minnesota Newspaper Association, has been elected president of Newspaper Association Managers Inc.. (NAM).  She succeeds Greg Sherrill of the Tennessee Press Association, now NAM’s immediate past president.

Lisa is the third Minnesotan to become NAM president.  Her predecessor, Linda Falkman, was president in 1995-95 and Robert M. Shaw was president in 1970-71.   All three were at NAM’s annual meeting last week in Minneapolis.

Layne Bruce of the Mississippi Press Association  was elected vice president of NAM and will be the chairman for next year’s annual meeting which will be August 9-12 in Reno, Nevada.

George F. White of the New Jersey Press Association was elected secretary.  Two new directors were elected to the NAM Board:  Michelle Rea of the New York Press Association to a two- year term expiring in 2017 and  Steve Nixon of the Saskatchewan Community Newspaper Association to a three-year term expiring in 2018.  Tom Newton, California Newspaper Publishers Association,  is a holdover director, term expiring in 2016.

David Bordewyk of South Dakota Newspaper Association continues as the NAM representative to NNA, and Morley L. Piper as The NAM Clerk.

Great meeting in Minneapolis

NAM Minneapolis Group Photo - Aug15Minneapolis will host the Super Bowl in 2018, but Lisa Hills and her team were in championship form already, hosting the 2015 NAM annual meeting in August. It was a terrific meeting with informative, engaging sessions and plenty of fun and hospitality to add to the mix. Thank you, Lisa, for a great time!

Click here for a few more photos from the Minneapolis meeting.

Executive Directors meet in Nashville

NAM Presidents

Outgoing NAM President Mike MacLaren of Michigan with newly elected NAM President Greg Sherrill of Tennessee and the NAM “Loving Cup” at the conclusion of the 91st annual NAM summer conference in Nashville.

NAM Group 2014

NAM members and their family and friends on the rooftop in downtown Nashville. Reception courtesy of Athlon Media Group.


2014-15 NAM President Greg Sherrill with esteemed NAM Clerk Morley Piper.

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