Jim Kiernan of PDI Plastics and a long time member of MACMA and SCMA passed away on Monday, July 27, 2020 after an extended illness. He went peacefully and his wife Jackie was at his side. All will remember Jim as a fine gentleman who was always supportive of our organizations and of the newspaper industry as a whole. He will be laid to rest in Alabama. Jackie will plan a Celebration of his great life in the future, once the COVID-19 issues reduce.
Learn more about Alaina including her favorite family tradition and how she wants to make the community a better place.
Learn more about Keven including the crazy story of how he met his wife, his desired super power, and how he intends to combat the greatest challenge he is facing in the industry today.
Where were you born and where did you grow up?I was born in Oklahoma City, Ok. I moved to Cary, NC when I was 5 years old living there for almost 25 years.Name of spouse – Where did you meet and when and where were you married?I met my wife Laurie at a pool party and married her 3 months later in Cary, NC having been married now for almost 24 years. The story of meeting her is great and I’ll keep it as short as possible. She was leaving the party early and I didn’t want her to go so I scooped her up in my arms and acted as if I was going to throw her in the pool. Unfortunately, I lost my grip and dropped her on the side of the pool on the concrete where she then rolled into the pool. It was as if the 300 plus people at the party stopped everything they were doing, along with the music, and began to stare me down in disbelief. I actually feared for my life for a brief few minutes. As she exited the party in pain, I ran after her and asked if she was alright and if she would be willing to go out on a date sometime soon. I believe she was still stunned from the fall and said yes, but it worked in my favor and we’ve been together ever since.Names and ages of children?Two BoysTyler Zepezauer – 20 – currently serving in the USAF in Panama City, Fl.Alexander Zepezauer – 18 – just recently graduated from high school and plans to attend collegeIf you could have one super power, what would it be?I would go with Superman!Did you attend college? Where?I attended NC State University in Ralegh, NC.What are your hobbies and general interests?I enjoy spending as much time as I can with family and golf.Biggest technology change in the past 10 years and how do you use it today?Cell phones by far have appeared to be one of the biggest technology changes I’ve seen in the past 10 years. It’s amazing what can be accomplished with the technology that we call phones. I also think TV has morphed and continues to morph into something different. There’s a large percentage of households that have cut the cable cord and that number continues to rise.What is your favorite vacation spot? Travel experience?I love going to the beach with my family and spending time with them.Give us a brief synopsis of your career (i.e., what and where was your first newspaper related position and where did your career go from there?)Jim Puryear gave me my first job at The News & Observer where I worked as a district manager in Chapel Hill, NC. I later transferred into Fuquay Varina, NC where it was closer to my home. In 2001, I took a job with Cox Newspapers in Greenville, NC as operations manager and one year later became the circulation director. I left Greenville, NC in 2016 as the regional director of audience development becoming the general manager of The Wilson Times. Most recently I was promoted to president and publisher of The Wilson Times, The Enterprise, The Daily Record, The Courier-Times and Adams Graphics.How, when and why did you get involved with MACMA?I went to conference several years ago and was asked if I wanted to be on the board. Great experience and networking opportunity that is unmatched by any other.What is the one thing you wish you were able to do or change in the your job or industry?I want to make a bigger impact on each of the communities we serve through events, forums, etc. growing our engagement in the community. Our media industry tells the best story that no other can.What is the “Biggest Challenge” you are facing in the next year?From a broader perspective, we are facing ad revenue and circulation volume issues. My goal is to continue to provide hyper-local news to the citizens of the respective areas in which we serve each and everyday and I believe we will prevail.Have you ever had a mentor? What did that person teach you?Tim Holt is a great leader and mentor and provided me much of what I know today. He is very patient and provided me with the insight needed to think differently and outside the box.How can someone contact you?252.265.7812What is your company website URL?
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By L. Michael Zinser
MACMA General Counsel
NLRB ISSUES LONG-AWAITED JOINT EMPLOYER DECISION
In a broad sweeping 3-to-2 Decision in Browning-Ferris, the Obama NLRB recently rewrote the decades-old test for determining who is the “Employer.” Under the previous caselaw, a Company had to exercise direct control over wages, hours, and working conditions to be an “Employer.” Now, under the new standard, the Company is a “Joint Employer” if it exercises “indirect control over working conditions, or if it reserves the authority to do so.” Continue reading
By L. Michael Zinser, MACMA General Counsel
“QUICKIE ELECTION” RULE UPHELD IN WASHINGTON, D.C.
On July 29, 2015, U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson – an Obama appointee – upheld the Final Rule of the National Labor Relations Board, providing for “quickie elections” under the National Labor Relations Act.
On behalf of the 2014-2015 MACMA Officers and Directors, we thank each of you who attended the conference. In this very busy and hectic world, we appreciate you for taking the time and effort to join us in Durham, NC this past week. We also thank you for your participation, and the sharing of your ideas and expertise. We were thrilled to meet you all.
- We learned how to be bolder in our business from Bill Huffine.
- Kevin Craig shared new content opportunities to reach key segments in our markets.
- We tapped into decades and decades of experience with living single-copy legend Frank Mastromarino.
- Josh Awtry gave us a refreshing perspective on what newsrooms should be doing to help us be more successful.
- We heard from publishers from dailies, weeklies and regional publishing enterprises – and had the opportunity for honest and transparent discussion on the future of our industry
- And Don Wilson kept us all entertained (and a little shocked).
We certainly hope that the conference has been all that you expected it to be, and that you have taken the opportunity to make new friends, renew old acquaintances and make contact with decision-makers and partners for your continued success.
A special thanks to our sponsors: PDI Plastics, Mike Zinser Law Group, Athlon Media Group, Keenan Group, The Wilson Gregory Agency, Schermerhorn Bros. Co., Action Consumer Marketing and Never Stop Select Services.Please stay tuned for an email inviting you to take a survey about your experience and how we can make it better next year.
We can’t wait to hear from you.
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